Time-starved urbanites who need a short break from the digital world without having to escape to a remote island: there’s a solution at hand.
Auriga Spa at Capella Singapore, arguably one of the country’s best spas, has a by-request-only Digital Detox Ritual for those who need a little extra nudge to disconnect from their devices, even if it’s just for a few hours. After all, even in a serene sanctuary in the lush tropical environs of Sentosa, there are spa guests who just can’t resist sneaking a peek or two at their smartphones.
Sabrina Chen, spa manager at Auriga Spa, explains, “New technology has made our lives easier in many ways but it is also making it increasingly difficult for us to ‘switch off’ from the devices in our hands. In a way, we can say that we are ‘held hostage’ to our mobile devices almost 24/7.”
You will have to lock up your gear for the duration of your treatment to keep them out of sight and mind.
If that sounds like you, ask for the spa’s off-menu half-day digital detox ritual when you make a reservation. During this session, you will be required to lock up your gear for the duration of your treatment to keep them out of your line of sight and mind. Once the hard part is done, it is time to surrender to a carefully curated programme that’s designed to soothe the physical aches caused by excessive use of computers and mobile devices, while giving your mind ample opportunity to unplug and recharge.
The treatment starts with a 30-minute sea salt body scrub, an ingredient favoured for its purifying properties. Up next is an indulgent 90-minute massage where the therapist will concentrate on the shoulders, neck, head and eyes to ease tension caused by prolonged use of mobile devices.
After your sore, tense muscles have been kneaded into soft pliancy, you will be led to the Relaxation Lounge to settle into soothing sound wave lounge chairs and provided with adult colouring materials, a meditative activity that has been very successful in calming the mind and reducing stress. In keeping with the detox theme, the treatment also includes herbal liver and kidney detox supplements by The Organic Pharmacy.
Finally, head over to Capella Singapore’s designer kitchen, Chef’s Table, for a nourishing afternoon tea. At the end of your session, not only will you feel more focused and recharged, it even might surprise you to discover you’ve not missed looking at your devices at all.
After all, as Chen puts it, “The idea of this digital detox ritual is to allow our guests to eliminate the use of digital devices while balancing and revitalising their physical, mental and emotional states.”