Beauty, fitness, health

SPA 101

SPA which stands for “Sanus Per Aquam” meaning “health by or through water” is a location where mineral-rich spring water (and sometimes seawater) is used to give medicinal baths. Basically, Spa is a place where varieties of services are offered for the purpose of improving health, beauty and relaxation through personal care treatments such as body scrub, aromatherapy, massages, pedicure, manicure, facials etc.

There are different types of spas to suit one’s mood, health and beauty needs. There is Day Spa, Resort Spa, Destination Spa, Stay spa, Health Spa, Medi Spa etc. However, below are the top five (5) most common types of spas one can find in almost every city including the services to expect when you book an appointment.



This is the most common spa you can find in every city. It is designed to spoil, pamper and give clients who want to de-stress without being concerned about their diet a treat. The emphasis is on relaxation, fun and excessive indulgence in pleasure or luxury combined with a variety of Spa services. Clients can enjoy a wonderful sauna, Aromatherapy Massage, manicure, pedicure and any other service that will make them feel pampered.



A lot of resorts and hotels if not all have spa as part of their facilities. Unlike the Pamper Spa, Resort / Hotel spa generally have a wide variety of facilities and leisure centres like golf course, gym, sauna and steam room, Jacuzzi and swimming pool.  Services offered in this kind of Spa includes fitness consultation, nutrition advice, yoga classes, massage, weight loss, body treatment, waxing & tanning, hair & nail care etc.

Resort / Hotel Spa are best for Families who want to spend quality time together whiles engaging in different fun activities due to the variety of facilities and services offered.  Although, the Spa centre may have age restrictions or at least on some of the treatments, there will be numerous services to suit younger ages.



Wellness means living in a state of optimal health, well-being, and vitality. Wellness centre is a bit different from regular spa where you go just to relax. This is a place where mental and medical healthcare professionals, nutritionists, fitness experts and life-coaches provide a variety of treatments and services for the total well-being of their clients. It is a venue people go regularly to seek treatment, advice, maintain health, and stay motivated.  Wellness centres usually offer a combination of  body and skin care services,  fitness services, personal training and nutrition consultation. Some wellness centres offer more alternate services such as chiropractic, acupuncture, meditation and holistic medicine.



The main feature that differentiates this type of spa from the others is that, it does not offer accommodation. Meaning clients can go for few hours but cannot stay overnight. Clients can choose single service like massage, facial, manicure; waxing or they can combine spa services like a half day package or even a full day spa treat. Some Day Spas have fitness facilities and offer training services.



The emphasis of health spa is on health, beauty and fitness in conducive and relaxed settings.  Clients can access nutritious, well-balanced, and tasty meals, relaxing massage, meditation sessions, yoga and fitness classes. Health Spa provides healthy lifestyle services for those who seek to live healthier lives.

Spa treatments come with many benefits which include improvement of blood circulation, cell re-generation, moisturised and clearer skin, stress and chronic pain relief, mind and body relaxation and so many more.

Take a timeout of your busy schedule and stressful lifestyle to relax, detox, chill out, recharge and re-energise.


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