VOYA Organic Seaweed Treatments
Scents of Serenity Organic Spa is excited to be the only spa in Richmond offering VOYA certified organic seaweed treatments, containing nutrient-rich, hand-harvested seaweed from the coast of County Sligo, Ireland.
Dating back over 300 years, seaweed baths are Ireland’s only indigenous therapy and were traditionally seen as the “sailor’s cure”. Seaweed has been hand-harvested in Sligo for over 150 years and VOYA’s founders, the Walton family, continued in this tradition and reopened the town’s first seaweed bath in 2000 after all were destroyed in a hurricane 40 years prior. In 2003, VOYA’s first seaweed-based product was launched. After years of extensive research, development, and countess tests, VOYA has created a full range of seaweed-based organic products and spa therapies.
VOYA’s founders hand-harvest wild seaweed under special license in areas recognized for their unprecedented natural beauty. Sustainable harvesting practices are used keeping the seaweed intact, allowing the seaweed to grow back to full size within 8 months, and causing no negative impact on the environment. This process allows this precious gift from the sea to be a fully renewable resource. After the seaweed is carefully selected, it is processed within 2 hours in order that the maximum amount of vitamins, minerals and proteins are locked inside and available for use in one of VOYA’s many extraordinary offerings.
Benefits of Seaweed
Seaweed is nature’s most powerful anti-oxidant from the marine world. It fights against harmful environmental aggressors, thus slowing down the signs of aging. Seaweed strengthens the immune system and helps with the prevention of acute illness. Seaweed- based treatments can deeply detoxify, hydrate and nourish the skin, hair and body.
Seaweed naturally cleanses and purifies the skin, helping to improve suppleness and elasticity.
3 Main Groups of Sea Weed
Fucus Serratus: Serrated Wrack
This special type of seaweed that is present in all of VOYA’s products, survives by filtering the ocean for nutrients, and as a result, amasses a huge amount of minerals and vitamins. Oils from this seaweed have truly remarkable effects on skin, hair and body. Moisturizing, conditioning and detoxifying, the antioxidant compounds found naturally in this seaweed have a dramatic impact in the fight against aging, and will leave skin smooth and supple.
Laminaria Digitata – Tangleweed
All seaweed varieties have different traits. Laminaria Digitata, Tangleweed, has an extraordinarily high level of antioxidants. This seaweed offers immediate and noticeable effects to the skin, including increased firmness, reduction of fine lines, and increased hydration and protection. It helps to stimulate the production of collagen in the body, while strengthening the immune system, increasing vitality, and protecting it from free radical damage.
This seaweed releases polysaccharides such as alginic acid, and iodine (which stimulate the metabolism) as well as other minerals that are beneficial to the skin, while stimulating the circulatory and lymphatic systems. This seaweed is extremely unique because of its shift in vitamin content depending on the time of year. It is harvested in the fall for its high vitamin C content and also in the summer for its high vitamin A content.
Healing Herbal Compress Massage
A real sensory treat! Warm, organic herbal & seaweed compresses are gently massaged into the body, releasing precious seaweed oils and herbal compounds into the skin and underlying muscle tissue. The penetrating heat provides deep relaxation while healing properties of seaweed, ginger, clove and orange soothe aches and pains. This full body treatment is the ultimate indulgence.
**The herbal compresses used during this treatment are packaged for you to take home for two additional uses.
Soothing Bamboo Massage
Using the powerful energetic properties of heated bamboo, this deeply relaxing massage relieves tension in the body with it’s broad, soothing strokes and allows for deep release, leaving you feeling balanced and grounded. This exclusive and incredibly healing massage incorporates VOYA Angelicus Serratus (seaweed) oil, considered the Angel’s Kiss of the ocean, which deeply detoxifies, increases circulation, and supports skin rejuvenation and renewal. This incredible oil along with our balance aromatherapy blend, contributes to the ultimate mental, physical and spiritual wellness.
Ocean Essence Wrap
VOYA Ocean Essence is an organic wrap treatment that stimulates blood and lymph flow. This detoxifies the skin and encourages the renewal of damaged cells through a full body exfoliation with ground walnut shells, which defines, tones and increases circulation. Fucus Serratus and Laminaria Digitata seaweed are combined to combat cellulite and muscle fatigue. Your skin will look and feel smooth, toned and hydrated and your body relaxed and rejuvenated.
Ocean Seaweed Leaf Wrap
This crème de la crème of body wraps is a signature VOYA treatment inspired by the sea. Fresh leaves of seaweed cocoon the body to deeply detoxify, moisturize, soften and revive the body. This treatment begins with an exfoliation using finely ground seaweed, followed by a wrapping of seaweed leaves around the body. While the seaweed’s minerals, vitamins and amino acids work their magic, you will be treatedto a relaxing scalp massage.
**The seaweed used during this treatment is packaged for you to take home for two additional uses.
Stimulating Seaweed Body Buff
Fucus Vesiculosus is the seaweed used in this vitamin-rich body exfoliation. This unique seaweed treatment is the ultimate treat for tired, dull skin. The antioxidants found in this this mineral-rich seaweed, combined with pure seaweed oils, creates a powerful, organic answer to healthy skin. After exfoliation, VOYA’s “Softly Does It’ hydrating moisturizer is massaged into your glowing skin, leaving it soft and supple.
Float away into your own seascape journey as you receive a soothing lavender & seaweed sugar scrub, deeply exfoliating your skin and preparing your body to take in more of the therapeutic benefits of seaweed during your Healing Herbal Compress Massage. Warm, organic herb & seaweed compresses are gently massaged into the body, releasing precious seaweed oils and herbal compounds relieving all muscle tension as you escape into your own world of relaxation.
Your peaceful voyage begins with a vitamin and mineral-rich Ocean Essence Wrap that boasts two special types of seaweed to deeply nourish your body. Fatigued muscles are rejuvenated and skin is left smoothed, toned and hydrated. Continuing your voyage, you will receive a Soothing Bamboo Massage. Using the powerful energetic properties of heated bamboo, this deeply relaxing massage relieves tension in the body with its broad, soothing strokes and allows for deep release, leaving you feeling balanced and grounded. This exclusive and incredibly healing massage incorporates VOYA Angelicus Serratus (seaweed) oil, considered the “Angel’s Kiss of the Ocean”, which deeply detoxifies, increases circulation, and supports skin rejuvenation and renewal. This soothing spa ritual will make you feel as though you have left Richmond and escaped to the seaside of your own tranquil island.