Some spa treatments are purely for relaxation, others are just too ridiculous to work or too scary sounding to actually try. But there are original, luxurious, exciting and even wacky treatments out there that promise results. Here are seven spa treatments from across the country you absolutely have to try!
Cold Laser Facial
Aptly named for both its use of cold lasers and the promise that their treatments freeze time for your skin, The Freeze Clinic specializes in facials that incorporate cold laser technology along with diamond-tip microdermabrasion (which is gentler on skin than the traditionally-used crystal method), serums and an oxygen infusion to exfoliate, firm and replenish skin.
The cold laser is used in conjunction with a micro current to give your face a workout. The micro current stimulates the muscles under the skin to firm and tighten. The laser is used again during the facial along with healing coloured light to treat various skin conditions. For instance, red light improves skin texture and elasticity and helps enhance collagen production, while yellow light detoxifies and reduces puffiness.
$199/treatment (first treatment $175), The Freeze Clinic, Toronto, Ontario
While traditional saunas heat the skin using warm air in what is basically a big, wooden convection oven, an infrared sauna works by using infrared light — or radiant energy — to warm the skin. The energy is absorbed by the skin and has been shown to reduce pain and stiffness related to arthritis. Proponents of infrared saunas also suggest that the therapeutic treatment can improve circulation, lower blood pressure, remove toxins from the body, speed healing and even reduce cellulite and wrinkles. All those benefits and no work required!
$20/person for 30 minutes, Le Spa Sereine,Victoria, British Columbia
The ancient Japanese art of Kobido massage has been practiced since the 15th century. Originally reserved for empresses and royalty, us common folk can now enjoy the facial, which is actually more of a massage than an actual facial since the usual slew of creams and lotions aren’t smeared over one’s face. Instead, Kobido focuses on acupressure points — or energy points of the face — to release the tension that causes wrinkles instead of trying to erase them with topical creams. It also promises to stimulate circulation throughout the face, neck and body, and is a great way to combat headaches, insomnia and eye pain.
$145 for 90 minutes, Bota Bota Floating Spa, Montreal, Quebec
This exfoliating treatment is like a microdermabrasion using saline solution. A precision wand cleans and purifies the skin using a fine jet of liquid. Kind of like a pressure washer for your skin, except, of course, much gentler. But for those of us who love the idea of a deeply cleaned, totally refreshed complexion, the metaphor is tempting, isn’t it? The cooling, refreshing stream soothes red, dehydrated skin, leaving it looking more plump and healthy, with the best results the day after the treatment.
$135 for 45 minutes, $185 for the deluxe 75 minute facial, Pure and Simple, Waterloo and Toronto, Ontario
Thai Hot Steam Massage
This massage combines the assisted stretching of Thai massage — like the laziest form of yoga, your massage therapist positions and stretches your body for you — with a full body massage that incorporates a bundle of Thai herbs that is steamed and then rolled over the skin to relieve muscle tension, detoxify and nourish skin. You’re stretched, massaged and soothed by the fragrant aromatherapy, all in an hour and a half.
$150 for 90 minutes, Elkhorn Resort Spa, Onanole, Manitoba
Manitou Salt Glow
Little Manitou Lake has been compared to The Dead Sea because of its salt and mineral content. The lake water is said to have healing properties, and this spa allows visitors to float in their indoor pools all year long. The spa also offers treatments including a unique salt scrub that uses mineral salts from their own backyard. The treatment exfoliates, improves circulation and nourishes the skin.
$69 for 50 minutes, manitousprings.ca, Manitou Beach, Saskatchewan
Yes, needles are used in this treatment. But they’re tiny little needles attached to a pen-like device that rolls over the skin puncturing the surface. It may sound painful and some people choose to use a topical numbing cream, but it’s not as bad as it sounds. The benefits of poking yourself with needles that don’t inject a thing? Tiny injuries to the skin encourage your body to produce more collagen and over a three-month period, patients will see their skin getting firmer. The treatment is as great for scars and stretch marks as it is for wrinkles, and patients can buy their own microscopic version of the micro-needling pen to use at home.
$299 for full face treatment, Skn Holistic Rejuvenation Clinic, Vancouver, British Columbia