Day Spa – Useful Terminology

If you are new to the spa concept, or have never been to a day spa, you may find yourself a little confused with terminology. For example, things like reflexology and microdermabrasion may sound like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. If you do not understand these terms, it can be hard to decide on spa packages or spa treatment options. As such, you may find the following definitions of common spa terminology helpful before you start shopping for a spa package.

• Microdermabrasion. This is a process by which light abrasion is used to remove the outer most layer of dead skin. It is most often used on the face, neck, and chest – areas that are commonly exposed to the most toxins and harmful UV rays. The result is smoother, younger, more radiant skin. Not all day spa centers offer this procedure.

• Reflexology. Many scientists and medical professionals believe that the bottom of the feet provide an access point to the rest of the body. Through careful application of pressure on certain points in the feet, tension is alleviated, circulation improves, and as a result, organs function more effectively. This provides relief from all types of pain and tension, as well as encouraging your body to expel toxins.

• Infrared Sauna. Several day spa centers offer this specialized form of sauna session. By using infrared technology, the body is warmed in a sauna safely and effectively. Far infrared saunas provide all the benefit of sitting in a sauna to sweat out toxins and rejuvenate skin, but without the risks associated with steam baths.

• Ear Candling. This procedure may sound strange, but it is actually pretty basic. By removing excess ear wax and other build ups in the ear, those who suffer from chronic headaches, sinus problems, hay fever allergies, and other discomforts associated with the ear often find relief. As an all-natural option, there is no medication involved and no trips to the doctor or pharmacy to find relief.

When pursuing information or options available at various day spa facilities, be sure to ask spa employees to explain any procedures or treatments with which you are unfamiliar. These folks are accustomed to explaining not only what each treatment is, but what benefits it can offer you. If you do not know what a particular treatment is called, simply explain what discomforts you feel or what experience you would like to try. They can then highlight what they offer without the fancy terminology.

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