Warming Spa Treatments for a Bitterly Cold Winter
SAN DIEGO ( MainStreet) Here's a great way to rid yourself of the winter chills: Have your body slathered in a-self warming seaweed mud and wrapped from head to toe in foil and thermal warming blankets like a human burrito.
The result is pure, blissful, cozy warmth. And silky smooth skin all in the dead of winter.
This is just one example of the luxurious warming winter treatments spas across the country are rolling out to help shake off the winter blues (and dry skin).
To be fair, I had my decadent Champagne of the Sea body treatment at the Hilton Bayfront, in San Diego, where there's really no such thing as winter. That makes the city a great choice for a bone warming escape and pampering destination for people in colder parts of the country.
If you can't make it to San Diego to defrost, though, there are plenty of other spas across the country that have recently added luxurious winter warming treatments to their offerings. From candle wax massages to honey application from head to toe, there are dozens of options for warming up. But none of them come cheap.
Gingersnap Cure, Out of the Woods Spa at Twin Farms, Barnard, VT
The Gingersnap Cure is designed to sooth the body and the soul.
It begins with a dry brushing of the body to facilitate detoxification and a gingersnap sugar scrub to gently remove dry, dead skin and elevate the spirit. Then it gets even better.
A warming honey mask is spread slowly all over the body, enveloping you in pure, golden liquid warmth.
"It's basically just delicious," spa director Erin Sehnal says. "Honey helps stimulate circulation while softening skin. It's a natural softener, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial everything is good about honey."
As if this treatment wasn't rich enough, the honey mask also has Vermont Maple Syrup in it. While all this warmth penetrates your skin, the therapist conducts a mini-facial and foot massage.
The Gingersnap Cure ends with a rich cinnamon ginger body butter massage. Could you be any more relaxed after all of this?
"This treatment is so good for your skin and your body and it elevates your spirit. It's just a beautiful, warming treatment," says Sehnal of the 90-minute treatment, which costs $250.
The Energy Lift Facial, LING Skincare & Spa, New York City
The Energy Lift Facial was added to LING Skincare & Spa's offerings just this month.
The treatment uses a combination of far-infrared rays, Asian health principles and relaxing spa techniques to stimulate the body's self healing, while also increasing and balancing cellular performance. The treatment involves use of a heat machine embedded with Tourmaline, an energy producing crystal. The result is a deep infusion of "chi" or energy, according to Ling Chan, celebrity facialist and spa owner, whose fans include Adriana Lima, Katy Perry, Gisele Bundchen and Madonna.