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The definition of 'spa' is a place with a natural spring that is said to provide health giving properties. A spa is a business that offers professional, specialist treatments that boost health as well as beauty.
Spas can be chain-run of independent, with many being located within a hotel or health club. However, there are many spas that run by themselves, and offer a range of professional and alternative health treatments.
There are many different variations of spa treatments, depending on the products used and professional techniques. Some spas will be sponsored by a particular cosmetic brand, and therefore will provide the treatments as suggested by the company. Typical alternative spa treatments can include:
Spas differ from beauty salons, in the sense that they offer a more luxury and specialist pampering experience. Spas may also offer the standard beauty treatments such as waxing and acrylic nails, but the main focus will be on the alternative medicinal and therapeutic services.
This means that spas will often employ a combination of qualified professionals in alternative health treatments, but also beauticians who have worked in salons previously. Customers of spas will want to enter a calm atmosphere, so spa employees must welcome them in such as way as to enhance the whole relaxing experience.