Typically, day spas are places where people go for a spa experience but do not stay overnight. Sometimes, though, health spa experiences can extend through a vacation week or weekend, especially at a vacation destination, resort area, or spa town. A health spa usually offers a variety of options, either a single wellness or beauty treatment such as a body wrap, facial, or massage; or a comprehensive package of luxury beauty and health services.
A resort, hotel, cruise ship facility, or health club may have a spa within it. Clients can expect pampering treatments in various rooms, such as steam rooms and saunas. They are usually equipped with baths, massage tables, microdermabrasion equipment, and hot tubs. Spas should be staffed with licensed massage therapists, company estheticians who give facials, and consultants who can advise on the proper mix of minerals and oils.
Most day spas take reservation bookings for their health, wellness, and beauty treatments in advance, but there are some treatments such as manicures that may be available to walk-in clients. On the booking menu may be a soothing massage, mud wrap, rejuvenating body wrap, relaxing foot rub, or even a dental treatment such as teeth whitening. Health and wellness is a big part of most day and health spas, as they may offer natural body detoxifications, along with dietary consultations as to the healthiest foods around. Many spas also sell products like hair spray, body lotion, bath bubbles, and massage oil that clients can purchase after their treatments.
Depending on the season, health spas may offer discount rates and prices on services, products, and equipment. Health clubs and fitness facilities may give the added benefit of a monthly membership to take advantage of all the other offered amenities available such as exercise and holistic health classes.