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Your Own Kind of Spa

Updated on October 15, 2009
1.Gondola Massage /Orient-Express Hotels (UK)Ltd
1.Gondola Massage /Orient-Express Hotels (UK)Ltd
2.Alpha Oxy-LED Light Spa Capsule/Med-Spa Clinic Tunbridge Wells
2.Alpha Oxy-LED Light Spa Capsule/Med-Spa Clinic Tunbridge Wells
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3.Reiki on Horseback/ tbkmedia.de Alamy
4. Japanese Sake Bath/Hemis/ Alamy
4. Japanese Sake Bath/Hemis/ Alamy
5. Arctic Ice Room /Rouse Photography Ceasars Palace
5. Arctic Ice Room /Rouse Photography Ceasars Palace
6. Chocolate Facial Therapy /Aquapura Spa
6. Chocolate Facial Therapy /Aquapura Spa
7. Harmony Balls Massage/Casa Dorada
7. Harmony Balls Massage/Casa Dorada
8. Manaka Tapping Treatment /Lake Austin Spa Resort
8. Manaka Tapping Treatment /Lake Austin Spa Resort
9. Rose Quartz Facial/ Emotive Images /Alamy
9. Rose Quartz Facial/ Emotive Images /Alamy
10. Full Body Fish Nibbling /Sampuoton Fish Spa
10. Full Body Fish Nibbling /Sampuoton Fish Spa

Spa-licious to the Max!

If there's a jargon that "we are what we eat" then, I can say that our personality can also be compared to different spa stylings.

The only thing that I'm connected with this spa thing was when I engaged into foot spa. Other than that no more.

So, fellow hubbers, let us take a closer look into how spa dominated our lifestyle and healthy living.

The term spa is associated with water treatment which is also known as balneotherapy. Spa towns or spa resorts (including hot springs resorts) typically offer thermal or mineral water for drinking and bathing. They also offer various health treatments. The belief in the curative powers of mineral waters goes back to prehistoric times. Such practices have been popular world-wide, but are especially wide-spread in Europe and Japan. Day spas are also quite popular, and offer various personal care treatments.

Spa - places devoted to overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.

Types of spa

  • Club spa - A facility whose primary purpose is fitness and which offers a variety of professionally administered spa services on a day-use basis.
  • Cruise ship spa – A spa aboard a cruise ship providing professionally administered spa services, fitness and wellness components and spa cuisine menu choices.
  • Day spa – A spa offering a variety of professionally administered spa services to clients on a day-use basis.
  • Dental spa – A facility under the supervision of a licensed dentist that combines traditional dental treatment with the services of a spa.
  • Destination spa - A destination spa is a facility with the primary purpose of guiding individual spa-goers to develop healthy habits. Historically a seven-day stay, this lifestyle transformation can be accomplished by providing a comprehensive program that includes spa services, physical fitness activities, wellness education, healthful cuisine and special interest programming.
  • Medical spa - A facility that operates under the full-time, on-site supervision of a licensed health care professional whose primary purpose is to provide comprehensive medical and wellness care in an environment that integrates spa services, as well as traditional, complimentary and/or alternative therapies and treatments. The facility operates within the scope of practice of its staff, which can include both aesthetic/cosmetic and prevention/wellness procedures and services. These spas typically use balneotherapy, employing a variety of peloids.(Source: Wikipedia)

So, here's the spin: Tell me what kind of spa you're engaged into and I will tell you who you are.

A) Exhibitionist. Everyone of us has this desire to show a little flesh to be admired by everyone. Don't lie to me, because I am a showoff, too, whenever I'm at the beach. This kind of spa setting is the most transparent to paparazzi and amateur photographers, especially if you're a well-known personality (politicians, artists, etc.). Hmm...you better watch your back out there. Is it relaxing that so many eyes are feasting on your luscious or well-built bodies?



The Place: The Cassanova Beauty & Wellness Center at the Hotel Cipriani (www.hotelcipriani.com), in—where else?—Venice.

How to do it: Exactly what it sounds like: a 40-minute massage performed in a specially modified gondola, piloted slowly through the Venetian Lagoon (a private area off the Grand Canal) by your own personal gondolier. To further protect your privacy, the massage focuses on the upper body, face, and feet, keeping the lower body draped at all times. To protect your skin, this outdoor massage is given using a special oil with SPF protection.

B) Futurist. You don't need to wear space suits to engage into this kind of spa. If you want to be confined in a tight space or medium like this, then this is for you. This is really for non-claustrophobic people or those who don't have fear to be confined in a small space. Okay, are you ready for the countdown?

The Place:The Med-Spa Clinic at Tunbridge Wells (www.med-spa.co.uk), in Kent, England.

How to do it: A full-body capsule resembling a tanning bed on the Starship Enterprise. Once you’re closed inside, your body is painlessly blasted with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that give off deep heat. The result is that you sweat a lot, which—when combined with a vibrating mattress (to “exercise muscles”) and super-oxygenated air (to “speed metabolism”)—reportedly promotes weight loss.

C)Animal Lovers. If you have the appeal and the guts to ride at the back of a galloping horse, then this is the best style for you to release emotional anguish and physical pains. This is popularly known as Reiki in Japan. Reiki is composed of two words (Rei for "Higher power or God's wisdom" and Ki for "lifeforce energy").

The Place:At the Rockin’ Heart Ranch (www.rockinheartranch.net), near Jackson, Wyoming.

How to do it: The Japanese practice of Reiki is focused on the belief that healing energy—when passed from practitioner to client—can correct imbalances in both spirit and body. Usually the practitioner is a human, but Rockin’ Heart Ranch owner (and Certified Reiki Master) Christina DiBartolo believes that horses also possess an innate healing energy. Riding on horseback—either alone or with DiBartolo, and with her guidance—ostensibly allows a client to tap into that energy, and ease everything from physical aches and pains to emotional anxiety.

D) Wine lovers. You're not going to drink this, but you'll be submerged to a bath tub full of wine! I am imagining myself now, inhaling the aroma of a wine while soaked into the huge bath tub tasting little of its content but not getting drunk. Such gimmickry branched out into a variety of media (like green tea, red wine, coffee or milk). But in Japan, you'll just have to concentrate on sake wine (or rice wine. Let's drink to that. Kampai!

The Place: At Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Hot Springs Amusement Park and Spa Resort (www.yunessun.com/english/yunessun.html) in the Hakone hot springs region of south-central Japan.

How to do it: Perhaps the most popular of the “amusement baths” at this sprawling spa resort (which also includes a Green Tea Bath, a Red Wine Bath, and a Coffee Bath). The concept is gimmicky, sure—you basically soak in a communal hot tub, into which a constant drip of sake flows from a huge overhead cask. But the amino acids in sake are also touted as powerful natural moisturizers, once used by geishas before applying their elaborate makeup.

E) Ice-aholic. I just coined this word. Maybe you did already. This is a fusion between hot and cold method of spa. They say that it really tighten your skin pores after you engage into the hot tub then immediately to the cold room of the spa. I used to do this method when taking a bath. It's cold in the morning so, I will adjust the shower temperature into somewhat hot spurtz of water then immediately turning it into cold temperature. The physical reaction is overwhelming, mind you. Try this one. It will keep you're skin young-looking and tight.

The Place: Qua Baths & Spa (www.harrahs.com/qua) at Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas.

How to do it: Once you step into the communal glass-and-tile room (big enough for eight spa-goers at once), and find yourself a spot on a heated bench, you can start breathing in mint—infused air-chilled to 55 degrees F. At the same time, you can watch as “snowflakes” (actually crystals made from soap and water) fall from the ceiling vents. The indoor snowstorm is merely to provide ambience, but believers say that a shot of extreme cold—especially after a stint in a hot tub or sauna—can help reduce hypertension and tighten pores.

F) Chocophiles. But of course, everybody loves chocolate since the good olden times. They say that it really helps you to be young-looking, and heal you inside and out. How about a tub full of liquid chocolate? Hmm...it's really mouth-watering and yummy just by simply inhaling its aroma.

The Place:The Aquapura Douro Valley Resort & Spa (www.aquapurahotels.com), in northeastern Portugal.

How to do it: A literally luscious 40-minute treatment, which culminates with slathering the face with creamy, melted, oxygen-infused Swiss chocolate. Aquapura staffers swear that the O2 helps deliver the chocolate’s vitamins and antioxidants deep into the skin to better fight aging, promote healing, and accelerate cellular rejuvenation. (And no one will mind if you lick your lips during the treatment.

G) Harmony Balls Addict. This kind of ball usually comes in pair with your own favorite gemstones or metals (like jade, jasper, quartz, etc.). It originated from China you I can say that it is full of mysticism promoting the functions negative and positive forces in our body. This is also called the baoding balls or meditation balls that came from Baoding, China.

The Place: The Saltwater Spa at Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort (www.casadorada.com), on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

How to do it: Adapted from an ancient Chinese tradition, this 50-minute massage uses silver baoding balls (which have been around since the Ming Dynasty). The balls are rolled over the body in place of bare hands; the idea is to stimulate the body with rolling pressure while the 48 different tonal vibrations produced by the balls relax the mind.

H) Pseudo-Acupuncture. Imagine yourself engaging into a spa full of needles. Nah! I can't take it. Not that kind of spa. Japan copied the procedure in that kind of Chinese healing but with the use of small wooden hammer called manaka. It is used with the beat of a metronome ( a musical device that gives regular ticks, beats or pulse).

The Place: The LakeHouse Spa at the Lake Austin Spa Resort (www.lakeaustin.com), in Austin, Texas.

How to do it: Similar to acupuncture—but without the needles. During this 50-minute treatment, a wooden hammer called a manaka—used in Japan as far back as the 16th century—is employed to gently tap wooden pegs placed along your body’s acupoints. The tapping, done rhythmically to the beat of a metronome, purportedly provides the same benefits as acupuncture: balanced energy, and relief from both general stress and specific bodily pains.

I) Crystal People. They are also called the New Age believers. Healing crystals. My mother also believed in crystal healing that I cannot understand. I'm not too superstitious about it, but my mother insists that there are forces we cannot understand in this world. It really wears off her anxiety or depression (because of us her children) whenever she touches or wear her crystal accessories.

The Place: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa (www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com), near Scottsdale, Arizona.

How to do it:During the 90-minute Sanctuary Luxury Facial, smooth rose quartz crystals (which have been “energized” by the power of the sun, then cooled on ice to 40–45 degrees F) are rolled over the face. According to Sanctuary Spa staffers, minerals in the stones soothe skin irritation and stimulate lymphatic flow, thus reducing puffiness—while the crystals’ cool temperature calms inflammation.

J) Fishaholic. Eww!!! That's how Westerners find Asians exotic (not including me). Are you ready to submerge in a pond full of small nibling fishes? Yes, it's true! If you're too lazy to exfoliate, this is for you.

The Place: The Sampuoton Spa (www.sampuotonspa.com) in Selangor, Malaysia.

How to do it: Sticking your feet into a tub full of flesh-nibbling fish and calling it a pedicure is already de rigueur or a fashion(?) in several parts of Asia—but here, the garra rufa (small fish in the carp family, which feed on dead skin cells) are used for full-immersion purposes. The process is simple: you lounge in a heated pool for about an hour—as long as you’re not ticklish—while swarms of “nibble fish” snack away at rough spots and deep-clean your pores. While feeding, the nibbling fish also reportedly exude an enzyme that slows the return of skin problems like acne.

(Source:Travel & Leisure)

Spa at home

Yes, it's possible. You can make a makeshift spa at home. If you have a guest room but seldom you entertain visitors then you can make it as your home spa. Check HomeSpa.com and you can sign up and asks as many questions as you want regarding the materials needed for your spa. Spa materials are also available at special market place in your area or even in well-known market hubs. Are you ready to start?


Lisa Kasanicky, founder,ArizonaSpaGirls.com

Billie & Brent c/o You Tube (Melbboi01)

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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      You betcha, sailor! Don't forget to take a bath after that garra rufa spa. One of my weakness is chocolate. I'll sip wine first before indulging into a relaxing spa.

    • thesailor profile image

      thesailor 

      7 years ago from Seven Seas

      Garra rufa is unique to exfoliate. I also like to try some other kind of spa, like the chocolates and wine.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Garra rufa is also known as doctor fish, it can also treat serious skin diseases like psoriasis, eczema, etc. i've followedd your link and learned something new about these special fishes. Thanks, aquanatics.

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      aquanatics 

      8 years ago

      I heard of the fish spa. And its something different. I enjoyed it better than the traditinal ones.

      Doctor fish seems to help remove dead skin cells.

      Some info:

      http://aqtropical.com/garrarufa.aspx

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      There are many kinds of spa being offered in the Philippines; reflex massage, foot and nail spa, and also "hilot" the typical Filipino spa.

    • bacville profile image

      bacville 

      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Someday, I will avail the services the spa offer.

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