If you’re planning a spa day, it can be a little bit overwhelming when it comes to planning your day and selecting which treatments you would like. There is so much choice these days, even within a specific type of treatment, so we’ve put together a brief guide to all of the most common types of spa treatment so that you can decide what it is you want before you head off for your spa day.
Massages are, of course, one of the most popular types of spa treatment. There are lots of different benefits to having a massage, from relaxation to stress relief to the treatment of sports injuries and muscular pain. Different types of massage are good for different purposes, and it’s entirely up to you which you choose. There is the straightforward massage, where the masseuse puts pressure on areas of tension either dry or using oils, or more interesting treatments such as Swedish hot stone massages, which has a more relaxing effect.
Body wraps or full body treatments are a good way to rejuvenate the skin and get it looking younger, fresher and more radiant, and different treatments are used to treat different things. You can have body treatments involving all sorts of materials, including clay, essential oils and even chocolate. Body wraps involve being wrapped in a cloth soaked in the appropriate fluid, which then gently heats upon contact with the skin to create a softening effect which penetrates the skin more easily.
Fake tan is the safest way to get the golden glow you want, and most spas now offer a fake tan treatment which involves standing in a booth and being sprayed either manually by a tan artist or by a machine. This distributes a fine mist of fake tan over the body which develops into a sunkissed layer of colour. You can even opt for contouring, which involves spraying varying shades of tan onto certain parts of the body to give a slimmer, more toned appearance to the limbs and abs.
Manicures and pedicures
It’s easy to neglect the hands and feet in busy everyday life, and a manicure and pedicure is a good way to remedy damaged nails and hard, chapped skin. Your hands and feet will be soaked using moisturising gloves and socks or a foot spa, before nails are filed, dead skin is buffed away and nail treatments take place. You might opt for a simple nail buff to get them looking shiny and neat, or a luxury polish for something a little more glamorous.
Marian Phelps is a fashion and beauty blogger who loves nothing more than a good old fashioned pamper day