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Spa: Relax with Fall Treatments | Fall 2012

Awaken the Senses

Fall spa treatments nourish the body and relax the mind.

By Vicki Hogue-Davies

Fall is finally here with its shorter days and cooler weather. Say goodbye to summer’s long, hot days (and dehydration) and prepare for winter’s chill by relaxing with a rejuvenating signature treatment at a St. Regis spa. Here, St. Regis experts offer their advice on the top signature treatments for the season.

The St. Regis Monarch Beach

Take the Ultimate Beauty Journey at Spa Gaucin to rehydrate and improve skin’s texture and tone. “As we transition from summer to fall so do the needs of our skin care regimens,” says Darcie DeBartelo, director of the spa. With the journey, you will be ready to enter the fall and winter months with your best face forward, she notes. The treatment begins with a soothing scalp massage, followed by an application of Moroccan mint argan oil to the hair. It continues with a facial and smooth stone facial massage and concludes with exfoliation and massage of the hands and feet.

The St. Regis Atlanta

“The summer months take a toll on our bodies,” says Genny Holden, Remède Spa general manager. “Heat, chlorine and extra exposure to the sun extremely dehydrate the skin.” For fall, she recommends the Buckhead Escape. This signature treatment features exfoliation, targeted moisturizing body wraps, and an application of warm and cool serums. The treatment is fantastic for retexturing and hydrating the skin to restore a glowing and rejuvenating look and feel to the body, Holden says.

The St. Regis Princeville Resort

Immerse yourself in island relaxation with a Taro Butter Pohaku Massage at the Halele’a Spa. Smooth basalt stones soothe aches and pains while promoting circulation. The treatment includes a taro butter application with warm stones for deep muscle tissue relaxation.

“It is a perfect treatment for the fall and winter because of the added warmth from the stones,” says Nicole Miller, spa director. “The maile taro butter is made specifically for the spa, and the use of taro captures a true sense of Kauai’s North Shore.”

The St. Regis New York

“The St. Regis Royal Body Wrap is perfect for getting rid of summer skin and feeling fresh and smooth for the fall,” says Sheri Esther Herskovits, a Remède Spa massage therapist. The treatment features skin exfoliation followed by a Hungarian moor mud wrap. During the wrap, you’ll unwind with a 20-minute facial massage using a cleansing balm. A massage with heated rose quartz stones follows. “The inherent nature of rose quartz itself is very healing to the body,” massage therapist Tina Trimble says.

“Anyone who gets the treatment just raves about it,” Herskovits adds. “It is very rare to get such an all-encompassing treatment. You are really pampered from head to toe.”

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort

“Puerto Rico’s coffee has always been considered one of the finest in taste and aroma, and this essence is captured in the spa’s new coffee body polish,” says Mark Bodnar, director of spa. “It is perfect for fall.”

Coffee and cocoa butter are combined in this treatment to improve skin texture, increase circulation and provide skin with a supple firmness. After the body polish exfoliation, an indulgent, warm Vichy shower will awaken the senses and prepare the body for an application of vitamin-rich emulsion that leaves the skin soft and luminous.

The St. Regis Houston

Awaken your senses with the 90-minute Energizing Spirulina Experience at The Spa at The St. Regis Houston. The treatment includes a stimulating dry-brush exfoliation followed by a deep-cleansing salt scrub imbued with juniper essential oils to help detoxify and promote circulation. A spirulina algae body wrap provides an instant nutrient boost and deep cleansing. A body massage completes the treatment and further stimulates the skin for a firmer, more toned appearance. “The treatment is a wonderful way to get energized for fall,” says Stephanie Devers, spa manager and esthetician.

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

Designed for couples, the Body Buff Bath and Coral Gemstone Massage for two provide therapeutic relaxation. The experience begins with a luxurious mist spray, followed by a detoxifying body buffing balm of mud and sea salts to soothe and exfoliate, and then a bath of healing thermal salts. The treatment concludes with a massage, which uses coral gemstones and shimmering oils enriched with gold particles to restore comfort to sore muscles. “The treatment helps to heal sun damage by restoring and revitalizing the skin, and preparing it for the next seasonal change,” says Sonie Boyce, Remède Spa director.

The St. Regis San Francisco

“A luxurious spa treatment can be just the indulgence you need to embrace the change of temperature and transition toward winter,” says Deborah Larsson, Remède Spa director. “Our hot stone massage is certain to seduce the senses.” During the signature treatment, mineral-rich heated stones are placed on targeted areas of the body. The stones and a deep-tissue massage promote relaxation, increase circulation and revive fatigued muscles.

“To be able to indulge in this warming and soothing treatment is a delight entering into the season,” Larsson adds.