Crystal Spa Treatments Are the Latest Beauty Trend You Need to Try
El Cocay Spa: Mayan Riviera, Mexico
When you're soaking in the Jacuzzi before your spa treatment at El Cocay Spa in the Mexican Mayan Riviera, you'll receive a glass of water infused with amethyst, rose quartz, and aventurine quartz. Then, head to the treatment room for your "Tuunich Massage" with sacred volcanic and obsidian stones. The therapist will rest green quartz between your eyebrows to open up your third eye, the spot that, according to certain mystical belief systems, gives you a better perception of the world.
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Sensory Spa by Clarins: Panama City, Panama
When you walk into the amethyst crystal steam room in the Sensory Spa by Clarins at the Westin Playa Bonita, you'll come face to face with a giant amethyst sparkling in the mist. Amethysts are said to have a number of healing properties, including headache relief (too much fun in Casco Viejo last night?). Once you're sharing a tiny space with that amethyst, close your eyes and "visualize a purple flame burning up all the thoughts in your head," suggests crystal expert Heather Askinosie of Energy Muse, coauthor of
Whether or not you believe in crystal power, steam (via a humidifier, a pot of boiling water, or just a nice hot shower) has long been used as a natural headache remedy, so lie down on those warm, wet tiles, breathe in the amethyst-infused steam, and feel the tension in your temples go slack.
Ritz-Carlton Spa: Los Angeles
This spring, the Ritz-Carlton Spa teamed up with House of Intuition, an apothecary and healing center based in Los Angeles, to offer crystal-based spa treatments, including a jade facial, rose quartz mani/pedi, and a chakra-balancing massage (it feels like a Swedish massage, except at the end, the massage therapist will place crystals on your chakras). Whichever treatment you choose, you're sure to step out of the spa feeling less stress and more ~zen~.
Se Spa: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Se Spa at Grand Velas Riviera Maya offers the Pixam Kan Massage, using Mayan jade to balance the chakras and gently heal whichever difficult emotions you've been ignoring. That might sound a little woo-woo (and, yeah, okay, it probably is). But the massage is a tribute to the ancient methods of the Mayans, who often used jade for healing and were also buried with it. Bonus: The therapist will exfoliate your skin with a loofah made from indigenous agave.
Sang Spa Ubud: Bali, Indonesia
Book the chakra crystal healing session at Sang Spa Ubud in Indonesia, and a "healer" will set crystals on each of your seven chakras and channel energy through the palms of his hands. You'll feel heat coming from the healer's skin, which, according to spa employees, is actually energy flowing from the universe. We're not so sure about that part, but cheers to any spa whose website opens with: "You deserve better than a rushed massage by a rookie therapist in a place that makes you feel more stressed." Agreed.
The Crystal Rooms at Hotel Corona Spa: The Dolomites, Italy
Hotel Corona is a crystal lover's dream. When you arrive, you'll be greeted by giant crystals stationed like guards at the entrance, and each guest room is dedicated to a particular crystal (like the Tourmaline Room, said to create beautiful dreams). The spa is no exception: Relax before your treatment on a beautiful purply-blue sodalite bench, enjoy a spa treatment with crystals and stones incorporated, and then relax in the sauna afterwards—it's encrusted top to bottom with rose quartz.
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The Crystal Grottos at Mii Amo Spa: Sedona, Arizona
Next time you're traveling through mystical Sedona, head over to Mii Amo Spa for their unique Native American–inspired therapies. You'll find a circular structure that, according to Puebloan tradition, connects the heavens with the earth. The room is based on the "kiva," a space the Puebloan communities throughout the Southwest use for ceremonies and rituals. Inside this structure at Mii Amo, there's a hole carved out of the ceiling to cast sunlight on the quartz crystal that sits on a petrified tree stump. Mii Amo is a destination, not just a spa you visit for a treatment now and then. So if you book a stay there, you'll spend lots of time inside this quartz grotto, doing guided meditations and setting your intentions.
One Spa: Playa Mujeres, Mexico
If you book a treatment with One Spa in Playa Mujeres, you'll have a phone consultation beforehand so the spa can prepare the crystals needed (there are eight to choose from) to treat your specific ailments. When you arrive, you'll sip your personalized gem cocktail and then head into your massage where you'll be covered in crystals, each one said to create a "unique vibration" in your body, according to your needs.
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