The May bank holiday is fast approaching, which means it’s the perfect time to go for a nice, relaxing spa weekend. But, when you’re the one running the spa, how do you decide which treatments to offer your clients? We took a look at some of 2017’s most bizarre and exotic spa treatments from around the globe, to help get you inspired:
1.) Sleep therapy: The Maldives
First up, we journey to the exotic and beautiful Maldives, where insomniacs can enjoy a very special kind of sleep therapy at the Om Supti Night Spa in the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru. Taking place across two and a half hours, this ritual is carried out in a private jungle clearing at night. Guests are invited to enjoy a massage to relieve aches and tension, followed by a soothing facial and an al fresco soak in a bath tub filled with Himalayan salt crystals, sandalwood, jasmine and rose, before finishing off with a blissful night’s sleep in a swing bed.
2.) Forest bathing: Nottinghamshire
A little closer to home, the Japanese craze of shirin-yoku celebrates the peace and serenity of ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’, and can help to reduce blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol levels. Due to the amazing health benefits of these kinds of treatments, the Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest in Center Parcs Nottinghamshire is now offering its guests the opportunity of a lifetime; to de-stress amid the tranquillity of nature, and bathe amid the treetops. As well as having its own therapy rooms, you can even unwind in their treetop sauna – a relaxing and refreshing way to take in the glory of nature and give your body some much-needed TLC.
3.) Silent retreat: India
Sometimes, we all need to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and find our space of quiet reflection. In India, the Shreyas Silent Retreat offers the chance for exactly that. Days at the retreat are spent in a cocoon of silence and tranquillity, structured with a programme of meditation and yoga, and a number of massages to indulge in, such as Balinese, Swedish, Thai, aromatherapy and Abhyanga. For guests who’d prefer the more subtle sounds of nature, there’s the opportunity for walks and swims, plus a gym and Jacuzzi, as well as daily film showings. This treatment has proven highly popular with city workers, helping them to go back to their busy lives feeling rejuvenated and revived.
4.) Blood type therapy: Thailand
From tranquil silence to the serenity of a totally customised treatment, the Cool Spa in Sri Panwa in Phuket, Thailand, provides guests with a body mask and massage package that works in tandem with their blood type. The treatment package finds its roots in concepts proposed by Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s blood type diet, which has been immensely popular with celebrities. The treatments have been devised around four blood groups and offer different benefits to suit these blood types. For those boasting type A, a body scrub of oats, coffee beans and soy is prescribed to stimulate their metabolism. Those with blood type B focus on exfoliation and rejuvenation with ingredients including fruit enzymes and crystals, whereas type O spa guests will indulge in deep sea masks, green tea and lavender, which helps to detoxify their systems. Each therapy adopts a personal approach to leave their guests feeling utterly at peace.
5.) Facial workouts for tech addicts: London
Perfect for phone junkies with their eyes always glued to a screen, the FaceGym in London is now offering a non-invasive facial workout that’s been specifically designed to stimulate blood circulation and collagen production, tightening the facial muscles. Targeted at Instagram addicts who are always switched on or constantly texting, it targets forehead creases, tired eyes, jaw tension and tight neck muscles, to undo some of the damage caused by bad digital habits.
6.) Sound baths: Mexico
With the boundaries between beauty and holistics shifting ever closer together, and New Age and spiritual beauty treatments on the rise, sound baths are experiencing a surge in popularity. The Yaan Wellness spa in Tulum, Mexico, offers its guests healing massages using sacred shamanic instruments such as gongs, crystals, Tibetan bowls, Mayan shells and didgeridoos, to elevate them into a state of nirvana. A spiritual journey of therapeutic sound vibrations, sound baths are said to restore the body’s natural energy centres, and have been a success among urbanites seeking meditative experiences.
7.) Vibrational healing: Newcastle
From sound vibrations to good vibrations, the new trend of vibrational healing comes from the ancient Thai therapy of Tok Sen, which was devised by farmers toiling in the fields of Chiang Mai over 5,000 years ago. The Serenity Spa at Seaham Hall near Newcastle now offers this therapy, which involves a wooden hammer made from a Tamarind tree, which is used to tap on the body’s energy lines. The vibrations emitted from the wooden hammer gently tapping are said to relieve aches and pains, improve circulation, remove energy blockages and ease tension in the body. This unique treatment is also part of Ytsara’s Ultimate Deep Pressure Massage and the Siamise Healing Herb therapy sessions, both of which are available across the UK.
8.) Marijuana massages & bath soaks: Denver
A little bit controversial in the UK, but a treatment that’s on the rise in Denver, marijuana massages are the latest trend in relaxation. Guests will have their muscles soothed and pain relieved using a lotion made from marijuana, which has active THC, CBD and peppermint, but these chemicals don’t enter the bloodsteam. We’re not quite sure how we feel about this one, but it’s certainly interesting to see how alternative medicines are being used in spa treatments in the countries where it’s legal to do so.
9.) Neck lifts: London
Back to the cultural hub of England, The Dorchester in London is now offering neck lifts, which have replaced the thigh gap as the thing to obsess about according to their Neck-Xperts. Their spa team has launched a neck and décolletage Prai beauty neck lift that promises to rejuvenate tired skin. It’s a non-surgical, hydrating treatment that’s perfect for giving an often neglected area of the body the care and attention it deserves.
10.) Crystal healing therapies: Miami
A popular holistic treatment, crystal healing is favoured by celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Katy Perry, and is now being used in conjunction with typical spa treatments. Add Chilean lapis lazuli to your massage at Faena Hotel in Miami Beach to help relieve tension. Or, if that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you can opt for a more personalised approach at the Gaia Spa in Devon’s Boringdon Hall, with Gaia Crystal Therapy that uses crystals to unblock chakras, or the Gaia Jade Facial, which uses jade crystal wands to stimulate lymph drainage and blood flow.
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