How to Communicate in a Spa in English

Many choose to take advantage of the holidays to enjoy some moments of pure relaxation in a spa. The word “spa” is derived from the name of a small Belgian town rich in hot springs and for this reason was well-known among the Romans. It became particularly famous in Europe in the sixteenth century. Nowadays, a spa is a wellness centre where treatments based on water, thermal, or marine elements are carried out. Among the various treatments available you can find hydro massages, Kneipp therapy, Turkish baths, massages, and seaweed or mud wraps.

The treatments that offered are generally recommended to combat problems such as cellulite, osteoarticular and respiratory disorders, and skin conditions. But they also serve to simply disconnect and free yourself for a few hours or days from the stresses of everyday life. The most famous spas abroad can be found in Austria and Germany, but also in the UK as the city of Bath was already a spa in Roman times.

If you are thinking about going to a spa abroad, do not arrive without being well prepared with English. It is better to know the terminology for the treatments and how to express yourself in English. For this reason, we are going to present you with the essential vocabulary along with a selection of useful phrases.


  • Beauty Treatment
  • Skin Treatment
  • Body Treatment
  • Facial Treatment
  • Hand Treatment
  • Foot Treatment
  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Nail Care
  • Hair and Scalp Treatment
  • Waxing/Depilation
  • Eyebrow Threading
  • Collagen Therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Body Toning
  • Acupuncture Treatment
  • Mud Bath
  • Milk and Honey Bath
  • Hydro Bath
  • Steam Bath
  • Thermal Bath Clay Wrap
  • Seaweed Wrap
  • Cellulite Wrap
  • Herbal Wrap
  • Mud Wrap
  • Slimming Wrap
  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Swedish Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Shiatsu
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Dry Floatation
  • Skin Bliss
  • Sports Massage
  • Seaweed
  • Salt
  • Scrub
  • Honey
  • Herbs
  • Minerals
  • Essential Oils Treatment Room
  • Pool
  • Steam Room
  • Sauna
  • Vichy Shower
  • Reception
  • Locker Area
  • Fitness Centre
  • Beauty Salon
  • Exercise Pavilion
  • Saltwater Pool
  • Thermometer
  • Sauna Bench
  • Hourglass
  • Massage Bed
  • Disposable Underwear
  • Towel
  • Oil
  • Fire Alarm
  • Tissues
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Hot Tub
  • Swimming pool


Here are some useful phrases to book a treatment, request information, or make specific requests.

Could you explain what acupuncture (Thai massage, reflexology, etc.) is?

What kind of services do you offer here?

Can I book a Thai massage?

I would like to get a facial and a body wrap.

Do you do body wrapping (manicure, steam baths) here?

What is a Swedish massage like?

How long is the treatment?

What are the effects of the sauna?

What is an exfoliation mask?

The temperature is very hot.

Could I have some cream? I have very delicate skin.

I’d like to try the seaweed wrap today. What are the benefits of a seaweed wrap?

I really need something relaxing. Is there anything you would like to recommend?

What type of massage would you recommend for muscle relaxation?

Could I get an aromatherapy steam bath?

With these phrases, you can make the most of your experience in a spa abroad. If you are thinking about enrolling in an English course before traveling, why not try an online course? ABA English offers 144 free video classes and the same number of short films that present the situations from daily life in which you might find yourself in an English-speaking context, just as could happen in a spa abroad. Why wait?

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