We can probably guess that massage is the number one treatment that people get at the local spa. Massages are relaxing and have many benefits that come with them, but so do body scrubs and these treatments are very large the bridesmaids of the spa menu. Not sure what to expect from a body scrub? Well, read on!

Body scrubs go by a lot of different names. They can be called a body polish, a salt glow or a sea-salt scrub just to name a few. Whatever the name, the process is pretty much the same with all of the scrubs; the aim is to exfoliate and soften the skin.

You will start by laying on a typical massage table and the scrub will be applied by a trained professional. They may contain salt, sugar apricot kernels, coffee grounds, oatmeal or any other abrasive ingredient along with essential oils and usually some sort of aromatic ingredient for added appeal, and according to the recipe that you have chosen. The abrasive ingredient works to rid the body of the old dingy cells to reveal youngger looking cells that are just under the surface. The oil helps to give your body that soft feel.

After about fifteen minutes of application and massaging of the scrub into your body, you will be asked to shower the scrub off. This leaves your skin feeling invigorated and soft. If you are having both a scrub and a massage, the experts suggest doing the massage second in the day.

Other takes on body scrubs are the body mask or wrap where mud, algae or seaweed is applied to your body and followed by a thermal wrap. This detoxifies the body and stimulates the metabolic system that helps the body rid itself of waste products.

A typical hydrating treatment consists of a thick cream or lotion being applied to the body and then being wrapped in the thermal blanket. This allows the lotion to penetrate the skin for a deep down hydration and that soft skin we all strive for.

While massages will likely be the number one choice at the spa for a while to come, now you know what to expect from a wrap or scrub maybe, just maybe they will become a little more popular too. With the benefits that they hold and the fact you can do them with a massage on the same day, why not try one for yourself?