1 November 2010 by Denise Slabbert

Spa Trends

When it comes to Spa trends, the International SPA Association (ISPA) has pinpointed some interesting predictions for the future of spas in the global arena.

Social media is playing a big role in terms of offering last minute special deals and packages to clients - this is particular relevant to the 18 to 24 year olds who are becoming increasingly ‘spa conscious’.

Spa sampling menus are also all the rage - where one can get a taste of a range of treatments (in just 30 minutes or less) and then come back for your preferred treatment at a later stage. [This Spa sampling comes at a reasonable charge].

Simplified spa menus are also a big trend - it’s more about the quality of treatments available than the quantity and spas are cutting down on extravagant packages and focusing more on the basics. The ‘no-frills’ spa is the thing of the future.

Simplified spa menus are also a big trend - it’s more about the quality of treatments available than the quantity and spas are cutting down on extravagant packages and focusing more on the basics. The ‘no-frills’ spa is the thing of the future.

Another big focus is preventative care - and stress-reducing treatments such as massage and acupuncture are growing in popularity. Meditation is another method that spas are using to help clients relax and reduce stress levels.

According to ISPA, there is also a major focus on spas giving back to the communities in which they operate - some spas are getting together with local hospitals and hospices to spread the news about wellness. In South Africa we have also seen many upliftment measures taking place in this sector.

ISPA also noted the need for what they call ‘beauty rest’ and noted that a number of spas are offering a bit of ‘shut-eye’ for clients as part of the deal. This means you can book off an hour or two for some quality napping after a treatment - can’t be much wrong with that!

Category: Health & Wellness

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