It's easy to get caught in a routine during your spa visits. You're there to relax, after all, so you flock to the familiar to soothe your soul and make all your troubles float away. But what are you missing by never expanding your horizons? Before you settle down for your next massage, dip your toe into the lavender-scented waters of these five treatments.
1: Caribbean Manicure
Unlike "normal" manicures, the Caribbean model uses aromatherapy to treat, strengthen and moisturize your nails before any polish is applied. Some spas, like the Aveda Salon in Portland, will even use hydrating masques for maximum results.
2: Tourmaline Charged Facial
Instead of a rough, time-consuming microdermabrasion facial, treat yourself to tourmaline instead. It offers all the same benefits but with a much softer touch, leaving your cheeks silky and smooth and your nose without visible pores.
3: Hot Stone Massage
All right, no one can resist a massage. But rather than settling down for your standard deep-tissue kneading, think about shaking things up with a hot stone massage, which uses warmed rocks to relieve pressure points and open chakras.
4: Enbrightenment Treatments
Embarrassed by dark spots? Tired of your skin looking dry and haggard from sun damage or overwork? Embrightenment treatments use sensitive minerals and high-touch therapy to bring out your skin's natural inner glow.
5: Express Haircuts
Getting your hair cut at a salon isn't like getting your hair cut by the neighborhood barber. For one, salons usually offer a full-service cut, wash and dry. They'll also throw in a scalp massage to leave you purring like a kitten. Talk about relaxation!