If you’re looking for an escape from the stress of your everyday life, a spa experience may be the answer you’ve been looking for.
The sights, smells, and comfortable furnishings all make or break a spa experience. The spa should live up to that experience we all have in our head.
There are ten key elements that make a great spa experience, and they were designed to teach about the integrated nature of the spa experience.
Water is one of the most important elements of a spa experience. In a spa, water is used for purifying and cleansing. This is done through steam rooms, saunas, swimming, water treatments, and drinking.
Another element of the spa experience is movement. Ideally this will be relaxing movement, designed to be purely enjoyable and restorative.
Integration refers to the relationship between the mind, body, spirit, and environment. A spa environment incorporates relaxation techniques into every aspect of the experience. The rituals performed are to treat the body-mind-spirit trinity.
Nourishment in the spa environment refers to how treatments are designed to nourish and benefit your body and mind. Skin nutrition is the belief that to achieve a radiant and glowing complexion, the skin should be provided with optimal nourishment (internally and externally).
Touch is another important element of the spa experience. This is done through massages, body scrubs, facials, and more. Using touch helps increase oxytocin levels, which increases the likeliness of your total relaxation. This helps reduce stress and tension in muscle tissue.
This element refers to the appreciation of beauty and the earth as a healer. That is why some spas use medicinal extracts and plants to bring the healing power of the earth close to you. This element is so much more than just the attractiveness of the spa.
This element refers to the location, social responsibility, water quality, weather patterns, and natural agents. It shows the relationship between the spa experience and the environment. A healthy environment is an important aspect of healthy living.
Cultural expression refers to a sense of place in a community, and appreciates that every aspect of the environment impacts the spa experience. It is important in a spa environment to create a sense of community where everyone feels welcome.
Social contribution refers to the exchange between workers, clients, spas, and the community.
The final element, time, space, and rhythms refer to the perception of ourselves within the grander realm of nature, and how we relate to each other. This last element brings all ten elements together.
Spas must take the ten key elements into consideration when building an experience for their clients and we believe that we’ve done just that here at Unique Day Spa in Dublin.
We have put together a checklist of what you should expect from a good spa and what you should not.
Keep you informed:
A good spa will keep you informed before your appointment even begins. You should have your booking confirmed (e.g. email confirmation), information on any cancellation fees, details of the location and how to get there, the time to arrive, and information on what is included in your package booked. Once you arrive at the spa, someone should be there at reception to guide you on where your treatments and all the facilities are. They should be able to answer any questions you may have.
It should be clean:
Cleanliness is the bare minimum for any spa. It doesn’t matter how much you pay for your spa experience, it must be clean. This includes the changing rooms, treatment centres, pool area, and everywhere else.
It should have a positive atmosphere:
Spas should look and smell good, be comfortable and peaceful. The main goal of a spa is to make users feel more relaxed. If you’re not feeling relaxed within the spa setting, it’s probably not a good spa.
The staff should be helpful and friendly:
Any good spa should be filled with helpful and friendly staff who want you to make your spa experience better. If the staff are reluctant to help or come across as arrogant, you may not be in a good spa. A good spa also understands that some people do not want overfriendliness. Examples of this include, talking too much or asking too many personal questions.
High standards of treatment:
Regardless of what you paid for the treatments, it should still be done well and by a professional. For example, the person performing your massage should be trained to do so. If they aren’t, you could not only find it unenjoyable, but you could end up injured. Similarly, if you receive a facial, the person doing it should be trained in skin care and know what products are suitable for certain skin types.
Thankfully we’re happy to say that Unique Day Spa combines all of the above elements for the best day spa experience possible for you, your family, friends and so on.
For many people, a spa is an escape from everyday life and stress. It is a chance for people to completely switch off and relax. By implementing all of the above, we know that’s exactly the type of experience you get at Unique Day Spa in Dublin.