As more guys discover that spa treatments can enhance their performance on the playing field and at work, it’s not surprising that the percentage of male spa-goers have climbed from just over 30 percent to nearly 50 percent. This trend makes the gift of spa a thoughtful gift for Father’s Day that we think all the dads in your life will appreciate.
If you dad is a sports enthusiast he probably already knows that a sports or foot massage can soothe tired muscles and expedite recovery after a long run or day on the courts. And if he cares about his appearance, he’s discovered that pedicures, manicures, hot shaves, and a good hair stylist can make all the difference. But if your dad, grandpa or favorite uncle is a spa newbie–or if you want to treat him to a new experience–here are five ideas to make dad’s day spa special.
Show dad the joys of a facial
Introduce your dad to the pleasures and benefits of a facial (which we think is just as relaxing as a massage) at a spa that specializes in making men comfortable, and we think he will be hooked for life.
Facials for men are specifically formulated for male needs, which are often shaving-related (razor burn), or other conditions like skin sensitivity and dullness. There are also types of men’s facials that target skin roughened by spending time in the outdoors and ones tailored to acne, excessive sweating, city life, and skin conditions related to aging.
Surprise him after tennis
If your dad is into sports, odds are he likes to share those experiences with you, whether it’s going for a jog, playing tennis, or enjoying a round of golf. This Father’s Day, after you and dad have built up a healthy sweat, surprise him with a gift card for a massage or spa treatment that will help you both relax and ease your tired muscles.
Mix it up
According to the International Spa Association, “…male spa-goers are very likely to have experienced a massage” but we think it was probably a straightforward Swedish or sports massage. Massage therapists can specialize in over 80 different types of massage and this Father’s Day could be the year you introduce dad to all the massage he’s been missing. Hot stone, deep tissue, Lomi Lomi, Thai, Shiatsu…imagine the relaxing possibilities!
It’s his turn to be treated
Father’s Day honors all kinds of dads: new fathers, dads that have taken care of their families for years, grandpas that were there when you needed them most. But far too many dads don’t take time for them and are often the unsung heroes of the family. For the ultimate thank you, book a spa day where you can both enjoy the saunas, pools, treatments and lunch or splurge on a spa getaway at a spa like Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Miraval, or Red Mountain Resort that have outdoor activities you both enjoy. (For more ideas, check out the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards winners of “Best for Men.”)
Miraval Resort and Spa
Spafinder make it easy
Spafinder Gift Cards are easy to order online and can be used at thousands of spas, fitness and yoga studios, boxing gyms and more around the globe. Starting at just $25, they never expire and can be shipped instantly for last-minute father’s day gifts. Plus you can personalize your gift with a special message and photo that says, “Thank you, dad – you’ve been the best father ever!”
And one last tip: If your dad isn’t familiar with spa treatments, share this guide with him so he can enjoy his appointment with confidence.
 International Spa Association: Consumer Snapshot, “A Look at the Male Spa-Goer,” August 2013.
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