What treatments can a health spa offer?

Only a few years ago a sweat in a sauna, gasping for breath in a steam room, a cardiac inducing plunge-pool, massage, facial and maybe having your eyebrows plucked was considered an exotic treat. Today the expectation is considerably more diverse. The following are various treatments, not healthy lunch options:

  • La Prairie Deluxe Caviar Firm Facial;
  • Elemis Exotic Coconut Rub and Ritual wrap;
  • ESPA Ultimate Body Envelopment – a warm marine mud wrap with honey and oil.

Many treatments are focused around complimentary, holistic and Far Eastern therapies such as:

  • Aromatherapy – using the aroma of essential oils;
  • Reflexology – pressure points on feet that have an internal superhighway to corresponding parts of the body;
  • Indian Head Massage;
  • Ayurveda – traditional Indian medicine, with a strong emphasis on restoring balance by powerful detoxification;
  • Shiatsu – taking the principle that all parts and systems of the body are interrelated, the aim is to relieve stress related inbalances;
  • Reiki – a Japanese form of energy balancing that aims to restore the body’s natural harmony.

At the Ananda Spa in the Himalayas of India, Ayurveda is central to the experience offered – taking it to extremes to include emesis (therapeutic vomiting), laxatives, enemas, nasal cleansing and blood purification. A more palatable treatment is offered at the Sequoia health spa where guests can enjoy an Ayurvedic Purva Karma – a four handed synchronised massage.

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