What to do at a Spa

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Visiting a spa can be a great way to relax and unwind while indulging yourself in some luxurious treatments. From exfoliating facials to stress-relieving body massages, there is something for everyone.  A trip to your local spa doesn't have to cost a fortune - special offers and packages are available at most spas throughout the year and can often be found online.

The entry fee will entitle you to enjoy leisurely dips in the warm, rippling spa pools and bubbling jacuzzis, as well as access to the themed and scented steam rooms ideal for detoxing and clarifying pores. 

Treatments take place in beauty treatment rooms which really are havens of serenity. Treatments usually cost extra and may need booking in advance. You can mix and match treatments which vary in length and price.

Massages are the most popular spa treatment and range from traditional all-over-body massages to manicures, pedicures and facials. Well-known massages include aromatherapy, which is a calming experience sure to awaken the senses, and hot stone massage, where basalt stones provide a deep massage with warm relief. Massages not only relieve tension in muscles but can target other bodily concerns, including cellulite or sagging skin.

Professional beauty therapists are trained to perform the treatments and use high quality beauty products; some spas even have their own unique range of beauty products which can be purchased at reception. Spa products are made with a range of natural ingredients including essential oils, fruit extracts and antioxidants.

Exfoliating treatments, such as salt or sugar scrubs, polish and rejuvenate the skin and are often part of other treatments such as body wraps. Body wraps incorporate an all-over body exfoliation before a generous layer of mud, clay or seaweed is applied to cleanse and refresh the skin. 

Facials come in many forms, including collagen boosting, skin brightening, microdermabrasion and peels. Some spas even have a beauty salon which offers more than just treatments such as waxing, eye brow shaping, spray tanning and laser hair removal.

Most spas have a restaurant or cafe where visitors may take a break between treatments.  A spa visit can be enjoyed as a simple day-trip to your local spa or as a longer, weekend break, with many located within luxurious hotels. A spa session can provide a fun place to catch up with friends or family, or the perfect way to make a splash at a hen do. Some spas offer romantic twilight packages for couples where champagne may be sipped in the pools and massages taken together.