In Nigeria, a number of leisure-based services that serve to increase the economic diversity of the business terrain in Nigeria, are beginning to spring up. Hotels, lodges, tourist sites, amusement parks and other means of seeking pleasure and relaxation are rife, especially in the economic giant of Nigeria, Lagos State. Spas however, are a special and exotic kind of pleasure and relaxation center, as not only do they offer unique services like massages, facials, salt glows, manicures, pedicures, body wraps, and others, they are also know for their relaxation purposes, beneficial to those who use them medically, psychologically, and even spiritually.

But firstly, what is a spa, or what definitive conditions does a spa need to satisfy, to be called one?

The word spa is an acronym derived from the Latin words, ‘Salus per aquam’, which means ‘health from water’.

According to the International Spa Association, a spa is a place devoted to enhancing the overall well being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body, and spirit. In a city like Lagos, where health and wellness should be of utmost importance, spas create a conducive and relaxing medium, stimulating ones aspirations, desires, dreams, as well as improving health, beauty, and relaxation, for better quality of life.

There are different kinds of spas, such as destination spas, medical spas, and day spas, which are the most popular in Lagos, amongst others.

Destination spas, mostly found in the Western world, are majorly known for the possibility of staying for extended periods of time at a stretch, while enjoying their services. Medical spas are curative in form, offering medical services from acupuncture, naturopathy, and laser treatments, to mild medical conditions, alongside normal spa services.

Day spas are the typical spas we see around, especially in Lagos, that offer day-to-day services to their clients, and close at end of day. A variant of this kind of spas would include home services where a masseuse comes over to give massages and other spa related services, usually at a little premium.

Lagos has a very active anti-ergonomic terrain, typically known for its sometimes intense hustle and bustle, traffic, and other existential challenges.

Couple this with a growing middle – upper class, the idea of spas in Lagos is definitely a mouth-watering one.

People want to be able to relax, cool off and unwind after so much activity, and spas are fast becoming a go-to relaxation spot for the middle – uppercase citizens. Everyone deserves to be pampered every now and then, especially after going through the rigors of daily living in Lagos, one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world, and the most competitive in Nigeria.

Medical research has shown that the high rate of diseases in man is majorly as a result of stress or stress-related factors. To those who are in the know, this realization has attracted them to spas, to help reduce stress and promote better health and well-being. This is where a day spa becomes a blessing to help one indulge in some much needed “me time” in order to ‘switch off’, unwind, relax, reflect, detox, beautify, and even spoil oneself!

Would you say spas are still a luxury in a developing country like Nigeria, despite the benefits? Ever been to a spa before? Was it really a first-class experience? Leave your comments below.