What is a spa and what procedures are there?

Spa procedures themselves appeared several hundred years before our era and have undergone many changes. In this article, we will examine what spa treatments are, what types of spas exist, and the specifics of each. You can even give yourself a spa treatment in your bathroom.

What is a spa?

Spa is a complex relaxation procedures aimed at revitalization, relaxation and treatment of the human body, its resetting and prevention of many diseases and problems. The effect after the spa is both on a spiritual and physical level. After spa procedure skin becomes rejuvenated, gets healthier and firmer. Often seaweed, therapeutic mud, beneficial herbs and plants, and water procedures are used for procedures. In addition, spa helps relieve stress, get pleasure, get distracted from hard routine for several hours, have a rest, and restore strength. Procedures are in demand not only by women, but also by men. Many say that after them, as if you were “born again”. There are several versions of the origin of the spa.

According to the first version, the word “Spa” is derived from the ancient abbreviation “Sanus per Aquam”, which is Latin for “health through water” or “health through water”. The second version says that the name comes from the name of a Belgian spa with mineral springs, which was popular in the 16th century.

In any case, today Spa is not just a treatment, but one of the most popular services in cosmetology. Individual spas are opening, spa rooms are in many beauty salons, many modern resorts and hotels are beginning to offer such spa vacations. And it is not surprising. Such procedures have many advantages and benefits:

  • the overall condition of the skin improves;
  • increases efficiency, the body gets toned;
  • there is a therapeutic effect;
  • circulation is activated;
  • stabilization of the nervous system;
  • tension is released, a relaxing effect is produced;
  • all harmful toxins and impurities are eliminated.

Not only cosmetic products are used for spa treatments, but also a comfortable atmosphere is created, the light is dimmed and special sound is set. Different factors are paid attention in the cabinet: smells, music, and ambiance. It is difficult to reproduce such an atmosphere at home.

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What are the types of spa procedures?

Today we know a huge number of spa procedures and different ways of influence. There are several procedures, and also single sessions for a specific area.

Often treatments are divided according to the zone of influence:

  • for face;
  • for the body;
  • for hair;
  • for legs;
  • for hands.

In salons you are likely to find the following popular programs and spa treatments:

Various types of massage and massage techniques that help improve blood flow and relieve tension (relaxing, lymphatic drainage, Thai, anti-cellulite, wellness, stone therapy, massage with aromatic bags, with essential oils and fragrances, sports, for weight loss, etc.).

Facial and body peeling to cleanse the skin of keratinized particles. After peeling the skin becomes soft and smooth.

Carboxytherapy to rejuvenate and moisturize the skin.

Thalassotherapy for detoxification of the body. It includes use of seawater, healing algae, salts, and sludge which makes the whole organism revitalized and rejuvenated.

Wraps for different effects: from moisturizing to getting rid of cellulite.

Visiting sauna, hammam, bath, special shower or phyto barrels.

Aromatic baths with oils, milk, chocolate, sea water. Sometimes special bath bombs are used. 

Let’s consider what are the procedures for each part of the body.

Hair Spa

Such treatments and care are aimed at improving the condition of the hair. You may come across the following:

hot wrapping and mineralization – improving the elasticity of hair, its restoration after coloring with natural blends with oils and vitamins;

lamination – hair thickening, restoring hair smoothness;

hair masks for nourishing dry hair;


treatments for cleansing, revitalizing, nourishing and moisturizing hair.

Facial Spa

Facial spa treatments are aimed at eliminating fatigue, the effects of stress, lack of sleep and age-related changes. A large variety of services contribute to improvement of skin condition, its lifting, moisturizing, nourishing and cleansing the skin. Procedures such as facial and head massage primarily allow you to tighten the facial oval and restore skin elasticity. In addition to massage, specialists offer scrubs, peels, a variety of cleansing and moisturizing facial masks, creams and hardware techniques that cannot be replicated at the same level at home.

Spa for the body

Spa for the body

Spa body programs are performed to improve overall skin condition, remove toxins and harmful substances, and even correct your figure, regulate metabolic processes, and lose weight. You can choose from a large variety of programs for different purposes:

  • body massage – it includes such types as classic, power, Thai, lymph drainage, exotic and others;
  • body peelings;
  • wraps (chocolate, mud, algae);
  • reflexology (acupuncture);
  • aromatherapy;
  • bath procedures (hammam, baths, saunas, phytobots, which help saturate the skin and relieve inflammatory processes)
  • aromatic relaxing baths, whirlpool baths.

Foot Spa

Wraps (mud, algae, etc.), special baths and massage sessions are especially popular. Such sessions can reduce swelling and fatigue in the legs, especially for people with varicose veins.

Spa for hands

One of the most popular procedures is paraffin therapy. Such relaxing baths with sea salt are a great care for the hands. Often salons use moisturizing oils, creams to strengthen nails, manicures and ritual massages.

Complex spa programs

Many spa salons, centers and complexes offer a choice of comprehensive programs: rejuvenating, anti-cellulite, corrective, cleansing and others. In some salons you can find quite unusual programs, such as romantic programs for couples, spa-nights, visiting hammams and others. And often such complexes are much more profitable than using each service separately.

How to choose a spa to visit?

Each client will want to choose a salon that is suitable for a price, and with good service and the effect of the services rendered. However, sometimes it can be difficult to determine if the chosen place is good or not. We have collected a few points to pay attention to when choosing a spa salon.

Be sure to study the reviews of the salon through special websites or through acquaintances. Especially about the client-oriented and responsive staff.

Pay attention to the availability of all the necessary certificates, licenses and education of the masters and masseurs in the studio.

Inquire about the materials used for the procedure, cosmetics, and cosmetics that are included in the procedure (in order to avoid allergies to used products), about the sterility of the environment and cleanliness of the room. So do not be afraid to ask questions about sanitary conditions, because companies associated with the use of water in such quantities is always a favorable environment for the development of bacteria.

Assess the full list of basic services offered, their quantity and price. If possible, compare with other salons in the city. In a good salon, the prices of services should not be too cheap or too overpriced.

What is done in a spa?

Spas offer various treatments that are designed to make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Many people go to spas because they want to escape from their daily lives and have some time for themselves.
Some common treatments offered in spas include massage therapy, facials, manicures, pedicures, body wraps and more.
The most popular treatment is the massage therapy where a therapist will use their hands or a tool on your skin to help relieve tension in your muscles.

What classifies as a spa?

A spa is a place, typically a resort or health club, where people can go to relax and get pampered.
The word “spa” originates from the Latin term “balneum” meaning bath and the German term “Bad” meaning bath.
The first spas were developed in Germany and France in the 17th century as places to socialize, discuss philosophy and share medical knowledge.

Why is it called spa?

The word “spa” is derived from the Latin word “salus per aquam”, which means “health through water”. In the past, people used to visit spa towns for their health and well-being. Today, spas offer a wide range of services such as massage, facials, and mud baths.

What are the different types of spa?

A spa, or a spa resort, is a place that offers various treatments and services to its customers. There are many different types of spas and they are classified according to the type of treatment.
The most common type of spas are day spas which offer treatments such as massage and facials. There are also more exclusive spas which offer things like mud baths, seaweed wraps, and hot stone massages.