This particular Chakra Ceremony was aimed at opening and clearing the Anahata or heart chakra, which allows for more compassion, forgiveness, generosity, understanding and love to be received and released into the world. The destination: Bali has near countless spas, ranging from bare bones to ultra luxe.
The word medical and the word spa just don’t jibe in my head. When I think “medical,” I think sterile, uncomfortable, sickly, and generally unpleasant. When I think “spa,” I think fluffy bathrobes, endless cucumber water, and blissful hours spent on the massage table. You can see why the whole notion of a medical spa was confusing to me. What really goes on inside of one?
After reading that stars like Madonna and Jessica Alba are fans of therapeutic jewelry, I figured there had to be something to all the hype. So, when my massage therapist Liza suggested that I try an energy healing session in a crystal bed for some “deeper healing,” I decided to give it a try.
The reception of the Como Shambhala Spa at the Metropolitan Hotel in London The Treatment: The Celgenics Couture Facial at The Como Shambhala Spa, The Metropolitan Hotel, London A 90-minute organic, vegan approved skin rejuvenating, anti-aging, bespoke facial created and delivered by a cranio-sacral and nutritional therapist practitioner. The Promise: To promote skin rejuvenation, boost plumping by targeting acupressure points, lift, tone and leave you with glowing skin — minus all the lotions, potions and extractions of a traditional facial. The Guru: For the past 20 years, Marian Bourne has been combining her multi-faceted skill set of practicing cranio-sacral therapy (a therapy that is focused on regulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid using therapeutic touch), being a nutritional therapist, a clinical kinesiologist, and Bowen practitioner to treat the women of London.
An LED facial, aka Color Light Therapy, uses four clinically proven wavelengths of UV-free LED lights that claims to boost collagen production and treat existing acne. To get to the bottom of it, we asked InStyle.com Editorial Assistant Grace Gavilanes to try her hand at the method, and report back on the results. Keep reading to find out if it really worked! I typically don’t associate facials with LED lights.
Photo: Trunk Archive The Treatment: Marine Kur Thalassotherapy at Gurney’s Spa in Montauk. The Promise: Thalassotherapy, a seawater-based spa treatment that originated in France in the 19th century, promises to increase circulation, detox the body, and promote relaxation by harnessing the healing power of the sea to restore and re-mineralize the body. Seawater is full of minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorous that heal and purify the skin when absorbed. The Destination: Thalassotherapy’s popular in Europe, but Gurney’s is the only spot in the continental U.S, that offers the healing seawater experience.
Photo: Trunk Archive The Treatment: A 150-minute body scrub, hot stone massage, and facial treatment trifecta. The Promise: Designed in Paris, this decadent experience is supposed to cleanse, energize, and promote wellbeing throughout your entire body—there’s also talk of diamonds and sapphires. The Guru: Helene, a 20-year veteran of Carita, the official products used for all treatments at the Nalai Spa, who trained in Paris and has worked all over the world. The Backdrop: Spa Nalai on the 25th floor of the soon-to-open Park Hyatt Hotel in New York (the hotel occupies floors one through 25 in a 90 floor tower).
Photo: Trunk Archive The Treatment: A 50-minute, 4-hand Impériale Relaxing Massage at the Guerlain Spa in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City The Promise: Like the spa’s signature massage, this treatment uses Swedish strokes to relax your body while a “Super Aqua” face mask and lotion scented with Guerlain’s Eau de Cologne Impériale fragrance hydrate your skin. The Backdrop: Ride up 19 floors through a side entrance to the posh hotel to an incredibly glamorous spa with marble floors, cushioned walls, crystal chandeliers, and bouquets of red roses.
The goal is to move energy around the body using acupressure points and yoga poses to release blockages that contribute to stress and illness. The Guru: Collins is warm, funny, direct, and knowledgeable. Backdrop: Collins comes to your place from Brooklyn with a 17-pound floor mat that’s half her size.
The Treatment: 60-minute charcoal facial by Michiko at Ling Skincare in NYC The Promise: After extractions and a pressure point facial massage, a charcoal rice therapy mask will help your skin fight natural oils during a humid summer, and soothe your skin. The Scoop: Yes, the point of this facial is the charcoal, but thanks to my big pores, I measure the success of a facial based on extractions, and Michiko was one of the most thorough people to tackle my skin. The Results: Given the full hour Michiko devoted to extractions (yes, we went way over the allotted time), I expected to emerge red and puffy, but it turns out, my skin really likes charcoal.