The most popular spa treatment in the United States, by far, is massage. Other popular spa treatments include facials and body treatments like salt scrubs and body wraps. The Om Spa offers spa manicures and spa pedicures. The Om spa offers signature services that might combine several different treatments: a body scrub followed by a massage and a mini-facial, for instance.
The two most popular massages are Swedish massage and deep tissue massage. Swedish massage typically covers the whole body with firm strokes but without much deep, focused work. Deep tissue massage will use firmer pressure and also include focused work on areas that are especially tight.
Another massage offering on most menus is an aromatherapy massage, which uses essential oils to achieve different purposes, most commonly relaxation. Sometimes the oils are created by companies to achieve different effects, and the therapist asks you to smell a few different oils to find out which one most appeals to you.
Hot stone massage is another great massage. Hot stone massage uses smooth, rounded basalt stones that have been heated in water and retains their heat well. The heat helps warm up your muscles and is very relaxing. The therapist uses the stones as an extension of her hand and may also place them on your belly, hands or back. When done well, hot stone massage is wonderful, but it is a special skill that not all therapists have, so quality can vary widely. If you don’t like how it feels, you can always ask the therapist to use their hands to massage you and place the warm stones.
The Om Spa has a room for a couples massage, where you can have any of the above massages with your favorite person alongside you.
Once you’ve tried the basic massage, you might want to branch out to different types of massage, which may or may not be available, like Thai massage, Ayurvedic or reflexology. These also require special training and are available here.
Sports massage is good if you’re dealing with some pain or restriction due to your favorite activities. If you’re pregnant, you need a prenatal massage because there are special training, techniques, precautions, and equipment for the mom-to-be.
Facials are the second most popular spa treatment. Sometimes there are so many choices that it’s hard to decide: Do you book the anti-aging facial, a European facial, or the deep-cleansing facial?
Don’t fret too much. Facials have the same basics steps — cleanse, exfoliate, extract, massage, and mask. The main difference is the skin care products used in each facial.
For guidance, talk to staff at the front desk for help. Also, the esthetician can take a look at your skin and recommend the right facial, even if you booked one with a different name.
Facial extras might include a gentle peel, an ampule of a special serum, more time for scalp and foot massage, or special equipment like LED light therapy.
Body treatments are an under-rated spa service because people tend to think they can do it themselves at home. Of course, you can, but it won’t be as thorough, effective, or relaxing. The basic body scrub exfoliates your outermost, dead skin cells with a salt scrub (rougher), a sugar scrub (gentler), or some other exfoliant, like coffee grounds or fruit enzymes that gently loosen the inter-cellular bonds. It is usually followed by a shower and an application of lotion.
A body scrub can be a stand-alone treatment, but it is often combined with a body wrap that is either hydrating (adding moisture to the skin) or detoxifying (anything with clay, mud or seaweed).
Body scrubs and wraps often show up in longer treatments called rituals or signature treatments.
Remember, the most important thing you can do to enjoy your trip to The Om Spa is arriving at least 15 minutes before your treatment is scheduled to begin. That way you can check in, and start to relax.