Why Freeze yourself fit in three-minute bursts.
What Kate Moss, Daniel Craig and Jennifer Aniston are just a handful of the celebs who’ve extolled the virtues of cryotherapy, which uses short blasts of extreme cold to stimulate the body. Now you can try this biohacking treatment for yourself at LA wellness destination Remedy Place, where it’s one of seven elemental-themed packages. Take a deep breath and start counting down the seconds of your three-minute flash freeze in a cryochamber cooled to -106°C. If you can stand it, the benefits are said to be considerable, from weight loss to better sleep and improved muscle healing after the gym.
Verdict Adrenaline junkies will love this challenging but rewarding treatment.
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Why Boost collagen and firm and rejuvenate tired skin with the healing power of grapes.
What Grape seed extract has all the makings of a miracle product; not only is it ultra-moisturising for the skin, but it’s loaded with collagen-protecting antioxidants 20 times stronger than vitamin E. It makes perfect sense then, that O’Reilly’s Lost World Spa has used the oil to develop its unique Vinotherapy Ritual. Step into the handcrafted timber bath to soak in a vinotherapy oil blend, before moving on to a red-grape-and-clay-infused mask to imbue your skin with grape seed oil’s nourishing properties.
Verdict Skin is softer, healthier and more hydrated, while muscles are deeply relaxed – what’s not to like?
Why A spa package for stressed-out Generation Z-ers who’ve forgotten the art of self-care.
What In one of India’s premier spa and fitness resorts just outside Mumbai, a new retreat has emerged that’s targeted specifically at 16- to 25-year-olds. Throughout Atmantan’s Yuva Edition Youth Retreat package, you’ll take part in a rigorous programme designed to help you relax and reset, while developing new, healthy habits that will stick long after you’ve gone home. Included in the itinerary is personal and group fitness training, regular aqua training, daily meditation and group eye yoga – just the job for screen-addicts.
Verdict Proof that it’s easier to prevent bad habits than break them.
Why Because stressed-out minds deserve pampering, too.
What It’s never been more trendy to nourish your mental health, so try Asaya Spa’s new expressive art therapy treatment, where psychology meets creativity. You’ll be given all the tools and guidance you could need to explore your inner subconscious using a blend of imagery, storytelling, music and art. Live in the moment, and don’t get hung up on being good at art – it’s the creative process that counts.
Verdict Practise the art of letting go and get to know yourself better in one fell swoop. It’s the perfect way to gently coax an overactive mind into a state of relaxation.
Why Lying on a bed of warm sand gives a new dimension to a massage.
What Sand baths are the hottest new trend inspired by ancient tradition. For thousands of years, folks of the Mediterranean have been reaping the benefits of psammotherapy (psammo is Greek for sand). Fast forward to last year, and hot sand and quartz therapy is now the treatment du jour at the swanky Dahlia Spa in Four Seasons Abu Dhabi. During your massage, the finely ground particles naturally mould around your body to provide additional comfort and support, while the soothing temperature boosts circulation and alleviates pain – think a luxury heated car seat.
Verdict Who says basking on sand is just for the beach? A luxurious extra element that takes your deep-tissue massage even deeper.
Why A total spa refurb is planned for 2020.
What It’d be a tragedy not to try a classic hammam in Morocco, and where better than at the city’s best (and most Instagrammable) spa at La Mamounia. The hotel has hosted Winston Churchill and The Rolling Stones over its 100-year history and there are three types of hammam on offer in the spa. The Royal is a traditional hammam, or the La Mamounia Hammam consists of a black soap scrub followed by a wrap with ghassoul mineral clay from the Atlas Mountains, used for centuries in North Africa. And for those wanting the ultimate makeover, go for the Hammam Evasion – the traditional treatment followed by an almond milk shampoo and amber honey scrub.
Verdict Morocco’s original grande dame is the ultimate in spa treatments.
Why For rebalancing your digestive system, fermentation is all the rage.
What For brand-new wellness hotel Inhabit in London’s Paddington, wellness is a way of life. At its fermentation workshop, which runs regularly, you’ll learn about the benefits of eating fermented food during a two-day urban retreat. Also included in the itinerary is biohacking and gut health, an infrared sauna treatment and a mindful nature walk, plus all meals and accommodation are included.
Verdict You don’t need to go remote to get well – reassess your relationship to food in the heart of the city.
Why Sound therapy is set to be the wellness trend of 2020.
What Opened in 2019, Shou Sugi Ban House attracts the well-heeled Hamptons elite looking to de-stress from hectic NYC life. The list of spa facilities is suitably oddball (Experience Shower with Chromotherapy; Watsu Pool; Après Sauna Ice Fountain) but the go-to treatment has to be the new-age sound therapies which include “weaving together vibrational frequencies from tuning forks, gongs and Himalayan and crystal bowls [until] you are bathed in an ocean of sound.”
Verdict Blissed-out meditation that restores the mind.
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Why For a new-age update on the Thai massage that soothes skin.
What Following the lactose-ditching trend, try Vie Spa by Organika’s 30-minute rice milk body scrub at Bangkok’s MGallery Hotel. The milk itself contains nourishing vitamin E, anti-ageing antioxidants and moisturising oils that hydrate the skin and leave it conditioned and soft; plus it calms red skin and reduces inflammation.
Verdict You’ll never look at rice in the same way again.
Why Harness the power of ancient Hindu medicine in this new spa treatment.
What Ayuvedic spa treatments are having a bit of a moment right now. Vakkaru Maldives has just launched its Shirodhara treatment, derived from the Sanskrit for shiro (head) and dhara (flow), and said to be one of the oldest relaxation techniques in the world. Lie back while a steady stream of warm oil is poured on your forehead along the flow of energy channels to remove toxins and relieve stress. This is followed by an Indian head and full body massage that takes relaxation to the next level.
Verdict The sound of waves in the overwater spa and the gentle stream of oil results in a state of total relaxation for both body and mind.