SPA/ Spa: Traditional and Local

Spa and wellness resorts can be found in all the corners of the world. The offer of spa treatments of each country however includes a unique touch of the local culture and traditions. Learn more about Japanese onsens, Thai massage or even Turkish hammams.


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Traditional Spa Treatments: Hilot, Lomi Lomi, Shirodhara…

Traditional Spa Treatments: Hilot, Lomi Lomi, Shirodhara…

Laura Maudlin

Traditional spa treatments are commonly practiced in spas today and help generate a lot of spa visits, particularly to hotel and resort spas. Many tourists like to experience the local therapies and treatments of their travel destination to take away a unique memory and to gain knowledge relating to how traditional treatments have been used for centuries to assist the wellbeing of local residents. A selection of popular traditional spa treatments which spas confirmed they promote on their spa...
Japanese Onsen Therapy: Recuperation of Weary Body

Japanese Onsen Therapy: Recuperation of Weary Body

Sara Thopson

In the hot-spring heaven that is Japan, there are a countless number of onsen from Hokkaido to Okinawa, from those of luxurious spas in nondescript concrete buildings to rotenburo set in pristine natural surroundings. Obviously what lures millions of onsen bathers back again and again is that wonderful feeling of just being able to close your eyes and forget about life's daily hassles – the boss, the crowds, the headaches. The relaxation effect of onsen, however, is just the tip of the iceber...
Thai Massage: Experience Your Whole Body

Thai Massage: Experience Your Whole Body

Gary Diskin

Thai Massage, like most Asian methods, is a technique used to give the massaged person an experience of the total body. It is similar to acupressure and Shiatsu combined with stretches and yogic Asanas. Its nickname has become, "yoga for the lazy". The best thing about Thai massage is that, like yoga you get flexibility, inner organ massage, oxygenation of the blood and quieting of the mind. Through deep muscle stretching, joint release and emphasis on the breath, Thai massage offers many of ...
Wellness Tourism: Spa Packages Attractive Not Only to Locals

Wellness Tourism: Spa Packages Attractive Not Only to Locals

Sara Thopson

Health and wellness tourism has been gaining popularity all around the world – not only in the western countries but the less developed one as well. China, Indonesia, Philippines and Turkey are some of the countries where wellness packages are quickly drawing the attention of local consumers. China Spas contributed 96% of the total value sales in health and wellness tourism in 2009. Hotels and resorts pushed spa packages, as declining numbers of guests affected hotels’ revenue due to increas...
Turkish Hammam: Physical and Mental Regeneration

Turkish Hammam: Physical and Mental Regeneration

Larry Brain

For centuries Turkish hammam continues to exist as one of the major components of the Ottoman and Turkish culture with its pestemal, rubber, large and bright dome and unique architectural beauty. Hammam was built not only as a place for washing oneself. Turkish hammam is also health and entertainment center where people gather and organize social activities. Hammam is the home of the tradition of physical and spiritual purification. The body and skin are cleaned and purified from toxins, the...