What does the spa include?

Body treatments may include a sauna, hot tub, steam bath, massage, mud bath, salt scrub, seaweed body wraps, clay or herbal body masks, reflexology and waxing. Day spas also often offer nail services, such as manicures, pedicures, and paraffin treatments.

Medical spas

fall into the category of day spa. A doctor oversees beauty treatments and services, which may include advanced facials, IPL treatments, microdermabrasion, photofacial treatments, chemical peels and more.

Once you have completed your treatments, you can spend the rest of your spa day at the included health and fitness facilities as part of your package. You can take a dip in the pool, detox in the sauna, relax in the relaxation room or make your heart beat in the gym*, it's entirely up to you. Spot treatments work on a specific part of the body. They include spa manicures and pedicures; hand and foot treatments; scalp treatments; cellulite, anti-stress and bust firming treatments; back treatments and facials.

In addition, most spas offer salt glitters, mud baths, body wraps, manicures, pedicures and more. Because the treatment menu varies from facility to facility, it's imperative to find out what a visitor is looking for to guide the spa experience. Treatments normally offered at day spas include massages; applying makeup and facials; electrolysis; spa manicures and pedicures; body treatments such as exfoliation, wraps and packs; aromatherapy; and hair services such as cutting, styling and coloring. Combination spas can reserve you for a variety of services, including treating multiple appearance-related issues.

Most destination spas offer immersive experiences, meaning that the daily rate includes healthy meals and snacks, classes and accommodation. Other professionals you may need on your team include a makeup artist, a stylist and a spa manager, as well as front desk staff. The equipment normally needed for a day spa includes massage tables, manicure and pedicure stations, and reclining facial chairs. Many states require personal care workers (including spa owners) to have at least one cosmetology license; others require professionals to have a certain number of specialized training hours and additional licenses.

This will ensure plenty of time to enjoy all the spa amenities before services, including a quick shower. However, it is highly recommended to book additional treatments to those included in the selected package before the spa day, to avoid disappointment and save money (early bookings are usually subject to discounts, although not always). Resort or hotel spas can include many of the amenities of a destination spa, but allow the freedom to choose a personalized experience. In addition to luxury spa facilities, your package may include a range of luxurious spa treatments, courtesy of top product houses.

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