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When spa becomes an immersive art and tech experience

Dubbed ‘The Oddly Satisfying Spa’, Luxury Escapism in New York has created a two-hour journey where guests can relax via immersive technology, ASMR and tactile stimulation.

Guests are invited to explore their perceptions like never before at each of the relaxation stations, which focus on the five elements – Fire, Water, Earth, Air, and Space.

According to the spa’s website, guests will be able to ‘ignite their creativity, improve their relationship with technology and realign their perceptions’. The immersive technology and digital relaxation takes place in ‘a unique, colourful and surprising space’, where no-one is allowed to use mobile phones.

The Rainbow Waterbed treatment makes use of an adjustable strobe light, with bioacoustic harmonics and audible frequencies, both binaural and isochronic, to put users into a deeply meditative state.

Luxury Escapism’s Sonic Sauna is an intimate audio space for up to six people designed for rotating organic ASMR inspired sound baths. The spa defines ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) as ‘a feeling of well-being combined with a tingling sensation in the scalp and down the back of the neck, as experienced by some people in response to a specific gentle stimulus, often a particular sound’.

Senscape is a collection of meditative, passive virtual reality vignettes. Benefits are best experienced after long exposure to each scene, when the brain is able to pick up on micro changes in the procedurally generated graphics.

Lastly, Celestial Flow is a virtual reality particle sandbox tool. Users manipulate over 1 million particles using just their hands. This experience is designed to place users into a state of creative flow.

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