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Massage Today
July, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 07

Industry News

By Editorial Staff

Open since March 2003, the Aquaest Retreat, nestled in Missouri's Ozark Mountains, is a serene combination of water and wilderness. Guests can choose from a number of services, including the retreat's signature service, WaterJourneys: a special combination of massage, mobilization and music designed to encourage inspiration and personal transformation.

The retreat offers bath houses; a warm-water pool; showers; massage and rest areas; and nature trails.

Sundara Spa, located in the wooded hills of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., touts itself as the state's first luxury destination spa. The spa features 26 luxury suites and offers a wide range of services that combine modern wellness philosophies with ancient wisdom, including spa therapies and wellness programs; healthful cuisine; yoga instruction; and a fitness studio. Spa visits begin with a purifying bath to "cleanse the skin and clear the mind." Sundara Spa opened earlier this year.

The recently opened Spa at Estrella, located within walking distance of downtown Palm Springs, Calif., features 10 treatment rooms inspired by the simplicity of its desert location, including three massage rooms, one of which is designated exclusively for couples; four outdoor massage cabanas; two facial rooms; and a wet room with Vichy shower. The spa also features a fitness center offering yoga, tai chi and Pilates programs; a relaxation lounge; and men's and women's locker rooms each with steam showers.

The Spa Grande, located at the Grand Wailea Resort on the island of Maui, recently incorporated seasonal themes into their line of spa offerings. The themes celebrate Hawaii's indigenous healing properties. "Our seasonal spa themes are designed to incorporate the qualities of environment, connect our clients with the nature of our island destination, and offer something unique to their spa experience," says Lucia Rodriguez, the spa's director. The themes include herbs in the fall/winter; floral in the spring; and fruit in the summer.

The 3,800 square-foot Stonewater Spa and Boutique, open since March in Greenwich, Conn., boasts more than 30 treatments, including signature services such as the Relaxation Ritual, a warm stone massage treatment; the 90-minute Harmonious Journey, which includes the Relaxation Ritual; full body polish; papaya body masque and tonifying body cream; and the Aroma Stone, a 75-minute treatment of sea salt exfoliation, followed by a hot stone massage.

 

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