With all the attention focused on natural beauty products, organic consumables, and holistic remedies, it’s only natural that the conversation around spas is rising. Everyone, right from baby boomers to millennials, wants to look younger, and live a healthier life in general. Not that anyone could blame them, seeing that illnesses like cancer and mental disorders are on the rise. That said, whatever will detox both our bodies and minds is welcome.
Thus comes the day spa…What is a day spa? It is one of the trending personal service businesses centered around beauty and wellness. Just like the more expensive resort and destination spas, day spas offer a variety of services that improve health, beauty, and relaxation. Unlike the former, they, however, require less time commitment, as the name suggests; a day is more than enough to get immense benefit from the day spa.
In 2002, the International SPA Association (ISPA) revealed that more than 156 million visits to the spa were recorded. Of these, 68% were made to day spas. The numbers continue to soar, hence the increase in the number of spas in the country, and worldwide. A day spa offers personal care treatments such as facials, hair, and massages to relax the body, improve health, and beauty as well.
Let’s dive into the details of what a day spa as to offer. When you visit the spa for the day, there are all kinds of facilities and services to pamper your body. From thermal facilities like saunas, steam rooms, and pool facilities like hydro pools, there are numerous engaging activities, especially if the spa is linked to a health club. In general, there are two main categories of day spas, standard day spas that offer lifestyle services and medical day spas which offer natural traditional services like microdermabrasion and acupuncture. Medical day spas have to be certified by a licensed medical practitioner.
Some standard day spas are further specialized to a particular area, therefore have facilities focused on certain holistic treatments say ‘women only’ treatments or the fabulous hot springs of Thermae Bath Spa in Bath. Most spas will, however, only offer ‘dry’ services like massages and leave out hydrotherapies like Scotch hose treatments, hydromassages, dry and moist heat, seaweed and mineral baths, and shower massage. Apart from massage and hydrotherapy services, other treatments offered by standard day spas include aromatherapy; and hair services like coloring, styling, and trimming; body treatments like wraps, packs, and exfoliation; spa manicures and pedicures; electrolysis; and facials and makeup application.
It does sound like heaven, and best of all is that someday spas have additional services like healing therapies, one common one being Reiki (a form of “energy healing”). Depending on the package chosen, clients enjoy 4 to 8 hours of full-body pampering, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Spa-goers also prefer spas that include lunch and the use of some facilities as part of the basic package.
Day spas are indeed the ideal treat, for physical, mental, and emotional health. Just make sure that when going, you go as early as you can and leave as late as you can since you are only there for a day!