Wellness and relaxation
Never before in our lifetimes, has the need for a sanctuary in which to revitalise and restore, been so important. The desire for a change of scenery or retreat, to escape the stresses of the current world and restore our inner tranquillity, has become ever more meaningful to our physical and mental well-being.
Designing spaces that encourage ‘wellness’ is certainly not a new concept. However, the challenges and chaotic events of the last few years has fuelled our desire to incorporate wellness culture in design and has become even more vital, as we crave spaces that make us feel safe and well, bring peace to both body and mind and provide comfort – both at home, and away.
Made to Measure Zen Baths at The Spa | Photo credit: Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives
From the earliest days of apaiser, we have emphasised the importance of crafting bathroom spaces that elevate the guest and client experience and allow us to create a spa-like sanctuary in our homes. Our belief in designing private oases of tranquillity and calm was the genesis of our sustainable apaiserMARBLE® bathware, and we are delighted to see our collections featured in resorts, spas and private bathrooms all over the world!
In honour of National Wellness Month, we wanted to reflect on the history of the ‘spa’ and bring you some truly breathtaking spaces, dedicated to wellness and rejuvenation and transformative experiences.
Made to Measure Haven Baths and Orbit Basins (past collections) at The Spa | Photo credit: Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
The International Spa Association (ISPA) defines modern spas as “places devoted to overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.”
Spas are home to some of the latest pioneering treatments and research into nutrition, mindfulness and wellbeing, putting the industry at the forefront of the holistic health and wellness movement. Whilst they have certainly evolved over time, they are fundamentally based upon the healing powers of water.
Custom bath and basin at `Āwili Spa and Salon | Photo credit: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
Some believe that the term ‘spa’ is an acronym of the Latin phrase ‘sanitas per aquas’, meaning ‘health through water’, while others believe it to be named after the Belgian village, Spa, where hot mineral springs were discovered in the 13th century, and one of the first health resorts was built.
Originally used for cleansing and therapeutic purposes, the spa evolved into a place for socialisation and relaxation, good for both mind and body. From Japanese ryokan to Turkish hammams and Finnish saunas, many communities have incorporated the cleansing and healing powers of water as an integral part of their culture through the ages. In more recent centuries, seaside villages and lakeside retreats and thermal springs attracted those wanting the definitive rejuvenation experience. In modern times, our fast-paced lives demanded we seek health and relaxation closer to home, in convenient and accessible ways.
Cue the birth of the modern-day spa.
Lotus Basins at Chi, The Spa | Photo credit: Shangri-La Le Touessrok
With wellness culture an integral part of our lives these days, there has been a perceptual shift in the role spas play. They now offer everything from fitness, yoga and meditation classes to nutrition and alternative practices (Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine and reiki). Ritualistic water therapies, mindful connections to nature and transformative treatments are quintessential to the wholistic approach we demand from our spa experience – to nourish mind, body and soul.
Discover spas around the world that feature our sustainable, organic, apaiserMARBLE® bathware. Book yourself a treatment in celebration of National Wellness Month or find inspiration in these spaces to create your own spa-like sanctuary at home.