October's Spa & Wellness Month Offers New Twists On Treatments
Spa & Wellness Month has arrived. For the second year during the month of October, Discover The Palm Beaches, in conjunction with local salons, spas and health and wellness centers, will present promotions of the most pampered persuasions.
To celebrate, we’ve rounded up some of the most innovative, trending treatments offered in the Palm Beaches.
Multisensory Spa Experiences
Spas are not the sterile environments they once were. Today’s spas are hip hubs of health situated in sleek sanctuaries that serve every epidermal need. The trend is spreading in spas across Palm Beach County and can be found at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. There, clients embark on individualized journeys within the 42,000-square-foot facility seconds away from the ocean. As soon as they enter the doors, they are invited to pause, play or perfect. “I think it’s the customization that is so important now because people want to be able to pick out special scents, lights for the room and the music playlist,” says Executive Spa Director Catherine Warren. “That’s a big demand.” Clients who want to pause will experience relaxation through the aroma of lavender, blue-green colors and ambient songs. Clients who want to play will get citrus scents, red lights and “Buddha lounge music like you’d hear in a yoga class,” Warren says. Those who want to perfect will focus on the beauty benefits of the overall treatment and gain inspiration from peony and pink, and classical music playing in the background.
$80 to $100/day pass, cost is waived when a treatment is booked; Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan; 561.540.4960; eauspa.com
At Breathe Salt & Yoga in Jupiter, salt therapy provides relief from respiratory ailments and skin conditions, as well as from more serious diseases like asthma, cystic fibrosis and emphysema. “Everyone knows when they go to the beach they feel good,” says owner Kim Depasquale. “This is like bringing the beach to them.” The salt room accommodates up to four guests in a 10-foot-by-14-foot space furnished with gravity chairs. A halogenerator sprays pulverized, pharmaceutical-grade salt into the air that makes its way into the lower lungs. The salt is all-natural and drug-free. “It’s just a way to take a little quiet time and also benefit physically,” Depasquale says. “People read. Sometimes, people sleep. It’s 45 minutes of just relaxing and breathing deep.” She suggests wearing light or white clothing. “You get a little dusty, but that’s it,” she says. “You can brush yourself off.” Guests also can enjoy a one-on-one massage in the salt suite.
$30/single session, $99/month unlimited, massages from $85; Breathe Salt & Yoga, 287 E. Indiantown Road, Ste. B-4, Jupiter; 561.972.6514; breathesaltyoga.com
Stripping down and stepping into a big basin to bask in beer might not sound appealing (or maybe it totally does), but the director of The Maui Spa & Wellness Center in Boca Raton swears by it. “The beer bath is quite unique,” Debi Slaton says. “It’s really good for hydration and removing impurities.” A claw-foot copper tub containing concentrated hops floating in warm water firms and tones cellulite-prone areas and soothes the connective tissue. Copper has properties that help reduce inflammation and kill bacteria. “The copper tub, to me, is probably one of the most healing, relaxing places you can sit in,” Slaton says, and the hops have a wide range of proteins and vitamin B—“the owner’s brother owns Big Bear Brewing Company in Coral Springs,” she notes. Each beer bath includes 25 minutes in the sauna and steam room, where infrared beams lower blood pressure and stimulate circulation, and hot mist eases congestion and sinus pressure.
$80/one-hour soak; The Maui Spa & Wellness Center, 2100 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton; 561.395.7733; themauispa.com
Bananas, strawberries, limes and oranges sound like fine fixings for tropical drinks, but the grocery store items are increasingly being put to use as hair treatments. Jody Jack & Co. Salon in Boca Raton has a list of options that look good enough to eat—and, in fact, they are. Its Banana Volumizer hair smoothie boasts mayonnaise and olive oil that immediately infuse dry, damaged hair with calcium, carbohydrates and potassium, delivering shine and strength. Its Amazing Avocado version is another mushy mix that contains egg and is rich in vitamins A, B, C and K and fatty and folic acids. There are treatments for blondes (chamomile, lemon and potato), brunettes (apple cider vinegar, cocoa powder and yogurt) and redheads (carrot and honey). “You put all the ingredients in a bowl, just like you are making a cake,” says manager Priscila Newbold. The treatments take about one hour, but it is time well-spent. “We encourage people to get these smoothies because they are fantastic,” Newbold says. “They give life to the hair.”
$55/smoothie; Jody Jack & Co. Salon, 21090 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton; 561.391.7545; salonsbocaraton.com
Holistic Facial Treatments
Facials featuring frankincense, helichrysum, spikenard, vetiver and other exotic and exquisite essential oils considered sacred in ancient medicine aim not only to bring about beauty on the outside but also wellness from within. After a 75-minute signature treatment at Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care in West Palm Beach, the complexion is reawakened, and the cheeks, forehead and under-eye areas are restored. The renowned aesthetician offers precision with every touch while a reflexologist works 7,000 pulse points in the feet, clearing and recharging the body’s energy field. “Holistic healing is all-encompassing,” Fender says. “For me, true wellness means a vital, loving connection between mind, body and spirit, as well as to one another and to the earth.” Also on her specialized spa menu is a 60-minute Oscar Night facial that rebalances equilibrium through the use of 87 amino acids, enzymes, minerals and vitamins and makes clients close-up ready. “Absolutely every aspect of our spa treatments is customized to meet the needs of our clients,” Fender says. “No two are exactly alike.”
$300/signature treatment, $175/Oscar Night facial; Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care, 711 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach; 561.659.2229; tammyfender.com
Whole Body Cryotherapy
The benefits of bearing one’s birthday suit in a minus-220-degree machine include stress reduction, relief from joint and muscle pain, a boost in metabolism and increased elasticity in the skin. After stepping into a cylindrical cryosauna for a pair of three-minute sessions, a rush of endorphins is released, as well as dopamine (a natural neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s pleasure center) and serotonin (a chemical that acts as a mood modulator and aids sleep). “People who do cryo on a regular basis, they usually have a positive outlook on life,” says Edison Keila, owner and operator of iceland Cryo in Tequesta. The daunting deep-freeze lowers the body temperature at such a rapid rate that the brain is tricked into believing it is going to die. The brain then goes into overdrive, stimulating organ function, revving up the regulatory system and promoting self-healing. “This definitely qualifies as being weird and different,” Keila says.
$70/two, three-minute sessions; $900/20-session package; iceland Cryo, 590 N. U.S. Highway 1, Tequesta; 561.315.3434; icelandcryo.com
5 Spa & Wellness Month packages to try out this October
The Black Peel Facial
A carbon mask with kaolin and microspheres of active charcoal work to deep clean the skin and absorb impurities while helping the skin to regenerate and produce a natural glow. Five percent of proceeds from each booked service will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
$99; 360 Beauty, Health, Wellness, 2511 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561.207.8621; 360beautyhealthwellness.com
On Cloud Nine
Pink hibiscus oil is used in a neck, back and shoulder massage, followed by an ESPA Pink Mud nourishing hair mask left in during a detoxifying, lifting facial massage. Next, attention is given to the feet with a hot-towel cleansing ritual and stimulation of pressure points. A donation of $10 per package will be made to charity.
$150; The Seagate Hotel, 1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561.665.4950; theseagatehotel.com
A 50-minute wellness treatment including a body scrub and relaxing massage paired with access to a Jacuzzi, steam room, relaxation room and a fitness class, including beach yoga, all staged at a five-star, five-diamond oceanfront hotel. The resort will donate $10 from each package booked to charity.
$160; The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach; 561.533.3715; fourseasons.com/palmbeach/spa/
Smell the roses during a soothing facial that uses a rose-mineral mist, a petal-soft textured scrub and a rose oil to detoxify and strengthen skin. Also, enjoy a mini bottle of Rosé Prosecco. From each booked treatment $5 will be donated toward a breast cancer charity.
$89; PGA National Resort & Spa, 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens; 561.627.3111; pgaresort.com
Our Village by the Sea
Experience a head, neck, shoulder and scalp massage followed by a 50-minute Sea of Life facial that uses antioxidants, organic seaweed extracts, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. The spa will donate 10 percent of proceeds from packages to charity.
$250; nSpa at the Delray Beach Marriott, 10 N. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561.278.8111;