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Scottsdale Arizona's Camelback Inn
Her Desert Spa Stop

Evelyn Hannon

What could be more female-friendly and nurturing than a spa located in the foothills of what are called the Mummy Mountains? I kid you not! The range I refer to is in Scottsdale, Arizona, the place is called The Spa at Camelback Inn and I definitely needed some mothering when I arrived for a recent overnight stay.

I had come specifically to sample the spa's "Five Point Renewal Program", a comprehensive one-day service designed to promote a healthier lifestyle. We were to work on nutrition, fitness, mind, face and body. I really needed it! I was a fitness-deficient heathen begging to be converted.

Not a hint of pretension anywhere
I
t's hard not to like this spa immediately. Low key southwestern ambiance prevails. The staff is friendly and helpful. There is not a hint of pretension anywhere.

First stop was the registration desk where I was issued my uniform for the day - pristine exercise shorts and T-shirt along with slippers and thick white terry robe. This extra service is a real bonus for travellers. As long as you have your own running shoes, there's no need for packing surplus workout clothes.

The morning was spent evaluating
M
y initial appointment was a one-on-one with fitness trainer, Dawn. Dawn did the dreaded measuring, weighing, and my overall fitness evaluation. She saw the numbers as I got on the scale. She was there as I struggled to do my sit-ups and she remained encouraging throughout. She even promised to carry my suitcase if my muscles were too sore from the weight training she put me through. Dawn and I spent the morning together. Based on her findings, she was able to design a realistic nutrition and exercise program that could easily be incorporated into my daily routine once I got back home. The rest was up to me!

Lunch was lovely!
N
ewly indoctrinated and repeating my mantra of "lean and lovely", I headed to "Sprouts", the spa restaurant. Their tempting menu made choosing easier by listing the nutritional value of each item available. My entree choice - the Oak Creek Canyon smoked chicken breast and asparagus salad (193 calories with a 4.3 g. fat content ) was ample and excellent. For dessert, I was cruelly seduced by the Sonoran Mist Trifle (342.8 calories) but did not succumb. Dawn would have been proud!

The afternoon was pleasure, pleasure, pleasure!
T
he morning had been hard work but I was soon to get my just rewards. The remainder of the day was devoted to de-stressing, detoxifying plus pampering and I loved every minute of it. This time it was Angela who was in charge and, she knew her stuff. She began with a full body wrap of algae, aromatherapy oils and creams designed to restore the skin's softness. Then came a hydrotherapy treatment designed to increase circulation, relax the muscles and detoxify. The session drew to a close with an essential oil wrap and lovely, nurturing massage . Last item on my beauty menu was a cleansing and moisturizing facial. This was relaxation heaven and I hated the idea of dressing again, getting into my car and heading back to the real world.

Instead, I went outside to the pool area and lay on a chaise lounge. The sun was shining. New Age flute melodies floated from the main building. An attendant served me a tall cool glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. I sipped slowly as I looked out at the Mummy Mountains. For now, I was a truly satisfied woman!

De-stress to Spa Music
Ongoing soothing background music added to the relaxing ambiance at Camelback Inn. Try to track down some of these titles for at home de-stressing. They're wonderful!

Valley in the Clouds - David Arkenstone
After the Rain - Karunesh
Music to Disappear In - Raphael
Fragrances of a Dream - Daniel Kobialka
Feather Light - Hilary Stagg


Strawberry-Apple Spa Smoothie
For a healthy low fat snack, blend the following:
6 oz. Strawberry Yogurt
5 Fresh Strawberries
1/2 Peeled Apple
1/2 Banana
1 oz. Orange Juice
1 Scoop Crushed Ice

A Camelback Inn Spa recipe

For further information on specific rates and services, contact The Spa at Camelback Inn @ 800-24-CAMEL.

 

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