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Spa Treatments for Men

Today's spa is a center for healing and nourishing mind, body, and spirit. Spa treatments that have been specifically designed with men in mind.

People go to spas for fitness, stress management, peace of mind, pampering and pleasure, and health and wellness. Spas offer a wide variety of techniques and services - traditional and modern, from the East and from the West - to meet the diverse needs of their clients: Swedish, Japanese Shiatsu, and Thai massage, European facials, acupuncture, Dead Sea salt scrubs, Moor mud wraps, thalassotherapy, aromatherapy, reflexology, microdermabrasion, endermologie, reiki, aura imaging, watsu, rasul, hypnotherapy, classes in nutrition, meditation, journaling, yoga and Tai Chi, state-of-the-art fitness centers with personal trainers, and much more. To understand and organize this overwhelming variety of spa offerings, the International Spa Association (ISPA) has defined the "ten domains of SPA" or segments of the industry as:

  1. "The Waters"
  2. Food, Nourishment, Diet and Nutrition
  3. Movement, Exercise and Fitness
  4. Touch, Massage, and Bodywork
  5. Mind/Body/Spirit
  6. Aesthetics, Skin Care, Natural Beauty Agents
  7. Physical Space, Climatology, Global Ecology
  8. Social/Cultural Arts and Values, Spa Culture
  9. Management, Marketing, and Operations
  10. Time, Rhythm, and Cycles

Not every spa includes every domain. Spas come in many shapes, sizes, and focuses - from day spas where you can get a single treatment to destination spas where you can stay for a week or more to medical spas that treat cosmetic and chronic health problems.

Spas for Men

What to Look for in Spas for Men? Look for spa treatments that have been specifically designed with men in mind. The Mountain Man Facial at Avanyu Spa, The Equinox in Manchester, Vermont promises to "relieve shaving irritation or skin aggravated by exposure to harsh, drying weather conditions." Look for spas that have designed their facilities with men in mind. Men don't want to be lined up with a bunch of women while they're getting a manicure, so private rooms are nice. Separate facilities like hot tubs and waiting rooms are ideal.

Men-Only Spas. A few male-only spas are starting to pop up, like Nickel Spa For Men in NYC , The Grooming Lounge in Washington, D.C., and The Absolute Spa at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. But most of us are going to have to depend on the sensitivity of coed-spas. Definitely check the place out first. The safest choice is an urban hotel spa, a high-end day spa, or a chain like Elizabeth Arden and The Greenhouse.

Spa Gift Ideas for Him:

And do spa yourself at home? Here is a selection of thoughtful spa-inspired gifts for Him that will be sure to show how much you appreciate and love him. Perfect for Father's Day, birthday, anniversary or any day!