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.
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
It'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.
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
My 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!
Newly 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,
The 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.
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 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.