The Pocono Mountains are a popular vacation spot for many. They are known for their outdoor mystic and activities. There are many recreational opportunities there, including fishing, boating, skiing and hiking. However, after a fun filled day with outdoor exercise, it is important to have balance in your vacation. That is why the Pocono Mountains offer several day spa options. At day spas in the Poconos you can relax, unwind and be pampered after an excitement filled day. Taking the time to visit a day spa while on vacation can help you stay relaxed and keep your energy up. It will also help you enjoy the rest of your vacation. Even during a family vacation, taking time for you is very important. Day spas in the Poconos region offer many pampering treatments such as chocolate scrubs and water acupressure. Whether you are in the mood for a classic spa treatment like a massage, or want to try something fun and different, you will find it at a Poconos spa.
What is a Day Spa?
A day spa is a place to go to unwind and be pampered in ways of your choosing. Day spas, as opposed to resort spas or destination spas, are open during the day and you do not spend the night. Day spas generally should have:
- A quiet environment where you can relax in peace
- Robes and slippers for your comfort and privacy (larger spas will have locker rooms as well)
- A complete spa menu with facials, body treatments, and massages
- Professional estheticians and massage therapist
- Private rooms with clean sheets and towels
- A line of professional spa products like exfoliating scrubs and massage oils
- A room to relax in, complete with tea available
- A steam room, sauna, and spa to relax in
- A very clean and sanitized facility for you to receive your treatment in and relax
Many day spas are combined with salons to offer a wide array of services for their clients. Not all day spas will offer manicures and pedicures though, so check with your particular spa to see if these services are on the treatment menu. There are also medical spas where along with all that is listed above, they also offer Botox and other filler injections, laser treatments like resurfacing, and phototherapy facials. Day spas can range in style, prices, size, and treatments available.
At most spas, body wraps begin with an exfoliation treatment for the skin. The exfoliating body mask is applied with the use of a short and light massage. The goal of a body wrap is to detoxify the skin. Detoxifying agents can range from mud to algae or can combine ingredients. The agent is rubbed into the skin, and your body is then wrapped tight. This causes your body to sweat which releases the impurities in the skin. You will remain wrapped tightly for about 20 minutes, and then you will receive a shower. The shower can be done in a traditional stand up shower, by hand with a hose, or a shower while lying down. Once the detoxifying agent is completely rinsed, a moisturizer will be applied. A body wrap will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
A body scrub completely exfoliates the entire body. Exfoliation is an important process as it uses an abrasive material to remove the top layers of dead skin. By removing these layers, the new skin underneath will receive fresh air and your skin will glow. It also encourages circulation in the skin. The exfoliating scrubs can contain different abrasives for exfoliation such as salts, sugars, or nutshells. When receiving a body scrub, the therapist will have you lie down and then use the scrub all over the body. Afterwards, you are rinsed, and a moisturizer is applied. If your skin could use a fresher and more glowing look, choose a body scrub for your next spa treatment.
Facials can vary vastly in their purpose, ingredients, and length of time. If you are unsure of what type of facial you need or want, it is best to first speak with an esthetician before scheduling your appointment. The esthetician will discuss your skin type and needs, in order to help you decide on a treatment that would benefit you the most. There are facials for anti-aging, pore-cleansing, and for brightening your look. Your facial will first include cleansing and exfoliating your skin. This will be followed by a mud mask, a hand massage, and a moisturizer. If the skin on your face needs some TLC, choose a facial next time you go to the spa.
There are many different types of massage available at most day spas. When choosing a type of massage, consider if there are particular parts of your body that are sore, stiff, need work, or if you prefer a certain type of massage. There are complete body massages and massages that focus on one or a few areas of the body. The choice is yours. No matter what type you choose, massage is an excellent way to relax.
Reflexology is a unique spa therapy with healing qualities. It relaxes the entire body and also stimulates vital life energy through the feet in order to promote healing. Many people use reflexology as a means to relieve and reduce stress. It has also been used to enhance sleep and reduce chronic pain. Reflexology is based on the theory that there are areas on the feet, hands, and ears that correspond to certain body parts or areas of the body. Theory states that by massaging or putting pressure on these points you can heal and reduce stress in those areas. Many day spas offer reflexology services by certified reflexology therapists to help you wind down and reduce your stress.
Day Spa Do’s and Don’ts
Before going to your appointment at a Poconos Spa, there are several tips to know in order to help yourself and others feel more comfortable and relaxed:
- It is important to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your schedule appointment time. This will allow you to get to your appointment not feeling rushed and also give you adequate time to shower or enjoy the sauna before your treatment.
- Let your therapist know if you are comfortable throughout the treatment or if you have special needs.
- You can talk during your treatment if you would like, or be silent. Whichever you choose is fine, and the therapist should follow your lead.
- Be sure not to talk loudly in public areas as others are trying to relax and enjoy their treatments as well.
- Expect to tip the typical 15 to 20 percent.
Now that you know what to expect at a day spa and what treatments are typically offered, you can plan a relaxing day spa experience. Be sure to look over the day spa treatment menu before going in order to schedule appointments appropriate to what you need and like. Remember the most important aspect of going to a day spa is that you are able to feel comfortable and relax.