October 9, 2013

Beyond the facial

Spas have long offered relaxation in the form of massages, scrubs and wraps. But these days things are getting a little—shall we say—eccentric. Here, three oddly interesting spa treatments available in Miami now. HALOTHERAPY It may sound like something celestial, but halotherapy is just a fancy word for salt therapy. At The Westin Heavenly Spa at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, steam and salt are combined to mimic the environment of a salt cave. Advocates believe salt has curative powers and, in this case, can help soothe skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne, as well as respiratory ailments. (Access complimentary with any treatment $70 to $495; hotel guests $35 with no treatment.)

THERMAL TREATMENT Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach is home to the Aquavana thermal suite, where bodies are put through extreme hot and cold temperatures to help drain toxins. Start by heating things up in the Atlantic Spa, Crystal Steam Room or Finnish Sauna. Then cool off in—yes!—The Igloo. It’s actually an icy room filled with menthol, mint and eucalyptus and fiber optic lights that make the whole thing look like an Arctic paradise. (Included in Spa Day package from $295 to $475; complimentary access for hotel guests.)

CUPPING This millenia-old Eastern treatment, which has recently found a bevy of celebrity fans, is offered at the Epic Hotel’s Exhale spa, where therapists create a vacuum in your skin by placing heated glass cups, rims down, on your back in order to bring blood to the surface and stimulate healing. While it promises to help soothe coughs, asthma and pain, it does leave temporary round marks on the back. ($150 for 60 minutes.)

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