Good for the Body, Good for the Soul: Yoga, Spas and More! |

Good for the Body, Good for the Soul: Yoga, Spas and More!

Naomi Havlen

Maybe youd like a facial, or what you need is a good stretch. No, wait maybe you should be wrapped in something exotic, soaked in a hot tub for ultimate muscle oohs and aahs, and massaged until any aches are just a memory,Sound perfect? Keep reading for more suggestions about where to go after a day full of summer activities wherever your activities happen to end from Aspen to Glenwood Springs.

In Aspen, health and pampering are synonymous with the Aspen Club & Spa. Tim Power Smith is the director of the clubs spa, and says that their signature treatments are geared toward exfoliating and rehydrating the skin. Of course, this seems like a no-brainer after this high-alpine climate dries you out and youve felt the effects of the sun at over 7,900 feet.The spa also offers a dozen different types of massage, including one for expectant moms and one just to adjust yourself to this high altitude. New this summer will be a massage just for hikers and bikers, to soothe tired legs and get you ready for tomorrows activities.Many of the spas skin treatments that were first dreamed up at the spa for Aspens winter season are even great for those who cant get enough of the outdoors during the summer. Power Smith says the spas Calming Facial is all about taking care of sunburned or windburned skin with a revitalizing facial serum and a calming mask.The High Alpine Hydration treatment is also tailored for this dry climate and combines deep cleaning with exfoliation and a relaxing massage. For more information about the Aspen Club & Spa, visit or call 925-8900.

Glenwood Springs is named after their famous natural hot-springs pools the obvious choice for anyone looking to soak and paddle around in perfectly warm temperatures.But years ago the areas Ute Indians discovered a series of caves near the Colorado River filled with soothing vapor from the hot springs. The Yampah Hot Springs Spa and Salon now sits above these vapor caves, offering a full-service spa and some hot and steamy times down in the caves that fluctuate between 110 and 115 degrees.The specialty at Yampah Hot Springs is wraps: a wild assortment of soothing rubs that get slathered all over you before youre wrapped in warm blankets and left to relax for 30 minutes. Youve probably heard of seaweed wraps, which are believed to be detoxifying and full of rejuvenating minerals. But besides seaweed and cleansing mud wraps, at Yampah Hot Springs theyll also wrap you in terrific-smelling chocolate with honey and whipped cream.It might make you crave a chocolate fix, but its also good for the elasticity of your skin and for reducing the appearance of cellulite, says spa manager Amy Wright. Their rose petal wrap also contains honey and cream along with the powdered petals, and is a moisturizing salve for your dry skin.Call the Yampah Hot Springs at 945-0667 for information about its monthly special: one featured spa treatment, a full-body massage and time in the vapor caves for $96.

If youre feeling antsy and cant stand the thought of lying still long enough to be pampered, maybe some gentle stretching is in order.O2 Aspen on Main Street is a yoga and Pilates studio with a full-service day spa to boot. On Tuesdays and Thursdays the studio offers a stretch and restore class at 4 p.m. to round out your active day. Its healthy backs class is a gentle form of yoga that keeps your back strong and ready for action.One of the studios newest offerings is the O2 power spa day, a day full of exercise and spa treatments for $150. Monica Cohan, who teaches Pilates at O2, says the day begins with a yoga class, a morning snack and a hike followed by lunch provided by O2. After lunch, there is an hour-long Pilates equipment class, and participants can book their own spa treatments.And if you didnt bring your workout gear to Aspen for your vacation, dont fear O2 also sells first-class clothing on their first floor.Were one-stop shopping here you can get a massage, get your nails done, take a class and go shopping, Cahon says. Imagine a yoga studio and day spa that also takes care of credit-card therapy.For more information, call O2 Aspen at 925-4002 or visit

In the midvalley, the place for personalized care is Aspen Health & Harmony, located in El Jebel across from the Wind River Tree Farm.Were known for working with people individually, and really paying attention to someones body, says co-owner Kate Eakins.

One last note about relaxing if you cant bear the thought of heading indoors to a day spa, consider the daily yoga hikes on Aspen Mountain this summer.For $49, you can ride the Silver Queen Gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain, do an hour of hathayoga in the open air and take a wildflower hike. And dont forget that if youre hungry afterward, you can still take in the view while eating at the Sundeck at the top of the mountain, open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.For more information and more yoga and spa packages, call Aspen Skiing Co. at 925-1220.

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