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New year, new spa treatments

By Kathy Witt
McClatchy-Tribune

Ah. A new year, a fresh outlook. It’s the perfect time to try something novel - especially something inherently, deliciously renewing. Here are some new spa treatments designed to reinvigorate both body and soul.

Reconnect with your inner harmony

At the five-star Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz., even the name of the spa sounds transformative: The Centre for Well-Being. Its philosophy is grounded in the ancient legend of the mythical phoenix that rises from the ashes to be reborn. You’ll be coddled and comforted with a menu of therapies that invite you to retreat in order to renew.

This four-star spa has a highly regarded reputation as a sanctuary for healing, befitting the luxurious resort and boutique hotel that is The Phoenician, its dramatic desert landscape colored by glorious sunsets and the shifting shadows of Camelback Mountain. From the spa’s dozens of signature treatments, there is one that seems particularly suited to wintertime renewal.

The Warm Spice Scrub and Massage is 80 minutes of unadulterated bliss, allowing one to wallow in an aromatic blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and mandarin for a creamy exfoliating scrub. A hydrating Swedish massage follows to return peace to mind and body and a hot and curative coconut oil foot therapy hitting all the right pressure points will have you audibly sighing your contentment. Cost $225, Monday-Thursday; $235 Friday-Sunday. Details: www.ThePhoenician.com.

Get your glow on

Slip into something more comfortable in Chattanooga, Tenn., at The Chattanoogan Spa – maybe a Ginger Glow Body Ritual. Even before you enter the spa’s hushed anteroom with its illuminated wall, you’ll feel your muscles begin to unknot: The hotel’s lobby with fire crackling in a see-through fireplace warms and relaxes; guestrooms with crisply dressed beds and impeccably detailed bathrooms show why this urban oasis overlooking the mountains in the distance is consistently awarded the AAA Four Diamond Rating.

The Ginger Glow Body Ritual, offered through the end of February, is a 50-minute sensory experience, at once invigorating and naturally stress-relieving. It begins with a Flowing River Massage that emulates in its languid soothing strokes the gentle flow of a river. Drift into a somnambulistic state while your therapist applies pressure suited to your specific needs. A detoxifying body exfoliation follows with a hydrating Ginger Glow foot treatment rounding out a perfect session ($105). Additionally, a Ginger Glow Foot enhancement may be purchased ($20) as an add-on to any other service, including body treatments, massages and facials. Details: www.ChattanooganHotel.com.

Be a Georgia peach – or just feel like one

At the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, it’s all about the peaches and cream - a fitting and fabulous treatment in this Southern belle of a city known as the Big Peach.

An indulgent, nearly two-hour session melts away muscle tension while gently restoring the body’s balance. The Peaches and Cream Journey ($280) begins with a skin-softening apricot kernel exfoliation that is followed by a soothing massage using warm cream and delightfully fragrant peach oil. In another nod to Georgia’s rich, natural resources, the treatment concludes with a blissful red clay scalp massage. Who’s relaxed now?

Sophisticated and elegant, the new 127-room Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is located in trendy and well-heeled Buckhead, legendary for its shopping and dining. The Spa is a 15,000-square-foot haven with 14 private treatment rooms, including a VIP Couples Suite, plus an expansive indoor lap pool that is bathed in natural sunlight and overlooks the English Garden. A high-tech fitness center, Yoga Studio, Vitality Pool and relaxation areas with adjoining terrace make it the mindful fitness lover’s destination. Details: www.MandarinOriental.com/Atlanta.

Chocolate mask for your feet; chocolate candy for your heart

Kohler Waters Spa at the American Club Resort in Kohler, Wis. – a Forbes Five-Star Resort Hotel and the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond Resort – knows that the way to a woman’s well-being is through her heart. With February marking Heart Health Month, the spa is embracing the color of love in two new nail treatments, chocolate served on the side.

Add drama to your digits with Deborah Lippmann’s collection of nail lacquers, including Ruby Red Slippers and Razzle Dazzle. The lacquers headline two new nail treatments – Shades of Red Manicure and Red Velvet Pedicure - at Wisconsin’s first and only five-star spa.

Immerse your hands in a dreamy nectar soak, followed by a sweet cream salt scrub exfoliation and whoopee shea butter cream massage. A dark chocolate mask, neck and shoulder massage and full manicure with your choice of Lippmann lacquers, complete the treatment ($65). Show your feet some love with a 50-minute treatment comprising nectar milk soak, sweet cream salt scrub, dark chocolate mask for feet and legs and whoopee shea butter cream massage ($85).

Both treatments use exquisite products from Farmhouse Fresh, including the shea butter cream, which are made with 90 percent to nearly 100 percent natural and naturally derived ingredients. Both are also served with a signature dark chocolate heart from Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates. Details: www.AmericanClubResort.com.

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