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What is a Day Spa?

By Sheri Cyprus
Updated May 21, 2024
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A day spa is different from a destination spa as no overnight accommodation is provided. It is designed for people to attend during one day, or more if they would like, while a destination spa usually requires at least a two or three night stay. Relaxing, healthful body treatments such as facials, massages and wraps are some of the services a spa provides.

A day spa has facials specific to individual skin types that are given by estheticians with training in skin care. For example, many have cleansing microdermabrasion facials for acne-prone skin. One that is for both women and men will often have a cleansing moisturizing mask for men that is designed to help soothe razor burn. Some offer facial hair removal services such as waxing during facials.

A day spa usually offers many different types of massages by professional massage therapists. Massage sessions are often timed per half hour, full hour or even two hours and range from aromatherapy massages to candlelight massage sessions for a couple to a massage with warm stones added to the spine and back. Foot massages that include spicy foot rubs with ingredients such as cinnamon as well as foot soaks are also popular treatments.

Seaweed gel and warm towel wraps and/or mud wraps with soothing fragrant herbs added are some examples of the types of wrap treatments that may be available at a day spa. Some are also hair salons and offer hair styling and hair treatment services in addition to other body care options. Each spa usually has a menu of services offered with times of the sessions and the prices available at the spa and/or online at their website so you can decide ahead of time what services you would like.

A day spa with salon services often has manicures and pedicures. Skin treatments for dry or cracked feet are typical pedicure options. Tranquil settings, robes and slippers, clean linens, professional products and healthy lunches and teas are all part of the perfect experience. Some day spas have exercises such as yoga. Gift certificates to a day spa can make the ideal present for someone in need of stress relief and whole body pampering.

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Discussion Comments
By ayurve — On Oct 17, 2016

Day spas are popular destinations for Hens and bridal packages, depends on the size of your group, some day spas have up to 5 rooms, so they can offer treatments together. Most popular treatments are massages, facials, manicure, pedicures, foot paraffin treatments.

If your group size is larger then you can have 5 bridesmaids start pampering while the next group can relax at the spa, bring along bubbly cheese platter, fruit platter and enjoy the time together.

By SarahGen — On Mar 21, 2014

I can't believe that some day spas offer Botox injections. Are the people who administer them qualified to do so? I thought that these types of treatments are only done by doctors.

By donasmrs — On Mar 20, 2014

@fify-- Most day spas actually offer group packets for special events, and many have a specific packet for brides and bridesmaids. These usually cost less than making individual reservations for everyone.

I highly recommend reserving massage sessions if it's within your budget. Since wedding planning and all the events are stressful, I'm sure that everyone, especially the bride will be grateful to have a massage. If your budget isn't enough for this, you could also reserve manicures and pedicures for everyone. It would also be nice to request the spa to serve you with treats such as chocolate, fresh fruits and champagne. If it's not a surprise, you could also ask the bride if she wants a specific service in particular from the spa.

Regardless, I'm sure that it will be a great, relaxing and fun day for all of you.

By fify — On Mar 20, 2014

As the maid of honor for my best friend, I need to do something fun for the bride and the other bridesmaids. I'm thinking of taking everyone as a group to a day spa, a few days before the wedding.

Has anyone else done this before? Do you have any suggestions as to which treatments and services I should reserve for the girls?

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