The Johnstown Estate
How spas are using the latest tech to create innovative spa treatments.
In the past, the big decision at a spa was whether to go for a massage or a facial, or if you were feeling really wild maybe a body wrap. Today, wellness travelers are deciding between innovative spa treatments like cryotherapy, stem cell infusions or electrostimulation to soothe weary bodies, revive youthful skin and mentally destress.
Since technology has pervaded every aspect of life, it isn’t a surprise that it’s changing the spa experience. While spa goers expect innovative spa treatments that deliver, they also don’t want to lose the pampering atmosphere spas are traditionally known for. The best luxury spas around the world blend both, offering high tech services without losing high touch.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale
FOUR SEASONS RESORT SCOTTSDALE
With summers sizzling in the desert, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale’s new Cryotherapy Energizing Facial is sure to be a hit. The innovative spa is the first in Arizona to partner with 111SKIN, a medically driven skin care line from renowned London-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Yannis Alexandrides.
Cryotherapy is reported to have whole body benefits, but when used in a facial it works to increase circulation, reduce pores and fine lines, and de-puff, tighten and brighten skin. A special cryotherapy machine delivers purified air cooled to -22° during the facial. Despite the temperature, the mist isn’t uncomfortable. I’ve experienced full cryotherapy chambers before, and this was far more pleasant.
While the cryotherapy is the focal point of the facial, the rest of the treatment is decadent using a variety of luxury products from 111SKIN’s Regenerative and Black Diamond lines. The cooling mask felt better than any other mask I’ve had in a facial and the scalp and hand massage the therapist performs while the mask does its magic is relaxing.
This is one of the few facials I’ve experienced where I could actually see a difference in my skin post innovative spa treatment. In fact, my skin looked so good I went to dinner afterwards sans makeup.
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Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
Wellness is an obvious focus for the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort. The property is a leader in wellness technology innovation and has always offered an innovative spa menu of Eastern, Western and alternative treatments. Their techie touchless services gained an even bigger following during the Pandemic era and remain popular choices for guests today.
Back pain is a common complaint and using electrostimulation and heat therapy the ReLounge Wave Mat delivers stress relief and muscle relaxation simply through a session lying on the stimulation mat. For guests looking for an instant tone-up and detoxification, suiting up in the BallancerPro touchless compression suit gives a lymphatic massage like no other. After one session you’ll notice toner skin and a reduction in water weight. If you’re looking for a mental tune up The Somadome, the first technology enabled meditation pod delivers a deep meditative state using color, energy and sound during one of 20 meditation programs.
The Johnstown Estate
THE JOHNSTOWN ESTATE
Located 30 minutes outside of Dublin, The Johnstown Estate, a listed 18th century Georgian house on 120 acres, may look traditional, but its innovative spa is cutting edge.
Renovated in 2020, the spa is a flagship for iconic spa brands, Elemis and Gharieni. For anyone who might have indulged in a little too much Jameson, it’s time to book the IDome Detox Booster. The service fuses plasma and light therapies with infrared technology to produce a powerful treatment that detoxifies the body and rejuvenates the skin in just one treatment.
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For those looking to quiet their brains, check out the Gharieni’s Spa Wave Body Experience. Using sound, vibration and rhythms the treatment works on the body’s energy centers to invoke deep relaxation. It gives the same benefit as meditation and is perfect for a Type A person, like me, who can’t seem to focus during traditional mindfulness practices.
FOUR SEASONS RESORT MAUI AT WAILEA
FOUR SEASONS RESORT MAUI AT WAILEA
With an exclusive partnership with Next Health, a longevity center in New York and Los Angeles, the Four Seasons Resort Maui, featured on the hit show White Lotus, feels more like a destination spa than simply a luxury resort. The Next Health center has a special building on the hotel grounds and is run by medical professionals.
For guests just wanting to dip their toes into the wellness technology services, a variety of vitamin shots like the Beauty B or COQ10 shots are available. Wade a little further into the med spa world and try the NAD+ IV Therapy. NAD+ is known as “The Fountain of Youth,” because of its ability to improve cell health by recharging mitochondria which decline with age. For guests ready to jump into the deep end, the resort offers Ozone Therapy, which separates and reoxygenates blood, Exosome Therapy, which helps exosome proteins improve cell communication throughout the body and Stem Cell Therapy to improve the efficiency of a host of bodily processes.
While innovative spa goers are never going to want to lose the element of pampering and relaxation that are hallmarks of a great spa experience, today’s top luxury spas offer all that and treatments with effects that last long after your spa day is done.