5 Cool Spa Treatments for Health & Wellness

In order to relax yourself, you need to know yourself -- which means knowing exactly which type of spa treatment is right for you. Below, five of the best spa remedies that promote health and wellness. Choose wisely and live well.

1.       Cupping
An ancient, traditional Chinese practice, cupping involves, well, cups. A massage therapist places the cups on your skin and, through suction and negative pressure, releases tension in your dermis and muscles. Cupping can also help drain excess fluids and toxins and increase blood flow.

2.       Gua Sha
Another ancient Chinese technique, Gua Sha literally means "to scrape away fever and involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth-edged implement. The stroking increases blood flow to the dermal capillaries, which may result in blemishes which fade after three or four days. Though painful looking, Gua Sha is extremely relaxing.

3.       Acupuncture
A Chinese traditional treatment dating back to the 2nd century BC, acupuncture involves the ritualized insertion of heated steal needles into the skin. Recipients can also choose to have tiny electric currents applied to the needles. Acupuncture enthusiasts tout the treatment's ability to reduce pain and loosen tense muscles.

4.       Reflexology
Reflexology, or zone therapy, is the practice of applying pressure to specific areas of the body, including the feet, hands or ears. The pressure points correspond to a system of zones which reflexologists correlate with other body organs. In other words, by applying pressure to the feet or hands, reflexologists attempt to treat the entire body.

5.       Thai Yoga Massage
An oil-free deep tissue massage that involves stretching, Thai Yoga is typically performed on the floor, and the client wears comfortable garments that allow for a wide range of movement.

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