Spa Body Treatments

We can probably all guess that massage is the number one treatment that people get at the local spa. Massages are relaxing and have many benefits that come with them, but so do body scrubs and these treatments are largely the bridesmaids of the spa menu. Not sure what to expect from a body scrub? Well, read on!

Body scrubs go by a lot of different names. They can be called a body polish, a salt glow or a sea-salt scrub just to name a few. Whatever the name, the process is pretty much the same with all of the scrubs; the aim is to exfoliate and soften the skin.

You will start by laying on a typical massage table and the scrub will be applied by a trained professional. They may contain salt, sugar apricot kernels, coffee grounds, oatmeal or any other abrasive ingredient along with essential oils and usually some sort of aromatic ingredient for added appeal, and according to the recipe that you have chosen. The abrasive ingredient works to rid the body of the old dingy cells to reveal younger looking cells that are just under the surface. The oil helps to give your body that soft feel.

After about fifteen minutes of application and massaging of the scrub into your body, you will be asked to shower the scrub off. This leaves your skin feeling invigorated and soft. If you are having both a body scrub and a massage, the experts suggest doing the massage secondly in the day.

Other takes on body scrubs are the body mask or wrap where mud, algae or seaweed is applied to your body and followed by a thermal wrap. This detoxifies the body and stimulates the metabolic system that helps the body rid itself of waste products.

A typical hydrating treatment consists of a thick cream or lotion being applied to the body and then being wrapped in the thermal blanket. This allows the lotion to penetrate the skin for a deep down hydration and that soft skin we all strive for.

While massages will likely be the number one choice at the spa for a while to come, now you know what to expect from a wrap or scrub maybe, just maybe they will become a little more popular too. With the benefits that they hold and the fact you can do them with a massage on the same day, why not try one for yourself?

Services to Expect From a Whole Body Wellness Clinic

A wellness clinic that treats the whole body for optimal health offers more than just a few basic medical services. Ask questions about some of the following services to get a better idea of the capabilities of the facility and staff.

Electrocardiogram (EKG)

An electrocardiogram is one of the fundamental tools for assessing heart rhythm. An experienced physician can tell a lot with a stethoscope, but the EKG printout is often more effective at identifying specific blockages and types of problems with the heart. Heart health is a fundamental part of overall wellness, and identifying problems as early as possible can help with effective treatment.

Carotid Ultrasounds

The carotid arteries carry blood from the heart to the brain, and their occlusion (or blockage) can be a significant risk factor for strokes. By assessing these key passageways for blockage with sound waves from an ultrasound machine, a wellness clinic can identify whether at-risk patients may be developing peripheral vascular disease (PVD). The development of blockage in arteries in one part of the body is a good sign that it’s a problem throughout the system.

Ankle-Brachial Index

The simple, non-invasive procedure of ankle-brachial index is a tool for assessing blockages throughout the circulatory system. The ankle-brachial index compares a patient’s blood pressure measured at the arm with the blood pressure at the ankle. The brachial artery that passes along the interior side of the upper arm is a major artery that is relatively close to the heart. Its proximity to the heart and ease of access is why this artery is most frequently used for blood pressure cuffs. By contrast, the pulse at the ankle is relatively weak because it is so far removed from the heart, and the arteries at that point carry a lower volume of blood. Comparing the ratio of blood pressure at the two points allows for a wellness clinic to determine if there is a buildup of blockage that has accumulated in arteries.

Spirometry Testing

Spirometry tests measure the function of lungs, assessing the volume of air inhaled and the pace at which lungs are emptied on exhalation. Problems with lung function can be indicators for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and other chronic conditions that greatly impact a patient’s quality of life. Caught early on, many lung conditions can be monitored and minimized, but when they are allowed to progress, especially with patients who refuse to give up smoking, lung conditions can mean dependence upon oxygen cylinders or inhalers.

Home Sleep Studies

The hours you spend asleep are an important part of your daily life. Sleep apnea and other problems that affect a person’s quality of sleep can adversely affect mood, energy level, and performance at work. Problems breathing and other nocturnal issues can also be symptoms of medical conditions developing over time. Making sure that you are well rested is the first step to living a healthy lifestyle every day.

These are just some of the many services to expect from a full body wellness clinic.