Traditional massage and facial treatments have lured women into spas for many years, but in an effort to shift with the times, contemporary spas are transforming the classics into one-of-a-kind experiences that are sure to shake up the senses. We’ve uncovered 10 of the most unique treatments at spas around the world that have truly taken an unconventional approach to relaxation.
Color & Light Wrap With Aura Imaging
Where to try it: The Spa at The Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC
What it is: To begin the treatment, the spa therapist will use special light-sensitive photography to identify your particular aura. Post-photo you will fall into a deep relaxation with a soothing exfoliation and detoxifying clay body wrap while music, light, heat and aromatherapies work to achieve body and mind balance and harmony. A second aura photo is then taken to identify the resulting change, leaving you with a deeper understanding of your inner being.
Where to try it: The Spa at Regent Palms Turks & Caicos, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
What it is: Zareeba, an African term meaning “protected enclosure,” is one of the spa’s unique signature journey treatments that have been specifically created for Regent Palms Turks & Caicos. An indigenous detoxification and meditative ritual designed by a practicing Caribbean herbalist, the treatment allows you to quiet your mind and body while you sit in the wooden Zareeba and inhale healing herbal steam from a pot filled with a fresh, therapeutic herb blend. A soothing cool-down wrap and 50-minute lymphatic drainage massage follow, enhancing your relaxed state and producing a balanced sense of well-being. Also available as a couple’s ceremony, Zareeba can provide a platform for you and your significant other to connect on another level.
Where to try it: Miraval Resort & Spa, Tucson, AZ
What it is: Evolving from the healing principals of Thai Massage, the one-of-a-kind Naga treatment allows your body to release any tension while balancing and harmonizing to provide deep relaxation. The spa therapist uses strands of colored silk hanging from the ceiling to suspend herself while wrapping and supporting your body, taking you into deep stretches along the way. The balance of strength and grace gives the therapist the chance to shift weight and pressure using just their feet to conduct deep muscle work.
The Ancient Art of Tok Sen
Where to try it: LakeHouse Spa, Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, TX
What it is: One of the spa’s signature treatments, this historic Northern Thailand massage utilizes stretching combined with rhythmic tapping on the energy lines of the body with a special wooden hammer. The result is deep, healing vibrations that work to release energy blockages, stimulate circulation and promote relaxation and rebalance.
Dream Interpretation Journey
Where to try it: QUA Baths & Spa at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV
What it is: Relax in the luxury of the spa’s Crystal Room during this signature treatment, which includes a trained dream coach to help guide you to a deeper understanding of your dreams using traditional Jungian archetypes and a variety of other counseling methods.
Where to try it: Well & Being at Willow Stream, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, AZ
What it is: A Chinese medicine tradition that is quickly becoming popular with celebrities, the cupping treatment features a therapist who uses heat to create a vacuum in a cup as she quickly places it along the skin in a gliding motion. Typically performed on the back and shoulders or thighs and butt, the suction technique works to shift the body’s energy, or Qi, in order to increase circulation, promote healing and relieve pain, as well as help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Because toxins are being pulled to the surface, discoloration or slight bruising may occur temporarily post-treatment.
Keswick Reserve Vinotherapy Regimen
Where to try it: The Keswick Club Spa, Keswick Hall at Monticello, Charlottesville, VA
What it is: This vineyard-inspired spa treatment allows your body to thoroughly reap the benefits of red wine grapes. Using multiple elements from the grape, including the vine and the seed, your entire body is infused with antioxidants and anti-aging polyphenols, which help protect against damage from harmful free radicals. A red wine greeting, 60-minute grape seed oil massage, shiraz body scrub, red wine body mask, pinot noir facial and a shiraz face and body smoother will leave you feeling luxuriously fulfilled and renewed.
Where to try it: The Spa at Sonnenalp Hotel, Vail, CO
What it is: Sought out mainly for its ability to alleviate altitude sickness, the Sonnenalp Spa’s Oxygen Bar will also help with jet lag, sinus congestion and stress, as well as help boost energy and alertness. An Oxygen session can help alleviate headaches, dizziness, nausea and chronic fatigue; promote better sleep patterns and healing within the body; and provide a natural boost of energy. In addition to benefiting from the Oxygen itself, guests can also use different aromatherapies to help address any further issues they may be experiencing.
Full Body Tuning
Where to try it: The Spa at Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Stowe, VT
What it is: Using ancient, therapeutically applied sound and dialogue to explore the “bodymind,” this tension-relieving treatment reveals the patterns of emotional and environmental frequencies and the original blueprint of the body’s natural harmony. The use of sound therapy and pure tone sound waves can bring the body into deep alignment, helping to melt away physical, emotional and environmental stress, pain and anxiety to leave you feeling enlightened.
Where to try it: Apuane Spa, Four Seasons Punta Mita, Bahia de Banderas, Mexico
What it is: A relaxing massage with a distinct dose of Mexican flair, the Hakali treatment involves a massage with a warm mixture of prickly pear cactus and Mexican liquor that is applied to the body using spine-free paddles from the cactus plant. Celebrated for its healing properties, the use of cactus on the body can help remove toxins and quench dehydrated skin to leave you feeling totally rejuvenated.
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