A day at the spa… a concept that has prevailed for centuries. Some say the idea of a “spa” originated in Belgium, from the town named “Spa” known for its mineral baths. Others say the concept stems from the old Latin phrase Saludis Per Aqua, meaning “health through water.” Regardless of the origins, spas are immensely popular and constantly evolving.
In Europe the most popular spa activities are still centered around bathing in water, but in America, massages and facials are by far the most popular spa treatments. However, on both sides of the pond, spa treatments these days transcend the basic and often utilize exotic minerals, essential oils, exfoliating scrubs, as well as energy healing and the most leading-edge technologies available. This is coupled with that, as a society, we are more health focused than ever before, and spas are reflecting that very clearly.
For all spa lovers out there, here are some of the most innovative and rejuvenating spa trends our experts are seeing for 2016:
Treatments That Transcend
People are looking for results in their relaxation: an avenue towards enlightenment and inner peace. Treatments are turning into “rituals,” which offer much more than mere physical benefits. Spas are utilizing nature’s gifts – dust from diamonds and, other precious stones, beeswax and honey, exfoliants from ground nuts – in order to, rebalance the body, align the chakras, move energy, and more.It’s not uncommon to find yoga and massage packages, or other offerings that combine different types of therapies.
“We’ve found that our clients yearn for more than a simple treatment, they want an entire experience,” explains Marsha Blacknell, Spa Director at The Spa at Willows Lodge near Seattle. ”Of course, a facial is relaxing within itself, but in our Carita Diamond Facial, for example, we pair it with a foot bath and, an energy re-balance in the body using rhythmic facial and upper body massage. We also “put a sparkle on it” by, incorporating real diamond dust in order to reflect light and create a more youthful glow. It’s about results, both inside and out.”
Microneedling For the Win
As humans continue to live for longer lengths of time, they also want to look younger while they do it. One of the most unobtrusive treatments offered currently is microneedling. Incredibly cutting-edge, microneedling is essentially when micro-thin needles are rolled over the skin in order to upset the first few layers which stimulates collagen production. This technique is still so new, that very few spas currently offer treatments, but as it gains popularity expect to see if offered more frequently.
Sugar Shock Treatments.
More and more information is being disclosed regarding the harmful effects of sugar. As it turns out sugar is harmful to more than just the waistline. Sugar can actually speed up the aging process, the opposite agenda of most people. Moving into 2016, it’s very likely that treatments to reverse the effects of sugar will be available.
We are on the go. Always. A huge trend that is popping up all over the world, literally, are airport spas. Instead of hitting up the bar before a flight, one can hit up the spa to destress and get rid of some of that pre-flight anxiety. On-demand spa services are now available. No longer are we stuck in the confines of the typical “working hours.” With the simple download of an app, one can have a massage at nearly any hour, in any place, with a fully certified therapist. This isn’t only limited to massages, oh no, there’s a variety of services that can be utilized.
As our world becomes increasingly accessible to more people, the holistic offerings of other cultures are becoming woven into spa treatments. French seaweed, himalayan salt, and Macadamia Nut Butter are a few examples of natural goods found around the world that are used in facials, massages, and other treatments. Innovative spas such as Nalu Kinetic Spa at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu, are incorporating traditional Eastern practices such as a Chi Balance, that works to treat the body as a whole, in order to relieve stress, stimulate digestion, and reduce chronic pain.
There’s never been a better time to spend a day at the spa. From your head to your toes you can find complete and total relaxation, rejuvenation, and even look younger, and those are just the outwardly physical benefits. Inner peace, de-stressing, and pathways towards enlightenment are all possible through the modern day spa offerings. Even if you don’t have time to make it to an actual spa, the treatments can come to you. From the mineral baths in Roman times, to spas today much has evolved, and it’s all for the better.