There is nothing I love more than a nice, snowy winter, and we definitely were blessed with one of those. One down-side to prolonged chilly temperatures and dry air, is dry skin. When I read the details on Solace Spa's new Green Goddess Spring Treatments using a Citrus Grass Soothing Scrub and Agave Nectar Oil, my skin yearned to be pampered, scrubbed, exfoliated, revived, and refreshed. So....I made an appointment.
I am in no way a spa connoisseur. I treat myself to a couple of massages every year and like to do the pedicure thing in the summer months. I really wasn't sure what to expect with this kind of "body treatment" and realize that you may not either, so I will give you the play-by-play.
I checked in at the Solace Spa front desk and a spa attendant gave me the quick tour, then led me down to the women's locker room. She explained what to wear and what not wear, where to go, and who to look for. Easy enough, so in the spirit of relaxation, I took my time changing. I headed into the relaxation room where my therapist, Amanda, met me and took me to a treatment room. She had each of the products displayed nicely on the table, allowed me to smell each one, and explained what each of them would do for my skin. She also asked me if I had any allergies..hmmmm. I never considered that, but could see how this was an important question for her to ask and important consideration for you when booking a treatment. She proceeded to let me know what my 80-minute treatment would consist of and showed me how to use the shower. It felt good to know this in advance, no surprises, so I could just relax and enjoy.
After I hung up my robe, I settled into the table, face down. The table is like a giant heating pad and it is very easy to get comfortable quickly. The entire treatment, you are covered in a blanket. The therapists have magical ways of maneuvering the cover, so that you are never exposed.
First up, the Citrus Grass Soothing Scrub. She started on my right leg. It felt like a warm, heavy sprinkling of the product. Once she covered the back of my leg entirely, she started to rub it in. Whoa! It was a little intense initially, I could definitely feel the coarse sea salt. It doesn't hurt, but it isn't soft. Just when I hit the threshold of hoping she would stop soon, she stopped. Whew!
Next, she painted on the Prickly Pear Cactus Toning Wrap to cool and soothe the area. She treated each leg and arm - front and back, my back, top of my chest and neck, and my stomach (this is optional). Once my skin was saturated with these yummy smelling products (I smelled like a giant margarita), she wrapped me up in a warming cocoon. Curiousity got the best of me, so I peaked out from under my eye pad to see that it was like a huge heating pad that contoured to the shape of my body. Time for the scalp massage. This part is by far the most heavenly part of the experience, I was wrapped up in my cocoon and she massaged me almost to sleep.
After about 15 minutes, she let me know it was time to rinse off. She unfurled me from my cocoon and explained that she started the shower, it was warm, after she leaves the room, get in and rub the product gently into your skin, meanwhile, she would switch out the bedding and let me know that she was finished, and she would knock before re-entering. I entered the shower and to my surprise, there was not one, but five shower heads! I may have kept Amanda waiting a little too long while I rinsed off, but I am sure it wasn't the first time. That shower was amazing!
Hard to believe, but this treatment wasn't over yet! After all that dry, flaky skin had been exfoliated and toned, my skin needed to be replenished with the Agave Nectar Oil. She applied it to each area that was exfoliated and I could feel my skin soaking in the soft, warm oil as she rubbed it in. Alas, she told me to take my time getting up and she would meet me outside the door. I was led back to the relaxation room with a cold press for my neck and a piece of dark chocolate. It was perfect.
So, if you are apprehensive about spa treatments, and not so sure that you would be comfortable...I urge you to give it a try. The therapist and estheticians at Solace Spa are very professional and respectful. In fact, at Solace Spa, they make you feel at home. I promise, the hardest part will be leaving when you are done.
P.S. I went on to get a Green Goddess Pedicure (yes, I totally spoiled myself, but hey, you only live once) and will give you the details on that in another post.
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