IF YOU HAVE: DEPRESSION
- Try: Chromatherapy
Chromatherapy (or color therapy) is often an add-on on the spa-treatment menu. The idea is that different colored lights emulate energy sources of the body (or chakras), creating a positive psychological effect. "Even if clients aren't knowledgeable about their chakras, they do know what makes them relax and feel good," says Jean Kolb, spa director of Kohler Waters Spa in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
- At home: Surround yourself with colors that calm and soothe. Try colored lightbulbs or even candles. Chesapeake Bay Colorology Candles, $15, combine both color and aromatherapy.
IF YOU HAVE: POOR CIRCULATION
- Try: hydrotherapy
Popular in European spas, hydrotherapy (using water for therapeutic benefits) is trickling into U.S. spas, from simple herbal baths to underwater massages (a.k.a. Watsu). "Just being submerged in warm water for 10 to 30 minutes can lower blood pressure, increase oxygen flow, and raise your metabolic rate," says German M. Schleinkofer, bath master at the Kneipp School of Hydrotherapy in Germany.
- At home: Run a warm bath and add juniper salts to boost circulatory benefits. Try Kneipp Classic Sparkling Herbal Bath Tablet in Juniper, $3.50.
IF YOU HAVE: SLUGGISH DIGESTION
- Try: a Thai massage
A Thai massage is like an assisted yoga class, says Kate Olafson, yoga program coordinator at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. A therapist uses her hands, feet, and body weight to manipulate you into yoga-like positions. All that bending and twisting helps move impurities and waste through the digestive tract.
- At home: Add a few drops of stimulating peppermint oil to a hot towel and place it over the belly. "The heat allows the oil to penetrate more deeply," says Childs of Four Hands Massage. Try The Body Shop Peppermint Essential Oil, $12.