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November 25, 2023

Ideas for Protocol Design

November 16, 2022
Ideas for Protocol Design

Relax VR can be offered at a spa in a variety of ways. It can be offered as a standalone service, combined with existing treatments, or included as part of a multi-sensory spa journey.

The Immersive Spa Journey

Relax VR transports clients using virtual reality by catering to three of their five senses - sight (visual scenery), sound (music) and smell (essential oil scents). Combining Relax VR with a treatment that caters to touch, such as a foot soak or hand massage, and adding an element of taste, such as a coconut water, creates a full multi-sensory experience that is both unique and unforgettable. 

Example - The Beachside Massage (Seychelles)

Imagine vacationing on a beautiful beach and receiving a massage that deepens the relaxation you are already experiencing. A Relax VR session deeply calms and settles a client providing the perfect preparation for a massage.

  1. Offer the client a coconut water refresher when they arrive
  2. Give the client a face-mask to put on
  3. Turn on the Relax VR headset and select the desired location and meditation
  4. Help the client put on the Relax VR headset
  5. Add 4-5 essential oil drops to felt pads, and attach to the headset for scent
  6. While the client begins exploring the virtual Seychelles beach location, place their feet in a warm foot bath with extra sea or epsom salts, creating a sandy feel. 
  7. Offer them a seashell to hold. The client experiences having their feet in the sand and warm water and can enjoy the feel of the seashell in their hand. 
  8. After the Relax VR session concludes, the client will likely feel very calm and settled so gently help the client remove the headset.
  9. Offer the client some dried mango slices.
  10. After the refreshments, allow them to get comfortable on the massage table. 
  11. Proceed with a salt scrub, seaweed wrap, or directly into a massage with coconut oil. 
  12. If using hot stones during the massage, allow these to rest in the client’s palms, on their feet, or between their toes after they are used in the massage.

Creating a Multi-sensory Experience

Incorporating all five senses in your treatments will help you get the most out of Relax VR:

  • It will elevate the experience and make it more immersive for the client
  • It will create experiences clients can’t get anywhere else. Spas are uniquely equipped to combine virtual reality with taste and touch - something that can’t easily be done at home, nor at any other commercial venue.
  • It will increase retail sales. Using essential oils, body creams and food as part of the multi-sensory experience will allow you to on-sell these products after the session. These products will remind the client of the experience after they’ve gone home - elongating the experience, as well as bringing them back for repeat sessions.

The following list suggests paired Relax VR locations with complimentary sensory enhancements and spa treatments. While you can pair any location/meditation with any treatment, some combinations complement especially well, associating the spa experiences sensorily with specific virtual locations.

For certain treatments, such as a facial or water based treatments, it may not be possible to use Relax VR during the treatment. In these cases Relax VR can be included before or after the treatments. 

Location Taste Touch Related Treatments
Oceans   Beaches
  • Drink coconut water, guava, or pineapple juice through a bamboo straw
  • Eat a seaweed snack, or dried fruit like coconut, mango or papaya
  • Foot bath with extra salt at the bottom, feels like sand
  • Warm stones between the toes
  • Use a tropical skin cream like shea or mango butter
  • Salt Scrub Hand/Foot Exfoliation
  • Salt Scrub Full-Body Exfoliation
  • Seaweed Wrap
  • Foot bath/soak
  • Thalassotherapy
  • Cold Plunge
  • Thai massage
  • Drink effervescent, hydrogen or coconut water
  • Spray hydration mist on neck, arms and/or legs
  • Warm stones between the toes
  • Vichy Shower
  • Water Massage
  • Rain Massage
  • Swiss Shower
  • Foot bath
  • HydraFacial
  • Drink lemongrass or red clover tea (to enhance lymphatic drainage)
  • Hold a smooth stone in hands
  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage (River flowing acts as a metaphor to drain lymphs)
  • Foot bath
  • Vichy Shower
  • Shirodhara
  • Hydrating Facial
  • Eat vegan marshmallows
  • Drink dandelion tea or cocoa
  • Smoked paprika nuts or trail mix
  • Hold a hot stone or pine cone
  • Full body massage
  • Foot massage
  • Sauna
Northern Lights
  • Hot chocolate in a mug
  • Place a warm or cozy blanket around client
  • Cryosauna
  • Cryofacial
  • Ice room
  • Cold plunge
  • Trail mix with goji berries   almonds (hiking)
  • Root Teas such as Burdock, Licorice, Dandelion or Ginseng
  • Hold a pine cone / any wooden object / stone
  • Sports massage
  • Hot stone massage
Flower Fields
  • Drink with flower essences
  • Chamomile / lavender / hibiscus / rose tea
  • Hold fresh flower or crystal
  • Heliotherapy (use of sunlight to treat skin)
  • Facial
  • LED Light Therapy
  • Crystal Therapy
  • Reiki
  • Seaweed snack
  • Sole water (himalayan salt water) drink
  • Hold a seashell
  • Baths
  • Hot tub
  • Foot soak
  • Floatation pods / Float therapy
  • Fish Pedicure
  • Anti-gravity chair
  • White wine
  • Champagne
  • CBD Products
  • Fancy popcorn
  • Mint tea
  • Chamomile tea
  • Spray water mist on neck / arms / legs
  • Gentle moving fan blowing air
  • Heat lamp to feel the sun
  • Steam room
  • Steam shower
  • Anti-gravity chair
  • Zen garden
  • Shirodhara
  • Astronaut ice cream
  • Rock candy
  • Hot cocoa
  • Small cup of vanilla ice cream
  • Lava rock
  • Anti-gravity chair
  • Zen garden

Combining Treatments

Virtual reality can also be combined with existing treatments without necessarily needing to add the additional senses of taste and touch, or make a themed immersive journey. 

Relax VR can be worn during a variety of treatments, allowing customers to come in for a treatment they know and love, with the added excitement of a new treatment. Some examples of treatments that Relax VR combine well with are:

  • Massage chair
  • Compression therapy
  • Anti-gravity chair
  • Hand & feet related treatments

Spa Parties 

Because not many people have tried virtual reality, spa parties can be a great way to introduce new customers to VR, making them comfortable with the technology and allowing them to share their new experiences with others. This can generate excitement around the experience, and encourage customers to come back later on their own to do the treatment again.

For example, if there is a group of 6 that comes in and you have one Relax VR unit, you could take 2 people out of the group at a time, allowing them to alternately do Relax VR and another treatment, e.g. a salt therapy session. The sessions could be limited to 15 min each, and then each person would then do the other treatment for 15 min. After the 30 min, they would go back to join the main group, and another pair would do the Relax VR / salt therapy session.

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