When it comes to spas, there is no right or wrong way. There are, however, some more interesting ways. We jot down a short list of the most unique spa treatments from around the world.
By: Sarah Holbert
Posted on: August 22, 2016
Physio Floating Massage at Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa Retreat & Cultural Hideaway, Germany
Originally developed in 1999 for a patient who could not lie on his stomach on a table for massage, the Physio floating massage is much more than your typical spa treatment. With the success of the treatment, the resort developed different techniques to massage not only the back and the big joints (shoulders and hips), but also hands, feet, legs and neck - all while in the water.
The treatment starts with massaging the back and shoulders, then proceeding to the feet and legs, using large movements for the hips, then back to arms and shoulders along with the neck, then the back and the hips and finishing with water waves underneath the guests.
Lasting between 30 to 45 minutes, the treatment is priced at €65-95 approximately, and it can be booked with two guests and two therapists in one large pool with 35 degree warm salt water.
The Leg School at Capri Palace Hotel and Spa, Italy
A series of complementary treatments that address vascular disorders of the lower limbs and cellulite, this unique treatment is formulated and patented by Prof. Francesco Canonaco, and consists of the application of rich active substances and vaso-active elements, increasing the elasticity of the skin and preventing the formation of stretch marks.
The Leg School fights poor blood circulation, promotes lymphatic drainage and reduces cellulite and swelling. The treatment consists of the application of medical cold mud (20 min), then the application of cold medical bandages (15 min), followed by Kneipp vascular therapy (15 min) in shallow tanks of medicated water at different temperatures (18°C and 38°C/64°F and 100°F), continuing to a cold stone (20 min) leg massage with iced marble stones, and finishing with a Press therapy (30 min) and manual lymph-drainage (50 or 75 min).
For information on spa appointments and pricing please contact the Capri Beauty Farm.
Vino-Therapy Treatments at Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago
Nothing beats wine in offering the ultimate relaxation experience. And The Spa at Trump, acknowledging the credence of this fact, has introduced new wine-inspired treatments. In the Sommelier Spa Escape treatment, guests will enjoy a wine flight comprised of three varietals. After choosing their favorite, guests will get a vino-therapy with a 60-minute massage complete with corresponding therapeutic oils matching the wine’s unique aromatics for a tailored spa experience unlike any other. After the spa, the guest will receive a full pour of the selected wine to enjoy! For example, the red Sociando Mallet, Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France 1996 is combined with sandalwood oil for the massage, while the white wine, Far Niente Vineyards, Sonoma, California 2013, comes with a massage with jasmine oil as part of a very well thought of pairing! This Escape is available through September 2016 for $210 per guest.
The Chardonnay Indulgence for Two takes guests on another level of wine replenishment. It features Chardonnay grape seed infused products from the skincare line, Olavie. The treatment begins with a 30-minute tub soak filled with Chardonnay bubble bath containing rich antioxidants with anti-aging and nourishing benefits. Couples can relax in this tub while sipping on a glass of Chardonnay. The treatment continues with a 60-minute body massage featuring Chardonnay body oil, drenching the skin both in vitamins and minerals.
The Chardonnay Indulgence for Two is available for $600 (during off peak) or $650 (during peak) per couple through September. To learn more about the treatments or to schedule an appointment, contact The Spa at Trump at +1 (312) 588-8020.
36.5 degree thermal water crystal experience at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is known for its thermal waters and the excellent attention it gives to its spa guests. This exclusive 90 minutes treatment begins with an extended foot massage. Then, a sea salt and mountain crystal scrub with oil leaves skin feeling smooth. A foam massage with mountain herbal soap and thermal water at 36.5 degrees Celsius is what constitutes the unique element in this therapy. The experience ends with an ice treatment that promotes blood circulation.
Price: CHF 295.00
The Phases of the Moon signature treatment series at Capella Singapore
Who thought the moods of a Moon could be captured in a spa series? Auriga Spa at Capella Singapore obviously thought it possible. And behold, their signature treatments have been designed to reflect the lunar cycle, each being dedicated to a particular phase of the Moon - New, Full, Waxing and Waning - and is only offered when the treatment corresponds to the Moon’s particular stage!
In the New Moon treatment, feet are anointed with oils of Juniper, Rosemary and Fennel. Then, a Seaweed and Eucalyptus salt scrub is followed by a Seaweed wrap. The treatment concludes with full body Rosemary, Juniper and Fennel oil massage and a stimulating tonic. (120 minutes, $290)
To begin the Waxing Moon treatment, an oil will be worked into the feet using pressure point techniques. Then, a salt scrub exfoliates the body and a mud wrap nourishes the skin. The treatment concludes with a nurturing Honey & Jasmine facial mask and a gentle aromatherapy body massage. To further enhance the treatment, guests are offered a nurturing tonic and supplements. (120 minutes, $290)
Associating the benefits of a rose with the Full Moon treatment, it begins with an anointment of the feet with Rose oil. The body is then exfoliated with Rose oil-infused salt. A warming Rose wrap nourishes the body with minerals and is then followed by a relaxing massage and lymphatic facial using Rose crystals and acupressure point facial massage. Herbal tea is served at the end of the treatment along with a tonic and supplements. (180 minutes, $440)
Cleansing being the ultimate meaning of the Waning Moon treatment, it begins with a pressure point massage of the feet using detoxifying oils. The body is then exfoliated using silk garshana gloves, creating heat deep within the muscles while smoothening the skin. A purifying seaweed wrap is followed by a cleansing massage using lymph techniques that further stimulates the elimination of toxins, and a facial massage. The treatment concludes with a tonic and detox supplements specially designed to deeply cleanse the system. (180 minutes, $440)
These five treatments are some of the most unique spa treatments offered around the world. No matter what they entail, these treatments keep the idea of relaxation fascinating, offering some new ways to escape the pressures of everyday life and foster rejuvenation.