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Choose Your Own Spa Adventure

Article by Jeff Ficker 12.18.2017

Renewed energy? Better balance? For every wish, there’s a spa treatment that fits the bill — find the one that’s right for you. Try these treatments for six common woes.

How often have you found yourself with a spare hour or two to indulge in a spa treatment, then settled on your usual treatment out of habit? Regular spa goers and novices alike can find a more targeted treatment by partnering with the Ladies and Gentlemen at the spa to find a perfectly personalized solution. Here are some ideas.

Improve Energy

Even the peppiest among us can succumb to the afternoon slump. Before you reach for another cup of coffee, consider a spa treatment that will awaken and rejuvenate both body and mind. The Ritz-Carlton Spa & Fitness, Tokyo offers an Energies package that lends a palpable boost via an organic green-tea salt-therapy exfoliation, a scalp treatment, a tension-relief body massage and a marine mineral facial. If you don’t have time for a treatment, try a few laps in the spa’s indoor pool, or a quick run in its fitness center — experts say a moderate, 20-minute workout provides a burst of sustained energy and overall well-being, which is more than you can say for the caffeine.

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Get Back in Balance

Feeling stressed, foggy or simply out of sorts? The ancient Japanese art of reiki — which literally means “spiritually guided life force energy” — realigns the flow of energy in the body to balance physical and mental well-being, dissipating stress and enhancing mental clarity. Spa goers at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve can try an hourlong reiki session as well as a variety of alternative healing therapies (including aromatherapy, Vedic astrology and acupuncture), all designed to guide the flow of energy for an overall sense of peace, harmony and well-being.

Relaxation room with day beds, hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a creek and foliage

Connect as a Couple

Whether you’re a pair of newlyweds or a seasoned couple leaving the kids behind, there’s no better destination for romance than Hawaii. Between rainforest hikes, lazy days of swimming and sunbathing, and nights spent stargazing, make time for a spa treatment that’s designed for two. Incorporating the long, flowing strokes of traditional Lomilomi massage, the Kui’uipo Couples Massage at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua is a deeply relaxing experience that can be shared in the spa’s indoor couples suite or one of the open-air, private garden hale rooms. Pohaku wela (hot stones) may be added to further promote healing and restore balance.

Turn Over a New Leaf

A new season is a good opportunity to take stock and reaffirm our commitment to good health — and sometimes, that means reversing prior damage and starting with a clean slate. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Moscow spearheads the effort with a two-hour Detoxifying Cleansing Ritual, the ultimate way to eliminate toxins, tone the skin and center the mind. A cleansing brush treatment is followed by a purifying salt and oil scrub, and an algae wrap designed to banish cellulite and even out skin texture. The experience concludes with a scalp massage and a hot-stone massage that will leave you ready to tackle anything. Afterward, stop by the spa café for a fresh juice or the rooftop O2 Lounge & Bar for a locally grown salad or a light, market-driven soup.

Breathe Easier

The age-old practice of halotherapy — breathing in salted air to treat respiratory ailments — is new again, and for good reason. Those seeking a drug-free remedy for conditions such as asthma and allergies are finding relief with salt therapy, which helps dissolve bacteria, reduce inflammation and clear the airways. Treatments include simple salt and saline mists, salt lamps and salt beds, but to truly immerse yourself in a healing environment head to The Rainforest at Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, a comprehensive hydrothermal experience that combines European spa techniques with Asian wellness. Opt for the Brine Cavern treatment, which uses a combination of steam and salt to open up the nasal passages and increase circulation. You’ll walk out floating on air — and breathing it better, too.

Vast bathroom with hardwood floors, a standalone tub, a vessel sink and a chaise lounge

Beautify Fast

Nothing motivates us to look good like an upcoming wedding, a speaking engagement or (gulp) a class reunion. However, if your busy schedule has thwarted plans to beautify ahead of time, the aestheticians at the newly refurbished Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dallas have you covered. The Ultimate Radiance & Renew Facial incorporates a brush cleanse, a skin radiance mask, a crystal massage, a lifting mask and a scalp massage to renew the skin in just 80 minutes, revealing a bright, smooth and younger-looking complexion. Reward your newfound extra time with the spa’s legendary Texas Eight-Hand Massage, a synchronized treatment performed by four therapists. You’ll leave feeling gorgeous inside and out.

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