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Spa culture recapitulated by ISPA

According to ISPA (International Spa Assn.) “cultural traditions are deeply rooted in many countries’ language, religion, food and art.” The philosophy was very evident in the names of treatments, workout classes and even cuisines showcased at this year’s ISPA Media event. “It is important to remember that spas are not only committed to physical renewal, but also that of the mind and spirit,” said ISPA president, Lynne McNees. “Spas are dedicated to the restoration of the whole person. At this year’s ISPA Media Event we saw spas incorporating all components of this shared mission, by way of cultural touches, into their spa experiences.”

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental New York
Courtesy Mandarin Oriental Hotels

Unique healing techniques and religious practices came to light at ISPA event such as:

  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group tapping into their roots by offering Chinese medicine inspired Calm Mind Guided Meditation, to offer calm mind therapy.
  • Mii amo offering Hozhooji, the Mii amo Blessing, which uses a turquoise clay in massage therapy to reduce stress and awaken positive energies within the body, mind, soul and spirit.
  • Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa sharing the healing power of Nicaraguan volcanic clay used as a body mask in their six spa sanctuaries treatment.
  • Omni Hotels and Resorts demonstrating their Grove Stone Healing Hand Treatment, keeping the historic tradition of massage fresh.

Food culture highlight at ISPA Media Event included:

  • Massage Envy Spa ‘s Sugar Foot Therapy.
  • Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program discussed the link between diet and overall health and showed that healthy cooking is easy with a healthy food prep demonstration.
  • Miraval Resort & Spa gifted their new cookbook, Miraval’s Sweet & Savory Cookingto attendees.
  • Rancho La Puerta’s Salsa y Salsa combined a salsa tasting and a salsa dancing class offering a peek into what guests can experience at their property.
  • The Essex Resort and Spa mixed up a refreshing summer treat for the media with their Watermelon Vodka-tini Hand Treatment.
  • The Lodge at Woodloch partnered with Dogfish Head Brewery to create beer-inspired spa treatments.
  • The Spa at the Hotel Hershey incorporated their signature ingredients into their Chocolate Spa Eye Refresh treatment.
  • Travaasa Experiential Resorts demonstrated their Blender Bike which channels physical energy created during a workout to power a blender for a fresh smoothie.

Water works:

  • Aspira Spa showcased their Sacred Waters Massage and discussed how indigenous traditions can inspire spa experiences.
  • Jason Hydrotherapy offered their MicroSilk treatment, an oxygenated bath that benefits the skin.
  • The Spa of the Rockies demonstrated their Mineral Spring Water Therapy that showcases the property’s 125 year history of mineral-based treatments.

Emphasizing mind, body and spirit

  • Hilton Head Health showed how one can perform MyoFascial Release techniques on themselves.
  • Matrix Fitness showcased their 7xi Console, equipment that allows you to be connected while exercising.
  • Tiger Tail USA demonstrated their signature Tiger Tail, a hand held rolling device designed to roll over muscles, relieving soreness and tension.