If you need some time for relaxation and you would like to be spoiled for a day (or more), a health spa break is perfect for you. Some health spas can be found in the city, while others such as destination health spas are designed to lump together a vacation and a body treatment in one.
Here are some of the most common features you will find in a health spa:
Jacuzzi—some Jacuzzis are private and these types will probably come with a room rental or at a more expensive rate. The warm water from the Jacuzzi and the gentle pressure from the jets on the side of the tubs have a reputation for being therapeutic, known as hydrotherapy. It is common in many health spas to have a big shared Jacuzzi tub in the wet area.
Sauna bath—a sauna room is a common fixture in many health spas. The room is usually made of wood and inside it is very hot. This room is supposed to encourage sweating which relaxes (especially after the session) and supposedly detoxifies the body. The sauna should have a controlled humidity and the temperature should be carefully monitored to avoid overheating. There are hot stones somewhere in the room which is periodically doused with water to create humidity in the space.
Steam room—similar to a sauna but less dry since there is a constant stream of steam circulating in the small space.
Swimming pool—a large swimming pool is usually available in bigger properties for people who want to do laps and low impact exercise.
Massage therapy—the massage menu is usually one of the highlights of a health spa, and customers can choose what kind of massage they want and for how long. Some massage are standard such as Thai, Swedish or Shiatsu, while some are more specialized such as ayurvedic massage, reflexology etc. the massage session can be done by one or two massage therapists.
Body treatments—usually also included in the massage menu, body treatments include body scrub, exfoliation, mud therapy, etc.
Gym—some health spas have an in-house gym facility which caters to the health buff who wants to also squeeze in a workout while relaxing.
Restaurant serving healthy food—a restaurant which serves light, low-calories meals are usually also within the health spa grounds. Fares can include shabu-shabus, vegetarian meals, vegan meals, etc.