Getting Over Winter in a Santa Fe Spa

Lynn Cline - April 24, 2019

Start your spring off right

Spring is a season of rebirth and renewal, a time of rejuvenation not just for the earth but for its residents, too. After the long, cold winter we just endured, we probably need more nurturing than usual. What better place to recover from seasonal burnout than in the sanctuary of a spa?

In Santa Fe, it's easy to find blissful spas offering an array of tantalizing treatments for body, mind and spirit that eliminate the unwanted lingering effects of winter. A Santa Fe spa is guaranteed to ease aches and pains, elevate your spirits  and leave you feeling energized and vibrant. Whether you choose a massage, a skin care treatment, an outdoor or indoor soak or any other item off the spa menu, you'll emerge from your visit positively glowing.

To give you an idea of the variety of treatments  offered by Santa Fe spas, we've highlighted a few below. You'll find many more when you browse our Spa and Wellness directory:

Spa at Four Seasons

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado will whisk you away from a world-weary day with a creative menu of services. This sanctuary offers serenity and sacred space, designed after ceremonial kiva rooms used by the Ancestral Puebloans. The scent of burning sage is meant to remove unwanted energy. Special treatments draw on native ingredients to restore you through massage and bodywork, skin and body treatments and spiritual enhancement.

If you're seeking rejuvenation after the long winter, try the Mountain Spirit Purification ritual. Inspired by the Native American connection to nature, the ritual draws on juniper, sage and adobe clay to awaken, cleanse and revive all of your senses. Or, quench your dry skin with the Blue Corn and Honey Renewal treatment, a wrap combining exfoliating blue corn with hydrating wildflower honey. As you sink into relaxation, enjoy a renewal treatment for you scalp and foot, and then a skin-nourishing massage. For deeper relaxation, the Sacred Stone Massage blends hot and cold river stones with skilled massage to transport you to another realm. And if your chi, or energy flow, feels out of sorts, the Chakra Balancing spiritual enhancement will help, as it balances your body's energetic centers of spiritual power.

Spa at Hotel Santa Fe

Step into the Spa at Hotel Santa Fe and you'll be surrounded by the scents of white sage, pinon sap and organic lavender. From there, surrender yourself to a realm of relaxation, where Old World and New World healing traditions can transform you from head to toe. You could go with a Swedish or deep-tissue massage, but why not indulge in the the Healing Earth ritual package? The experience begins with a lavender foot bath for calming, then includes body brushing for skin exfoliation and lymph stimulation. Next, a body mask of ancient volcanic clay, infused with  lavender and sandalwood oils, will detox and purify as well as harmonize and soothe. To close the ritual, relax with a customized massage

For the ultimate in relaxation, try the White Sage spa ritual. It blends the ceremonial aroma of sage that clears stress and fatigue with a massage focused on reflexology points in worn-out feet. An herbal wrap infused with sage both detoxes and grounds the body, restoring your vitality. If winter wreaked havoc on your skin, then the Squash Blossom Body Scrub & Wrap is for you. Unwind as your body is wrapped in a warm blend of brown sugar scrub and a pumpkin mask full of vitamins. The experience not only exfoliates and smoothes your skin, it replenishes your body.

Sunrise Springs Spa

A 20-minute drive from Santa Fe takes you worlds away from life's hustle and bustle, to the peaceful oasis of Sunrise Springs Spa Resort. Here, natural spring-fed outdoor pools, garden paths and tall trees create a lush paradise, perfect for finding your bliss. You can soak in an outdoor pool, beneath a turquoise sky by day or a star-studded sky at night or in an outdoor private mineral-infused soaking tub, a relaxing magnesium-based soak that eases stress and aches.

Then choose from an array of massage options—hot stone, deep-tissue or your own customized massage. The Thai Massage employs techniques of yogic bodywork used in India some 2,500 years ago, including energy balancing, acupressure, and yoga postures, all designed to transform you. To get rid of any leftover discomfort from winter, try a session of cranial sacral therapy, a gentle approach that treats head, sacrum and spinal column bones to address compression, thereby relieving pain and stress. After months of dry heat inside your home and office, pamper your skin with a treatment will hydrate and purify with a combination of  wildcrafted local herbs and plant ingredients rich in nutrients.  Before you leave, walk the onsite Medicine Wheel, a circle with many meanings in different cultures. To the Native Americans, this circle represents the innate power to heal possessed by nature and by humans.