Spa Therapy

Spa Therapy

What Is Spa Therapy?

I n the 21st century, spa therapy is a large area meant to encompass holistic therapies, beauty therapy, fitness and nutrition. With such a large area for consideration, we focus on the holistic therapies we can use in a beauty therapy context, that is building upon the skills and techniques we have learned to further relax and enhance our clients' well-being.

Spa therapy is not a new to the world. Humans have used water since prehistoric times for its healing properties. This grew to include rituals in some religions, but overall, humanity still utilises water in spa therapy as a cornerstone.

Spa therapy sometimes focus on specific areas, i.e. aromatherapy works on the senses of smell and touch. To holistically treat a person, treatments should attempt to balance the client.

What Type of Treatments Can a Spa Therapist Perform?

Since there is a wide variety of treatments available under the "spa therapy umbrella", spa therapists may perform some or all of the following treatments (this list is not exhaustive) :

  • Hydrotherapy treatments
    • Vichy shower
    • Swiss shower
    • Scotch hose
    • Hydrotherapy bath
    • Steam treatments
    • Sauna treatments
  • Colour therapy
  • Light therapy
  • Spa aromatherapy
  • Auricular heat therapy (Hopi ear candling)
  • Diet & nutrition
  • Fitness & exercise
  • Massage treatments
    • Swedish massage
    • Deep tissue massage
    • Indian head massage
    • On-site massage
    • Lomilomi massage
    • Lymphatic drainage massage
    • Shiatsu massage
    • Spa aromatherapy massage
    • Spa reflexology massage
    • Sports massage
    • Thai massage
    • Traditional Maori massage