Recession R & R
Local Spas Offer Stress-less Specials
By Hilary Ingoldsby Whitesides
May 9, 2009
Irritability, chest pains, headaches and lack of energy can all be symptoms of one underlying problem: stress. The country’s financial climate has more Americans than ever feeling stressed to the max. In fact, the American Psychological Association reported in October 2008 that money issues now tops the list of stress factors for 80 percent of Americans. In addition, 73 percent reported they experience physical or psychological problems due to stress.
Utah’s spa industry is aware that the need to cut spending is wide-spread, but with it comes the need to de-stress and combat stress-induced physical and psychological problems. The industry is responding, offering state-of-the-art services that won’t break the bank.
Red Mountain Resort and Spa
Nestled in the red rocks of Ivins, Utah, the Red Mountain Resort and Spa not only has spa treatments, but amazing scenery as well. The resort says it’s responding to its clients’ physical and financial needs by providing more options.
Tracey Welsh, general manager, says the spa’s most popular treatment is a simple massage, but that’s only one among many unique treatments that keep guests coming back for more. The Four Directions Treatment is inspired by southern Utah’s desert surroundings and native heritage. It includes American Indian rituals using sacred herbs, plants and stones, a full body cornmeal and tobacco exfoliation, a cedar wood full-body massage and a sweet grass herbal wrap. The combination, Welsh says, brings peace, good spirits and healing—a benefit for anyone feeling stressed.
“These trying times require you to assert more energy than ever before to be successful in whatever you do,” she says. “Taking time to care for yourself through massage, personal training, health assessments and even manicures and pedicures are the things you can do for yourself to refill your energy tank and de-stress.”
A Swiss resort tucked away in Utah’s mountains, the Zermatt Resort draws national attention. In light of today’s economy, spa director Michelle Howard says more Utahns are escaping to the resort to enjoy “mini-vacations.”
“Even though it’s only a short drive from Salt Lake City, you do feel like you’ve entered another world,” Howard says, adding that taking care of oneself is vital during stressful times. And in an effort to encourage relaxation and be sensitive to the changing needs of Zermatt guests, the spa has created “spa value packs” where Utahns can purchase certain spa treatments at a discount of almost 50 percent.
The spa’s most popular, innovative treatment is the Monte Rosa Full Body Rejuvenation. The experience begins with a sugar body polish followed by a clay wrap. Next is a scalp massage with hot oil and rosemary peppermint hair conditioning. Finally, an application of warm shea body butter rounds out the full-body treatment.
Millpond Spa and Retreat
Just 30 minutes west of Salt Lake City in Tooele County’s Stansbury Park sits Millpond Spa and Retreat. This spa offers locals a quick relaxation-focused getaway. With numerous spa packages at discounted prices, guests have plenty to smile about when visiting Millpond Spa and Retreat.
Owner Scott Totman says the spa is unique, as it offers a bed-and-breakfast feel and a variety of treats, including saunas, Jacuzzis, facials, massage and professional hair and make-up stylists.
Guests are also privy to the spa’s one-of-a-kind Visci-shower/massage. In a travertine room with a five-headed shower, the spa uses salt scrubs from the Great Salt Lake to give guests a full body exfoliation followed by an oil or hot-stone massage.
On top of its services, guests can also take a swing at the local golf course or go ice skating and fishing on Stansbury Lake. “We must remember that we ‘work to live’ and not ‘live to work,” Totman says.