A spa is a place of therapeutic services. The first one was discovered by Elizabeth Arden in 1910 that offered facials close to the modern-day experience. Today a spa includes saunas, manicures, baths and massages and is known as ‘salus per aquam’ meaning health through water. The global wellness market stands at $1.5 trillion as of 2021 with an annual growth of 5-10%. A survey of 7,500 consumers found that 79% believe wellness is important and 42% consider it to be a top priority.
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Therapists at top bath houses offer the finest pampering sessions with top-notch comfort and rejuvenation. Hot stone and crystal wand facial and exfoliating body scrubs are given in a result-oriented way to promote inner and outer well-being. Americans visit spas routinely to unwind and relax. But it is necessary to follow a few golden rules for a highly rewarding experience worth every penny spent. Here’s a look.
1. Schedule in Advance
All access to spas, especially the ones in resorts, is based on occupancy. They usually get filled quickly leaving you with no slot. Book well in advance to fix an appointment on the desired date and avoid last-minute rushing. The best time is a couple of weeks ago. You may get a chance to enjoy facilities like mineral baths and hot tubs too. The experts can organize your time and accommodate special needs if you talk to them ahead of time. Arrive at least 20-30 minutes early since a few procedures may require you to fill out a medical form.
2. Eat and Drink Light
You can consider plenty of cucumber water while at the spa to maintain hydration. It also comes with a handful of benefits like delivering antioxidants, lowering blood pressure and supporting healthy skin. Avoid any heavy food (cheese pasta or cake slabs) 2-3 hours before the visit so you do not feel bloated. Instead, opt for dishes like a carrot, a cup of green tea and a few celery sticks. Eating light can also ensure maximum blood circulation to the skin and keep you from feeling heavy.
3. Dress Appropriately
Swimsuits are not solely meant for beaches! You may bring one to the spa as well since most of them offer water amenities like pools and showers. This is also useful if the spa area is not a private one. Loose and soft breathable outfits also work to help you feel more comfortable. A good resort will offer you a fresh bathrobe at the spa for warmth and absorption. Keep all jewelry and similar metal accessories at home.
Consider carrying personal towels, shampoo and soaps. Slip-resistant sandals are ideal too. Non-restrictive garments like lounge pants and t-shirts can be worn to the spa. Wrinkle-free materials would be great since they might be stored in the locker the whole day.
4. Medical Conditions
A spa is not recommended if you have infectious skin diseases and varicose veins. About 697,000 people in the US died from heart problems in 2020 which is 1 in 5 deaths. Anyone with cardiovascular ailments should refrain from hot baths. It is a good idea to talk to your health expert first to check your risk.
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Spa massages usually do not have side effects. It reduces body inflammations and improve auto-immune response. Yet consider your existing conditions once before booking your visit.
5. Pick a Souvenir
This is a fun way to take your spa home. You can pick a sample of organic moisturizers, massage oils, foot masks, cleansing balms, hydration serums, scrubs, treatment drops or aroma sprays at the end of the session. These can be used in your skincare routine daily to keep the experience ongoing for the next few days. But avoid taking the sheets and towels that were used during your spa for hygiene reasons.
The global spa market size is expected to touch $117.9 billion (by revenue) by 2028 growing at a CAGR of 12.1% from 2021. Hectic work schedules and rapid urbanizations are the key factors that are driving the market. The figures show that spa is here to stay and hotels are including well-oriented brands in their portfolios. The above-mentioned tips will help you prepare for the next spa treatment and keep you looking all radiant and beautiful.