A body scrub is a popular body treatment that is like a facial for the body. It exfoliates and hydrates your skin, leaving it smooth and soft.
A body scrub is done with an abrasive material like salt, sugar, coffee grounds, rice bran, even pecan hulls, usually mixed with some kind of massage oil and an aromatic like essential oils. If the scrub uses salt, it might be called a salt scrub, salt glow or sea salt scrub. The exfoliation is usually followed by a shower and an application of body lotion. This is not a massage.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A BODY SCRUB?
Our body scrub takes place in a massage room. The therapist will ask you to undress and then leave the room. You will start face-down on a massage table that is covered with a towel.
The therapist will return and start by gently rubbing the exfoliant on your back, the backs of your arms, and the backs of your legs and feet. You may be draped with a towel so only the part he/she is working on is exposed. Then you turn over and he/she does the other side.
When the therapist is finished, you usually step into a shower to rinse off. Be sure to rinse thoroughly so you don’t take little granules back to the table. And don’t use shower gel — it’s good to keep the oil and aromatics on your skin.
While you step into the shower, the therapist will put clean sheets on the treatment table while you’re showering and step out of the room again. You dry off and lie face-down on the treatment table underneath a sheet or towel. Then the therapist returns and applies Shea Butter Cream.
If the client has booked the Thai Scrub treatment the therapist will then continue with a Traditional Thai Massage.
OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BODY SCRUBS
- Some spas do body scrubs in a room without a shower and remove the exfoliant with steamed towels.
- You can get a body scrub on its own, but often it’s the first step in a body wrap , often a seaweed or mud wrap, or signature treatments.
- You can also combine a body scrub with a massage. Get the body scrub first because it is stimulating, whereas the massage calms you down. Some spas have signature treatments that combine both body scrub and massage.
- Salt and other exfoliants can be abrasive, and some therapists have a heavier hand than others. Individuals also differ in their skin sensitivity. If it feels too harsh, speak up.