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Mountain People: Episode 2

Mountain People: Episode 2

Episode 2 of Mountain People: a series of stories from Boyne Mountain's slopes.
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Machine Groomed for Saturday, December 16

Temperature Open Trails Open Lifts Open Terrain
H 15 °F 20 Trails of 60 7 Lifts of 12 55 Acres of 415
Base Depth Snowfall Today's Hours
21 - 40″ 5″ Past 72 Hours 9-4:30
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Hooray! The weekend is here, the sun is out, and the lifts are spinning - what could be better?

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Spa: It's for Men Too

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I am a man. I wear flannel because it's comfortable, and I grow a beard to protect my face from the weather during winter. My favorite meal generally consists of meat, potatoes, some green plant thing that people say is good for me, and a good beer to wash it all down. My idea of relaxation involves immersing myself in the woods for a hike. I just went to The Spa at Boyne Mountain, and I will absolutely be back.

You read that right, Mr. flannel-wearing meat-and-potatoes got a facial... and liked it. I know what you guys may be thinking, and I did not have a bunch of green stuff on my face and cucumbers over my eyes. After the treatments, I find it hard to believe that I once had been so naïve to the awesomeness of surrendering yourself to an expert in comfort and relaxation. Amanda moved gracefully through the process of washing and scrubbing away the dirt and oils that had been building up in my pores. I'm the type of guy that washes my face maybe twice a week? So there is definitely a good amount of dirt after all these years. With each layer of grime that she removed, I could actually feel the stress falling away with it.

After each layer and scrub was applied, Amanda followed it up by wiping my face clean with a warm towel. Allergies have been a little tricky for me lately as if my nose often can't decide which side to function through. The heat from the towel coupled with the pressure and massaging motions cleared up my nasal passages and left me breathing clearly once again! Constantly at war with my allergies, this alone would be reason enough to bring me back for another treatment.

Immediately after my Eminence Organics Customized Facial, I was ushered into another private room for my ZenTrilogy massage. I had been totally comfortable with the facial as I really didn't mind someone touching my face. As for a massage on the other hand, I would have to be REALLY comfortable, right? In anything I have seen in movies or on the television, the recipient gets naked (or very close to it) and the masseuse does some work on their back and neck. Well it wound up being quite a bit more than that!

The ZenTrilogy massage combines elements of Shiatsu, Swedish, and Reflexology into one full-body spiritual "reset" button. Andrew began with one leg and was able to keep the rest of me covered under a blanket - they obviously know how to perform this treatment to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. Before I knew it, I found myself wondering very intently about the background music. I could hear rain, and I could hear what I thought sounded like cars driving by on a pretty quiet road. The constant pitter-patter of the rain drops hitting the road, coupled with a crescendo as the vehicle would pass by. All the while, Andrew had been working on different parts of my body. Legs, arms, back, joints, shoulders, feet, hands, head.

It was amazing. Once I had gotten comfortable and accepted that I could certainly trust him to work on me, my mind completely let go of everything that had been bringing me stress. Rather than thinking about the work that I would be doing for the rest of the day, I was debating what had caused the crescendo in the background music. With each pass of the warm bamboo over my body, I felt the stress of my busy schedule falling away. I walked out of that treatment feeling like I had just hit the "reset" button on life. I hadn't a worry in the world. I stopped thinking about the presidential candidates, the troubles I had with my car, or any of the aches and pains from past injuries.

Without sounding too cliché, I left my treatments feeling like a new man. I'll still wear my flannel, grow a beard, and stuff myself with meat and potatoes for dinner (When I'm not eating pizza). I will definitely come back to the spa for these treatments and I can imagine that they would be particularly great in February when Old Man Winter is trying to beat me down! For the guys out there thinking the spa is not for them - don't knock it until you try it! I never thought of myself as a spa-goer, and I may not be a super-frequent visitor, but I will not pass up an opportunity to hit the "reset" button again!  

Give it a shot, I dare ya!  

Until Next Time,  


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