What’s New at the Spa?

Four Seasons Spas are constantly developing new treatments. Here are some of the latest offerings to improve the health and well-being of guests.

Oct 15, 2009
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Crystal Steam Room in the Spa in Mumbai, a haven of calm and rejuvenation
Crystal Steam Room in the Spa in Mumbai, a haven of calm and rejuvenation
Photography Jaideep Oberoi
At YU, THE SPA at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so, the spa pool invites guests to unwind.
At YU, THE SPA at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so, the spa pool invites guests to unwind.
Photography Gensho Haga
Thai massage offered at Chiang Mai stimulates energy flow and eases muscles, replacing tension and stress with energy and peace.
Thai massage offered at Chiang Mai stimulates energy flow and eases muscles, replacing tension and stress with energy and peace.
Photography Markus Gortz
A gentlemen's traditional hot towel shave in the Willow Room at the Spa in Palm Beach
A gentlemen's traditional hot towel shave in the Willow Room at the Spa in Palm Beach
Photography Steve Sanacore
The Spa at Koh Samui uses herbal and holistic remedies to soothe the body and mind.
The Spa at Koh Samui uses herbal and holistic remedies to soothe the body and mind.
Photography Markus Gortz

Spa therapists are always searching for new ways to best meet the needs of their guests. As social realities evolve and change, new treatments come along to address these changes. This year has been no different. Here is a sampling of some of the latest trends to emerge at Four Seasons Spas:

De-Stress for Success

Not surprisingly, given the economic uncertainties of the past year, helping guests to de-stress has been a major concern of therapists. The Spa at Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, for instance, now offers a 2 1/2 hour Full Body Rebalancing Treatment, which serves as a full physical, emotional and mental tuneup. The treatment combines a quartz crystal massage, ear candling, light lymphatic drainage, Reiki energy work and the use of a Tibetan singing bowl to promote relaxation and stress reduction.

Recognising the connection between the ability to relieve stress and a good night’s sleep, the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai takes advantage of ancient Indian practices in its Prana Bliss treatment. Prana Bliss uses an herbal foot bath and a steam bath to help remove toxins from the body. Then an expert therapist guides guests through controlled yogic breathing techniques to channel the body’s prana (vital energy) along the spine, activating prana flow paths. Finally, two therapists massage both head and body while a warm, herb-infused oil is gently and steadily poured over the forehead in a rhythmic swaying movement, perfect for creating a relaxed state and as a prelude to a good night’s sleep.

Short but Sweet

The flip side to helping guests to de-stress is to give them more options for fitting Spa treatments into their busy schedules. As a consequence, the “short but sweet” approach to spa treatments has become more prominent. At the Spa at Four Seasons Resort at Chiang Mai, guests can take the Introduction to Thai Massage, a one-hour treatment that is perfect for individuals who may be trying to pack a lot into a few days. The introductory lesson has the added benefit of teaching guests to perform massage techniques that they continue to use later. Learning Thai massage allows guests to share the pleasure of massage with loved ones back home.

A Man’s World

Increasingly, Spas aren’t just for women. The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, for instance, has a private gentleman’s haven where men can get a traditional hot shave with a straight razor, along with hair and nail services.

Alternative Therapies

Spas are also reaching outside of their traditional treatments to find new approaches to help guests recharge and rejuvenate. At the Spa at Four Seasons Resort at Koh Samui, Spa guests can take part in a whole range of holistic treatments that feature such practices as iridology, astrology, palmistry, tarot cards and aura light bottle readings, adding a bit of mystery and fun to your treatments. Also in Koh Samui, Kidz Yoga uses a fun, creative approach to teach children animated poses and stretching exercises to promote strength, flexibility, coordination and body awareness. Children improve their concentration and focus and exercise their imaginations.

Whether it’s a traditional technique or the latest treatment meant to address the stresses of modern life, Four Seasons Spas are committed to providing guests with a full range of treatments for the purpose of Improving their health and well-being.


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