Space-Age Spa

Science fiction has become science fact. Those of us who have knocked around for a few decades may have noticed. The trend ranges from the everyday things like smart phones to the more specialized such as bionic limbs (I’m still waiting for my transporter, Scotty). The beauty/wellness industry is not exempt from this phenomenon considering the Dermalife Spa Jet pod looks like it was lifted out of a sci-fi movie.

The Spa Jet is a computerized multi-sensory water immersion system that combines the therapeutic benefits of essential oil aromatherapy, music, light, color, water, heat and massage. I made an appointment at Spa 4 Skin for a ride in this unique spa machine.

Kathy, the owner, led me to a candlelit room with a rustic cabin ambience, complete with wood ceilings and a large brick fireplace. The scent of lavender floated in the air and that futuristic pod warmed up in the corner, lights slowly phasing from one color to the next. “I call it my encapsulated water journey chamber,” said Kathy, who noted the Holbrook spa is the only one on Long Island that offers the Dermalife Spa Jet.

There are 11 programs, including one that can be used after a salt scrub or mud mask is applied. An array of essential oils and skin-nourishing ingredients can be added to the purified water and delivered into the skin through hydrofusion, a combination of steam and sprays of water with heat from infrared lights that induces perspiration and opens the pores, enhancing the skin’s ability to better absorb the applied nutrients.

Once I was settled inside the pod with a cloth drape that shielded my head from the steam and water, Kathy began the 35-minute treatment with a tap of the touch screen. Aloe and lavender-infused steam filled the pod. The infrared heat lamps warmed me all over and soothing music played softly.

The first spray of water came as a shock, but it didn’t take long to adjust. The pressure varied from gentle to more forceful and the spray came from all angles. That was especially interesting during the underbody water massage. I couldn’t help but think of myself as a car in an automated car wash.

Kathy, a licensed massage therapist, cosmetologist and esthetician, has offered treatments in the Spa Jet for the past five years, but says it’s not for everyone. “Pregnant women and those who have diabetes or epilepsy should avoid the Spa Jet,” Kathy said. “If you are claustrophobic, you probably wouldn’t find it enjoyable. But the panel above the face can be left in the upright position to leave your head outside the pod completely so you don’t feel as enclosed.”

I emerged from the pod and Kathy topped off the treatment with a massage, which not only soothed, but also helped my skin further absorb the hydrating elements.

Beam me back to the Spa Jet, Scotty.

toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at toni@lipulse.com.