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Today's Spa: Holiday Spa Treatments

By: Mary Bemis
Posted: June 10, 2008, from the November 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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A cup of soothing tea is served to spa clients who choose the Pumpkin Enzyme Facial at the Living Spa at El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa in Taos, New Mexico. “We start with a cup of tea, as well as hot packs around the hands and feet,” explains Sierra Shore-Vorel, spa director, who adds that the pumpkin peel included in this facial has a scent reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Although the facial is on the menu year-round, Shore-Vorel promotes it from the end of October through the end of November. She does this by highlighting it on the spa’s Web site, printing special inserts for the menu and offering a 15% product discount. For other pumpkin-infused treatments, see this month’s Spa Cuisine column, “Take Part in Pumpkin,” by Kate Hamilton, on page 40.

Keep it simple

Back on the East Coast, Travis Umpleby, spa director of The Spa at Rowes Wharf at the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, Boston, opts for promotions that are simple and quick, such as foot baths and foot massage. This year, from mid-December through the first of February, the spa is offering Winter’s Mint Skin Care—a rejuvenating anti-aging facial that includes a menthol-infused clay mask, as well as a soothing treatment for the hands. “I like to choose earthy services because winter is, naturally speaking, in a dormant phase: Flowers and trees pull nutrients down into the earth,” he says.

’Tis the season

From elaborate packages to simple holiday add-ons, ’tis the season to spice up your menu. Try services inspired by seasonal recipes filled with rich, homey aromas. Make sure to add a yummy treat, such as a cookie or a cup of tea. No matter what your muse may be, in the end, when it comes to creating holiday treatments, heed this advice from Nina Smiley, director of marketing for The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York: “Be creative, be playful and dive into what it is that makes your spa special!”