The spa industry has come a long way since its humble beginnings in Belgium. And no longer does the institution carry the early twentieth century American sanitarium stigma. In fact, today's spas are more about relaxing and maintaining wellness and less about curing city-folks' influenza. British Columbia is peppered with shops, retreats, ranches and various other getaways that cater to the burgeoning industry of pampering by offering an entire span of therapeutic services. So whether you're walking into a city spa for a quick pedicure or spending a weekend in a mud bath with cucumber slices on your eyes, there's a service that will cater to your needs, time-frame and budget.
Depending upon the spa in question, a typical line of services can something like this…
Manicure and Pedicure: For those who want to treat their hands and feet, this can include hand and foot massages as well as exfoliation, cuticle-care and nail-bed soaking. Most often, this type of package will include a nail polish as well and sometimes a choice of artificial acrylic or gel nails.
Facial: From simple facial massage to pressure-point therapy, this uber-relaxing experience usually includes a neck and head massage and sometimes a face-mask, an exfoliation and even fresh makeup.
Body: Body massages are usually available in 1-hour increments and sometimes come at a cheaper rate if performed by a student-masseuse. Longer packages can include back, legs and shoulders while body wraps and exfoliation can make for an enjoyable all-day affair. Larger spas sometimes have mud baths, mineral baths, even seaweed wraps. Who knew dressing up like sushi could feel so good!
Hair Removal: Many spas offer a range of hair removal services such as epilating, threading for face and eyebrows, hot wax, cold wax and even lotion treatments.
A recent trend in the spa industry is the manufacturing, use and sale of all-natural, homemade products. Not only has this helped established a groundswell of cottage-industry, smaller, more intimate spas, but it also provides guilt-free pleasure for those concerned about leaving too big an ecological footprint. Many of these businesses incorporate the holistic elements of Eastern medicine and religion into their practices. From sugar waxing to naturally scented body products, most of these facilities offer their range of products for purchase so you can take your Zen-ish experience home with you.
If you're vacationing in BC, take the time to let us pamper you. We're good at it!