Mountain Spirit Purification treatment at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado.
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New Mexico spas tap into Native American traditions.
By Ashley M. Biggers
Whether its using local ingredients or honoring ancient rituals, spas take cues from healing traditions. New Mexican spas blend Native American inspirations, allowing spa goers to experience tried-and-true healing practices.
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, Albuquerque
At Albuquerque's Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, which Santa Ana Pueblo owns with Hyatt, the migratory journey of the Tamayame (the people of Tamaya) inspired the choice of ingredients for Tamaya Mist Spa and Salon's treatments. One of the Tamayame's ancient settlements was in the Jemez Mountains, which is where Tamaya Mist Spa and Salon sources the mud for its Ancient Drumming treatment. The mud is infused with red chile for a highly detoxifying body masque. As the mud is left to penetrate, massage therapists use a percussion technique designed to soothe muscles.
Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe
Hotel Santa Fe's spa treatments often incorporate regional ingredients and native healing practices. Picuris Pueblo owns the downtown Santa Fe hotel. Spa experiences draw from pueblo traditions in treatments like the White Sage, which uses ceremonial sage to clear away stress, and the Squash Blossom Body Scrub and Wrap, that uses a vitamin rich pumpkin wrap to replenish the skin.
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado's Mountain Spirit Purification, a 110-minute purification ritual, begins with a traditional sage smudging ceremony, which is meant to clear negative energy, then a dry brushing of the entire body, followed by a clay body mask and warm wrap. Next, spa therapists massage both scalp and feet to connect the recipient's energy to heaven and earth. The treatment concludes with a local juniper-sage full body massage using natural hot stones.
Sunrise Springs, Santa Fe
Sunrise Springs, an Ojo Spa Resort, is an integrative wellness resort that goes beyond traditional spa offerings (though it has those, too). Curandera (traditional healer), massage therapist, and body trauma counselor Concha Garcia Allen leads sweat lodge experiences, which symbolize going into Mother Earth's womb to renew and engage with the elements. The experience is available only to guests.