Quick Spa Treatments
By Liz Ritter, Executive Editor |
Strapped for time but in desperate need of some pampering? These seven spa treatments promise to decompress—in 30 minutes or less.
The peaceful nature of Ananda in the Himalayas and its corresponding spa is evident the moment you pull up to the property, a wellness enclave that provides the perfect setting for those looking to relax, rejuvenate and jump-start their body-soul connection. The spa specializes in targeted treatments (personalized by the on-site Ayurvedic doctor if you choose) and offers several 30-minute sessions. The 30-minute Ananda Touch massage experience releases tension and stress and calms the mind through rhythmic flowing movements over the back, neck, shoulders and scalp.
Playing up its financial district location in downtown Manhattan, The Spa at Andaz Wall Street’s Stocks (standard menu items like hot stone massage and customized facials) and Shares (mini 15-minute services like feet-leg, neck-back and hands-arm massage, that can be used alone, combined or added-on) caters to professionals pressed for time—so much so that they’ll even prepare a to-go lunch for you as you enjoy your service: Just order when you check-in and it will be ready for you when you’re ready to head back to the office.
The Spa Sampler
The ruggedly serene Carriage House and Lakeside Spa at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri’s Ozarks counts the “Spa Samplers” menu as a favorite among guests. The 11 different 30-minute services can be mixed and matched (choose from one to four) to come up with a completely customized spa visit. Go for some body pampering with the Cleansing Back Treatment and Back Massage or opt for the spa’s Foot Massage With Moisturizing Paraffin Treatment—or do a duo of both.
Facial in a Flash
Twenty-five minutes is all it takes to give your skin a dose of moisture with the HydraFacial Express at Spa Ojai at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. The facial targets fine lines and wrinkles, congested, oily and acne-prone skin, rosacea and hyperpigmentation through a glycolic peel infused antioxidants as your aesthetician simultaneously exfoliates, cleanses, hydrates and performs extractions.
Back to Basics
Battling breakouts and bacne? Houston’s ZaSpa at Hotel ZaZa’s 25-minute Baby Got Back, Flip Side Back Facial fuse natural extracts of aloe, chamomile, lavender, rose geranium, pear and fig to cleanse, soothe and exfoliate the back area to free it of blemishes and clogged pores.
The 20-minute Desert Elements Sea Salt Bath at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa might tackle on more time in the tub than your average nightly bath, but this targeted soak seeks to heal the body through a mix of skin-softening precious minerals, Dead Sea salts, algae extracts, aloe vera and your choice of 100-percent pure, blending healing flowers, plants and herbs—many of them native to the California desert—with essential oils and certified organic ingredients and extracts.
Immerse yourself in citrus bliss with The Spa at Coeur d’Alene Resort’s 25-minute Vitamin C Express Facial. The relaxing treatment aims to increase hydration and provide anti-aging benefits, and the results—and all-natural glow without makeup—are evident immediately.