Traditional Asian massages are very popular with Parisians. The masseurs at Ban Thai Spa, with its elegant, contemporary aesthetic, have all trained at the well-known Wat Po school in Bangkok, and respect the ancient art of traditional Thai massage. The best place to go in Paris for an Ayurvedic massage that follows this tradition dating back thousands of years is the Centre Tapovan. Relaxation is also an integral part of Tibetan culture, and this style of massage can be experienced at the Spa Mont Kailash, a true haven of peace.
Not many people are familiar with the Iyashi Dôme, a treatment developed in Japan. Unlike a traditional sauna, this ancient technique adapted to modern times consists of lying down on a tanning bed enclosed by a curved lid and being subjected to infra-red heat to relax and rejuvenate the body. If you’re keen to experiment with this new wellbeing technique, try out the Iyashi Dôme at the Maison Popincourt. Then there is Arbre à Sens, where you can embark on a journey of the senses with wellbeing treatments from different countries, from the Far East to India.
If you are a fan of the hammam ritual, you’re in the right city. Paris has any number of excellent hammams where you can experience an authentic Turkish bath, as in the time of the Ottoman Empire.
At the Hammam Medina Center, you can enjoy the sauna, the hot stone massages using marble stones and the pool in a peaceful setting reminiscent of traditional Middle Eastern bathhouses. O’Kari Hammam, an Algerian-style bathhouse, offers essential oil treatments in exotic surroundings. Continue your journey into North Africa at Hammam Sultan in Seine Saint-Denis, where you can indulge in body treatments and rituals inspired by Eastern tradition amid opulent Arabian Nights-style decor.
Beauty and wellbeing
Paris has many cosmopolitan salons where you can try out the latest international beauty treatments.
Superstars is a hair spa: a hairstyling and treatment concept invented in Tokyo. This is far more than just a simple haircut and blow dry: it is geared to totally revitalizing your hair and scalp. All the latest Italian trends are available at the Rossano Ferreti salon, named after the celebrity hairstylist who owns it.
There are many salons for Afro hair in Paris, specializing in hair straightening and cornrows. The Salon Niwel, with branches in the 18tth arrondissement, in Créteil and in Thiais, offers a wide range of beauty treatments in a unique concept store combining hairstyling, hair care and makeup.
Paris nail salons often draw inspiration from Asian beauty rituals. NailSPAris, a leading salon, offers all the latest nail care treatments while also using nail enhancing techniques inspired by ancient Asian rituals.