As a massage therapist for over 20 years I always love hearing the spa trends for the year. I am hopeful that more people will learn the health benefits of massage and not see it as a luxury item. All people from all walks of life benefit from massage.
Let’s explore some of the different spa trends for 2012:
1. Feet Focus – Reflexology – Foot Massage
On the rise are multi-treatments focused on the feet. Specific work on the foot due to high-heel pain.
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas offers a Shanghai foot massage.
La Costa Spa now has a Reflexology Path at their Carlsbad Resort in San Diego.
2. Cold & Ice – Icy therapies & cold experiences are hot!
Great for inflammation and pain reduction.
QUA Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas now has an “Arctic Ice Room”
Sparkling Hill Resort & Wellness Center offers a Cold Sauna (Cryotherapy) Treatment in Vernon, BC Canada
You might start getting facials and noticing that there are more icy masks and cold applications being used.
Austrian spa designer Thermarium is expected to launch a “snow shower” this year. You will be able to choose between a light snow, medium snowfall and a blizzard.
3. Wellness & Beauty Coaching – Helping people make long-term life changes
You may find that some spas will now have more “fitness coaches” available to work with you on your fitness and health.
Canyon Ranch Resort & Spa in Miami
Deerfield Spa with Dr. Brad as your life coach
4. Online Wellness Gaming – Gaming your way to health & wellness
The world-renowned Mayo Clinic’s “Games as Life-Changers”, Clarins “Spa Life” on Facebook and Deepak Chopra’s meditation game “Leela”
RealNetworks Data projects that Wellness gaming will generate $2 billion in revenue by 2015.
5. The Ultimate Connoisseur Experience -Pairing fine dining with spa experience. Healthy Hedonism.
Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo with chef Joel Robuchon, Yoga Retreat for Foodies with David Romanelli, and Ritz Carlton’s “Blokes & Beer” spa package in Toronto
6. Spas are picking up on “Good Vibrations” using Vibration, Sound, Music, Light and Color
QUA Baths & Spa offers Aura-Soma Color Reading
Acqualina by ESPA in Miami uses red and blue LED to repair/renew skin cells.
Miraval Resort in Tucson, Arizona offers the “Taiz Sensorium” with full -sensory immersion.
AlphaSphere Mind melting spa designed by Vienna artist sha
7. The Glam Factor – grooming and beauty – blow-dry bar
Guerlain Spa – NYC
Hershesons – London Blow-dry bar
Blushington – Makeup and Beauty Lounge in West Hollywood
8. Spa Evidence – Scientific Proof of Wellness
Hospitals (e.g. UCLA Medical Center) are now offering Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Integrative Therapy.
Hospitals are starting to offer Eastern healing approaches which include massage, acupuncture, reiki, music and art therapies.
9. Spas are becoming a family affair – The Kinder-Spa Craze.
The Enchanted Lagoon Kids Spa in Gurnee, Illinois
Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel – Israel
Klafs – Germany
Aulani Disney family spa – Hawaii’s newest Disney Resort
10. Spas going for the “WOW”
‘The Nest’ at Coqoon Spa at the Indigo Pearl in Thailand
New York Spa Castle
Bota Bota Spa-Sur-L’Eau in Montreal
Amusement Park Spas, Water Park Spas, Tropical Garden Spas and spas with a full range of Classical music and Jazz concerts. Many of the spa-parks are geared towards children and their parents. These are some of the spa experiences trending for 2012.
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