With the multitude of outdoor activities to enjoy in the Vail Valley, it’s not surprising that most people try and fit 26 hours into each day. From skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing, fat biking and ice climbing, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy all that the area has to offer.
However, in the attempt to do everything, our bodies often pay the price. As important as it is to make the most of your minutes, it’s also important to recover and give those sore muscles a break, a rub and a stretch. The Vail Valley is home to world-class spas that focus on fitness — and recovery. While a rest day is helpful, seeking out specialized treatments at one of these spas can be just what your glutes, quads and calves ordered.
There’s really no wrong choice when visiting Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. From the moment that you walk into the soothing spa with its light and airy ambiance, tension seems to fall away and kinks begin to unwind. The menu includes options for couples as well as single guests and ranges from body treatments to massage therapy and everything in between.
Choose from muscle-relieving treatments like the Alpine Thermal Relief, which combines a variety of massage types with heated herbal packs and body butter that transforms you into a most satisfied and relaxed burrito. Or pamper your dry, wind kissed skin to the multi-sensory Body Polish, which includes a hydrating body butter application and the private waterfall experience of a Vichy shower (shown on page 130-131). Be sure to allow enough time to soak in Aqua Sanitas, a water sanctuary with a system of pools, showers and steam rooms that are available to all spa guests.
When your sore, tired body needs something more than a gentle touch, the Sonnenalp Spa has a global remedy that will work you in all the right ways. The Warm Herbal Poultice Massage includes relaxing muscles by massaging with a steaming, herbal concoction (the poultice) for medicinal heat and opening the pores for detoxification. After one round working with the poultice, the therapist continues with a traditional Thai massage, creating a one-of-a-kind experience.
“The heat sensation from the poultice…there’s nothing else like that,” says Patricia McNamara, director of sales and marketing at the Sonnenalp. “I’ll never do a hot stone massage again.” McNamara said that this treatment is particularly suited for those spa-goers who are looking for something more extraordinary than a traditional massage, especially if deeper pressure is desired. This is one case when being under pressure is a most pleasurable experience.
Just steps away from Gondola One and Vail Mountain, the RockResorts Spa at The Lodge at Vail could be one of the few locations that could lure you away from the slopes on a powder day. Make your excuses to the crew and slip away for a personal pampering experience in this cozy spa, complete with Jacuzzis, steam rooms, saunas and fireplace.
For muscles that have been pushed to their limits for the sake of snow, ask for the Stress-less Body Wrap with Mini Shirodhara. This herbal clay and essential oil body wrap will relax not only your muscles, but also your nervous system, creating a complete calm. The mini Shirodhara treatment, which is a form of Ayurveda therapy that involves gently pouring liquids over the forehead, and scalp massage also serves to calm the mind while improving your mood.It’s an experience meant to revitalize you, body and soul.
The Vitality Center is known for not only training some of the valley’s best athletes, but also motivating, relaxing and soothing them through a wide variety of spa treatments and holistic healing. For overworked muscles, magnesium is the mineral of choice for the spa’s wellness massage. Most Americans aren’t getting enough magnesium, which is integral to more than 300 of the body’s processes, including promoting healthy muscles and nerve function and energy. The best way to absorb it is through the skin directly; the Magnesium Wellness Massage incorporates pure magnesium into a massage that both stretches tight muscles and relieves tension and knots. It’s one of the most enjoyable ways to get your minerals that you’ll experience.
Looking for another boost to essential vitamins? Choose to add some ultra-violet light therapy. This innovative use of light provides extra doses of safe rays for a burst of Vitamin D, which can be harder to absorb during the short winter days (especially when you’re layered against the elements).
Mud has therapeutic properties that have been proven throughout the centuries. However, just jumping into the closest mud pit after a good rain is not the best option. Instead, visit Bloom Spa at the Sebastian in Vail. There, you’ll be able to experience the benefits of Green Chai Soy Mud, a detoxifying agent that will help to draw out the overindulgences that you’ve enjoyed during your vacation.
In addition to the wrap of Green Chai goodness, a massage with vanilla and Shea butter is incorporated, which can help sooth the sore muscles that are a badge of honor after a day on the mountain and restore the softness to your skin.
This combination of wrap and massage is perfect for someone who knows their way around a spa menu, but wants something a little different, says Angie Brown, spa director at Bloom.
“Massage is our most requested treatment,” she says, “but this (wrap) is something a little more than just a massage in that one treatment. I like it for the person who has been doing spa treatments and who wants something a little different.”
A mountain-inspired slope-side retreat, The RockResorts Spa at The Arrabelle at Vail Square was created as an oasis for relaxation and recovery at the base of Vail Mountain. With treatments ranging from body therapies to facials and massage, there is sure to be a treatment to soothe and relax your aching muscles and repair the ravages of the elements.
For the body: the Sports Enthusiast Body Recovery does just as it purports and soothes and relaxes. Featuring a nourishing “Muscle Melt” solution to alleviate tension, a body wrap for maximum absorption and a sports massage as the final touch, this full-body treatment will make even the weariest warrior feel like conquering a few more runs.
For the face: try HydraFacial MD, the newest advance in non-laser skin resurfacing. This all-in-one treatment cleanses, exfoliates, hydrates and provides antioxidant protection for clearer, more beautiful skin, perfect after winter winds have wreaked their revenge.
Of course, sometimes a massage that will revitalize and reinvigorate you quickly, getting you right back on to the hill, is just what the treatment doctor ordered. At Simply Massage in Vail or Avon, a sports massage can address the specific muscles related to a particular activity–quads and calves, for example. More importantly, massage can actually assist in treating and preventing injuries. Which means that getting a treatment is not only a treat, but is also good for your overall health and future well being.
One of the best parts of vacation is coming home feeling — and looking — relaxed and refreshed. Sometimes winter conditions can derail this appearance, even after the most enjoyable experience. To ensure that you look as good as you feel, Vail Dermatology, located in Edwards, has a menu of daily services that can take your face from dry to dewy or wrinkled to radiant — whatever you’re looking for. Best of all, you can just drop in! Skin Rejuvenation Want to feel fresh? A SilkPeel Dermal to make your face feel fresh and healthy might fit the bill.
Ranging from “gentle,” which requires no recovery time, to “powerful,” which can require a week or more of recovery time, these treatments can exfoliate, smooth skin and remove blemishes, deliver laser resurfacing or utilize microneedling for collagen repair and deep infusion of treatment products.
Smoothing and Filling Finding a few more laugh lines from the great time you had with your family or a few lines around the eyes from enjoying the sunshine at altitude? There are options for wrinkle smoothing, including Botox®, and fillers like the Juvéderm® line. If you think that taking care of your skin is something that only ladies should consider, think again. While the market for facials and fillers is smaller for men, it is growing: Last year, the industry saw a 20 to 25 percent growth in male clients. Men account for only about seven percent of the industry overall, but it’s still a growing market.
After all, men want to look good, too.