18 Coolest Spa Week Treatments

We love massages and facials, but for just $50 why not try the more unusual spa treatments that your favorite celebrities love!

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While we all know there’s no shortage of luxurious massages, refreshing facials and pampering pedicures  to indulge in during Spa Week, there are also some surprisingly unusual and unique treatments to try from October 20 – 26th.

Despite the fact that these unconventional spa treatments are usually reserved for reality TV, (who remembers Kim Kardashian’s vampire facial?) during Spa Week you can try something new because treatments are only $50! Check out the crazy, cool offerings below, and then head straight to SpaWeek.com to book yours because appointments are filling up fast!

  1. Fire Cupping Session to Increase Circulation at Shoreline Massage Therapy in San Diego, CA
  2. Genie Pod Session for Cellulite Reduction, Skin Tightening and Increased Metabolism at Genie Pod Spa in New York, NY
  3. 50 Min ‘The Chicago Tribune Favorite’ Indian Head Massage at Spa Space in Chicago, IL
  4. Semi-Permanent Beauty Mark (Micropigmentation) at Julie Michaud Prettyology in Boston, MA
  5. ‘The Cocoon’ Body Wrap Includes Warming Dry Float Experience and Slimming Body Wrap at Eau Spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan, FL
  6. Two 30 Minute V-Infusion Treatments to Tone, Detoxify and Balance at Herbal Infusion in Fort Washington, MD
  7. Infinity Float Session for Stress Relief and Detoxification at Infinity Float NYC in New York, NY
  8. ‘Cap Zap’ Spot Treatment for Broken Capillaries on Nose, Cheek or Chin at SkinHealth Centers in Boston, MA
  9. Slenderpress Treatment (Lose Two to Three Pounds Instantly) at  Antoinette Boudoir Spa in New York, NY
  10. Raindrop Therapy Massage with Essential Oils and Energy Work on Back and Feet at Euphoria Massage and Spa in Little Falls, NJ
  11. Facial Rejuvenation with Chinese Facial Reading and Cupping Massage for Face and Neck at A Healing Arts Center in Tampa, FL
  12. 60 Minutes Qigone One Finger Meditation Session at Akai Wellness Center in New York, NY
  13. Infrared Sauna Wrap Treatment with Vitamin B-12 Shot at Restorations Wellness Center & Spa in Greenwood Village, CO
  14. Vibradermabrasion Treatment To Stimulate Collagen Growth at TRIFECTA Med Spa in New York, NY
  15. Dermalife Body Treatment Body Wrap and Hydrotherapy Capsule with Steam, LED Light, Massage and Aromatherapy at Beauty Culture in Arcadia, CA
  16. BioTe Hormone Consultation at Lumiere Fitness Spa in Houston, TX
  17. Blue Light Acne Therapy Mask, Red Light Fine Line and Wrinkles Mask or Green Light Age Spot Therapy Mask at SHRINK Studios in Houston, TX
  18. Loofah Body Buff and Scrub (Spa Service Done in the Hammam) at Contour Day Spa in Plantation, FL

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily. 

Naga Thai Massage: Discover The New Spa Treatment

Naga Thai massage is the latest spa service to hit the U.S., and we talked to an expert to find out exactly what to expect from this restorative treatment.

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Here at Spa Week we’re obsessed with all things spa and wellness, so when we caught wind of a new type of massage we had to do some serious investigating!

While Naga Thai massage has been practiced in Eastern cultures for years, it has only recently made its way to the West – and Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona is already offering the restorative treatments at their world-class facilities. Peter Bird, the Naga Thai specialist at Miraval answered all of our questions and then some!

Find out everything you need know about Naga Thai massage, and tell us if you would try this cutting edge spa service in the comments below!

What is Naga Thai massage? The Naga massage incorporates Traditional Thai Massage with the use of silks hanging from the ceiling. The silks are used to help the therapist and the guest find balance and support. This experience is really about the therapist introducing the guest to a different way of receiving massage while integrating Eastern and Western healing work.

How did Naga massage originate? The Naga Thai massage that we created here at Miraval is from an inspiration that I received from a painting I saw at the Wat Po Temple in Bangkok of a man hanging from a rope while doing bodywork on another person. Naga actually translates to Serpent in the Hindi language and seemed to blend well with the concept of wrapping yourself in the silks for support and balance.

How is Naga massage different than traditional massages? Guests are wearing loose/athletic clothing and tend to be more participatory through the massage to help the therapist better meet their needs and take them into deeper stretches. This service is experienced in a more intimate setting than a traditional spa environment. The Naga Thai massage is more akin to a personal one-on-one session with a specialist rather than the typical meet and greet spa experience. Being outside of the spa in our own dedicated space, we are able to communicate with the guest to hone in on their specific needs and help them understand how to integrate ancient concepts in our Western culture.

Does Naga massage have health benefits? There are many health benefits of Naga Thai Massage, some of the key ones are:

  • Increased blood flow
  • Increased body awareness, which in turn increases your ability to receive bodywork
  • Allows individuals the space to become aware of their body’s capabilities and become proactive instead of reactive
  • This is an energizing treatment that will leave you feeling uplifted

Who would benefit most from this spa service? People who like deep tissue work would really benefit from and enjoy this service; but, don’t shy away if that isn’t your normal cup of tea because all can find the beauty and healing qualities of Naga. The service is catered to each individual so each person’s results will be unique.

Anything we should know before we get a Naga massage? First and foremost, wear loose clothes! It is a form of Thai massage, with a twist. You’ll likely learn something new about your body and appreciation for the integration of Eastern and Western healing.

If you’re interested in trying a Naga Thai massage, make sure you get the real deal at Miraval Resort & Spa. You can learn more at miravalresorts.com.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

World’s First Tickling Spa Opens in Spain

When I was a little girl, my mom tickled me to bed every night. She tickled my back, my arms, my legs, my head and my face until I drifted off to sleep, unable to plead for more. She’d tickle-bribe me to do homework. Bad days at school were salvaged with a little extra tickling. Her tickles were also an alarm clock and snooze button. No, I will not wake up before at least another 10 minutes of tickles! It’s safe to say, my addiction and reliable tickle-begging was the primary tactic my mother used to spend quality time with her eldest daughter.

In Madrid, Spain, one ahead-of-the-curve urban spa is now tickling the fancy of all the “misunderstood and neglected” tickling fiends like myself. It all started with a seemingly inconsequential conversation: “Can you imagine not having to beg for ten measly minutes of tickling well executed?” And the idea was born. The world’s first tickling spa, Cosquillearte, opened its doors in December, offering an assortment of tickling-only treatments.

 

Isabel Aires is the mastermind behind Cosquillearte (which translates to Tickle Yourself and Tickle Art), and her love for tickling developed very much like mine did. Quoted in this recent TIME article, “My dad used to tickle me to get me to go to sleep, so it’s always relaxed me,” she says. “One day I just thought, Why can’t I pay someone to do this, in the same way as I can pay for a massage?” After working with two trained massage therapists, Aires came up with a treatment. “There’s no school for tickling,” she says. “We had to invent it ourselves.”

You won’t find any tickle-torture/pee-in-your-pants treatments here (yeah, sorry about all those growing up Jess #terriblesister); although laughing is great for you, that’s the kind of tickling even devoted tickle fans fear. Using gentle fingers, feathers, four hands and other techniques to bring that warm chill to their clients, the spa has developed a cult-like following and garnered international media attention.

Like any service worthy of being called a “spa treatment,” tickling is also healing. It not only relaxes the body, reduces stress and puts the mind at ease, tickling is proven to soothe pain. According to a Swedish study, “The signals that tell the brain that we are being stroked on the skin have their own direct route to the brain, and are not blocked even if the brain is receiving pain impulses from the same area. In fact it’s more the opposite, that the stroking impulses are able to deaden the pain impulses.”

Although many folks tremble at the thought of tickling and would NEVER pay someone to do it (they would sooner pay someone to kill the person who won’t stop tickling them), there are enough fans that I do believe this is a trend that will begin to pick up internationally, and quite soon. Look out for spas offering tickling on their menus – we’ll let you know the moment we start to see it here.

For those who are already downloading Espanol apps and looking up the next flight to Madrid (easier than begging your husband another for yet another tickle), the treatment prices seem fairly reasonable. A 30-minute session at Cosquillearte is €25 ($35), for an hour it’s €45 ($60), or perhaps you’d like to try the ultimate 4-handed tickling experience for double the price.

So, what do you think? Would you pay someone to tickle you?


Photos courtesy of Cosquillearte’s Facebook page.