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The Spa at Sedona Rouge

The Spa at Sedona RougeThe Spa at the Sedona Rouge offers an incredible array of signature treatments guaranteed to bring your senses alive and leave you feeling relaxed, whole and balanced.  No visit to the hotel would be complete without one or more sessions in this refreshing oasis where Mediterranean design meets North African accents in a timeless mélange of exquisite beauty and sophistication.  This 5,000 square-foot destination spa features a spacious Tranquility Lounge and Zen Garden, well-stocked men’s and women’s locker rooms, delightful private outdoor hydro-tubs, nine soothing treatment rooms, and a staff of experienced therapists trained in a wide variety of ancient and modern body treatments who will tailor programs to meet the individual’s needs.  Treatments are seasonal and focus on caring for the body and clearing and centering the mind.

Spa facilities include:

  • Two facial rooms
  • Four basic massage rooms
  • One Ayurvedic wellness room
  • One couples treatment room with two massage tables and an outdoor shower
  • One couples treatment room with sunken tub

For the sophisticated traveler who desires the ultimate in comfort and enjoyment, the Spa at the Sedona Rouge offers six exclusive Spa guest room accommodations and the luxurious Sedona Spa Suite, all with direct access to the Spa.  Most guest room accommodations feature deep soaking whirlpool tubs in the living area and are perfect for a romantic getaway, a retreat, or a three, five, or seven night destination package.

Knowledgeable staff members begin by discussing each guest’s specific needs and goals for treatment.  Following this, a special, customized plan is created, featuring a session ranging from 60, 90, or 120 minutes, each allowing the guest time to completely unwind and enjoy a fabulous treatment.  Massage rates range from $120 to $225 per individual while Signature Body Treatments range from $130 to $235.  Rates per couple receiving the same treatment are discounted slightly.   All massage therapists are licensed by the state of Arizona and most are nationally certified.  They are trained in Swedish, Ayurvedic, Deep Tissue, La Stone, and energy work.  Many have additional training in Cranial Sacral, Prenatal, Reiki, Shiatsu Aromatherapy and Reflexology.

Guests are invited to come 30 minutes early to meet their therapist and get settled.  We enjoyed a cup of tea and were given a brief tour during which all the amenities and features were covered.  We found our locker room fully appointed with robes, slippers, lockers, steam rooms, showers and an outdoor private Jacuzzi.

During our two-day visit to the Spa at Sedona Rouge, my wife and I both received two treatments, the Hammam—a two-hour sensual treatment inspired by the skin care practices of traditional Turkish bath houses,  and Body Samadhi—a complete Ayurvedic treatment based on traditional Eastern Indian theory that provided 90 minutes of exquisite delight.

The Hammam is a five-step massage ritual conducted in a low-light atmosphere. The roots of this treatment are traced back to the ancient Roman thermae and the hot springs of Turkey, Tunisia and Morocco.  Clients are invited to retreat into an intense blend of essential oils, plant, nut and fruit extracts, carefully chosen for their therapeutic and healing properties, created to draw deep impurities from the body and leaving one with a feeling of warm radiance and euphoric sedation.  After hearing about this most luxurious treatment, I couldn’t wait for my two-hour appointment.

The Hammam experience begins with a detoxifying body scrub.  The purpose of this initial step is for the guest to enjoy an intense cleansing experience featuring the application of Moroccan mint tea and silt purifier to the body.  Following this, I was vigorously scrubbed with a concoction of coffee, olive stones and fresh lemons and then wrapped in a rich rhassoul clay body mask designed to draw deep impurities out of the body.  The coffee contains caffeine and theophyline which both act as strong stimulants yet somehow aid in relaxing the muscles.  The therapist said that when applied topically, coffee helps redistribute fat cells and decrease the formation of cellulite.  The intense scrubbing was meant to stimulate and recharge my body.  After rinsing off the coffee scrub in the shower, I was invited to return to the massage table where the rose jasmine rhassoul clay mask was to be applied.  This intense blend of heady scents is intended to transport the mind and body to a euphoric state as the clay draws out impurities leaving the skin detoxified, toned and balanced.   I found that as the rhassoul clay dried on my skin, there was a very brief cooling sensation.  I could almost feel residual toxins fleeing my body as the clay’s moisture evaporated, leaving a pale residue on my soon-to-be smooth skin.

This relaxing treatment was followed by a luxurious soak in a warm bath of rich aromatic oils recharged with quince and orange blossom.  The mineral rich water, blended with a mix of Dead Sea salts, clay, and essential oils of cypress, cedar atlas, neroli, tangerine, lemon, blood orange, jasmine and lavender, offered a sensual and full retreat for my entire body.  The water was a soft coppery red as I sank into the comfortable bath offering deep release.  A cool glass of lemon-with-cucumber water was brought to my side and I was invited to cover my eyes with a warm cloth to enhance my enjoyment in the buoyant, warm waters.  The treatment finished with a soothingly warm Turkish massage featuring an array of aromatherapy products using the curative essences of cardamom, jasmine, bergamot, amber and clove.  I was given a generous neck, face and scalp massage that further enhanced my feeling a deep state of relaxation as my chest, arms, abdomen, hips and legs were massaged with the warm herbal-scented oils.  Tangerine fig butter crème was then applied, providing a heavenly ending to the entire treatment while ensuring total hydration, thoroughly replenishing and moisturizing each area of the body.  The treatment over, I was invited to linger as long as I wished.  Gradually, I moved from my prone position on the massage table to retrieve my robe and slippers and stroll back to the dressing room.   At last, I had experienced the Sedona Spa’s most comprehensive spa treatment available and enjoyed for the remainder of the day in a state of perfect relaxation and blissful tranquility.

The next day—can you believe it!—a second treatment was in store, this one called Body Samadhi.  It is based on a 5,000 year-old healing science founded in ancient India that teaches health as a state of vibrant balance in which all the layers of one’s life are integrated.  Known asAyurveda, this philosophy looks at human beings as fields of intelligence in dynamic exchange with the energy and information of the environment.

My therapist began by giving me a very thorough dry-brush massage of the skin to increase circulation.  The brush was soft and, at first, felt unusual—though not at all unpleasant—against my skin, waking me up for the next course of treatment.  Following this I was enveloped in a detoxifying herbal wrap, a traditional medicinal treatment from ancient India to clear the body of excess fluids.  For this stage, an herbal paste is mixed and applied to the body helping drain the lymphatic system.  I was then wrapped in a warm cocoon of herbs and oils, allowing my body to absorb their healing qualities which also supported the immune system.  Next came an Ayurvedic dosha-specific massage.  The determination of the proper dosha to which I belonged came from filling out a brief questionnaire prior to my treatment.  My massage was every bit as exquisite as the previous day’s Hammam experience, although entirely different.  It’s difficult to say which I preferred since both were top-notch.  After this I was given a traditional Shirodhara scalp treatment.  This was both unusual and rather stimulating.  Shirodhara is a traditional therapy used during the process of Pancha Kama rejuvenation.  For this treatment the head is laid back gently at the extreme end of the table.  Warm herbal prepared oil is then poured in a slow, steady flow over the so-called “Third Eye” (the mid-point of your forehead), ostensibly to awaken the connection to your higher self, the 6th Chakra.  This beneficial therapy stimulates the pituitary gland and assists the body’s release of serotonin, dopamine and melatonin, relieving anxiety, insomnia, and increasing mental focus and stilling the central nervous system.  After this warm oil drips from your forehead to your scalp and then down to a bowl on the floor, the residual oil in massaged into the scalp, followed by a soothing neck massage.  To maintain all the benefits of this unique experience, it is recommended to leave the oils and herbs on the scalp for as long as you are comfortable.  My wife heard that, in Sedona, it is not uncommon for locals to see someone in public sporting a very oily haird-do.  “Oh, you’ve just had Shirodhara,” someone will offer, observing one’s shiny countenance.  Evidently, it’s a kind of badge of distinction.

Besides these two treatments, many other treatments and special sessions are available at the Sedona Spa.  For example, one popular treatment is the 90-minute Pas de Deux, a bathing and massage ritual for couples conducted in a room flickering with candles and scented with rose petals, allowing a couple to experience the magic of giving and receiving. The Spa also has a complete in-house portfolio of in-depth information on each of these modalities listed below and its therapists:

  • Ayurvedic Consultation
  • Breath Therapy
  • Chakra Yoga
  • Conscious Nutrition
  • Cupping Massage
  • Lomi Lomi massage
  • Personal Training
  • Private Pilates
  • Private Yoga
  • Thai Massage

In addition to their highly qualified therapists, the Spa’s staff also includes aestheticians who have an average of 20 years experience in the skin care industry.  They are professionals with the knowledge to evaluate your skin, create a great treatment, and counsel you on a skin care regimen.  The Spa also features a retail boutique where you can find the same products used during your treatments, created with indigenous herbs and plants known for their restorative healing properties.  The shop also includes robes, custom soaps and lotions, and a selection of inspirational books.  Gift Certificates are available and make for a thoughtful gift.  Daily yoga classes are offered to guests for a small fee.

Next time you visit Sedona, don’t forget to schedule an appointment at the fabulous Sedona Rouge Spa, an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Please call 928-203-4842 for appointments.


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