Words usually associated with a spa: calming, soothing, refreshing.

Words usually associated with a spa: calming, soothing, refreshing.

Words not usually associated with a spa: dehydration, exhaustion, "suction and roll."

But that's exactly what Jill Pfeifer, Skin Perfect Clinic's master esthetician and massage specialist, tells clients to expect from the clinic's Tone & Detox treatment.

It includes both massage and dry heat and is one of several unconventional services offered at the Worthington spa, which specializes in customized skin-care and makeup.

"A lot of the people interested in this are those who want to benefit from their relaxation," Pfeifer said. "They don't just want to come in and get a massage, they want to feel like, 'All right, I'm accomplishing something else at the same time.' "

The clinic's unique spa services incorporate both modern machines and ancient healing traditions, and they're delivered in a dimly lit room where time is slowed by a bubbling water fountain.

The Tone & Detox treatment involves a most futuristic-looking contraption: a giant pod-shaped bed that closes over the client's body, leaving her head exposed while the rest of her receives a half-hour dose of 160-degree dry heat, vibrations and ions.

This comes after the body's lumpier, bumpier parts are processed by an endermologie machine, which acts as a vacuum as Pfeifer smoothes it over the thighs, arms and stomach. Although the sensation might feel strange at first, the pressure eventually feels like a massage, Pfeifer said. A smaller version of the tool can be used on the face.

Together, the treatments are designed to break up and release toxins under the skin, combating cellulite and allowing for a tightening of the skin over the course of a 14-week cycle.

"You're virtually sweating out the toxins we've loosened up, so it helps with weight loss and detox," Pfeifer said.

Another service, the Shirodara, is designed to bring more inner peace. After a body massage, the client lies face-down while warm oil is poured continuously over her forehead - where some believe the "third eye" is located - to allow the body to relax and reflect.

And in Asian ear candling, clients can have even more toxins - not to mention sinus pressure - removed through a technique that involves lighting a long, thin tube of wax that's placed in the ear of a person lying on his or her side. The heat creates a suction that draws out ear buildup.

"We really like to focus on health and wellness in our body treatments," Pfeifer said.