Wellness retreats and wellness resorts offer spa treatments and body treatments. The most popular spa treatment in the United States and a good place to start is massage. It has been around for thousands of years and has a number of health benefits. Other popular spa treatments include facials and treatments like salt glows and body wraps.
Most spas have a nail salon offering spa manicures and spa pedicures. Spas with salons offer hair cutting and styling services.
Once you’ve tried the basic spa treatments, you might want to branch out to different types of global massage types like Thai massage, hot stone massage, reflexology, facial services, or body treatments that would be most appropriate for your skin or body needs. Each spa has facilities like a sauna, steam bath, or hot tub that you can enjoy.
Body treatments are essentially a facial for your whole body and leave your skin feeling velvety smooth and soft. The idea behind a body treatment is that it is just as important to cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate the skin on your body as it is the skin of your face.
The most popular body treatment is a body scrub, sometimes called a body polish, salt glow, or sea-salt scrub. This is an exfoliating treatment that takes place on a massage table covered with a sheet and a large, thin piece of plastic.
As you lay on your stomach, the massage therapist rubs a mixture of sea salt, oil, and aromatics like lemon into your skin. This exfoliates the skin and leaves it feeling velvety soft.
Once your whole body is scrubbed, which takes maybe ten or fifteen minutes, you shower it all off without soap, leaving a nice coating of oil. It’s an invigorating treatment, and it’s a good idea to get your scrub before your massage if you’re having both.
Variations can come from the essential oils or scrub materials: you might get an orange blossom/peppermint salt glow or a cucumber salt glow, or a body scrubs done with coffee grounds, finely ground pecan shells or grape seeds. Sometimes a hydrating lotion is applied afterward.
A body mask and body wrap often takes place after a scrub. After you rinse off the salt you return to the treatment table. If you’re slathered with mud, algae, or seaweed and wrapped in a thermal blanket, it’s a “detoxifying” treatment that stimulates your metabolic system, speeding its ability to carry away waste products. If the product is cream or lotion, it’s a “hydrating” treatment.
A body wrap can also be a wrapping treatment used to treat cellulite. It sometimes has a diuretic effect that aids in temporary weight reduction.