Though the origin of the word spa lies in the name of a Belgian town by the same name, today it has become synonymous with “health through water”, or hydrotherapy, which involves using hot/cold water in combination with some aromatic essential oils (called bath oils) and bath salts to provide relief from a whole range of health problems like arthritis, spondylitis, musculoskeletal disorders, depression, etc. Healthy people go for spa treatments to rejuvenate, relax and elevate their mood and spirit and come out feeling healthier.
The growing awareness of the need to relax and stay healthy among the urban population has led to the mushrooming of a variety of spas in large cities, where everyone is keen to have a spa experience. For example, if you want the most complete spa experience, then destination spa is the place for you. Here you need to stay over for 3-7 days depending upon the special theme treatments you have opted for; the package cost involves accommodation, meals, etc., too.
Then there are resort spas, hotel spas, club spas and cruise spas, which provide spa facilities and spa experience to their guests along with the normal services they are engaged in. In a medical spa, licensed doctors and therapists give the treatments.
A beauty spa, also called a day spa, is the most popular choice among busy people in big cosmopolitan cities, because here you can get a compact package of spa experience in a few hours time during your weekends. Generally, beauty spas also offer a complete range of beauty treatments like facials, massages, waxing and exfoliation treatments, etc., in addition to rejuvenation and relaxation treatments like body wraps, mud baths, etc.
A health spa offers a different kind of experience altogether. The treatments offered in a health spa are custom-designed scientifically by naturopaths to deal with specific illnesses, paying attention to nutritional aspects too. Common illnesses for which health spa treatments have been found to be effective are psychosomatic disorders like asthma, arthritis, insomnia, sinusitis, diabetes, depression, etc.
Then there are massage spas, which also provide a massage service, in addition to their beauty spa or health spa services. In a massage spa, you can avail of massage therapy and then soak yourself in the health spa’s waters for a rejuvenating feel.
However, all spa treatments are usually expensive, and therefore, restricted to those in the high-income bracket. The cost factor has prevented spas from being enjoyed by the masses. Also factors such as time, privacy and hygiene bother many people. That is where a home spa comes to your rescue. With a home spa installed in your house, you can anytime get a spa experience in the privacy of your home.