Holistic medicine not only helps people relax away their stress and troubles, it has also shown to be an effective treatment for heart disease, pain management and many other conditions. Because of this, the number of spas has increased in the United States, ranging from the ultra-luxurious spas at resort hotels to compact spas in small towns. No matter the size of the spa, each needs certain spa equipment to guarantee success.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using scents from oils (from plants or minerals) to create a feeling or mood in a person. Every spa should have a wide selection of aromatherapy oils, ranging across a wide area to create emotions. Although health news shows us using aromatherapy to relieve physical disease or illness has little factual proof, they have been effective in relieving stress and anxiety. Some of the most common oils used in aromatherapy are lemon oil, thyme, peppermint and lavender, all of which have proven to relieve stress in several laboratory tests. These oils (and a few others) should be considered essential spa equipment.
Massage therapy is the manipulation and stimulation of muscles through the skin, and is one of the most common forms of spa treatments. Practitioners of massage therapy are skilled in working certain points of the body with varying degrees of pressure in order to stimulate blood flow and relieve stress, injury and illness. The art of massage has been around for thousands of years, and many spas still use the methods and tools passed down through the centuries. There are many types of massage available in spas, but almost all use the same type of spa equipment.
Massage tables and chairs are essential spa equipment for a quality massage. Not only do they help the massage therapist position themselves to offer the best massage possible, but they also allow the client to become comfortable and relaxed. The tables have a cushioned surface that wipes off easily and include a circular headrest at one end, so a person can lay flat without straining their neck. Chairs are popular because they can be taken anywhere and do not require a client to undress.
Hydrotherapy in massage requires spa equipment like a Vichy shower. A Vichy shower is essential a large shower room, where a waterproof massage table sits in the center. The client lies prone on the table and varying spouts of different strengths and temperatures strike certain parts of their body, providing relief.