The International SPA Association held their East Coast media event last week in NYC at Gotham Hall, showcasing the latest spa treatments, products, practices, and experiences. The 21 sponsors included hotels, resorts, spas, luxury brands, and even an educational foundation, from various locations across the U.S., the Dominican Republic and Italy.
We got to attend this relaxing occasion and left feeling pampered, stress-free, and light as a feather. Below are some of the luxurious experiences offered:
âme Spa & Wellness Collective at Turnberry Isle Miami offered a soundwave massage table experience, which uses dynamic acoustic stimulation to provide a new anti-stress experience. Picture a waterbed massage table, where the warm, heated water moves up and down the table (and thus, up and down the body) in various vibration speeds and patterns that matches the calming music playing through the noise-cancelling headphones. This and 6 other kinds of unique massage tables, made by Sammy Gharieni, are all housed at the 3-story spa in Aventura, Florida. In addition to traditional massages, the spa offers services in fitness, beauty, integrative and functional medicine, oriental medicine, non-invasive plastic surgery treatments.
Aspira the Spa offered facial renewal acupuncture, which rejuvenates and revitalizes the facial tissue by allowing the muscles to lift and tone organically. Acupuncture is, in fact, a treatment in high demand at luxury spas today, as a safe alternative to invasive, surgical treatments. It promotes circulation and restores youth to the skin. The spa is 20,000 square feet, located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, with feng shui made an integral part of the design. Most notably, at the center, there is a meditation circle that has the 5 Chinese elements in perfect balance – wood, fire, metal, stone, and water.
HydroPeptide products are incorporated into the treatments offered at the Premier57 spa. Here they offered an anti-wrinkle express facial, which infuses skin with a restorative and revolutionary patented amino acid technology designed to significantly improve the appearance of skin’s fullness and elasticity.
O2 Chair offered “the O2 Experience,” the world’s first breathing chair treatment that delivers a combination of zero gravity, nap breathing exercise, synchronized swinging movement, oxygen concentrator, and soothing sound and instruction. It was one of the coolest and most relaxing experiences we had, enabled through just breathing (with the help of the O2 Chair, of course). Once settled into the chair, it rocks back slowly into a comfortable position and instructs your inhalations and exhalations as the chair pushes into the sides of your spine, enhancing your breathing muscles to take in a higher capacity of oxygen. Within just 2 minutes of this experience, all the stress of the body disappeared. A true breath of fresh air!
Technogym offered athletic performance training with SKILLMILL, a technologically savvy exercise machine that allows users to improve their strength, speed, and endurance all at once. It is intended to provide shorter workout times with better results. The entire brand is connected through the My Wellness app, which helps sync and log all of your activity across various technologies (including on a Technogym machine + data from your smartwatch or fitness wristband). As a provider for the Olympics for 6 years, this is a brand you can rely on for stellar, effective, and efficient workouts.
The Marmara has 5 hotels in Turkey and 2 in NYC. The wellness center at the Marmara Park Avenue is open to the public 24/7, 365 days a year, and is famous for its Turkish hammam, the home of the tradition of physical and spiritual purification. This is one of the rare spots in the bustling Big Apple where you can unwind, relax, and experience true tranquility.
You can find the rest of the sponsors here. These were just express samplings of some of the treatments and experiences offered by these vendors, all of which left us feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. We encourage you to visit the sites directly to get the full treatments for an even deeper pampering that will leave you feeling energized and looking several years younger.
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