Using high-end massage chairs and careful sensory cues, Esqapes is a Los Angeles-based spa that's working to incorporate VR into everyday wellness routines

Day spas are a way to escape the daily routine, but it's easy for them to feel a little lackluster—they're not as immersive or relaxing as a weeklong retreat could be. Now, a startup called Esqapes is disrupting the status quo, providing a VR-powered break from reality.

Esqapes works by fitting visitors with a VR headset and allowing them to choose from 11 virtual locales, like Moroccan Twilight, Desert Spa and Snowbank Cabin. Each offers a slightly heightened version of reality, like a mini vacation in place of a much more expensive—or even physically impossible—retreat.

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