Day Spa Services – Pamper Yourself

Day spas are facilities dedicated to the relaxation and rejuvenation of the body, mind and spirit. Day spas offer a number of individual and packaged services designed to help maintain/rejuvenate body health and wellness. Day spa services are typically non-medical, though treatments like massage can often be used for medical purposes.

Medical spas are another kind of facility that offers not only the traditional spa services, but also medical treatments such as Botox injections, pain management, and spider vein surgery. When a spa is called a medical spa, this means that a medical director is on staff to perform medical services as mentioned above. There is a broad range of different types of doctors who may be medical directors, including: Doctors of Internal Medicine and Dermatologists. Therefore, it is important to investigate the specific background and training of the doctor as it relates to the specific procedure you are interested in.

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What to Look for in a Day Spa

A day spa should be selected based on the individual. Certain spas are specially equipped to provide treatments catering to particular needs; for example, one day spa may be geared towards providing facial therapies and makeovers, while another may be more specialized towards stress/tension relief through the use of specialized massage and body treatments. Finally, other spas have medical directors so that the spa has the ability to perform minimally invasive injectables such as Botox or invasive cosmetic procedures such as spider vein therapy.

Day Spa Services

The services offered by day spas tend to differ from one facility to the next. Dependent on the location, cost, and size of a day spa, such therapeutic variances tend to serve as unique features of that spa. However, there are a number of somewhat typical day spa services available at most facilities:

  • Facials
  • Massage
  • Waxing
  • Body treatments
  • Skin exfoliation

Facials are cosmetic procedures that are used to treat the skin of the face. Facials are designed to act as a deep cleansing therapy, during which a person's skin is treated through massaging, toning, exfoliating, steaming and moisturizing.

Massages are highly popular services associated with day spas. Massages involve the application of various physical means through which the soft tissues of the body are manipulated for the purpose of relaxation or healing.

Waxing is a type of day spa treatment through which body hair is removed by the root. A thin layer of hot wax mixture is applied to an area of the body requiring hair removal. A thin cloth or paper section is then applied using pressure atop the wax mixture and removed using a "tearing" motion. This results in the rooting of all body hair in the area in addition to any dead skin cells. Waxing serves as a temporary solution to the problem of hair growth. Typically, it can take three to eight weeks for hair to re-grow after waxing.

Body Treatments are non-medical procedures that are offered at day spas. Some of the common body treatments that are offered at most day spas include body wraps, aromatherapy, mud baths, hot tubs, and saunas.

Skin Exfoliation is a type of non-medical health treatment that is designed to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the face and body. The removal of dead skin cells leaves skin smoother and healthier looking. Micro-bead face scrubs and abrasive cloths are commonly used for exfoliating purposes, while chemical peels offer a more intensive solution to the treatment of dead skin cells. Extreme cases of skin exfoliation may require the implementation of dermabrasion and microdermabrasion, through which the dead skin cells are removed by sanding.

Licensing

All day spa technicians/therapists and the facilities in which they operate must be licensed by the Department of Health and the Board of Cosmetology. Based on the specific services provided by a given day spa, additional licenses may be required.