Healing and de-stressing techniques on display at this year’s International Spa Association expo, held Wednesday in New York. Products for home use were also a theme.
LOUNGE CHAIR: The comfy, curvy Soltec Lounge delivers soothing magnetic vibrations while you listen to a soundtrack of chants, drums and more. Lie back with headphones and an eye pillow and the world with all its troubles fades away.
—THE GRANDFATHERS: Native Americans called them the “grandfathers”: smooth dark stones gathered from Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin. They’re used in hot stone massages at Aspira The Spa, including a reflexology foot massage where the stones are placed between the toes.
—SELF-HEATING MASK: A new product from Chaleur Beauty will soon be available for retail purchase for home use, but it’s also being marketed to the spa world. It’s a disposable self-heating facial mask, $8, designed for use with skin creams activated by the heat. You can use the mask for 10 to 40 minutes.
WARM SEASHELLS: Heated seashells are placed on your body as part of a skin moisture treatment from Kohler Waters Spa, which has locations in Kohler, Wisconsin; Burr Ridge, Illinois; and at the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland. Kohler specializes in water therapy, and the “All Things Scotland” experience, inspired by the North Sea, also includes a seaweed wrap, sea salt exfoliation and warm rinse under a custom shower.
Technogym equipment. The company’s elliptical-style Cross Personal trainer is sleek and stylish with a built-in screen console offering various digital and entertainment options. It’s designed by Antonio Citterio, an Italian designer whose resume includes work for Hermes. The company is sending 1,200 pieces of equipment to the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil. Technogym products are found in spas and gyms at places like the Four Seasons. Or if you have $11,000 to spare, you can buy a Cross Personal for home.