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The strict regulations placed on the Russia spa industry could be set for a major overhaul as the Spa and Wellness International Council (SWIC) has created state legislation to ease operation laws for spas.
The state legislation, which is now under the government's consideration, aims to stop spa treatments being characterized as preventative medicine treatments.
Currently, treatments such as balneology, thalassotherapy, hydrotherapy and even massages need to be provided exclusively by medical staff - nurses or physicians.
Day spas, wellness centres and even hotel spas, offering their clients massage or a hydrotherapy bath, have to obtain a medical license in order to operate legally.
A medical license requires the spa to have a full-time operating dermatologist, a physiotherapist and a nurse on staff.