SPECIAL SPA SERVICES
Local spas go beyond massage with popular treatments that rejuvenate and leave you glowing
Massages are timeless in both their benefits and their popularity. In fact, many Americans view massage therapy as a vital part of staying healthy. One of its most essential aspects is the human touch, which is known to release oxytocin—a hormone that fights stress. Touch also causes the body to naturally release the chemicals dopamine and serotonin that activate the pleasure center of your brain where your mood is regulated.
Day spas, however, are now offering services that can do so much more for you than the standard Swedish massage and traditional facial. Here are four treatments, designed to rejuvenate your body in a number of ways, that just might make you feel better and more confident, plus give you a great sense of total wellness.
HOT STONE THERAPY
This warm treatment uses heat to take you into a deeper form of physical relaxation and well-being by placing hot stones at key points on the body. Hot stone therapy aims to melt away tension, ease muscle stiffness and increase circulation. Additionally, lava shells and steamed towels are other ways to use heat in a massage.
This procedure is also known as micro-pigmentation or cosmetic tattooing. The colored pigments are deposited into the dermal layer of the skin with a sterile needle to help naturally enhance the eyes, eyebrows and lips. Permanent makeup is the ideal way to lower makeup application time, and many people love the convenience of it, making morning routines simpler and less stressful.
A physical exfoliation procedure, dermaplaning is simple and safe. It consists of using a scalpel to very gently scrape off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells. By removing excess vellus hair, which can hold dirt and oils, your skin takes on a healthier look without the worry of the hair growing back heavier and darker.
Reflexology is a type of massage that focuses primarily on the feet and hands to target and heal the entire body. This focused massage can be beneficial in treating a variety of conditions such as back pain, sciatica, digestive problems, migraine, asthma, psoriasis and chronic fatigue. It can also be used to maintain health and relieve daily stress.
Hot stone therapy aims to melt away tension, ease muscle stiffness and increase circulation.