Wellness Meets Tech: The Most Advanced Four Seasons Spa Offerings
Sapphire facials performed at supersonic speeds and calorie-cutting laser treatments top the list.
Travel and wellness shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. Although travellers may be busier than ever, new spa and fitness technology allows you to maximise your wellness efforts. And when you only have one hour to spend at the spa or fitness centre, you need to make the most of it.
“Our guests are very discerning and savvy,” says Pat Makozak, Senior Spa Director for the Americas. “We understand the challenge of carving out time for oneself and are committed to giving our guests the very best benefit in the amount of time they have given us.”
Whether you’re staying at Four Seasons for work or leisure, these treatments use the latest spa technology to ensure that you look and feel your best each day.
Repair wrinkles with the help of plankton and Icelandic barley
In posh Los Angeles, the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills offers a DNA Facial created by Cosmetic and Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr Ronald Moy. During the treatment, DNA-repair enzymes derived from marine-based plankton and organic barley from Iceland are combined with the oxygenating OxyGeneo+ machine to help the body repair sun damage and wrinkles while boosting collagen production.
“DNA-repair enzymes act like a seamstress, finding damaged DNA and cutting it out,” Moy explains. “It’s a gentle treatment that leaves you fresh and glowing instead of red and raw. The oxygenating effect allows active ingredients to penetrate deeper than they would on their own.”
The treatment begins with a gentle exfoliation that allows the Regeneration Serum to seep into every pore, preventing age and maturity spots while plumping and hydrating the skin.
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Measure body composition in minutes
The Sports Club at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas is home to Well & Being, an integrative wellness spa that encompasses nutrition, fitness and massage therapies in a holistic approach to health.
Begin your journey with a personalised Fitness Prescription based upon results from the BOD POD – the gold standard in measuring body composition used by NFL teams for 10 years.
Sit in an egg-shaped pod in your bathing suit or sportswear for just a few minutes; there’s no need to submerge yourself in water as with other body composition analysis techniques. You’ll then receive a personalised wellness plan (including recommendations for fitness classes) that is designed to whip your body into its best shape.
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Experience the most comprehensive physical you’ll ever have
There’s also a BOD POD at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California, used as one component of both The Ranch 4.0 programme and Integrative Lifestyle Physical.
A four-day retreat, The Ranch 4.0 was created in partnership with The Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu and applies a holistic approach to wellness, incorporating nutrition, massage and fitness. The programme consists of 8 to 10 hours per day of rigorous exercise (mountain hikes, exercise classes, yoga), as well as a daily 1,400-calorie vegetarian diet.
The Integrative Lifestyle Physical, which is an optional add-on to The Ranch 4.0, offers a comprehensive medical diagnostic check-up. The full-day experience includes in-depth laboratory analysis, diagnostic testing, fitness and nutritional consultations and energy healing therapies.
“[The Integrative Lifestyle Physical] takes an annual doctor’s check-up to a new level with a full day of testing and consultations from the medical team at the California Health and Longevity Institute, with a breadth of experience in preventative health care,” says The Ranch 4.0 co-founder and CEO Alex Glasscock.
“When paired with our Ranch 4.0 programme, guests leave with a renewed body and mind, along with a personally tailored health and fitness programme to support a vibrantly active and healthy lifestyle,” Glasscock says.
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Soothe the skin with sapphires and supersonic speed
Another non-invasive but highly effective tool for younger-looking skin is the PURE TDA (transdermal application) Facial at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. Finely ground sapphires and crystals exfoliate the skin before the TDA does its work.
After the manual microdermabrasion preps the face for one of four serums, which are applied at supersonic speed and frequency with a computer-controlled applicator, the serum’s nanoparticles penetrate deep into the dermis. The result? Tighter and more nourished skin.
While the spa treatment might sound intense, the 60-minute facial is not at all painful. Instead, the massage technique improves oxygen and blood circulation for an immediate hydration boost.
“Guests see the results – supple, glowing skin – instantly from the first treatment. It is especially popular before weddings.”
— Luisa Anderson, Regional Director of Spa
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Burn up to 700 calories in 20 minutes
Get a head start on your beach body in less than 30 minutes at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea with quick and painless i-Lipo laser treatment technology. The low-level lasers signal a lipase enzyme to break down triglycerides into fatty acids and glycerol, reducing cellulite and tightening skin.
Between 500 and 700 calories are liberated in a 20-minute session, but to keep them off, it’s recommended to complement the treatment with exercise.
“Dieting is often challenging, and I feel the i-Lipo gives you a running start,” Makozak says. “When you begin to lose weight, it becomes encouraging to continue on. Also, unlike some other sculpting lasers that kill the fat cells and can damage the appearance of the skin, it mimics a natural response in the body.”