Spaweek has released their top 10 spa treatments that are on trend for 2011. Have you tried any of these at a local spa in Virginia Beach? Please share your experiences in the comments!
- Shirodhara: this treatment dates back over 5000 years in India, and is often an add-on in many spas. It involves the drizzling of warm sesame oil onto the forehead for a very relaxing sensation. It’s said to calm the nerves, reduce anxiety, and battle fatigue. It also gives the hair an amazing deep conditioning treatment!
- Bamboo Massage: literally, a bamboo reed rolled on your body, rolling pin style! If you like to pair your spa experience with your spiritual experience, bamboo is said to increase longevity, good luck, and strength. Physically, it can promote lymphatic drainage and promote good circulation.
- Cupping and Gua Sha: cupping is an ancient Chinese method of moving stagnant blood to the surface and is becoming very popular despite the bruising that it sometimes leaves. Gua Sha is a scraping treatment that mobilizes blood flow. Both therapies are said to help with extreme pain and tension, so is perfect for those with chronic pain issues.
- Acupressure: The benefits of acupressure without the needles – perfect if you’re needle-phobic! The application of pressure along energy pathways (meridians) helps to promote healing and balance. It is said to be especially effective in controlling allergies, arthritis pain, and migranes.
- Booze: more and more spas are incorporating alcohol-based treatments into their menus. Wine based treatments are excellent for anti-aging, smoothing skin, and stimulating blood flow. Beer yeast can help suppress sebum (oil), to help fight acne. Even scotch offers B vitamins, sugars, and minerals important for hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Shellac Manicures: these are becoming increasingly popular, especially as the color selection is growing by leaps and bounds. This is a cross between a regular manicure and acrylics, giving you the strength of false nails without the damage. The UV gel is applied and then “cured”, giving you a strong manicure that can last several weeks.
- Men’s Treatments: more and more men are showing up in spas these days, and it’s not just for a buffing of their nails. Unique treatments such as golf ball massages, hot shaves, and facials are becoming more and more popular.
- Mobile Spas: the food truck phenomenon is spreading everywhere! Too busy for a spa visit? Mobile spas are now out and about and will come to you. These typically offer massage, facials, and manicures. Some have even more extensive spa menus.
- Water Based Spa Treatments: hydro-thermal therapy (hot water treatments) are excellent for soothing sore muscles, relaxing tension, and promoting clean healthy skin. Popular treatments include a Vichy Shower, where you lie flat and allow the water jets to invigorate the body; and Watsu, short for water Shiatsu, which is a massage performed in a shallow warm pool.
- “Green” Treatments: environmentally friendly spas are fully in the mainstream, and are no longer hard to find. Organic linens, eco-friendly cleaning supplies, and of course organic, pure skin products are all common in the spa setting. Those who wish to reduce their personal footprints seek out these types of spas.
Spa Week this Fall is Oct 10-16, when you can get luxe treatments like these for only $50 a piece. Booking starts Sept 12, when the full list of participants and $50 treatments goes live on spaweek.com.