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The Stomach and the Soul

Posted: January 3, 2008, from the January 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT: Myrna Beardshear, spa director, Red Mountain Spa, St. George, UT

Our Cocoa Latte Wrap, we use cocoa and dehydrated milk in that. We have a mixture of the cocoa and the milk together with warm water into a thick cocoa liquid. We prepare the body with a scrub and we use a mocha body scrub made by Lather. The coffee is very detoxifying and stimulating and does a good job of exfoliation. After we’ve exfoliated, we rinse them with a Vichy shower and we pour the cocoa milk slowly over the body. It’s a decadent, wonderful feeling—along the spine and over each leg and their arms. We wrap the body and then do a scalp massage. We apply a Belgian chocolate body whip. It’s so wonderful. You come out of the treatment smelling more chocolate than anything else. Cocoa is a natural antioxidant and its rich in B vitamins, and the caffeine is detoxifying and stimulating.

We are a destination resort, so our guests eat all of the cuisine. All meals are included and so the food is what they eat. Rarely do we have guests that leave the property at all to eat. The spa is part of the resort and we are all very much a part of each.

We have a very strong health department here and we do have programs on weight loss and detoxification and on treating diabetics. There is a strong philosophy on the property involving nutrition and food. Do the body no harm. We focus all of our meals are very very healthy while being excellent.