How to Select Spa Treatments that are right for you
There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a day at the spa, but before you pick which spa treatment you’re having, it is a good idea to be sure you’re making the right choice. Depending on your body type, your medical history and the results you’re looking for and what you’re expecting out of the session, the spa treatment that’s best suited to your requirements will vary. Here are some pointers on how to select the spa treatment that is right for you.
Decide what you want out of the spa treatment
Are you gunning for glowing skin and a treatment that makes you look more youthful and revived? Or is de-stressing a priority? For some, a spa treatment may be about tackling specific problem areas and easing aches and pains. It could be an after workout treatment designed to ease sore muscles. Or it may be a focussed treatment that either works on a particular part of the body only – like the feet, or back, or head.
Understand the different kinds of treatments available
Different spas have different specialities. Some focus on oriental style Thai massages, others offer a Swedish massage, some go the ancient Indian Ayurvedic route, and others are known for their aromatherapy based massages. Know what’s available and what each of them does for you before you pick. Here’s a quick reckoner of some of the most commonly available treatments.
• Swedish: A detox massage that’s commonly available, it uses five strokes of sliding, kneading, tapping, vibration and cross-fiber; with all these movements guided in a pattern towards the heart. After the massage you will find stiff joints feel more flexible, pain is reduced, and toxins are flushed out.
• Deep tissue: This kind of massage typically focuses on some specific parts of the body to tackle particular issues. The muscles beneath the surface are targeted with the aim of ridding the body of tension in that area. The therapist works on the muscle as well as connective tissue, alleviating pain and helping with recovery from some injuries. However, due to its intensive focus, there is some soreness post treatment making it less of a casual spa goers choice, and more for someone with a specific problem.
• Thai: Blending ancient oriental techniques, during the therapy your masseuse will use their knees, legs, hands and even feet to help stretch your body into various positions. It is aimed at improving your flexibility and energising the body.
• Aromatherapy: The most accessible kind of spa treatment, the use of fragranced oils makes this a winner for most people. Essential oils, each with their own specific properties are used along with the massage base oil or lotion. Pick from special blends or popular fragrances like tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus or rose.
• Reflexology: This kind of spa treatment targets the various pressure points in the body to ease pain or inflammation in internal organs, systems, and glands. Specific points are massaged in this alternative therapy that has its fair share of followers for the relaxation and improved circulation you feel after a treatment, as much for the not yet medically proven benefits.
• Shiatsu: The therapist uses the pressure created by their palms, fingers and thumbs to targets the energy meridians of acupuncture. Designed to balance the body and revitalise, this draws on Japanese and traditional Chinese therapies.
• Ayurveda: Relying on centuries old Indian therapies, Ayurvedic spa treatments have medicinal benefits and are usually recommended to you based on a consultation with an Ayurvedic specialist or practitioner. However, you should be able to book an Ayurveda style general restorative massage that employs traditional oils and herbs.
Speak to your therapist
Call ahead and speak to the therapist on the phone if you need to understand what a specific spa treatments entails. Before you head in for your treatment, explain once again what your desired outcome is so they can confirm that you have picked the right spa treatment or ask them to recommend what is best suited to you.