5 Spa Trends for 2019 Include Nature Immersion and Overall Well-Being
In recent years, the wellness industry has been growing more rapidly than ever. At the same time, the focus of spas has shifted from beauty to overall transformative well-being, creating a new set of tendencies that will be driving the spa world in 2019.
According to spa and wellness experts, these are the five main trends expected to see growing in popularity in 2019:
1. Going on a long spa-cation. The new trend is to go on vacation to a spa hotel and enjoy daily treatments. Spa centers offer holiday packages and best deals for those who are willing to stay for more than few days, luring more people into trying new procedures. Spacations can include active leisure, health-promoting exercise packages and authentic dining experiences. The Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa, in Austin, Texas, offers the ultimate way to pamper yourself while spending time with friends. This package includes a 50-minute Barton Creek Signature Facial, 50-minute Barton Springs Massage and lunch at the Spa Creek Café. The French Lick Resort in Indiana offers spacation packages at either one of its two world-class spas. Guests who book overnight accommodations receive $200 in spa credit for any special treatment they’d like.
2. Forest bathing. Shinrin-Yoku is a Japanese practice of forest bathing known to open up the mysterious power of a forest and use it for therapy and healing. This therapy, which includes taking long walks in the forest, is expected to become popular around the world in 2019, as people are taking a more proactive and holistic approach toward their health. Forest bathing is proven to reduce cortisol levels, alleviate depression, relieve stress, and have a positive effect on blood pressure. Japanese forest bathers often go to Chubu-Sangaku National Park, where they can choose whether to immerse themselves in nature completely or combine it with leisure in one of the park’s ski resorts and hot spring centers. Druskininkai, a spa town in Lithuania, is known as the “lungs of Lithuania” thanks to magical pine tree forests surrounding the town. Visitors to Druskininkai have plenty of opportunities for forest therapy—they can ride bicycles through the pine tree forests, enjoy the forest adventure park UNO, or relieve stress by taking a walk in K. Dineika wellness park. Druskininkai is located far from heavily urbanized areas, and forest bathing therapy is one of the most popular activities in the town.
3. Spas for children. Over the past few years, children have been following the example of their parents and embracing spas—and this is not going to stop. According to the International SPA Association, more than half of the almost 14,000 spas in the US offer packages for families, teens, or kids—and Europe is following close in their footsteps. Children-friendly areas are taking over spa centers—from specialized kid-friendly saunas to salt therapy. A variety of procedures are designed to keep children entertained while they are getting healthier. Even beauty procedures can be adapted to children’s needs. In Orlando, The Grove Resort is home to a spa area where adults can share wellness and beauty procedures with children. Its kids spa menu includes full hand and foot moisturizing massages as well as manis and pedis. Eaglewood Resort in Illinois offers a talented team of estheticians that will evaluate and treat sensitive and sometimes problematic teen skin with a customized facial. There teens learn how often they should cleanse, moisturize, and mask based on their skin type, all while receiving a clearing & refreshing treatment.
4. Heat and mud are popular again. Hammam beds, mud therapy, saunas—ways to relax and rehabilitate that have been around for hundreds of years—are becoming increasingly popular because people are rediscovering their health benefits. Innovative spa centers are turning these procedures into luxurious and unique experiences by supplementing them with locally grown herbs, essential oils, and top-quality cosmetics. PURE Beauty & Wellness Spa at Telluride Ski Resort in CO offers unique services for their guests from Himalayan salt cave therapy to far infrared sauna therapy. Infrared saunas, which don’t heat the air but warm the body from the inside out, are also rising in popularity. Here, heat penetrates more deeply, resulting in more intense detoxification, relaxation, improved circulation, and clear skin.
5. Precious metals and stones used for treatments. Healing qualities of precious metals and stones—such as silver, gold, pearls, and amber—are being rediscovered. They will be increasingly used for health and beauty procedures. Silver ion baths are said to improve well-being and skin tone. They also relax the body and mind, reduce fatigue, and restore the energy balance. Amber releases amber acid into the environment when the right temperature is reached, affecting the nervous system and relieving stress. Gold keeps skin radiant and can even treat various skin diseases and infections due to its antibacterial qualities. The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa offers an ELEMIS Hot Mineral Body Boost a revolutionary, mineral-rich experience for skin conditioning, metabolic balancing, and energizing wellness. A relaxing full body massage sequence is used to envelope the body with Ocean Spa body oil and Amber body balm delivering essential minerals and trace elements necessary for cellular recovery to both alleviate pain and remove toxins.