You have probably heard of the different types of spa treatments and their benefits, but you may not know about all of the benefits from these treatments and how you can get the most value from your spa massage experience.
If you are considering a spa treatment to relieve your body from stress but wondering about the benefits you may get from these treatments, then you are in the right place. You will find good descriptions of the different types of spa treatments you can get and the benefits you will get from each treatment. Generally, these treatments are meant to help you relax, relieve your body from stress and pain with all of its effects and enable you to regain your energy back again so that you can perform at your full or optimal capacity.
The different types of spa treatments include:
Face Treatments: Face treatments or facials are skin care treatments that are meant to enhance facial beauty including alleviating the effects of ageing. These treatments include exfoliation of old skin cells, unclogging skin pores, massaging of facial muscles and moisturizing the new layer of skin. Face treatments have huge benefits besides the beauty it brings to the face. Exfoliation of facial skin results in polished younger looking skin which reduces or slows down the effects of ageing.
Unclogged skin pores reduce the risk of acne and help in maintaining a beautiful face. Facial massage improves circulation and may help to fix the effects of stress like developing “eye bags” under your eyes. It can also cause increased growth of collagen when combined with moisturizing agents. Increased growth of collagen and moisturizers reduce the effects of ageing like wrinkles and dry skin.
Body Treatments: Just like facial treatments, body treatments also enhance the beauty of the skin and also result in general relief from stress and may lead to a younger looking skin. These treatments generally use different methods to remove dead skin cells (exfoliation), smoothen the skin and apply moisturizers (usually creams) to hydrate the skin. Some of the different body treatment methods that are commonly used at most spas include aquatherapy, body polishes, body wraps etc.
Aquatherapy involves soaking the body in a mixture of exfoliates (for skin removal), oils, and moisturizers. This helps with exfoliation of the skin, improving circulation, and skin hydration. Body scrubs like sea salt and sugars are used as body polishes for exfoliation by scrubbing the skin with these scrubs, then hydrating the skin with moisturizing agents. Body wraps are used after exfoliation and the body is wrapped in a mixture to remove impurities before washing it before applying moisturizers.
Hair Removal: Hair removal treatments are important in helping you to have smooth sexy skin. It is a common treatment at most spas, and waxing is a common method of hair removal used for these treatments. It is used in removing hair at any part of the body. The waxing technique involves covering hair with warm or hot wax strips and removing the strips with hair trapped in them. The smooth skin is then treated with a waxing soothing gel to numb any pain or discomfort. This can be done on any part of the body including private areas. Some spas may also offer laser hair removal treatments.
Medical treatments: Medical treatments are not commonly available at most spas. You will only find them at spas with physicians providing these services. These are services that are usually done at doctor’s offices and they include microdermabrasion, botox injection, laser hair removal etc.
The Different Types of Massage Treatments and their Benefits
There are various types of massages that you can get at a spa. Some of these massages and their benefits include:
Swedish Massage: Swedish massage is one of the most common types of massage treatments available in most spas. It involves the use of hands and palms and utilizing various techniques like firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, and stretching aimed at relaxing the body muscles. This massage treatment also helps in improving blood circulation, reducing muscle tensions, increasing blood oxygen level and reducing the amount of muscle toxins. A scientific study also confirmed the effects of Swedish massage in reducing stress-causing hormones.
Deep Tissue Massage: This massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage but the pressure is applied more firm and deeper, targeting the deep muscle layers and fascia. It is beneficial for chronic pain and stiff muscles in the neck, upper and lower back pain, and helps with injury rehabilitation, osteoarthritis etc. Massage therapists perform different techniques using their palms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, forearms and you may experience some discomfort sometimes.
Acupressure Massage: This treatment uses the same concepts as those used in acupuncture except for the use of needles. It involves the application of pressure using fingers, palms, elbows and feet on specific areas of your body known as acupoints. Other methods like stretching can also be used in this treatment. Acupressure massage has benefits like improved blood circulation, relaxation of body muscles etc. It is also reported to improve conditions like back pain, arthritis, nausea etc.
Aromatherapy Massage: This is essentially a Swedish massage that is done using essential oils. Essential oils are used instead of regular massage oil for aromatherapy. This is because essential oils are reported to have profound effects on the body when absorbed through the skin or inhalation. Some of these effects include relaxation of muscles, relief from stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain etc. A report by the National Cancer Institute indicated that some essential oils used in aromatherapy may have some effects on the body by reducing anxiety.
Hot Stone Massage:
Smooth hot stones are used in this massage therapy to ease muscle tensions and allow the therapist to massage the deep muscle layers easily. The stones are placed on specific parts of the body like chest, stomach, along the spine etc. Massage therapists can hold some of the stones while performing Swedish massage techniques like firm kneading, circular movements, tapping etc. The hot stone massage is reported to have several benefits which include: relieving muscle tension and pain, anxiety and stress reduction, boosting immunity, improving relaxation and sleep.
Four Hand Massage: This is more like getting two massages from two different therapists at the same time. It involves receiving a massage from two therapists working in sync with each other at the same time and they may use a variety of techniques. This helps your brain to relinquish control without trying to understand and follow what the therapists are doing. This brings about a deep level of relaxation that helps to ease deep muscle tensions that often cause pain and inflammation. Besides the deep relief and amazing experience, it also results in increased blood circulation around the body.
These are some of the different types of spa treatment and their benefits that you can find in most spas and massage parlours. You can always ask your massage therapist about any treatment that may be good for you.