Beginner’s guide to spa treatments

January 9, 2017
Mizpe Hayamim Spa Hotel

Are you looking to visit a spa for the first time? Not really sure what to do? Feeling a little nervous?

Well, our ‘Beginner’s guide to spa treatments’ is here to help you make the right decisions and to enjoy your experience.

What will you wear?

After arriving at the spa the receptionist will direct you to the changing area where you will be provided with a pair of flip-flops, a robe and some disposable spa underwear – you can either wear this ‘beautiful’ and ‘attractive’ piece of clothing or your own swimming costume.

Remember that if you do not feel happy with someone from the opposite sex giving you your treatment then let the receptionist know. My husband for example prefers to be given a massage by a woman and going for spa treatments are a very personal thing and you need to feel as comfortable as possible to get the most out of the experience.

The first decision is to decide what sort of treatment you should have. You will find a long list of options which could easily put you off especially as you are unlikely to know the difference between the likes of an Absolute Pearl Facial or a Classical Algae Wrap.

The detailed list/booklet of options is likely to be broken into three sections –Massages, Facials and Body rituals.

*** Massages ***

So you have decided that you want to have a massage – now it is key to make sure you choose the one that suits your needs.

One option which might appeal is the traditional massage or as it is known in America as a ‘Swedish massage’ which uses five styles of strokes and is probably the best option for a newbie to the world of massage.

Generally people opt for a 50 or 60-minute massages, but if you have the time then a 75 or 90-minute one allows the therapist more time to achieve the best results.

Another possibility is a deep tissue massage which is similar to a Traditional Massage just deeper with the main benefit being that it releases chronic muscle tension – this is probably suited to someone with a bit more experience who is particularly sore or maybe struggling with a sports injury.

Then as you become a ‘pro’ at getting massages the next step is to become a bit more adventurous and maybe try a rope massage, geo thermal therapy, or Thai foot reflexology.

A massage is extremely addictive – they are likely to leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed whilst also stimulated.

If you are looking for a complete body massage to relax then a high-pressure massage (deep tissue or rope massage)is recommended but if you are looking to relieve stress and boost your immunity a low-pressure massage (Traditional/Swedish massage) is the way forward.

*** Facials ***

Sadly lots of people suffer with skin problems which could be due to having had them since childhood, local pollution or bad eating habits then spas are here to offer help to rejuvenate your face.

Whilst you can have a facial in a beauty salon the main difference to those given in spas is that they are more elaborate and use a wider range of products.

A facial is a very relaxing experience and you can often find yourself falling asleep during the process!

It is extremely likely that your skin will be dehydrated so the therapist giving you the facial is likely to use lots of moisturisers, serums, masks and steamy towels.

The first part, and possibly the most important, of the facial is to cleanse the face correctly. Any beauty professional should use products with a pH value between 5 and 5.5 which is similar to the skin’s natural pH. So not to damage the skin the cleanser should not contain any alcohol.

There are numerous types of facials as well as the standard option such as age-defying facials and clarifying facials. The best option is to get the therapist to diagnose your skin type so you can choose the best treatment for you.

*** Body Rituals ***

This is a broad range of treatments which includes body scrubs or polishes, wraps and specific treatments.

You might choose a treatment because it is ‘interesting’, alternatively there might be a reason such as moisturising, relaxing or healing a part of the body.

One interesting and fun option is to get a body wrap – these will relax, cleanse and detox your body whilst enhancing you skin’s texture and vitality.

You will be pleasantly surprised to find that your body is moisturised and smooth, leaving you feeling fitter and healthier.

*** Serums and creams ?!?!? ***

You are likely to come across various serums and creams and could be left asking, ‘What’s the difference?’ Well, a cream or lotion can be used for a wide range of uses whilst serums are intended for a specific purpose.

*** Decision time ***

Now, before you make any bookings do your research on different spas and the treatments they offer. Whilst this can be a pain it is worth reading reviews of previous customers to see how they rate.

After reading the reviews and doing your research and you still do not know which treatment to start off with then a simple option such as a traditional massage is the sensible choice – if you enjoy the experience then try something different the next time!

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  • Reply Marcie January 15, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    You had me at “spa treatments.” Great breakdown of what to expect. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking to try something new for the first (or even second or third time) especially when it’s supposed to be a relaxing experience. Body scrubs are hands-down my favorite treatment, but it helps that I know what to expect!

    • Reply Scottie B January 15, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      I must admit a guy – I was very nervous initially but now I love it! My favourite is a good massage!

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  • Reply Rebecca January 15, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    I’ve never been to a “spa”, preferring a more adventurous rather than luxury travel experience. But I do agree that massages are heavenly, especially after you’ve been hiking all day! Great post!

    • Reply Scottie B January 15, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      That’s fair enough – I have grown to love a spa break! Or at least during a holiday taking a day to visit a spa for a massage. When we were in Palermo for a two week break recently we went to the Hammam twice which was amazing.

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  • Reply Hendrik January 16, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Great tips here, I would say for beginners and advanced even!
    From time to time, especially when we are on a cruise we also enjoy the benefits from a great Spa treatment. It just needs to be a part of the right kind of travel of course, since as a backpacker you obviously have some other things in mind (usually) 😉
    But yes, the feeling of being reborn after such a treatment is incomparable, I agree.

  • Reply Ariane January 16, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Wow, after this post I just want to run to the next spa! 😉 Those tips are great, often you don’t really know which treatment to chose and whats the right on adapted to your needs. Thanks for all that advice! I’ll think of you on my next trip to the spa! 😉

    • Reply Polly January 21, 2017 at 7:17 am

      That’s what we’ve all been waiting for! Great poistng!

  • Reply Jean January 17, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Oh I wish I had this years ago when I first went to a spa. I can still remember the nerves!!

  • Reply Stephanie Frias January 18, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    This is very interesting and useful information. I am one of those completely awkward, don’t know what to do with myself spa personalities. I honestly usually avoid them, because the uncertainty causes me more stress than relaxation. Thanks to this, I just might reconsider if the opportunity should arise!

  • Reply Josie January 19, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Very helpful! Not sure about the ‘Spa underwear’..I’ll pass that 🙂 I prefer deep tissue massages as they help with those tight knots resulting from repetitive strain from always working on my laptop. I’d recommend it for anyone with painful/stiff muscles

  • Reply Louiela January 19, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Thank you… you made me want to have my treatment now 🙂 To read a post like this is somewhat relaxing then… You gave me idea what to do the next time I have to treat myself…

  • Reply Jasmin N January 25, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Wonderful read Scott! 🙂 Gosh, a good massage would be absolutely perfect right now! Sucks that I need to wait until this baby has come out haha 😀

  • Reply Helene January 25, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Wonderful tips! Personally, i think making a research and read some reviews before, is the best way to choose the right place and the right package.

  • Reply Melissa Rose January 26, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Great tips. I will keep this list bookmarked in case I decide to give myself a Spa break.

  • Reply Nora January 26, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Excellent guide! 🙂 I love exercising so massages are a must. I also love going to spas in general because going there is very relaxing. All the peace, scents and calming music is just perfect.

    Nora /

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