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How To Choose Your Spa Treatment
There are so many different treatments to choose from here at Le Sooke Spa. Most people come to simply unwind and relax but did you know some treatments can aid with the relief of ailments like insomnia, headaches and back pain?
This is a basic guide to the more popular spa treatment services afforded to you. Here you will find basic advice on how to choose a spa treatment that is right for you!
1. Know your desired outcome. Knowing the goal of the spa treatment helps. In other words, are you seeking a spa treatment for relaxation and to rid unwanted stress? Or perhaps to gain more energy? Many go for the outcome of clearer skin, such as in getting facials. These two goals may require different services therefore know beforehand so you can communicate this with your spa therapist.
2. Have meaningful communications with our knowledgeable reception staff when booking and your spa therapist during treatment. As stated in step 1 communicate the ultimate goal outcome. It is helpful to communicate any discomforts you may have and problem areas that you want special attention focused on. This also includes the amount of pressure applied to a massage. Most Swedish Massage is fairly light. If seeking "deep tissue massage" than you'll have to communicate with our front end staff to book the right massage for you.
3. Know what to expect. Some of our top treatments are:
- Massage: This can include Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue and everything in between. This is done with an assortment of oils for different effects. In addition aromatherapy is often combined with good spa treatments. We offer our own "signature" massage aroma blends too.
- Hot Stone Massage: The use of hot stones for massage and acupressure has become a staple on nearly every spa menu throughout the world.
- Facials: This can be as non-invasive as through gentle cleansers and massage. There are many variations to our facials using the YonKa line so we can custom blend your facial.
- Body Wraps: Most Body Wraps include herbal remedies such as seaweed. The ideas is to cleanse the skin and weight reduction.
- Salt Scrubs and Glows: This is a remedy that is used for deep exfoliation of dried or dead skin cells. It is primarily done through brushing of salts on the body followed by a moisturizing steam shower.
- Ayurveda: Using a holistic philosophy dating around 5,000 years ago, it is a relaxing spa favorite.
- Aromatherapy: The basic term refers to the therapeutic use of essential oils—based on the specific healing property of each oil—in such treatments as massage, diffusions, body wraps and soaks.
- Paraffin: Paraffin is a a soft, liquid wax—plain, or juiced-up with essential oils.Because of its heat-conducting and moisture-retaining properties, the ingredient is most commonly used to hydrate, soften and relax dry skin, or prep hands and feet pre-mani or pedicure. The result is soft, moisturized skin devoid of cracks or dry patches.
- Shiatsu: between Hot Stone and Swedish Massage. At its core, the technique emphasizes a combination of relaxation and theraputic values. Using just their palms and fingers—in particular the thumb—trained practitioners are able to identify trouble spots on the client, including blocked toxins and muscle distress. (Requires our trained therapist which may limit availabilty)
- Reflexology: is growing increasingly popular across Europe and Asia as both a complement to other treatments. (Requires one of our trained therapists which may limit availablity)
4. Communicate with your spa therapist. Be honest when you fill in your client forms.
- If you have any allergies to certain oils, skin creams or herbal preparations let your therapist know.
- Try not to eat a full meal prior to your spa treatment,lest you feel bloated.
- Certain herbal body wraps whereas they tightly wrap you in plastic in order to raise body heat can cause a claustrophobia condition in certain patients. If you are known to experience this in closed up conditions, make your therapist aware to check up on you frequently. In addition they can wrap you so that you can easily open it up yourself if need be.
- If you had any recent surgeries whereas a special area of your body that should be left alone, remember it is your job to notify the therapist, they are not mind-readers. Any broken bones in the past or fractures should be disclosed at the beginning of your spa treatment.
5. And most importantly, ENJOY YOUR SPA EXPERIENCE...