MAR 2016

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16 DAYSPA | MARCH 2016 The Cliff Lodge at Snowbird—home of The Cliff Spa ( —is a picturesque ski-in/ski-out resort near Salt Lake City that recently completed a $35-million remodel. Spa facilities designed to ease winter blues include a solarium, heated rooftop pool and sun deck, hot tub, dry saunas and a eucalyptus steam room. Mountain Healing services offered in 21 treatment rooms focus on skier-specific ailments. The High Altitude Relief Massage (50 min./$140; 80 min./$220; 110 min./$270) employs acupressure on the upper body and face to target the symptoms of altitude sickness and seasonal congestion. "More than 20% of people visiting the Western U.S. mountains experience altitude sickness, which results in headaches, loss of appetite, sleeping difficulties, dizziness and weakness," explains spa director Joe Poisson, whose secret weapon is Tara's High Altitude essential oil blend. "Our goal is to boost oxygen intake and relieve these symptoms through aromatherapy combined with therapeutic massage," he explains. "To do this, we work on reducing tension in the intercostal and pectoral muscles, which helps increase lung capacity. It's an impressive marriage of art and science!" TREND WATCH TREND WATCH PHOTO BY SCOTT CAMPBELL St. Simon's Island, Georgia, is a sportsman's paradise, with top-notch tennis, squash, golf and yachting, plus recovery treatments to match at the Spa at Sea Island (seaisland .com/spa-and-fitness) and its Performance Therapy Center. The sports therapy menu includes intensive, three-minute whole-body Cold Rush cryotherapy sessions ($70; $120 with 30-min. massage; complimentary with 90-min. massage) geared toward increasing flexibility and reducing recovery time. Clients stand upright in a subzero chamber, where extreme cold activates the central nervous system and releases pain-inhibiting endorphins. Circulation is stimulated, which decreases inflammation by clearing out toxins and metabolic waste. "This treatment is great because it loosens up the body and prevents soreness," attests resident golf pro Davis Love III. Spa director Ella Stimpson describes how the deep-freeze unit generates repeat customers. "Clients are so energized they're eager to do it again," she says, noting that the treatment appeals especially to sports- playing male guests. "They feel better before the game and recover more quickly afterward. It adds an edge to their performance—and coupled with a massage, it's super effective." The Spa at Pebble Beach (pebblebeach .com/the-spa-at-pebble-beach) , on California's Monterey coast, is a hole-in- one destination spa for golfers who flock to the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links. Directly adjacent to the second tee, the property's stellar spa boasts an extensive sports menu including a Pre-Golf Warm-Up (25 min./$85; 50 min./$170) of stretching, compression and soft-tissue releases; Post-Golf Therapy (50 min./$170), which concentrates on tired forearms, lower back, hips and hamstrings; deep-tissue Sports Bodywork massage (80 min./$250); and a men's sports pedicure (50 min./$85) that's served with an ice-cold beer. "Our menu focuses on golf because that's what people do here," says spa director Lara Davidson, whose massage team began to develop the menu with staff golf pros back in 2004 to address the fact that "golfers' muscles and movements are very different from those of runners or other athletes." Davidson also points to the spa's successful use of acupuncture (80 min./$260) to relieve pain and get golfers back into the swing of things. "We're even able to help guests with frozen shoulder play again," she reports. Top spas around the country are scoring big with specialty sports therapies. By Vicki Arkoff Playing to Win

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