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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Destination Spa Trends: Farm to (Massage) Table

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox

Odds are you’ve heard of farm-to-table cuisine, but there’s a new trend involving farm-to-table spa treatments at some of the best resorts around the World. Below are a handful of examples of how organic gardens and a destination’s unique flora can be incorporated in a luxurious spa treatment! Now the farm meets the (massage) table!

Surrounded by the Presidential Mountain Range and White Mountain National Forest, the Omni Mount Washington Resort has served as a wellness retreat for city slickers looking to enjoy the fresh air since 1902. Modernizing notes from the past, The Spa continues this tradition, revitalizing travelers by incorporating natural elements. Guests begin their spa experience with the NEW Herbal Cleansing Ritual. Changing seasonally, the ritual incorporates fresh herbs from the spa’s very own outdoor Herb Garden. Upon arrival, guests are welcome to select the herbs of their choice which are mixed to create natural aromatherapy oil. From there, guests will take part in the spa’s circuit system including a steam room, sauna and cold deluge. After, they are given a freshly made juice elixir to cleanse the body and their individualized herbal aromatherapy mixture which they can smell for further relaxation.

Guests can continue to incorporate local plants used in ancient medicinal practices into their experience with a full-body Herbal Garden Treatment. Also created with vegetation grown in the spa’s Herbal Garden, these treatments educate guests on the powers of herbal healing and allow them to hand-pick herbs to incorporate into a customized body scrub.

The Dolder Grand, Zurich’s 5-Star City Resort recently introduced Amala 100% Natural Spa products to their 43,000 square-foot Spa. They have the exclusive use of Amala products in Zurich for the next two years. The signature Amala treatment, Nature’s Organic Seasonal Facial by Amala, is a 90-minute facial which also includes a relaxing foot bath with herbs from the hotel garden as well as a seasonal chocolate treat after the spa treatment. The Spa is currently using lavender in the chocolate and the spa treatment, though this varies by season. The Dolder Grand Spa is an oasis of tranquility, featuring a black Bisazza Mosaic Indoor Pool, Japanese inspired Sunaburos, Snow Paradise room and outdoor terrace with three whirlpools to unwind in while enjoying the captivating views of Zurich.

Sorrel River Ranch near Moab, UT, is a beautiful ranch-resort, wedged between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and on the banks of the Colorado River. The ranch’s Garden Manager, Jason Metz, tends to 1.5 acres of organic produce, which finds its way into Chef Richard Potts’ farm-to-table fare, but also into the spa’s treatment and retail. Jason’s wife, herbalist and founder of Sister Root Medicinals, formulates medicinal concoctions utilizing harvested plants and retails them in the ranch’s spa including the Birch Sunbutter SPF and the Salve-ation to protect and heal parched skin. Sorrel River Ranch will also be debuting a juice menu poolside and in the spa. Fresh juices will be pressed using the garden’s bounty including the Safari Desert Refresher made with beet, carrot, prickly pear, cucumber, cilantro and ginger.

Hotel Caesar Augustus has an organic garden on site and the Wellness Area’s therapist utilizes fresh herbs and fruits from the garden in the spa treatments. For example, they often use drops of oil from basil, sage, rosemary, and marjoram as well as lemon and oranges for the treatments. Some of them are blended together with extra virgin olive oil and are used as a soothing infusion for certain massages such as Shiatsu, Bio-Energetic and Anti-Stress. Additionally, Hotel Caesar Augustus offers new 30 minute reflexology foot massages at the pool, located near the garden.

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