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Medical Spa: What to Expect

Medical Spa: What to Expect

Also known as balneotherapy, the term health spa relates to water treatment in spa towns or resorts, an understandably popular type of health treatment for centuries. The use of water for recreation and curative purposes dates back to prehistoric times, and the belief in the healing powers of mineral water has persisted ever since. Nowadays the practices of medical spa treatments are extending worldwide.

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Health Spa Treatment is a non-medical procedure which is usually performed at holiday resorts, health spas and beauty salons. Some of the services or treatments include:

  • Waxing
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Exfoliation with chemical peels
  • Personal training
  • Nutrition
  • Nail care
  • Massage (hydro, hot pebble, whirlpool)
  • Facials
  • Body wraps
  • Bathing (hot spring, hot tub, mud bath, sauna, steam, carbon, pearl)
  • Aromatherapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Algae therapy
  • Diathermy
  • Electro and magnetotherapy
  • Oxygen therapy

Wellness Treatment and Spa Abroad

Within the frames of the international wellness community, the Spa Association defines a medical spa as a place devoted to well-being through a professional treatment, focusing on the renewal of body, mind and spirit.

Medical Spas abroad are devoted to improve the health of international clients, who are recommended to visit spas as a combination of recreational holiday and health treatment. It can help a vast amount of medical conditions including:

  • Rheumatism
  • Disc prolapse
  • Circulatory problems
  • Nervous system problems
  • Breast surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Dental treatment
  • Elective surgery
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • General surgery
  • Hair transplant surgery
  • Hip surgery
  • Infertility treatment
  • Knee surgery
  • Obesity surgery
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Spine and back surgery
  • Weight loss treatment

Health Spa Vacations

Health spa vacations are a strong international trend for people who seek a peaceful spot to restore their health, recover energies and who due to a hectic and stressful lifestyle need to introduce regular relaxation practices. For patients undergoing surgery and other health treatments it is a perfect follow-up treatment option. In order to lead the global market for health spa vacations you need certain geographical and geological conditions which are especially favorable in Indonesia, Portugal, Slovakia and Hungary.

Health insurance plans in the U.S. do not cover health spa treatments however medical travelers to South America and Southeast Asia pay a small fraction of the cost of treatments offered in the U.S. and the European Union.

Before making a decision, make sure that your treatments are provided be professionals who belong to internationally recognized organizations that are able to verify training and expertise.

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Spa Packages and What to Expect from the Spa Culture

A great advantage of health spa vacations is that your family members can also find programs under the same roof if you opt for a spa package. Thermal pools, leisure pools, adventure parks, sports facilities, children programs  are offered in countries like Hungary and the Czech Republic, where the tradition dates back to almost 2,000 years.

A fine medical tourism program should provide a relaxing location with traditional therapies (massage for spine care, neuromuscular therapy and reflexology, orthopedic assessment tests, etc.), additionally, a medical spa should provide experienced staff to offer quality medical care. Depending on your personal aims, some health spa might offer cosmetic surgery and wellness dermatological therapies.