JMPankey Partners South East Asia, based in Bangladesh, business consultant and blog contributor reports on Spa Trends. We hope you find a few interesting morsels as we look into the world of international spa trends.
We have all heard of ‘Dr. Fish’: the spa foot treatment that uses Garra Rufa fish to swim around and nibble at the dead skin cells covering the feet. Yes it is a peculiar treatment, and not something you would expect to see in your everyday spa but it has been introduced into the western world, and people love it. With these kind of exotic and remarkable treatments available more people are looking to Asian spa remedies for their pampering needs. Their innovative and unique approach has fast made them a more sought after and desirable form of spa relaxation.
Japanese Style Onsen Baths
Enjoy leisure through wading and relaxing in hot baths around the country. They can be found in small ryokans and also bed and breakfast style places, although there are a few dotted throughout the city centers as well, to serve the people living in large complexes. The baths are situated with beautiful views and open air, allowing the elements of nature to combine with the bathing experience. Onsen pools are fueled by natural hot springs and there are varying pool temperatures, each serving a medicinal benefit: the easing of long-term disorders and healing of aches, pains and stiffness.
The baths offer a different type of relaxation which allows the body to completely let go and unwind, leaving you without an ounce of stress, nor a layer of strain on your body. The temperate water works through the skin and into the muscles, allowing them slacken any tension they may have. The water submersion also decreases the gravitational pull on the body, giving it relief from this daily strain.
Unknown to many, but a wonderful treatment for the skin is through the use of Nightingale droppings. For centuries the geisha’s of Japan and the Kabuki actors have given their skin a radiant glow and porcelain smooth definition by using this bird’s droppings as a mask. The droppings are ultra-violet treated before application in order to kill off any bacteria. They contain natural enzymes (guanine: an amino acid with natural ammonic bleaching qualities), which work in naturally lightening the skin’s tone and gently exfoliating the skin of any dead skin cells.
This age-old environmental remedy is remarkable in its ability to make the skin both look and feel completely rejuvenated, while shaving off a few years in the process.
Chinese Cupping Practice
There are so many different styles and techniques to Chinese massage; you are certainly not spoilt for choice when visiting spas in South Asia. Although there is definitely one that stands out as a more unique and adventurous style of massage: Hot Cupping.
The process makes use of small, hot glass cups which are applied to the skin. Each cup is individually heated by running a flame through the inside of the cup; the flame consumes all the oxygen in the cup and creates a small vacuum. This is immediately applied to a person’s back where water begins to draw from within the layers of the skin. The liquid is said to contain toxins that are then released from inside you. The technique is also said to rebalance your inner energies and release any negative contributors that might be affecting you. This Cupping practice is used to treat a range of ailments from the common cold to musculoskeletal disorders.
Wherever you are in the world, there are spa trends that will surely astound you!
Much love, Ashique