Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction

Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction | Chapter 5.3 | Creating an Experience

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While spas are a service business by classic definition, consumers today want more than just services. Now, consumers are looking for an experience that is memorable and lasting. 

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Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction | Chapter 5.4 | Realms of Experience

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In Experience Economy by B. Joseph Pine and James H. Gilmore, the authors explain that an experience can engage guests in a number of dimensions. 

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Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction | Chapter 5.5 | Delivering on the Service Promise

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The bottom line for spas is delivering on the promise that a spa makes to its owners, employees, and guests.

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Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction | Chapter 5.6 | The Spa Experience

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Every spa will offer its own unique experience to its guests just as every guest will participate in a unique experience at every visit. 

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Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction | Chapter 6 | Traditions, Treatments and Terms

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A menu of spa services can be confusing to anyone unfamiliar with the terminology used to describe the array of treatments available. However, a look into the traditions from which the treatments come, their countries of origin, or the people who developed techniques can shed light on the unique language found within a spa. 

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Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction

Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction | Chapter 6.1 | Traditions

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Spa treatments come from all over the world and have been developed over the centuries by people from many cultures, religions, and medical perspectives. Many modern spa therapies have their origins in one or more of the long-standing traditions described below. 

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Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction | Chapter 6.2 | Massage Therapy

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Many people associate spa with massage, but may not realize the spectrum of treatments and techniques that term encompasses. 

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Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction |Chapter 6.3 | Types of Massage Therapists

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There are scores of massage therapies, based on different needs, techniques, and materials used. Some of the better-known massage therapies are explained here.

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Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction | Chapter 6.4 | Movement Education and Mind-Body Fitness

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Part of health and wellness is understanding how one’s body works and how the proper functioning of the body contributes to an overall experience of physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

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Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction | Chapter 6.5 | Hydrotherapy

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Virtually everyone has practiced some form of hydrotherapy during their lives, even though they may not have realized there was a name for it. 

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Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction | Chapter 6.6 | Body Treatments

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Body treatments include wraps and scrubs that use natural substances to enhance beauty, improve circulation and skin tone, and introduce trace elements into the body through absorption.

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Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction | Chapter 6.7 | Skin Care/Facials

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A facial is a skin treatment that generally consists of the following steps: cleansing, steaming, exfoliating, extraction, massaging, treating, and moisturizing. 

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Sports Massage

Article | Category: Glossary Terms

Deep-tissue massage directed specifically at muscles used in athletic activities. This massage can be either preventive or corrective in approach.

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Spray Tan

Article | Category: Glossary Terms

A beauty treatment in which the body is sprayed with a product containing chemicals that react with the skin to produce an artificial suntan.

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Steam Room

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A ceramic-tiled room with wet heat generated by temperatures of 110-130° Fahrenheit designed to soften the skin, cleanse the pores, calm the nervous system and relieve tension. 

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Still Baths

Article | Category: Glossary Terms

The act of soaking or cleansing the body, as in water or steam. The water used for cleansing the body. A building equipped for bathing. A resort providing therapeutic baths; a spa.

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By using a straight single bladed razor, you are able to enjoy a cleaner and closer shave for a better overall shaving experience.

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Stress Management

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A program of meditation, deep relaxation or any activity intended to reduce the ill effects of stress on the system.

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Sugar Body Scrub

Article | Category: Glossary Terms

This treatment involves the use of sugar often mixed with oils and applied to the skin with the intent to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s epidermis.  The exfoliation is achieved by both a mechanical (manual) and a chemical means.  The alpha hydroxy acid from the sugar loosens the bonds between dead skin cells and the coarseness of the sugar gently sloughs them away. The exfoliation not only leaves the skin with a better appearance and texture, but the treatment also increases the blood circulation and cell generation.

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Sugaring

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Rooted in ancient practices, sugaring is the most natural and long-lasting treatment for eliminating unwanted hair from all areas of the body for both men and women. Using only 100% natural ingredients, it is the least painful of all hair removal techniques and is great for all skin types.

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