Current Status of Spa Industries


Molly A H Goh


Traditional & Complementary Medicine Exhibition 2007 (TCME 2007), Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia




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The word “Spa” may mean different thing to different people, it could be, a whirlpool or most people know it as Jacuzzi, a place with hot or cold springs, a place for slimming, a place for massage, a place for beauty treatment, a place for socializing and some even think, it is a place for sleazy business. Historically, “Spa” refers to source of water thought to have curative properties. In the early days, spas were divided into Drinking Spas, Bathing Spas and Sea Bathing Spas, they were usually found in clean and relaxing environment for the benefit of total health and well -being. Today, “Spa” refers to entities devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional therapeutic services, such as touch therapy, reflexology, aromatherapy, facial, body treatment, beauty treatment, hydrotherapy, etc., that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit, as preventive health care. With the global revival of belief in traditional remedies, spa treatments that used to be considered as indulgences are now considered part of healthy lifestyles. Many have become accustomed to and accept a weekly reflexology, body massage, whirlpool bath and sauna sessions as their health routines, whether at home or while traveling on business or holiday.