Unusual & Unique Spa-ah Treatments & Therapies
Updated: Apr 6
In celebration of wellness month, see below for a number of unusual and unique spa treatments and therapies from spas around the world. From sound therapy to face gym sessions, virtual reality spa treatments and sleep rituals, here are a variety of unexpected wellness therapies for the mind and body.
Face Gym at the Tata Harper Spa, Hotel Lou Pinet
New for the 2020 season at the Tata Harper Spa at Hotel Lou Pinet is the Face Gym Special Glow Classes program by Tata Harper. Expertly trained in the exclusive techniques of Tata Harper, the spa therapists share their skills and knowledge through personalized training sessions in self-massage of the face. The signature gestures of Tata Harper spas work the muscles of the face deep-down to release tension, restore original volumes and re-sculpt the features with a visible rejuvenating effect. Some even describe the massage’s anti-aging toning effect as a natural facelift. Each pressure stimulates exchanges in the epidermis, boosts collagen production and blood circulation, encouraging elimination of toxins for a radiant complexion. A pure moment of well-being, Tata Harper’s face gym is designed as a true face yoga session and is divinely soothing. A relaxing pure glow ritual to adopt morning and night to optimize the action of cosmetic treatments.
Sound Therapy Advanced with Crystal Therapy at the Saxon Spa, at the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa
The Saxon Spa at Saxon, Villas & Spa offers a signature treatment combining both sound and crystal therapies, aptly named the Sound Therapy Advanced with Crystal Therapy. This treatment allows guests to reach a deep state of relaxation and re-energize their chakra centers with the unique healing properties of clear quartz for expanding consciousness, amethyst for purifying the mind, rose quartz to promote love and inner healing and aventurine crystals to combat electromagnetic pollution while bringing about calm. Used together with the Tibetan singing bowls, their vibrational frequency is enhanced, cleansing, balancing and re-energizing the body’s energy flow. The therapy aids in reducing stress levels and stimulating the immune system.
Guests lay on a heated water bed, and the Tibetan bowls are then placed on energy points/Chakras. Crystals chosen by guests based on their needs are then added into the bowls, as well as placed around the guest on the bed. The Tibetan bowls are then activated with the crystals inside – the crystals conduct energy and absorb, store, project and focus subtle energies. Depending on the guest’s needs, the crystals will be used to release negative energy and replace it with positive energy while the use of the bowls with the crystals amplifies the healing process.
Mindful Touch and Diamon Cocoon at 43 the Spa, Hotel Arts Barcelona
Available at 43 the Spa at Hotel Arts Barcelona, "The Mindful Touch” is a virtual spa experience that empowers both the mind and body of clients. This innovative concept is brought to Hotel Arts Barcelona by the prestigious Spanish luxury skincare brand, Natura Bissé. This treatment is designed to clear stressed and wandering minds through the combination of advanced technology with a facial treatment. The experience begins with eight minutes of mind inspired virtual reality accompanied by a guided mindfulness audio script, then followed with a renewing facial. Throughout the session, a skilled therapist applies pressure maneuvers and Natura Bisse skincare products on clients as they relax and free their mind from stress. This wellness treatment practices deep relaxation and crafts physical nourishment that goes beyond skincare and a typical spa day. "The Mindful Touch" helps clients reconnect and awaken their senses.
Sleep Ritual at Ellerman House
The spa & wellness team at Ellerman House in Cape Town offers a Sleep Ritual, scientifically designed to help the body naturally increase melatonin and evoke deep sleep. Sleep is responsible for a broad spectrum of things, from muscle growth and repair to the consolidation of memory; by improving sleep quality, one takes a preventative approach to healthcare. Adopting the Ellerman House Sleep Ritual promotes the parasympathetic nervous system, reduces inflammation, manages stress and improves mental focus. In addition to lowering the body temperature, the Ellerman House spa team uses key elements such as Lemon Verbena & Argan Oil Bath Salts, sleep-enhancing Stillness Body Butter and CBD Chamomile tea to support a deep sleep. The idea is for the guests to take this experience home with them and empower them for the rest of their lives.
Lomi Lomi Nui at Tschuggen Grand Hotel
The Tschuggen Grand Hotel, located in the Alpine region of Arosa, is known for its uniquely designed Tschuggen Bergoase Spa and the various wellness experiences they offer, including their Lomi Lomi Nui (Lomi meaning pressing/kneading and Nui meaning important) body therapy. Called the ultimate massage, Lomi Lomi Nui is an ancient Hawaiian technique used for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual cleaning. Guests will unwind as precious oils are massaged into their skin with alternating powerful and gentle strokes. Following their therapy, travelers can soak in the Tschuggen Bergoase's pools and rock grotto for ultimate relaxation.
Thai Aquatic Freedom Therapy at The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui
Nestled within a private bay on the Gulf of Thailand, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui features Spa Village Koh Samui, where age-old Thai healing practices are integrated with therapeutic properties to create a holistic and rejuvenating spa program. One of their signature therapies, the Thai Aquatic Freedom Therapy, combines the treasured art of Thai massage with the dance-like grace of aqua therapy. Guests experience weightlessness in the water as their body is moved through a series of stretches that soften the muscles, relieve stiff joints and quiet the mind. Travelers can also combine this with Thai Aquasana, an aquatic fitness session that combines yoga, karate and thai chi for improved balance and flexibility.
Kwitonda Sensory Experience and Sound Therapy at Singita Kwitonda Lodge
A stay at Singita Kwitonda Lodge is sure to awaken a sense of self-discovery and reflection as guests immerse themselves in one of the most remarkable natural places in the world. Wellness experiences at Kwitonda are enhanced through the use of local products like essential oils, clay treatments, and specialized massage experiences designed to relax and soothe the senses. Available treatments include the Kwitonda Sensory Experience, where volcanic rocks relax tired muscles and African scents promote a serene state of calm, and Sound Therapy where musical sounds and vibrational singing bowls enhance and restore natural healing responses and rhythms internally. All treatments are offered in the comfort of guests’ suites or in the tranquility of their private outdoor deck.
Botanical and Fruit Treatments at Fregate Island
Rather than using pre-made products, Fregate Island's Rock Spa uses many of the botanicals and fruits grown on the island. Guests are invited to collect their own fruits and herbs in the gardens to create a delicious treatment. Services offered at Rock Spa include coconut milk body scrubs, facials and massages, all using techniques from Seychellois healers.