AUG 2018

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[ 30 ] • # dayspamagazine • august 2018 spa hopping by Vicki Arkoff Southwestern Comfort Four enchanting retreats in the heart of New Mexico offer holistic healing therapies. T here's magic in the air in Santa Fe, New Mexico. With its charming adobe-style architecture, rich heritage, diverse art community and majestic beauty, the country's oldest state capital passionately embodies the spirit of the Southwe st, and has always been a healing place. For centuries, the medicine people of the region's indigenous tribes have used herbs, minerals, animal totems, prayers and blessings to promote wellness. Those traditional practices now merge with more contemporary ones in the area's day spas and resorts— some of which claim to be "energy vortexes" where the spirit is amplifi ed. From ancient Ayurveda to shamanism, herbalism to acupuncture, a multitude of healing modalities play into advanced forms of bodywork and wellness services, making Santa Fe the perfect destination for spa-goers who want to become more health-minded, open-minded and connected to the earth. Spa Sage at La Posada de Santa Fe Located on six acres in downtown Santa Fe, the La Posada property was established in 1882 in a three-story brick mansion. In the 1930s, adobe-style casitas were constructed around the mansion to create an arts colony. Part of an extensive renovation in the late 1990s, the 4,500-square-foot spa features eight treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy soak tub, herbal steam rooms, a salon and a fi tness center. Some say the place also houses a grandmotherly ghost, but the only spirit I encountered was the haunting warmth of the spa staff , who greeted me with a white sage ritual—an ancient custom in which a locally grown sage bundle is made and later tossed into a fi re. "Sage is sacred to Native Americans because it's so purifying for the mind, body and spirit," says spa director Michelle Hutchens. "We ask guests to think about an intention or concern that they want to release and help them create positive energy." COURTESY THE INN AND SPA AT LORETTO SANTA FE

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