The word “spa” is very popular today; however, most people don’t know that in Latin it actually means “health by water.” Sure, today there are many spas that do offer water therapy, but a variety of other options are also offered. Many of them include pedicures and manicures, facials, hair styling, massages, skin treatment, and even full body treatments.

It is a growing industry that generates $11 billion per year and according to the International Spa Association there were 136 million visits to spas in 2007 in the U.S. alone. That makes it the fourth largest leisure trade in the United States and with the continued attention that the spa industry gets in movies, television, commercials and advertising it is set to grow.

In order to be a part of this lucrative business, you can either open your own spa, buy an existing day spa business or take part in the manufacturing of essential spa products such as lotions, exfoliating balms, bath salts, candles, sun block, body scrubs and a lot more.

There are a variety of great manuals out there today that can help you make your own spa products for sale such as The Handcrafter’s Companion. Making your own products on a smaller scale and testing the market at local craft fares etc. is a great way to get started in the spa product industry without incurring a high startup cost.