Healthy spa trends for 2011: salt therapy, Asian techniques, 15-minute treatments
Friday 31 December 2010
In 2011, spas continue to focus on health, wellness, and stress-release with burgeoning trends such as salt rooms for skin and breathing illnesses, more on-staff medical professionals for the aging population, and quick spa treatments for harried clients.
In December, SpaFinder, an online spa industry news and information website, announced their analysis of spas around the world, citing some of the biggest trends we can expect to see in the coming year.
1. More treatments for seniors: Spas such as Canyon Ranch in the US and Old Course Hotel and Spa in St Andrews in the UK are tailoring their offerings for the growing boomer population with on-staff medical professionals, such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, and osteopaths. Also expect to see more thermal bathing for stiff joints this year.
2. All about Asia: Trends such as yoga, Thai massage, Ayurvedic medicine, and acupuncture will continue to thrive this year, with many spas creating a "zen" experience in decor and attitude. Plus look for more trends as the luxury hotel/spa marketplace expands in China and India. Starwood Hotels & Resorts has more than 60 hotels in China and 86 in the pipeline, while the Marriott International plans 89 new hotels in India by 2015, and this growth will undoubtedly influence the industry.
3. Salt caves and salt rooms: Halotherapy, a healing tradition that involves basking in a salt cave, may be centuries old, but it is the hottest new trend of 2011. The technique claims to benefit the skin and cure respiratory illnesses, such as asthma. Look for hyper-modern rooms made of sea salt blocks in such spas as the Salt Cave in London and Kent, Salt Therapy Spa in Dublin, and HaloAir Salt Rooms in New York.
4. The spa franchise: Seeking consistency in your spa treatments? This year expect to see a growth in spa brands and franchises such as urban-chic Bliss, Exhale, and Six Senses spas, or the lavish Mandarin Oriental. Other popular spa franchises: Chevana, Champneys, Dove Spas, Sanctuary, and Spa L'Occitane.
5. Spa in a minute: In a rush? More spas are adding a suite of 15- to 30-minute spa treatments, designed to be performed simultaneously by multiple therapists, to their menus. Also, opening hours are extending to meet demand: Many Las Vegas spas open their doors at 5:30 or 6 a.m., while some London spas stay open till 2 a.m.
6. Wacky treatments: Yoga or healthy cooking classes at spas are nothing new, but now spas are getting creative: expect to see a range of novelty additions this year, such as trapeze therapy, jewelry-making classes, or chocolate spa treatments.
Read the full report here:
newsFormer soldier taped 33 of the animals to the floor and then stamped on them one by one
Michelle Nijhuis' daughter insists (s)he is, and she learnt a valuable lesson on gender in books
Life & Style blogs
The 10 Best Scotch Whiskies
America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
GTA 5: Rockstar bans gamers stealing in-game money worth millions
Microsoft announces first exclusive Xbox One content: a documentary on the worst video game ever
Potential revolution in cancer treatment voted breakthrough of the year by scientists
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 North Koreans are gasping for the truth: Let's give it to them
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 5 Cycle death inquest: Boyfriend hugs driver of 32 tonne tipper truck that killed his girlfriend
- < Previous
- Next >
£50000 - £70000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: The London office of this Bi...
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: An opportunity has arisen fo...
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: This leading firm are lookin...
Salary £35-55K Plus Generous Benefits Package including Car,Pension ,and Health...