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Increasing Popularity of Health and Spa

In past few years, the world has witnessed a steady rise in the popularity and availability of number of health and spa retreats all over the world. The chief reason for the increasing popularity and more and more people opting for spa treatments and spa vacations is because of changing lifestyles and mounting work pressure. People, today have frantic work schedules and suffer from stress. Most of them have realized the importance of striking a balance between one’s mind, body and spirit in today’s stressful world.

One can strike a balance and can achieve peace of mind by spending a day or few days at a retreat day spa which are designed especially to meet your personal needs. These retreats are designed in such a way that they allow one to relax in natural, green and beautiful settings.

In these health resorts, they made you undergo special intensive detoxification programs which pamper your senses through authentic and natural therapy and holistic healing systems, coupled with deluxe services.

Spa health care centres offer an array of services and treatments. They also have many tempting packages on offer that incorporate right mix of treatments and services for you to achieve your desired goal by the end of your stay.

If you are not very sure about what services they provide and what all you want out of your retreat holiday, then it is advisable that you make a list of your expected outcomes. For example:

· Spa and herbal massage services.
· Healthy and organic food habits.
· Friendly people and amiable nature.
· Comfortable and luxurious accommodations.
· Beautiful and picturesque location.
· Rejuvenation.
· Relaxation.
· Contentment and spirituality.

If your list is similar to the one given above, then you most likely need a more conventional and authentic spa holiday. Thus, you should accordingly decide on the location of your spa vacation- like a desert, beach or mountains.

Before booking a retreat centre, it is advisable to first gain more insight into the services and treatments they provide. For this, you can seek personal assistance and reviews from people who have already visited that particular place.

Before going for a spa break, you must be sure about what you expect out of the treatment and your holiday. Today, spa resorts offer a number of spa health services, which are quite a deviation from the authentic ones. Few years back, a spa resort was referred to as ‘Baths’, which consisted of whirlpool baths and mineral water springs. These places used a special device to swirl and aerate the water for relaxing baths.

The Best Spas in Australia

Simply Lush recently completed a random survey among frequent travellers and health spa patrons regarding the best spas in all of Australia, per state. The following are the front-runners:

1. Spa Chakra (Queensland) Spa Chakra, located within the Hayman Island Resort in Queensland, is widely regarded as the best spa in Australia by its many patrons. Its recent awards seem to support this contention. The authoritative Conde Nast Traveller magazine bestowed on Spa Chakra its prestigious “Best Hotel Spa, Australia and South Pacific” award in 2006. The Hayman Island Resort which houses Spa Chakra has gained its share of awards as well, including a selection as one of the “500 Best Hotels in the World” by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2004 and 2005 and inclusion among the “Top Pacific Resorts-Reader’s Choice Awards” by Conde Nast Traveller in 2004.

Spa Chakra offers pampering services and wellness-oriented treatments and counselling. The pampering treatments include 90-minute specialty facials using the Guerlain Methode, a stress-relieving Hayman Hot Rock body treatment and special sessions at Spa Chakra’s hydrotherapy tubs which are equipped with 144 heated air jets and 20 individually controlled hydro-jets each.

2. Spa Chakra, Sydney (NSW) The Spa Chakra in Sydney is located within the BLUE hotel, a member of the Taj hotel chain. Like the Spa Chakra in Queensland, the Sydney Spa Chakra offers customized spa and wellness services. The two-story facility houses eleven treatment rooms as well as two wet rooms. Its relaxation lounge overlooks Sydney Harbour and the Royal Botanical Gardens, a view which further enhances the experience of quiet reflection and rejuvenation. A floor-to-ceiling water wall also adds to the atmosphere.

There is complimentary valet parking at the spa entrance for every guest as well as a private suite and a foot-bath lounge. The spa treatment begins with a Self Assessment Questionnaire about your lifestyle that will help determine how the spa can best serve your needs. They offer the same wellness treatments as the Spa Chakra in Queensland.

3. Aurora Spa Retreat, Melbourne (Victoria) The Aurora Spa Retreat is billed as the largest and most comprehensive urban spa retreat in Australia. Frequent visitors also consider it to be the most calming and ideal for rest and rejuvenation. The spa has individual thermal water therapies, soothing skin care and body care treatments as well as wellness retreats for a full-day, a weekend or an entire week.

The Aurora Spa Retreat is located at the rooftop of the award-winning Prince hotel in the heart of St. Kilda, Melbourne’s premier tourist area The view of the picturesque Port Phillip Bay is spectacular. It’s also a short walk from there to Melbourne’s finest entertainment and dining venues. Aside from the spa, the hotel also offers airport shuttle, baby-sitting, currency exchange, dry-cleaning and laundry services as well as several restaurants, a nightclub, fitness center, jogging track, medical service and swimming pool. They also have access and facilities for the disabled.

4. Face 2000 Skin and Body Health Day Spa, Brisbane (QLD) Face 2000 Skin & Beauty Health Day Spa is located at the western suburbs of Brisbane. It offers traditional treatments such as the Thai Massage, Kahuna Water Massage, Kahuna Hot Stone Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and others. The women who have responded to the Lush.com survey raved about the spa’s Bridal Package which covers three hours of sheer indulgence in body and facial treatments, including a relaxing massage, a facial for healthy glowing skin and a pedicure for beautiful feet. They also offer special for couples, company get-togethers and a group of friends.

Rejuvenation Experience At Different

Though the origin of the word spa lies in the name of a Belgian town by the same name, today it has become synonymous with “health through water”, or hydrotherapy, which involves using hot/cold water in combination with some aromatic essential oils (called bath oils) and bath salts to provide relief from a whole range of health problems like arthritis, spondylitis, musculoskeletal disorders, depression, etc. Healthy people go for spa treatments to rejuvenate, relax and elevate their mood and spirit and come out feeling healthier.

The growing awareness of the need to relax and stay healthy among the urban population has led to the mushrooming of a variety of spas in large cities, where everyone is keen to have a spa experience. For example, if you want the most complete spa experience, then destination spa is the place for you. Here you need to stay over for 3-7 days depending upon the special theme treatments you have opted for; the package cost involves accommodation, meals, etc., too.

Then there are resort spas, hotel spas, club spas and cruise spas, which provide spa facilities and spa experience to their guests along with the normal services they are engaged in. In a medical spa, licensed doctors and therapists give the treatments.

A beauty spa, also called a day spa, is the most popular choice among busy people in big cosmopolitan cities, because here you can get a compact package of spa experience in a few hours time during your weekends. Generally, beauty spas also offer a complete range of beauty treatments like facials, massages, waxing and exfoliation treatments, etc., in addition to rejuvenation and relaxation treatments like body wraps, mud baths, etc.

A health spa offers a different kind of experience altogether. The treatments offered in a health spa are custom-designed scientifically by naturopaths to deal with specific illnesses, paying attention to nutritional aspects too. Common illnesses for which health spa treatments have been found to be effective are psychosomatic disorders like asthma, arthritis, insomnia, sinusitis, diabetes, depression, etc.

Then there are massage spas, which also provide a massage service, in addition to their beauty spa or health spa services. In a massage spa, you can avail of massage therapy and then soak yourself in the health spa’s waters for a rejuvenating feel.

However, all spa treatments are usually expensive, and therefore, restricted to those in the high-income bracket. The cost factor has prevented spas from being enjoyed by the masses. Also factors such as time, privacy and hygiene bother many people. That is where a home spa comes to your rescue. With a home spa installed in your house, you can anytime get a spa experience in the privacy of your home.