Spa Treatments - Something For Everybody

The different treatments offered at a spa are more than just a luxury to indulge in. Apart from making you look good and feel better about yourself, they offer several physical and mental benefits and help keep your body healthy.

For example, massage therapy can help to relax you, improve circulation, reduce pain and is also beneficial in case of circulatory, respiratory and inflammatory disorders.

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Facials can help to exfoliate, hydrate and rejuvenate your skin and also help to detoxify the body.

Here is a look at some of the treatments offered at spas.

Hot Stone Massage

This form of massage therapy uses heated stones that are placed on specific parts of the body.  Usually, river rocks or other smooth basaltic rocks are used. The rocks are heated in boiling water prior to use. This helps to sanitize them by killing all the germs and bacteria. The high iron content in basaltic rocks helps them to retain heat for a longer period of time.

The heat from the stones serves to relax the muscles and allows for easier manipulation of the deep muscle tissue by the therapist. The massage helps to ease tension in the muscles, relieves muscle soreness and helps you to relax. It also acts as a pain reliever and is a useful therapeutic tool for those who have had injuries or suffer from stiffness in the joints. The heat also helps to improve blood circulation by opening up the blood vessels, improving the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and other parts of the body.

This form of therapy is reputed to be more effective than a Swedish massage or a deep tissue massage because it contains the added element of heat which helps to loosen the muscles. It is however, not recommended for pregnant women and those who suffer from conditions such as hypertension. Always check with your doctor before trying a hot stone massage.

Reflexology

Reflexology is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been around for centuries. It is a massage technique that focuses on the foot. The ancient Chinese healers believed that life force energy or “qi” flows through the body through channels known as meridians. This is also the basis for acupuncture therapy. In reflexology, massaging the feet at specific points helps to stimulate the meridians and remove blockages, thereby promoting healing. Each part of the foot is said to be associated with a specific part of the body and massaging that part of the foot will have a corresponding effect on the associated part. For this reason, practitioners claim that having a reflexology massage is the equivalent of having a full body massage.

Adherents to this form of massage claim that a reflexology massage can help reduce stress and leave you feeling utterly relaxed.

Massaging the various meridians helps to relieve blockages and improve the flow of energy. This helps to relieve pain and restores balance to the different parts of the body. This method of massage is beneficial to those who suffer from inflammatory diseases such as rheumatic arthritis and gout, migraines, headaches and sinus attacks. It is also reputed to improve circulation and helps to detoxify the body.

It is recommended that you do not drink any alcohol for at least 24 hours before and after a session. You should consult your doctor before trying this form of massage as it is contraindicated for conditions such as diabetes and for those fitted with a pacemaker.

Manicure/Pedicure

Your hands and feet are the most exposed parts of your body along with your face especially during the summer months. Dirt, dead skin and sweat can accumulate, blocking the pores and leaving your skin open to bacterial and fungal infections and the formation of corns and calluses.

Most manicures and pedicures include exfoliating agents that strip your skin of the dead cells and bacteria and smooth the surface. Hydrating creams keep your skin supple and soft. Scrubbing the feet with pumice stones helps to soften and remove calluses, helping to reduce the pain they cause. The manicurist will also be able to spot signs of fungal and bacterial infections early, making treatment that much more effective.

Body Polish

Body polishes are the one of the latest trends in spa treatment. If your skin is feeling dull and lifeless or dry after the cold winter months, a body polish is an ideal way of rehydrating and moisturizing the skin. Using a body scrub of your choice (options range from salt or sugar scrubs to even coffee scrubs), the body is ‘polished’ and exfoliated. Dead skin cells are removed and sloughed off and a deep moisturizing cream or lotion is applied after the scrub is rinsed off.

Body Butter Hydrating Wrap

Body wraps involve the use of body butter or oils that are slathered on the skin. In order to maximize the benefits of this deep moisturizing treatment, the body is then wrapped with cling film or foil. Dry and flaky skin vanishes with regular body wraps.

Achy Body Soother

Massages are ideal achy body soother. Manipulating the various pressure points on the body, a trained masseuse can work out those kinks in the muscles and relax a tired body in a matter of an hour. Regular massages are recommended for people who workout a lot, play a sport or are frequent travelers.

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