Rejuvenate, refresh, and revitalize at the Waldorf Astoria Park City Spa

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PARK CITY, UT, December 11, 2013 – After a day on the slopes in Park City, when your muscles are aching from that black diamond run, or stress leaves you clinging to a cliff on the edge of sanity, take a moment to rejuvenate, refresh, and revitalize yourself the Waldorf Astoria Spa in a 16,000 square-foot wing of the resort.

The upper floor of the spa has a full service hair and nail salon, and a gym with the most up-to-date exercise equipment, kinesis stations, classes and personal trainers.

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The spa was designed to stimulate the five senses allowing for a more in depth meditative experience, and is based on the concept of total wellness. It offers practitioners that are experienced in a wide variety of therapies and treatments to incorporate spa therapies and lifestyle changes into a total wellness plan.

Located on the ground floor, the noise and bustle from above grows distant as you descend the staircase. Lights grow dim and the soothing sound of splashing water sets the tone as you enter the spa. A living plant wall filled with Pothos and staghorn ferns drops two stories down the back side of the staircase into a hallway. The greenery softens the space and brings a peaceful energy, purifying the air and releasing oxygen.

The spa proper is an artful combination of modern design, European styling, and Japanese wood paneling. The lounge area has twin gas fireplaces with plenty of leather couches and cup shaped chairs, magazines and books on art.

The women’s onsen, or dressing room has wooden lockers and Asian style bench seats. Amenities are everywhere in apothecary jars: lotions, cotton swabs, mouthwash, and complimentary hair brushes. Large spacious restrooms have slate tiling and silvery faucets reminiscent of bamboo.  Down another hallway are the showers including one that is programmable with 16 shower heads capable of immersing you in your own personal cloudburst.

The spa offers Ikaati teas to patrons as internal therapy to balance the external. Herbs, fruits, and flowers are combined to enhance and compliment the spa experience. The selection includes organic, kosher, and caffeine free teas, and a house mix that is specially crafted for the Waldorf Astoria Spa.

The Waldorf Intense Hydration body treatment is a godsend for anyone who suffers from dry skin. In a spacious treatment room with a shower and a plush heated massage table, the hydration process starts with the feet which are anointed with frankincense aromatherapy oil and wrapped in hot towels. Orange peel and other herbs combine in an exfoliant liberally applied and gently scrubbed into the skin to remove dry patches.

After exfoliation, an emollient a blend of argon oil, shea, cocoa, and mango butters are worked into the skin, repairing, softening, and locking in moisture. Your massage therapist will knead out all of the kinks and stress as you drift into a new mental space somewhere between wakefulness and dreaming that can only be described as the deepest kind of relaxation.

At the end of the massage, hot moist towels are applied and you are wrapped in a warm soothing cocoon. The heat from the towels aids the oils and butters in completely hydrating the skin. It is likely that most adults have not been swaddled since infancy, but you may begin to see why babies like it so much. Massage activates the lymph system and to assist the body, guests are offered a delicious wheatgrass, spirulina, and fruit superfoods drink at the end of the appointment.

Post massage, you must visit the Repose, one of the more brilliant offerings at the spa. Heated tiled lounge chairs align in front of a fireplace in a largely empty room. Wavy hand-blown glass sculptures adorn recesses in the walls providing a focal point of gentle colors to stimulate post-massage meditation. Enjoy blissful relaxation and unwind as life’s problems vanish.

In combination with traditional European spa techniques, the spa also offers massages that focus on Ayurvedic and Eastern techniques such as Shiatsu and reflexology. More medically focused massages are also available such as sports recovery massage, lymphatic massage, and cranio-sacral massage. For those wanting in depth skincare, the spa offers a variety of aesthetic treatments from glycolic acid peels, skin resurfacing, brightening, and healing treatments.

Waldorf Astoria Spa experience provides the perfect balance between luxury and total health promotion. With top notch staff that are friendly and enthusiastic, and the finest products available, a trip to the spa is a must during your ski vacation.

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Amelia Ames

Amelia Ames is a food writer and reviewer for Communities @Washington Times.  Her column Kitchen Journeys seeks to find the best in food, and those that prepare it for us.  Read more of her recipes, reviews and news at Gastronomy Girl. She received a B.S. in Zoology-Entomology from Brigham Young University.

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