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By: Mary Bemis
Posted: July 22, 2008, from the March 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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There are three custom thermal pools, heated aromatherapy plunge pools, a caldarium for each gender with two custom rain showers for cooling—the Cascata rain showers are a foot and a half by a foot and a half and feature 121 shower heads—and two tepidariums for relaxation. The complete ritual should take an hour, notes Gunderson. For hotel guests not opting for a spa treatment, the fee for this circuit and the use of fitness facilities is $20; for others it’s $55. The spa partnered with Kneipp and uses the company’s herbal salts and oils in its hydrotherapies.
When asked about the water theme, Gunderson states, “We wanted to get back to the root of what spas meant and what they should represent. We wanted to bring the healing elements of water through hydrotherapy. In Colorado, we’re surrounded by natural rivers and we also wanted to bring those elements of our area back to the spa.”
It doesn’t matter the location, spa-goers are happily taking to water therapies at spas nationwide. Lynn says, “People are ready for water treatments. Water is timeless and has been used to renew through the centuries. When people think of ‘spa,’ they associate it with a renewal process. There’s something about submerging your body in water. It’s ritualistic. It’s about leaving something behind and coming out refreshed and renewed.”