From gold dust to cedar sprigs, these trendy new spa treatments put an earthy twist on pampering.
Mother Nature might be the muse for spa trends today, judging from the plethora of new holistic treatments and organic materials on the menu. Here are three to watch:
Let It Shine: Precious metals are popping up in spa treatments, from silver ion baths, said to reduce fatigue and rebalance energy, to gold-powder face masks that promise to make skin radiant. Gemstones, too, are finding their way into spas, with options like amber peels and crushed pearl exfoliation.
Into the Woods: Started in Japan, shinrin-yoku forest therapy is rooted in the belief that immersing oneself in the sights, scents, and sounds of the forest improves well-being. Therapy can be a simple walk in the woods, a forest yoga session, or a massage with warm birchwood, cedar sprigs, or evergreen oil.
Spiritual Spa: Meditation is the fastest-growing health trend in the U.S., so it’s no surprise to see spa offerings designed to soothe mind, body, and soul. Among the most innovative are those that incorporate sound-wave baths, shaman purification rituals, and Native American traditions.
These spas around the country offer on-trend treatments so you can relax and rejuvenate wherever you are:
FOUR SEASONS NEW YORK DOWNTOWN offers a Gold Hydralifting treatment to plump and nourish skin, as well as a Silver Skin Savior treatment targeting oily skin.
Both 50–80 minutes
27 Barclay St., NewYork, NY; 646.880.1990
MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE (about 90 miles from Manhattan in the Hudson Valley) offers guided forest bathing with a resident mindfulness expert as well as walks with a naturalist to help you become more attuned to your senses—and to the natural world.
Private session: $165
Couple’s session: $235 Both 50 minutes
1000 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz, NY; 877.877.2664
SOUND THERAPY AT THE STANDARD MIAMI SPA invites you to choose crystal sound bowls, a didgeridoo, or tuning forks, then let the vibrations soothe away your pain and clear your mind.
$235, 90 minutes
40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, FL; 305.673.1717
REMÈDE SPA ASPEN in the St. Regis Aspen Resort offers a unique route to increased self-awareness: The Mala Experience includes an intention-setting consultation, qigong meditation, and a river- blessing ceremony. Bespoke experience; price upon request
315 E. Dean St., Aspen, CO; 970.429.9650
—by Kathy Passero