Seven Handy Helpers to Enhance Spa Treatments

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From gemstones to seashells, discover some of the coolest tools enhancing spa treatments today.

GEMS: Gems clear negativity and enhance positive energy. Clients can opt for the Crystal Energy Balance Therapy ($198, 80 minutes) at Turtle Cove Spa at Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa on Lake Ouachita (Mount Ida, AR). The treatment utilizes DoTerra and Bon Vital’ products and includes a massage with polished and heated Arkansas quartz crystals. 

TIBETAN SINGING BOWLS: The vibration from these bowls can help energize the body and calm the mind. At The Fairmont Spa at the Claremont at the Claremont Club & Spa (Berkeley, CA), spa-goers can experience the benefits during the Tibetan Sound Vibration Massage ($249, 75 minutes). The service, uses Tara Spa Therapy products and 200-year-old singing bowls from Tibet to infuse the body with sound and to encourage the cells to return to their natural state. 

BAMBOO STICKS: Used to provide a deeper massage with less stress on the therapist’s hands and wrists, bamboo sticks from Bamboo-fusion are the tool of choice for the Bamboo Fusion Massage ($125, 50 minutes; $185, 75 minutes; $250, 1 hour 40 minutes) at The Coeur d’Alene Resort Spa at The Coeur d’Alene (Idaho). 

CUPS: Cupping has long been used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve blood flow, and encourage relaxation and wellbeing. The Lodge at Woodloch (Hawley, PA) offers several cupping treatments using Bellabaci products, such as the Healthy Back Cupping Enhancement ($75, 25 minutes) in which the pulling power of the cups breaks up stagnation that creates aches and pains in muscles. 

GOLF BALLS: Golf balls are able to target hard-to-reach muscles, which makes the Golfers’ Massage (starting at $165, 50 minutes; $230, 80 minutes) at The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North (AZ) a popular choice. 

HIMALAYAN SALT STONES: Warm crystal stones relieve tension and bring the mind, body, and spirit into balance. At Acqualina Spa by ESPA at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach (Sunny Isles Beach, FL), spa-goers can experience the benefits of Himalayan Salt Stone Massage ($175, 50 minutes; $250, 80 minutes), which uses ESPA aromatherapy oils and warm Himalayan salt stones from Saltability to relieve muscle tension. 

SHELLS: Warmed shells are known to help relieve sore muscles and joints, which is why the Warm Shell Massage ($120, 50 minutes; $165, 80 minutes) is a favorite at the Spa at Bodega Bay Lodge (CA). Zents products and warm tiger clam seashells from Spa Revolutions enhance the massage by providing warmth and the perfect pressure. 



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