Understanding Spa

No one is regulating use of the word spa. That's why some salons promote spa services when all they have is one massage table, or use names like "spa pedicure." Often, day spas are an extension of a hair salon.

With the word spa images comes in mind of mud baths and meditation classes, spa cuisine in a serene setting. But spas, lately, seem to be popping up everywhere: office buildings, malls, storefronts, Salons throw the word around. How can they all be spas?

What does it mean? It's up to you, the spa-goers to figure out what kind of service and experience you want, and find the place that suits you.First, there are different kinds of spas

Destination spa: the whole spa experience: mind and body fitness, healthy eating, relaxation and treatments. At its most elaborate, a destination spa has a staff of physicians, psychologists, nutritionists and physical therapists. You generally go there for at least two or three nights and immerse yourself in the spa atmosphere. Some people go to help them make lifestyle changes.

The destination spa is sometimes confused with a resort spa, which is one of the many amenities at a resort, along with golf, tennis and food (not something like special spa cuisine or spa food which is carefully tuned with your particular spa treatment for best results).

Day spa: You can drop in for massages, facials, body treatments, manicures and pedicures. This is fine, as long as the spa offers a quiet, serene, environment. At a minimum, a day spa should offer professionally administered massages, facials and body treatments in a quiet, serene atmosphere.

In case you have any doubt, check out the facilities yourself before booking an appointment. Don’t hesitate asking for a quick tour.

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