Among the manifold casualties of the pandemic: spas, and their euphoria-inducing array of body treatments. It seems easy enough to dismiss the impact of a rigorous, deep-tissue massage, but for those of us missing routine physical touch in our lives, the skin hunger is real. According to science, a lack of touch can lead to anxiety, stress, depression, body issues, and even death. To perish at all without so much as a final shoulder rub would be a tragedy.
As spas across the country reopen, many are offering new and innovative—albeit contactless—services to their coronavirus-weary clientele. But for those whose satisfaction has always derived from the sensation of another human working on one’s body, could a hands-off trip to the spa be as restorative and fulfilling?