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Her Best Spa Services in Scottsdale, Arizona


Interesting spa tidbits...

Massage for mommies-to-be...
Journeywoman enjoyed learning about the Willow Stream Spa's massage for "almost mommies." Using a table built specifically for the body of an expectant mother, this pampering experience is designed with the safety of mother and child in mind.

The Golden Door Spa at The Boulders offers s a full program for "mothers-to-be." To their prenatal massage, they add a Tranquillity Facial as well as a cooling pedicure to assist with circulation in mama's legs. Overall pampering is completed with a manicure and rejuvenating hairstyling.

Saturday Double Features...
Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale is thinking about their young guests. "Each Saturday evening, beginning at 5 p.m., the resort showcases two kid-friendly movies back-to-back. Supervised by Kids for All Seasons attendants, children watch their favorite big screen stars while parents enjoy their own fun with peace of mind."

Special spa smoothies...
Each day the spa chef at Camel Back Inn concocts a vitamin-packed calorie-conscious health drink designed to fuel the body. When Journeywoman visited their restaurant, an aloe vera, blackberry juice and acidophilus smoothie was featured. It was surprisingly good -- I ordered a second one after my workout.

Good to hear about this! At the Boulders' rugged 36-hole golf course, women can extend their leisure activities by signing on to the "Women-to-the-fore" plan . According to the resort's press material, "their one-of-a-kind program is designed to help new women golfers learn the game and to ease the intimidation newcomers often feel on the golf course."

Her potpourri sachets...
An unique potpourri sachet has been placed in each woman's locker at the Four Seasons spa. A most original, elegant touch!

Super swimming pools...
It's hard to believe but The Phoenician in Scottsdale has nine separate swimming pools. Journeywoman is impressed with the main oval pool tiled in Mother-of-Pearl; there's also an edgeless pool, children's wading pools and a huge 165-foot water slide. A perfect way to for you and kiddies to cool off when the Sonoran desert sun just gets too hot!

Bringing spa music into your livingroom...

Journeywoman asked massage therapists in the Sonoran Desert area to suggest their favorite stress-reducing music. When the going gets tough, here are some compact disc titles you might want for your own living rooms...

Piano Sketches (William Linton)
Voices of the Gong (Marilyn Donadt) available through
Music for Airports (Brian Eno)
Music for the Healing Arts (Dean Evanson)
Tao of Peace (Dean Evanson)

A spa recipe for citrus hummus...

Thank you to the chefs at The Spa at Camelback Inn for sharing this vegetarian recipe with

10 oz Garbanzo beans
1/2 cup Olive oil
4-5 cloves Garlic, crushed
1/2 cup Spinach
4-6 Limes
4-6 Lemons
4-6 Oranges
1 Tbsp. Curry paste
2 Tbsp. Tumeric
2 Tbsp. Tahini
2 sprigs each Rosemary and thyme
Salt and pepper

Drain and toast garbanzo beans with curry paste and tumeric until golden brown. Sauté garlic, rosemary, thyme and spinach in olive oil and then strain. Juice the limes, lemons and oranges. Once cooled, add garbanzo beans to food processor, add tahini paste and blend. Slowly add the garlic, basil and spinach mix. Then slowly add the fresh citrus juice until a smooth consistency is formed. Add salt and pepper to paste. Serves four to six.

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