Spa directors and industry insiders share some of their most memorable spa experiences. Here's what happens when a spa-goer gets into a sandy situation.
"In Korea, I was one buried in hot sand for about 30 minutes as part of a treatment called psammotherapy, or sand therapy. Basically, I found myself in a room lined with tubs of already filled with what looked like dirt. It turned out to be black sand. After I climbed inside one of the tubs, a therapist shoveled hot black sand over my entire body until just my head was exposed. Essentially, the treatment is used to help with detoxification, similar to a sauna, and to alleviate musculoskeletal pains and other body aches. The treatment is considered to be relaxing and refreshing by most except for those who tend to get anxious in tight and hot places like myself. I remember being extremely hot and uncomfortable. I almost tapped out before the 30 minutes was up, but I made it.” –Stephanie Chon