Stress Relief in the City

Spa at Rancho Bernardo InnIt's official, spa-goers in cities are in need of relaxation. According to recent research, city-dwellers have a significantly higher reported stress level than those living in suburban and rural settings. Thankfully, luxury spas across the country have just the stress-relieving solutions for Stress Awareness Month. The soothing atmosphere, natural ingredients, and time to balance the mind, body, and soul are the recipe for chill clients. Here’s what’s on the menu for Stress Awareness Month:

Zest Spa at The Camby Hotel (Phoenix, AZ) is offering “Got Stress?” ($55, 20 minutes), a massage treatment to soothe and reenergize. It focuses on taking stress from the neck and shoulders.

L’Apothecary Spa at L’Auberge de Sedona (Sedona, AZ) is offering Forest Bathing ($195, 90 minutes), also known as “Shinrin-Yoku,” which is rooted in the recognition that nature has positive and healing effects on human health and inner happiness. This relaxing escape allows guests to connect with their inner self and the earth as they submerge in Oak Creek in the Coconino National Forest.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage (CA) offers a supernatural version of relaxation with the Spirit of the Mountains massage ($330, 100 minutes). This treatment is inspired by the ancient tradition of using the restorative and balancing benefits of desert herbs and mineral salts to cleanse the body and the mind. It starts with exfoliation, followed by a warm stone massage, then a detoxifying wrap, and finishes with a scalp treatment.

The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn (San Diego, CA) is offering guests a taste of Thailand with a Thai Poultice Workshop ($165, 50 minutes; $220, 80 minutes). It provides take-home remedies dating back to the 14th century for rejuvenation of skin and muscles. Lead by trained professionals, guests can handpick a verity of herbs and spices, ranging from lavender to rose hip powder, to make an aromatic muslin parcel. These different ingredients treat different illnesses. The poultices also work with the body’s natural energy to harmonize its flow.

At the Mayflower Grace (Washington, CT), guests can relax with Sound Healing Sessions ($250, 60 minutes). Laying down on mats, guests are invited to listen to the restoring sounds of singing bowls and gongs while receiving applied pressure to specific pressure points on the body, something known as a reflexology treatment. These pressure applications release tension from the body, thereby setting the mind to a meditative state.

The White Barn Inn (Kennebunkport, ME) uses the power of sound, one of the oldest and most natural forms of holistic healing, to present the Sound Healing Stone Massage, combined with Tibetan Singing Bowls and Chakra Cleansing Meditation Healing. Warmed stones from the Kennebunk River are placed on the chakra points along the spine as well as the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. The vibrations of the singing bowls cleanse and balance the body, reducing stress and allowing a deeper connection between the body and the mind.