Beauty & Wellbeing

Fairmont St Andrews becomes first hotel in Scotland to offer ESPA Modern Alchemy


By Wendy Golledge

01 August 2023

Luxury Scottish resort Fairmont St Andrews has announced it is partnering with ESPA to offer the brand’s new Modern Alchemy treatments.

Designed to restore peace, power and balance, each Modern Alchemy treatment is said to combine ancient ancestral wisdom with potent ingredients and self-care rituals.

The rituals draw on a range of ancient techniques and global traditions to meet the modern wellness needs of guests today.

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Fairmont St Andrews offers luxury escapism and mindful wellness

Fairmont Spa is offering two Modern Alchemy rituals – Harmonising and Empowering – both 90 minutes in duration.

Influenced by the power and symbolism of the full moon, the Harmonising Ritual offers a deeply meditative journey defined by the fluid circular massage movements.

The treatment uses ESPA’s Anointing Oil and a Kansa wand. The ritual includes breathwork and a foot bathing ceremony.

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A Kansa wand is a time-honoured Indian tool believed to calm the nervous system

Modern Alchemy rituals

The Empowering Ritual is influenced by the symbolism of the new moon, a lunar phase representing an awakening of the spirit.

It includes swift massage movements flowing from left to right to balance the body’s energy centres.

Inspired by Ayurvedic healing, Chinese Medicine and shamanic practices, ESPA Modern Alchemy rituals seek to incorporate every aspect of wellbeing from guests’ emotions and moods to the spiritual.

Kristal Bull, Head of technical innovation at ESPA

“Consumers are seeking deeper, meaningful spa experiences and holistic journeys of rejuvenation. We researched ancestral medicinal ingredients and practises from around the world, that have stood the test of time.”

Kristal Bull

Head of technical innovation, ESPA

Ancestral medicinal practises

Techniques used in the Modern Alchemy rituals include jade rollers, foot bathing, crystals and moonstones as well as Yantra Cards to help guests set intentions for the treatment.

Yantras are ancient geometrical patterns that are said to represent different forms of divinity.

Contemplation and meditation on them is believed to have the power to offer transformational change.

Earlier this year, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announces a fifth hotel in the UK and Ireland with the signing of The Mere in partnership with Select Group.


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