The thought of a spa, create images of a relaxing day filled with mud baths, delicately prepared spa cuisine and visitors in white robes. Lately however, spas have sprung up all across South Africa in office buildings, shopping malls and residential areas alike.
Salons with only a massage table advertise their "spa" services. To recognise a true spa has become a daunting task. Depending upon what your goals are, and what you are looking for in a spa experience, you will want to know differences in spas and what they offer.
There are different types of spas and services available:
A Day Spa is a spa you visit for a specific single treatment only or for a half- or full day's treatments. Day spas offer massages, facials and body treatments. They are called day spas, because they do not provide overnight accommodation and are ideal for those wanting a day or half day of pampering. Some of these spas offer use of their fitness facilities or personal training programs depending on the size of the spa.
A Destination Spa is a spa facility with the primary purpose of guiding individuals to develop a healthy lifestyle. This lifestyle transformation can be reached by following a specific program developed by the spa. The comprehensive program includes physical fitness activities, wellness education, a healthy eating program and professional treatments.
A Medical or Medi Spa offers comprehensive medical and wellness treatments and procedures under the direction of a medical doctor. The spa operates under the full-time, on-site supervision of a licensed health care professional and the staff can further perform both aesthetic/cosmetic and prevention/wellness procedures. Medical spas offer treatments like laser, IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments, skin tightening, chemical peels and treat conditions like brown spots and redness.
Mineral Springs Spa
A mineral springs spa has a source of natural mineral, thermal or sea water used in hydrotherapy treatments. Mineral springs have been valued for many years for their power to ease joint pain, arthritis, and other physical ailments.
A Resort Spa is a spa owned by and located within a resort or hotel providing professionally administered spa services, fitness and wellness components and spa cuisine menu choices. Resort spas provide a relaxing, pampering experience for people staying at the resort, however day visitors are often welcome too.
Resort Spas usually has a leisure centre. The centre will normally include a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi plus treatment rooms where therapists administer individual treatments. Large resort spas also usually offer a range of activities including golfing, tennis or even horse back riding.
In addition to the leisure guest, these spas is also suitable for business travellers who wish to take advantage of the spa experience while away from home. In many cases resort/hotel spas also act as day spas for local clients and may offer special rates for people that live in the community.