Unless spa visits are a regular part of your lifestyle, you probably have some questions or misconceptions about what a spa visit entails, and what it can do for you. This article dispels 7 common myths that you may have, and helps you get a little more familiar with the ancient well-loved forms of self-care a spa provides.
Spas are Only for Women
There is a common misconception that self-care, especially skincare, is something that mostly women enjoy, so it’s not a surprise that the same myth exists about the spa. In actuality, there are specialised facials for men that consider male skin’s unique needs; for example, cleansing pores that get blocked by the elements, as well as soothing skin that’s dull and irritated after daily shaving.
Men can also benefit from any of the wide variety of world-class massages available, just like women do, depending on their health needs. You can find a massage essential for stress relief, healing from sports injuries, the release of muscle tension or even simply taking a break from a stressful day.
Spa professionals can also recommend the best professional products for male skin according to your skin type. If you’re unsure where to start when it comes to products, you can take a look at our guide to men’s face products for a breakdown.
I Don’t Know What to Expect
It’s understandable to be apprehensive if you’ve never had a particular treatment, or if you’ve never visited a spa at all. Thankfully, expert therapists at Carisma can guide you on what to expect from any treatments you are interested in. Before and throughout your session, you will also be guided on what will happen next if you wish.
If you want to learn more about specific treatments, you can read our articles on the Lomi Lomi Massage, the Thai Massage, the Hot Stone Massage, the Ayurvedic Massage or even how you can best boost your wellness during a Spa Day.
Treatments are Painful or Uncomfortable
Some people carry the misconception that a facial treatment, for example, may irritate or stretch skin through rough movements, strong products and massaging. In actuality, professional spa therapists know how to massage your face in such a way to stimulate the skin and deep tissue without causing damage. Moreover any products used will be gentle and professional-grade, chosen especially for your skin, so they won’t have adverse reactions like over-the-counter products may have. For the same reason, spa treatments like waxing and body care will cause far less distress and discomfort when done by a professional.
Massages can also be as intense as you wish. For example, while a Thai massage can be intense if you wish to tackle deep muscle tension, you can also ask your massage therapist for a gentler treatment.
Can’t I Just Do The Treatments Myself at Home?
While you may enjoy a facial or a waxing treatment at home, there are various reasons why a professional version exists. As you have read above, professional treatments at the spa will be gentle on the skin and cause no damage, unlike their at-home variants. Additionally, professionals have access to years of knowledge and training, so they will recognise your skin and body’s unique needs. They then have access to professional products and techniques to address these needs.
Massages are Only for Relaxation
While they are amazing at relaxing you, massages are also ancient healing rituals that can improve your health in many ways. They can improve your mental health by releasing tension and stress, and can even help you sleep better. Massages and facials stimulate better circulation through their movements, as well as help release knots of tension in your muscles. Specialised massages can even target scar tissue left over from a healed sports injury and help prevent future injuries from happening by relaxing the muscle.
Hotel Spas are Too Expensive for Me
Many people are put off visiting a luxury spa out of concern that it is outside their budget. However, spas are becoming more and more accessible with special packages or spa memberships to allow you to enjoy all of the pampering of the spa for less. These also make excellent unique gifts for loved ones. In addition to treatments, these packages and memberships can include free access to luxury spa facilities like a sauna, indoor pool or jacuzzi. You may even enjoy complimentary luxury teas, prosecco or a healthy lunch.
We hope that this article has dispelled some misconceptions about Spa visits, and that you have found out some interesting facts along the way!
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