Spa Treatments

Spa treatments are extensive and varied and offer a wide choice from which the wellness or leisure client can decide to indulge. For the most part, the word spa gives us the sense of its original Latin origins -- sanus per aqua, or health through water -- but with time it has developed to include a myriad of other beneficial services aimed at individual physical and mental wellbeing and rejuvenation.

Spa clients may be in search of different or specific services. They may wish to de-stress, avail of beauty treatment, improve physical toning, seek help for a medical ailment or wish to tackle obesity problems. Regardless of what particular purpose attracts one to a spa and the services of the spa therapist, almost all clients will want to experience all of the other important elements we expect from a visit to a spa …….. and those are a sense of peace, tranquillity, relaxation, regeneration and wellness.

As a guide for those seeking a better understanding of the therapeutic choices available in quality Irish spa facilities, some of the most popular treatments are listed below.

Facials
A deep cleansing skin treatment to make your face look young,, healthy and to add the appearance of vitality. The facial skin is cleansed using a series of treatments incorporating massage, steam, exfoliation and the application of lotions, creams and masks.

Massage
Massage is one of the most ancient methods of therapeutic healing. It is also one ot the most commonly used in modern day spa treatments. Using manual or mechanical aids, pressure, vibration, motion or tension is applied to the soft tissues of the body to ameliorate particular medicals conditions, alleviate pain, improve mobility and circulation, and reduce stress. Massage may encompass the whole body or specific areas of the body. Massage principally focuses on muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, or the lymphatic and gastrointestinal systems. Numerous massage techniques are available and deciding which one is right for you may need the guidance of a knowledgeable practitioner. Some of the most common massage types used in spa facilities include Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue, Thai, Shiatsu, Reiki, Hot Stone. Rolfing and Reflexology.

Exfoliation
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from your body. With the removal of the dead skin, the treated area takes on a more vital, younger and supple appearance.

Aromatherapy
Often used in conjunction with other treatments, aromatherapy affects the client through the sense of smell. Essential oils which are derived from a variety of plants act through their characteristic scents to primarily affect mood and induce relaxation, serenity and positive feelings.

Body Wrap
Usually these are a blend of natural products that may include combinations of essential oils, sea salts, minerals, herbs, algae, seaweed, mud, cream or lotion which are brought variously together in specific treatments. In this process, the body is wrapped in a paste or body mask which can cleanse, moisturize, treat and tone the skin. Body wraps clear the body of toxins and excess fluids and so enhance the vitality, appearance and texture of the skin. Other possible benefits are detox, skin softening and tightening, body contouring, improved metabolism and reinvigoration of the lymph system.

Detox
Designed to eliminate harmful toxins from the body while at the same time stimulating metabolism and body circulation. Detox treatments work by acting on all systems of the body concerned with the elimination of toxins such as the colon, lungs, kidneys and the skin. Having drawn off pollutants and toxins, the body can benefit due to increased metabolism, enhanced energy and a boost to the immune system. As well as a feeling of general rejuvenation, the client can also experience better concentration, clearer thinking, better sleep and a sense of peace and well-being.

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