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Types of Spas  

Day Spa
Need to de-stress but donít have all day? From a 50-minute massage to a three-hour package including hot stone therapy, a rejuvenating facial and even a pedicureóday spas are ideal for those needing to spa but donít have the luxury of an all-nighter. The rise in competition among day spas has resulted in top-notch facilities offering serene lounges, his and hers locker rooms, herb-infused steam rooms, European-style showers and luxurious robes.

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Destination Spa
Destination spas offer a full-immersion spa experience focused on programs that reconnect and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. The goal is to help spa goers develop healthy habits and transform their lives. From ďpetiteĒ three-day programs to week-long stays, destination spas incorporate fitness activities, healthy cuisine, nutrition counseling, therapeutic facial and body treatments, and wellness education. Destination spas are open to both men and women, and itineraries are tailored to each personís needs. Many destination spas also offer special programs such as mother-daughter getaways and yoga retreats.

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Massage Clinic
The battle against stress has led to a growth in the availability of massage clinics and licensed massage therapists operating independently. Luckily for consumers and therapists alike, the industry has also gained credibility through the establishment of national certification for massage and the spread of licensing laws. Massage clinics and independent therapists provide an alternative to the traditional spa, by focusing their services on massage and bodywork techniques ó such as therapeutic Swedish massage, balancing LaStone Therapy and Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy.

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Medical Spa
According to the International Spa Association, a medical spa is a ďfacility 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.Ē The medical spa's specialty may be diagnoses and testing, preventive care, cosmetic procedures, or a combination. And its staff can include aestheticians and massage therapists as well as specialty trained nurse practitioners.

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Mobile Spa
Canít make it out to a spa? No problem. Mobile spas bring the facials, massages and manicures to you! Perfect when nothing but a massage can cure the house-bound blues, mobile spas are also ideal solutions for bridal showers, birthdays and for a girlsí night in.

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Resort/Hotel Spa
It seems no high-end hotel exists today without a spa on its premise. Thatís a good thing for travelers and locals alike. In addition to rooms, suites or villas for overnight stays; resort and hotel spas offer a wide variety of recreational facilities such as golf, hiking and tennis; an indoor or outdoor pool; a state-of-the-art fitness room; and dining options. The spa is more expansive than a day spa, offering more treatment rooms; amenities such as a bath house and meditation areas; hydrotherapy and other specialized treatments; spa cuisine; extensive packages and other spa services to enhance the vacation experience.

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Salon and Day Spa
Many salons have expanded their offerings beyond haircuts and nail care. Today, their menus include day spa services such as facial treatments and massages. While you may not find a whirlpool bath or steam room, salon and day spas provide a flexible solution for those on the go. In addition, many carry widely recognized beauty and cosmetic lines such as Aveda and Elizabeth Arden.

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Wellness Spa
Owned by a physician or entrepreneur, wellness spas operate under the full-time supervision of a licensed healthcare professional or alternative therapy practitioner. Services may include wellness and preventive care similar to that found in traditional medical/hospital facilities, or complementary/alternative practices, or a combination of the two (known as integrative medicine). These centers incorporate spa treatments into their wellness programs as a way to reconnect the mind, body and spirit; rejuvenate; and reduce stress.

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