Asia Pacific

Spa Culture

Awash in ancient spa and wellness traditions, Asia offers nearly endless indigenous therapies and rituals. They vary from country to country and region to region, depending upon original doctrines (ranging from Ayurveda in India to ancient Chinese medicine), local flora, and the integration of modern methods. Throughout the continent, however, a holistic viewpoint binds them together, promoting a life and body balance.
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  • Rice - Asia Pacific Spas

    Rice

    A staple in the Indian diet, rice has been used for centuries as a skin and hair enhancer. In its raw form, it is ground and used as an exfoliant that smoothes skin and promotes lymphatic drainage. Meanwhile, rice water contains naturally anti-inflammatory and skin-protecting properties that reduce the appearance of dark spots and promote a glowing complexion.
  • Malay and Thai Massage - Asia Pacific Spas

    Malay and Thai Massage

    Customarily performed on the floor, Malay and Thai massage are designed to eliminate body toxins and impart a profound sense of relaxation. This tranquil state helps lower stress, enhance blood circulation, and improve an individual’s overall health.

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  • Lime - Asia Pacific Spas

    Lime

    According to Malay tradition, limes provide a direct link from the earthly to the spiritual world. This means that bathing in lime symbolizes the removal of negative elements, such as illness and impurities. High in citric acid, limes also tangibly exfoliate and tighten pores. And loaded with vitamin C and flavonoids, they help counteract wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Coconut - Asia Pacific Spas

    Coconut

    Coconuts and their nourishing oil provide endless health and beauty-enhancing benefits. Abundant in Vitamin E and fatty acids, the oil provides deep, lasting hydration to skin and hair. Additionally, these nutrients strengthen underlying tissues and help remove dead cells, while the oil’s antibacterial and antifungal qualities further stretch its therapeutic assets.
  • Aromatic Oils - Asia Pacific Spas

    Aromatic Oils

    Aromatic essential oils are a key component of the Ayurvedic tradition, believed to heighten awareness and soothe physical and spiritual ailments. Along with addressing skin and body ills, these oils are said to balance, strengthen, and energize the seven chakras. Key oils include: jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose, sandalwood, lemon, vetiver, bergamot, and patchouli.
  • Chinese Medicine - Asia Pacific Spas

    Chinese Medicine

    An over 5,000-year-old practice, Chinese medicine is based on ancient texts and holistic views of the body, spirit, and overall world balance. These doctrines include herbal therapies, acupuncture, acupressure massage, reflexology, and more.

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  • Pomegranate - Asia Pacific Spas

    Pomegranate

    One of the oldest known fruits, pomegranates are revered as a symbol of health, fertility, abundance, and eternal life. Meanwhile, their antioxidant-rich juice has been shown to boast an array of health benefits. Anti-aging, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, it promotes smooth, firm, soft skin by promoting collagen and elasticin production, and nourishing the epidermis.
  • Lemongrass - Asia Pacific Spas

    Lemongrass

    A tall grass native to Asia, lemongrass is renowned as an anti-microbial and anti-bacterial herb. Within the wellness realm, it is both ingested and applied topically to calm skin inflammation and the central nervous system, reduce cellulite and blood pressure, and boost the immune system. Moreover, its energizing scent is revered as an instant mood enhancer.
  • Nutmeg & Spices - Asia Pacific Spas

    Nutmeg & Spices

    Valued by Ayurvedic medicine for its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, nutmeg is among numerous spices integrated into Indian wellness therapies. Others include cardamom, turmeric, and cinnamon, all of which serve a specific purpose. Nutmeg, in particular, reduces infection and swelling around clogged pores, which results in a smoother, clearer complexion.
  • Sandalwood - Asia Pacific Spas

    Sandalwood

    Famous for its intoxicating scent and antimicrobial properties, sandalwood possesses a host of skin benefits. As an astringent, it balances oily skin and diminishes scarring. It also helps skin retain moisture, enhancing softness, while its mineral properties define it as anti-aging. Further, sandalwood is a natural antiseptic ideal for reducing inflammation.