Luxury Spa – Wellness

Introduction – Luxury Spa

The term spa or luxury spa is associated with water treatment which is also known as balneotherapy. Spa resorts (including hot springs resorts) typically offer various health treatments. The belief in the curative powers of mineral waters goes back to prehistoric times. Use of this therapy has been popular worldwide. Day spas are also quite popular, and offer various types of personal care treatments.

A body treatment or spa treatment is non-medical procedure to help improve the health of the body. It is often performed at a resort, destination spa, day spa, or beauty salon.

Typical treatments given in a luxury spa include:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Bathing or soaking in any of the following:
  • Hot spring
  • Onsen (Japanese Hot Springs)
  • Thermae (Roman Hot Springs)
  • Mud bath
  • Hot tub
  • Peat pulp bath
  • Steam bath
  • Sauna
  • Body wraps, wrapping the body in hot linens, plastic sheets and blankets
  • Mud wraps, often in combination with herbal compounds.
  • Facials, facial cleansing with a variety of oils and products
  • Massage therapy
  • Nail care such as manicures and pedicures
  • Nutrition advice and weight guidance
  • Personal training
  • Skin exfoliation using chemical peels and microdermabrasion
  • Yoga practice and meditation
  • Waxing (removal of body hair with hot wax).

Place of Treatment

  • Large resorts and five star hotels
  • Day spa, a form of beauty salon.
  • Destination spa, a resort for all types of personal care treatments.
  • Spa town, a town visited for the supposed healing properties of the water.

Medications or Equipment

  • Foot spa
  • Hot tub
  • Soda fountain
  • Mineral water, from the sources in Spa.
  • Mud baths are usually offered for general health, or to address a variety of medical conditions. This is also known as ‘fangotherapy’. In this therapy, a variety of medicinal clays and peats are used.

Types of spa

  • Ayurvedic spa – this is a spa in which all treatments and products are from natural resources and it is often used as alternative medicine.
  • Club spa –in this facility, the primary purpose is fitness and it offers a variety of professionally administered spa services on a day-use basis.
  • Cruise ship spa – a spa aboard a cruise ship which provides professional spa services, fitness and wellness components and spa cuisine services.
  • Day spa – this spa offers a variety of professionally administered spa services to clients on a daily basis.
  • Dental spa – this facility is usually under the supervision of a licensed dentist that combines conventional dental treatment with the services of a spa.
  • Destination spa – This facility has the primary purpose of guiding individual spa-goers to develop healthy habits. Typically in a seven-day stay, lifestyle transformation can be accomplished by providing a comprehensive program including spa services, physical fitness activities, wellness education, healthy cuisine and special interest programming.
  • Hot tub – this is an outdoor spa used for bathing and self-cleansing
  • Medical spa – this type of spa operates under the full-time, on-site supervision of a licensed health care professional. The primary purpose is to provide comprehensive medical as well as wellness care in an environment that integrates spa services with traditional or alternative medical treatments. The facility includes both aesthetic/cosmetic and prevention/wellness procedures and services. These spas typically use balneotherapy.
  • Balneotherapy – this treatment can have different purposes. In a spa setting, this therapy can be used to treat conditions such as arthritis and backache. It is also useful for building up muscles after injury or illness and to stimulate the immune system. This treatment can also be enjoyed as a relief from day-to-day stress.
  • Mineral springs spa –this spa offers an on-site source of natural mineral, thermal or seawater used for various hydrotherapy treatments.
  • Resort/hotel spa –this spa is located within a resort or hotel under administration of the hotel and provides professional spa services as well as fitness and wellness practices.
  • Mobile spa – this is the name given to a spa which provides services at home, hotels, or wherever the client needs.

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This article is not medical advice nor a substitute to professional health advice. Always consult a doctor.


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