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AUG 2018

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[ 32 ] • # dayspamagazine • august 2018 spa hopping The ritual set the stage for The Spirit of Santa Fe (80 min./ $195) from the spa's signature menu. To begin, my therapist, Deverell, applied an exfoliating blend of sage essential oil mixed with blue corn meal. "The corn granules are so healthy for the skin, and don't over-exfoliate," says Hutchens. "It's extremely quenching, unlike salt, which can pull out moisture." After rinsing off the concoction, Deverell wrapped me in a heated towel while I enjoyed a neck and scalp massage. A full-body massage followed, featuring warm sage oil to further hydrate my newly softened skin. Spa at Loretto Santa Fe Located just blocks from the historic city center, the Inn and Spa at Loretto Santa Fe is a striking example of revival adobe architecture. Unlike the imposing main structure, the spa inside is surprisingly small and accessed by an express elevator, which leads to a private hallway hand-painted with traditional Mimbres symbols. A tiny check-in area and shop are the only common spaces, and the large treatment suites were formerly guestrooms. Each has its own full private bath and lounge, with a deluxe massage table taking center stage. The latest off ering is the Spirit of Heritage (110 min./$285), a 30-minute ritual followed by the 80-minute Sacred Stone Massage. The massage is the spa's nod to Native American purifi cation rituals, in which fi re-heated rocks are used to regulate the heat inside sweat lodges. "We're very interested in the ancient healing traditions of the indigenous populations," says the spa's longtime director Suzanne Chavez. "We use locally sourced oils to nurture the artisans who have been producing healing ointments for generations." The Spirit of Heritage ritual began with a foot soak in aromatic warm water, prepared with softening salts and rose petals. As I was gently led into the experience, aided by comforting sips of herbal tea and a heated neck wrap, my mind fl ashed back to a similarly pleasing treatment I'd once received in Mexico. The surprising sensory recall was a reassuring sign that the process was working wonders to relieve my tension and transport me to a better state. I sunk into the 15-minute foot massage that followed, particularly enjoying the practitioner's studied focus on refl ex point work to address my ongoing ankle and arch pain. "The ritual is a powerful tool to access the internal pathways of energy, creating a perfect state for healing," says Chavez. s w i w c H r S s r u l t i s LEFT: COURTESY LA POSADA DE SANTA FE; RIGHT: COURTESY THE INN AND SPA AT LORETTO SANTA FE

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