Living in the city can be hectic, and one of the best ways to melt the stress away is with a winter spa getaway. Recently, International Spa Association introduced us to some of the newest treatments from the world’s leading spas, many of which use Asian techniques and rituals.
Aspira Spa based off of Osthoff Lake, Wisconsin
Treatment: The Indigo Journey
A Balancing Massage, using chromatherapy, wood violet infused oil, and reflexology, further complements the energy flow and enhances the journey that uses the color and the vibration of indigenous plants to energize and balance the chakras, creating a deep sense of peace, harmony and well-being, as well as opening the channels of intuition.
We tried this treatment and could feel the flow of negative energy leaving from our fingers and wrists.
Treatment: Path to Renewal
Combining the sense of smell with touch, this energizing leg treatment uses aromatherapy to balance and restore energy while the skilled hands of a Clarins therapist eases stress, and alleviates swelling and feelings of heat and discomfort in the legs. A light application of Clarins Energizing Emulsion, based on chamomile, sage, basil and cypress, relaxes, tones and revs up tired legs.
Deborah Lippmann introduced us to her latest on trend colors.
Edge Systems Corporation
The HydraFacial™ resurfacing treatment thoroughly cares for your skin, providing cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and hydration all while introducing antioxidants, peptides, and Hyaluronic acid. The HydraFacial™ is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment for all skin types that delivers instant results with no discomfort or downtime.
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is an organic spa located in Queensland, Australia and offered The Australian Spirit of Sound.
A brief, yet powerful meditation begins this grounding new treatment experience. High quality basalt stones are then placed on key areas of the body followed by a fusion of massage techniques, choreographed to carefully selected Australian music and sounds of nature. The massage component of today’s mini treatment will focus on the arms, hands and face utilizing the heated soothing stones and a fusion of massage styles.
Working with the meridians of the body, which are reflected on the face and head, this treatment is deeply restorative, calming and can have numerous health benefits including the digestive system. The Spirit of Sound allows guests to disconnect from their busy world and deeply rest, generating a feeling of peace and clarity. This can help the guest to feel nurtured, grounded and calmer.
Kohler Waters Spa
Treatment: Lavender Parfait Hand Treatment
A honey-lavender salt scrub is applied in conjunction with a Clarisonic for the ultimate exfoliation of hands. After the scrub is removed, a hand massage is performed using a lavender-mint julep, shea butter for hydration. An aromatherapy combination of lavender and peppermint is massaged to the temples to soothe the mind, 100% paraben and sulfate free.
Massage Envy Spa, with locations in New Jersey and Staten Island
Treatment: Sugar Foot Scrub
A therapeutic foot service featuring towel cleansing, Bon Vital lavender sugar scrub exfoliation and a moisturizing body butter finish. The lavender sugar scrub cleanses and exfoliates the skin, removes dead skin cells, smooths the surface of the skin, stimulates lymph flow and increases circulation. Sugar is hydrating, which is why it’s the best for addressing feet. A luxurious application of body butter adds a hydrating protective layer to the freshly scrubbed skin.
Miraval Resort and Spa, Tucson, Arizona
Treatment: Naga Thai Massage
In the Buddhist tradition, the Nâga, can take the form of a half human half serpent. Nâga is a Miraval Spa service evolving from the healing principals of Thai Massage. Your therapist uses strands of richly colored silk, suspended from above, as an extension of their body. The silks are used by your provider for entwining and gracefully suspending themselves as well as wrapping and supporting your body, taking you deeper into the stretches and releasing restrictions impairing full movement.
This service is done on a Thai mat and has a flow and rhythm, allowing tension to release any hold it has on your body. Strength and grace combine seamlessly enabling the fluid motion of the silk to help balance and harmonize your body.
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY
Located in the Hudson Valley, amongst a gorgeous Fall foliage setting, Mohonk was just voted 2nd place for the best US resort by Conde Nast Traveller.
The Full Attainable Sleep treatment combines a calming aromatic massage followed by a customized Dead Sea salt bath soak. Pure organic essential oil blends from H. Gillerman of lavandin, clary sage, bergamot, and rosewood help ease the mind and body to a more restful state, foster restorative sleep, and keep body rhythms in balance. Mohonk Mountain House has introduced a series of “Solutions for Modern Living” treatments that address some of the specific stress points of a modern lifestyle.
The Spa at Regent Palms, Turks & Caicos
Treatment: Oriental Essence Foot Ceremony
An aromatic and exhilarating journey inspired by Oriental rituals of South East Asia. An exfoliating spiced marmalade scrub is followed by an energizing massage using smooth pebbles wrapped in fragrant bags soaked in warm oil. The body is enveloped in deep relaxation, the spirit soothed, while the skin becomes hydrated, soft and luminous.
The “foot” in the Asian culture is the window to the overall health of the body, issues can be identified and treated using Thai techniques. The treatment is both stimulating and stress reducing as it helps increase circulation from the unique oriental spices: cinnamon, ginger, olive seed powder, nutmeg and bitter orange.