Spa is a wonder word which instantly brings in mental images of cool, healthy and relaxing destinations. The Oxford dictionary defines a spa as a place with mineral springs and believed to have health benefits. Spas have been popular since ancient times, with the only exception that the facilities were limited to either the royals or the rich. Considering the amount of money which is involved, modern day times seem to have followed the trend of catering only to the rich.
There seems to be a huge variety of the outdoor spas, like the Medical, Health, Resort, Day, Destination, Mineral springs and so on.
A medical spa is the one which deals with medical treatments by qualified medical practitioners, for specific ailments. For example an Ayurvedic Medical Spa concentrates on treating Arthritis, Paralysis, Slip disc and other disorders. Some others may have Botox treatment, Laser therapy and may deal solely with Skin treatment and cosmetic procedures.
The terms Health and Medical Spa though seemingly similar, entail different procedures. A health spa is where the emphasis is on overall health and well being, a place to rejuvenate and relax. Stress is a constant companion of modern day life. People get bogged down by the tight schedules and increasing demands of the modern, jet set lifestyle. These visitors are in otherwise good health and simply looking forward to a break in their busy schedules to enjoy some pampering and relaxation.
The setting is usually in a hotel and it provides staying facilities for the intended visitors. Resort spas are a convenient way for families and business travelers to spend some time in the comfort and professional service of the spas. Typically located in a green and healthy locale, Resort spas often are touted as an important tourist attraction of any given destination.
Day spas offer massages, pedicure, manicure and other cosmetic treatments. The visitor spends the whole day over here and is taken good care of by the spa staff. Sauna baths, hot oil massages, medicated oil massages and a menu which caters not only to the taste buds but also to the health, are all facilities offered.
Day spas are quite an efficient and hassle free way to get some regular rejuvenating treatment and to fight away stress.
Mineral Spring Spa
As the name itself is suggestive, Mineral spas deal with Hydrotherapy. Visitors are provided mineral or spring water baths. Mineral baths are used as curative therapy for various skin ailments like Psoriasis, Eczema or certain dermatitis. The hot thermal spas benefit patients with Rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory disorders, and disorders of the locomotive system and a load of other general disorders. The Mineral spring spa could either be man made or located in a locale blessed with natural mineral water geysers or springs.