The International Spa Association defines spas as “places devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body, and spirit.”

Traditional day spas offer more services, including body treatments and nails. They have amenities like changing rooms, robes and slippers, steam room, sauna, and a “tranquility room” with treats like tea, lemon water, and dried fruit and nuts. Day spas are often associated with a hair salon but should be in a separate wing or on a different floor to keep a calm spa atmosphere.

In the 1990s, many resorts and hotels began putting in spas so guest could enjoy a massage alongside other pleasures like golf, tennis, and swimming (the classic resort experience), or while staying in a hotel for business or pleasure.

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