Archive for March, 2012

Sundara Inn & Spa

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Sundara Spa

When you think of Wisconsin, perhaps a luxury spa is not the first thing to come to your mind. However, with the Sundara Inn & Spa located in Wisconsin Dells, that’s exactly what should be on your mind. Sundara is one of the top resort spas in North America and a premier destination for discerning clientele who desire the best spa treatments in the most soothing setting.

Situated on a 26-acre parcel of land that is lush with pine trees and natural Wisconsin stone outcroppings, Sundara Inn & Spa is not only inspired by the Heartland, but also embodies all that is sacred in nature. The word Sundara is drawn from the Sanskrit word for “beautiful” and the staff’s interpretation of it is “beauty flowing from wellness”. The inn’s main building, designed in an organic Midwestern style, boasts an interior that emphasizes the principles of Feng Shui. Guests have the option of staying in one of 26 well-appointed suites or 12 private lifestyle villas. The large suites feature designer spa bathrooms and fireplaces. The private lifestyle villas are tucked away in the woods, with winding garden paths and views of waterfalls. They offer 1,700 square feet of space, a private bath sanctuary, detailed kitchens, furnishings in a natural color palette and a curved outdoor veranda.

While a guest at Sundara, you’ll undoubtedly want to make use of the spa; from therapeutic massage to holistic skin care, Sundara has developed a menu of spa services designed to promote total wellness, relaxation and rejuvenation. Many of the spa’s products utilize botanicals and minerals indigenous to Wisconsin Dells, for an authentic Heartland experience. All spa visits begin with a Purifying Bath Ritual in the bathhouse sanctuary. Guests engage in a self-guided treatment that includes a rinse in a rain shower, Sundara Spa Sandstone Body Polish to exfoliate the skin, plunge in a hot pool and cool pool, and a quiet rest period before being greeted by a therapist. Some of the special offerings on Sundara’s spa services menu include: the Soothing Cucumber Body Polish and Massage that begins with a cucumber mint sugar scrub to remove dry skin and increase circulation, followed by a cucumber mint massage soufflé; the Warming Glow Massage in which a therapist will light the candle of your choice, made with essential oils and shea butter, allow it to melt and then use the warmed oil in the massage; the Sundara Signature Massage, which reduces muscle tension, increases circulation and leaves you feeling balanced in body, mind and spirit; and the Fountain of Youth Facial, which cleanses, exfoliates and nourishes the skin utilizing organic products that leave the skin looking firm, toned and hydrated while creating a healthy glow. All of the above treatments are 65 minutes in length. Additionally, guests of Sundara can enjoy the inn’s state-of-the-art fitness studio, located off-site, as well as the adjacent Wild Rock Golf Course located at the Wild Rock Golf Club.

Sundara Inn & Spa’s success is born out of its respect for natural resources and green practices. When you are guest there, you reap all the rewards of Sundara’s high-minded philosophy and unwavering standards.

Spa Trend: Ganban’yoku

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012


For thousands of years, Japan has been leading the way in the health arts and sciences. Strong proponents of holistic medicine and treatments, the Japanese are naturally drawn to spa-like amenities that utilize heat to correct imbalances in the body; one such treatment is ganban’yoku.

A ganban is a sizable piece of granite that is inserted into the floor and heated up to a low temperature. Under a trained therapist’s care, a patient can lay on the ganban, allowing their bodies to gradually heat up. The ganban’yoku treatment is often referred to as “bedrock bathing without hot water” and the amount of sweat that is emitted from the body during a session is said to be more than what would be emitted during a hot sauna session. Unique to the ganban’yoku are infrared rays and negative ions which pass through the ganban stones; such elements are said to have a number of positive effects on the body. Even a single ganban’yoku session can begin to improve blood circulation, skin composition, immunity to disease, stiff joints, back pain and mental stress. It can also have a positive effect on metabolism, weight loss and detoxification. In recent times, the ganban’yoku spa trend has moved westward to top-notch spas, gyms, hotels, golf courses, ski resorts, hospitals and even into peoples’ private homes. In fact, the new Las Vegas Aria Resort and Casino features a luxury ganban’yoku that is extremely popular with guests.

True to all other holistic therapies, ganban’yoku utilizes simple, natural elements to offer its users an authentic experience that can potentially heal on a deep level. Undoubtedly, ganban’yoku is a spa trend that is here to stay.

Spa Bath for the Senses

Monday, March 5th, 2012

The beauty of crystal, Zen of aromatherapy, and harmony of music – when our senses are at peace, our lives are at peace. Indulge in tranquility with a spa bath for the senses. Luxuriate in a world like no other, a rejuvenating affair of sight, sound, touch, and scent. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of items to help you create the ultimate home spa experience.

ThermaSol – Serenity Light & Music System (Bluetooth Enabled)

thermasol light and music

Music is a powerful tool; It can transport us, inspire us, and calm us. And now, music in the spa has never been more accessible, with ThermaSol’s Serenity Light & Music System. Cutting edge Bluetooth technology allows users to wirelessly control the audio in their steam shower from anywhere in the bathroom. Or, bring your own playlist to the bath, thanks to ThermaSol’s convenient waterproof case for mobile devices, and treat your sense of hearing to a personalized soundtrack. Relax your body – from ear to ear – with one of the most powerful and convenient spa bath music systems available.

ThermaSol – Aromatherapy Steam Head

thermasol steamhead

Lavender, eucalyptus, bergamot – the words alone evoke a sense of calm. This is why ThermaSol’s Aromatherapy Steam Head incorporates these scents, and many more, to create a tranquil spa bath experience. Beautiful, sculpted steamheads, in both traditional and contemporary designs, deliver invigorating essential oils via ThermaSol’s innovative No Touch Steamhead Reservoir. Imagine being surrounded by aromatherapy-infused steam and experiencing restorative bliss with every breath.

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