Similar to the way chefs create pleasing dishes for their culinary specials, spa estheticians create specific signature treatments that they’ve tested and found to offer optimal results. Signature spa treatments often utilize fresh botanical ingredients that are grown locally or in the spa’s own greenhouse. Alternately, signature treatments may include rare ingredients such as caviar or gold that are reputed to have marvelous effects. Signature therapies, such as those rooted in the chakras, generally fit with the spa’s theme, culture or healing philosophy, for instance Ayurvedic principles.
Spa guests at the Yunessan Spa in Hakone Japan can soak in a bathtub filled with ramen noodles, which are reported to soften and smooth the skin.
Hari’s Salon in London offers the Aberdeen Organic Bull Sperm Treatment. It is believed that the protein in bull sperm moisturizes, brightens, and repairs damaged hair. The semen is combined with protein derived from Katera root.
The Geisha facial, popular in New York City and at the Diamond Hawaii Hotel Spas, relies on nightingale droppings to hydrate and smoothe the skin.
In northern Israel, guests at Ada Barak’s spa in northern Israel can opt to have six nonvenomous milk and corn snakes slither across their skin in a therapy designed to relieve aching muscles and stiff joints. This is similar to the leeches that are used to help heal deep wounds, a not uncommon hospital therapy.
Other extreme therapies include baths containing gold or silver, which are reported to have hydrating effects and make the mud bath seem like child’s play.