Spas come in many shapes, sizes and locations; large or small, stand-alone, in a mall or part of a resort. Leading Spas of Canada members all fall into the various types.
All spas, no matter what type must meet or exceed safety and professionalism criteria as identified by the association and acknowledge Standards and Practices and Code of Ethics as a condition of membership.
DAY SPA: A spa providing a service menu with a variety of therapeutic, relaxing and pampering treatments on a day-use only basis. The day spa menu typically includes European esthetics, paramedical services, therapeutic body massage, body, hand and foot treatments. In some instances, hair services may also be available.
DESTINATION SPA: A spa whose sole purpose is to provide guests with lifestyle improvement and health enhancement through professionally administered spa services, physical fitness, educational programming, and on-site accommodations and spa cuisine is served.
RESORT HOTEL OR INN SPA: A spa located within a Resort, Hotel, or Inn providing a variety of spa services, fitness and wellness components and spa cuisine menu choices. Exclusive properties may restrict access to the spa to overnight guests. Resort, Hotel, or Inn spas may also be available to day spa guests from the local community.
INTEGRATED HEALTH SPA: A spa offering services integrating traditional, alternative and complementary holistic and advanced holistic therapies in conjunction with European esthetics, massage, body and water therapies. Services may include medical and complementary medical services, acupuncture, detoxification, homeopathy, nutrition, and personalized supplementation, Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation classes. Specialist practitioners may include doctors, nurses, naturopaths, homeopaths, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reiki practitioners, for example.
MEDICAL SPA: A spa or institution that operates under the supervision of a licensed health care professional. Medical professionals, physicians and spa professionals whose primary purpose is to provide comprehensive wellness care and/or medical esthetics in an environment that integrates traditional western, complementary, and alternative conventional therapies and treatments, provide services. Services may also include aesthetic/cosmetic and prevention/wellness procedures. Treatments for weight loss, anti-aging skin care therapies and laser hair removal are among the innovative services offered at the medical spa. Medical spas may or may not have overnight accommodations.
MINERAL SPA: A property offering natural mineral, thermal or sea water, sometimes used in conjunction with cold water for the purpose of hydrotherapy treatments. Treatments use physical water properties, such as temperature and pressure, for therapeutic purposes, to stimulate blood circulation and treat the symptoms of certain diseases. This type of spa often incorporates sauna and steam services.
NORDIC SPA: An outdoor spa offering hydrotherapy services which consist of alternating hot, cold and relaxation periods combined with hydration. The hydrotherapy experience eliminates toxins, relaxes the muscles, contributes to better blood flow in the circulatory system, eliminates stress, stimulates the immune system, and contributes to overall good health and well-being, physically and spiritually. Massage and body treatments services are offered and esthetic treatments may be provided.
THERMAL SPA: A spa offering thermotherapy services which apply heat to the body for pain relief and health. It can be beneficial to those with arthritis and stiff muscles and injuries to the deep tissue of the skin. Heat may be an effective self-care treatment for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Massage and body treatments services are offered and esthetic treatments may be provided.
HOME BASED SPA: A spa located in a home providing a service menu with a variety of therapeutic, relaxing and pampering treatments on a day-use only basis. The home based spa menu typically includes European esthetics, paramedical services, relaxation and/or therapeutic body massage, body, hand and foot treatments. In some instances, hair services may also be available. All services are performed on the premises of a private residence, in an area reserved and outfitted specifically for spa services.
NICHE BUSINESS: This type of spa has popped up to provide a very limited number of top notch services. They focus on and excel at one to three types of services which may include waxing, eyelashes, nail care or express facials.