The term “spa” comes from the Latin phrase sanus per aquam, which means “health through water.” These establishments promote wellness through the provision of therapeutic and other professional services meant to renew the body, mind and spirit.
Generally, these spas focus on health and fitness and provide a range of services including massage, facials, salon services, hair and nail treatments and therapeutic water-based therapies. They also sell products that are related to their wellness offerings.
Day spa: A day-use facility that offers a range of services, often on a pay-as-you-go basis. Common services include mud wraps, hot and cold soaks, seaweed wraps, relaxation massage, sensory deprivation rooms, pleasant aromatherapy, pools and facials.
Wellness center: A medical and rehabilitation facility that provides a wide range of health-related services, including neuromuscular or medical massage, yoga, Pilates, adjunct bodywork therapies, martial arts, chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture and Eastern medicine. Many of these centers also offer a variety of non-health-related services.
Thermal/mineral springs: Encompasses the revenues of business establishments associated with the wellness, recreational and therapeutic uses of water with special properties, including thermal water, mineral water and seawater. The vapors from these waters have the effect of releasing valuable substances that promote the healing of inflammation, cellulite, rheumatism and wrinkles.
Authenticity: Authenticity is a key component of the World Spa experience. Handmade Moroccan and Turkish tiles adorn the hammams, authentic Kelo pine from Northern Europe is used in the saunas and banyas and cleansing Himalayan salt therapy is available.
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