Happy spring! In this season of pleasant temperatures and rising hemlines, a day (or longer) at a spa can be the perfect way to refresh and revitalize your skin and body for warmer days ahead. If you have in mind a local day spa or even a destination spa that you know and love, congratulations – you’re on your way! But what if you’re interested in a spa experience and don’t know where to begin? Don’t worry – we’re here to help!
The first thing to decide is whether you want to visit a day spa or a destination spa. At a day spa, you can spend just enough time for one brief treatment, or spend the whole day being pampered. A destination spa generally involves an extended period of time, so you might stay on site for a week or longer for a comprehensive experience. With destination spas, ask yourself how far you’re willing or able to travel, how much time and money you have, and what kind of environment you’re looking for – whether it’s the desert, mountains, or beach. Beyond that, many of the questions you ask yourself will be the same for both day and destination spas.
While some spas are what we’d call generalists, many have a specific angle. Consider your personal interests and end goals when choosing a spa. Here are some spa experiences you might find:
Medical: If precise, scientific results are what you’re after, a medical spa might be just the ticket. When looking for this kind of spa, ask people you trust for recommendations and be sure to look up the credentials of physicians and other medical staff who oversee treatments, ranging from collagen fillers to Botox and beyond.
Natural: If natural and organic products are important to you, seek out a facility that also values this choice. This kind of facility may also place an emphasis on traditions like yoga and aromatherapy.
Spiritual: Can I hear an “Om”? If your goal is to connect more with yourself and the world around you while reducing stress, you might consider a spa that offers classes in meditation and yoga, cleansing and detoxifying treatments, and massage techniques rooted in ancient practices.
Fitness: Whether you like to stay fit with a hike in the woods or a heart-pounding dance class, there’s a fitness spa tailored to your exercise passions. If weight loss is of interest, there are plenty of destination spas that focus on this area.
Water Centric: If soaking in thermal pools, time in a sauna, or winding down in a steam room is your idea of heaven, seek out a facility that offers a variety of these choices. Many spas in this realm will offer a variety of pools of varying temperatures that are rich in various minerals and other beneficial compounds.
These are just a few ideas to get you started on the path to spa bliss – and keep in mind that many spas blend a variety of these offerings into one unique spa experience. In addition to a general online search for a spa that fits your criteria, Spafinder is a comprehensive website that offers expert advice and a search feature to help you find the perfect experience.
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