Spas in the U.S. received an estimated 143 million client visits in 2009, according to new research. Along with body treatments, massage therapy remains a popular treatment at the vast majority of spas.

The primary treatments provided by spas are:

• Body and skin-care services, including facials, scrubs and wraps (94 percent)

• Massage services (86 percent)

• Salon services (68 percent)

• Wellness programs, including weight management and healthy eating, are offered by 17 percent of spas

• One in 10 spas offer fitness or sports services

The composition of spa types remained similar to previous years:

• Day spas comprise the majority of establishments (79 percent);

• Resort/hotel spas comprise the second-largest segment (8.8 percent)

• Medical spas come in third (8.7 percent)

• Other spa types include club, mineral springs and destination spas. The largest concentration of spas are in the Northeast (24 percent) and Southwest (23 percent).

Each year, the International SPA Association (ISPA) monitors five key statistics related to the spa industry, including revenue, number of spa visits, locations, total employees and square footage.

On Oct. 8 MASSAGE Magazine reported “Spa Association Releases Key Findings from U.S. Spa Study.”

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