‘Tis the season to get pampered
posted by: Lori Holden
And I ain’t talking diapers for the baby.
I’m talking a facial for the mama.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa in Denver is a four-time Forbes Four Star award winning spa (2008 – 2012). And it is currently offering special ways to pamper anyone in your life that may be under a wee bit of stress (you, perhaps?). Or someone who simply deserve an indulgence for being of service during the past year (again, I’m looking at YOU!).
No matter what part(s) of the body you decide to pamper — face, feet, hands, back and shoulders, all-inclusive — you’ll be greeted at the hotel’s entrance as if you were the most important person who has ever graced the Ritz-Carlton, even if you are dressed in yoga pants and have on no makeup (don’t ask how I know this).
You’ll be escorted to the spa level over the next hour or two will be relaxed and rejuvenated. You’ll be in good hands (literally!) with your massage therapist or aesthetician (in my case, the very gifted Angie) who delivers your massage or facial or mani-pedi. Angie will take you to nirvana (the mystical locale; I’m not saying you’ll smell teen spirit in the background) and then will bring you back softer, younger-looking, and more relaxed than when your yoga pants-clad self walked in.
But wait! If you have time either before or after your treatment, you get to enjoy other spa amenities such as the steam room, relaxation room and the whirlpool. Afterwards you’ll be able to shower, shampoo, shave, moisturize and primp, even if you didn’t think to bring any of your potions. It’s the closest you may come to not having a care in the world.
Here are some offerings from the Ritz-Carlton’s Holiday menu:
Sugar & Spice Scrub
This exfoliating treatment helps soften dry skin and fortify moisture levels leaving your skin glowing for the holiday season. The seasonal-inspired herbal spice scrub with sweet almond oil, walnut extract, shea butter, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove oil will soften and boost skin’s natural botanicals leaving it silky, soft and supple. The finishing touch is a chocolate sugar scrub for the hands and feet and a peppermint oil scalp massage. 45 minutes, $115
Customized for your specific skin type, this high-performance facial features the highest quality seasonal ingredients to deep clean and purify the skin. A gentle cleanse, tone and exfoliation will remove dull and dry skin cells. A relaxing face, neck and shoulder massage with botanical serums will re-balance and restore a youthful glow to your appearance. This treatment includes a seasonal herbal spice hand exfoliation and a peppermint scalp and foot massage. This luxurious facial will leave you ready to enjoy the holiday season. 80 minutes, $200
Peppermint Patty Pedicure
Embracing notes of chocolate and peppermint this pedicure was created to celebrate the holiday season. This decadent pedicure starts with warm foot soak to soften and nourish the feet. Then, legs and feet are exfoliated with a chocolate sugar scrub. Then a mint chocolate mask is applied for hydration. A paraffin foot dip is also included before whipped chocolate lotion is massaged into the feet and legs. Nails are polished as a finishing touch. As an extra indulgence a warm cup of hot chocolate is served to complete the spa experience. 75 minutes, $125
Pure Peppermint Pampering
Enhance any signature treatment with peppermint oil. This scent is ideal for altitude adjustment, fatigue or jet lag, and stimulates circulation, relaxes the mind and nourishes the hair. It is available as an enhancement to any massage, facial or body treatment. $25
Prenatal Massage (year-round):The specific prenatal techniques are designed for expectant moms to increase circulation, alleviate tired muscles, decrease stress and reduce water retention. Recommended after the first trimester of pregnancy. 50 minutes, $115 and 80 minutes, $165
Seems an even exchange for all those Pampers® you changed, don’t you think?
Lori Lavender Luz of WriteMindOpenHeart.com is a mom via open adoption to Tessa, 10, and Reed, 8. She and her family live in the Denver-area where Lori is writing her first book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption in, yes, her yoga pants. It will be published by Rowman & Littlefield and available in mid-2013.