Pamper yourself Aspen-style |

Pamper yourself Aspen-style

YAMPAH HOT SPRINGS---You can lose yourself in the balmy vapor caves at Yampah Hot Springs for an easy to part with sum of $8.75 as many a traveler and local often do. Dan Bayer photo.

ASPEN Theres nothing better to alleviate the aches and pains borne from a few days of winter sports than a rubdown, a hot tub and some good old-fashioned pampering.Aspen and its neighboring communities provide plenty of opportunities to take a vacation from your vacation. Whether its a day spa, an athletic club or a wellness center, those seeking respite can relax, rejuvenate and put their mind and body to rest. Here are the highlights:Yampah Hot Springs Spa: A comforting cave experienceVisitors to the 100-year-old Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves in Glenwood Springs continue to experience a long tradition of healing and rejuvenation. The caves and a wide range of spa treatments combine to purify the body and spirit as they soothe away aches and pains.In addition to the revitalizing vapors of the underground cave chambers, the spa features a full range of contemporary health and beauty treatments: Massage, facials, herbal body mud treatments and private natural mineral baths.The Vapor Caves consist of three adjoining underground rock chambers. Visitors descend a stairway inside the main building and pass through a stone corridor into the caves. An atmosphere of well-being pervades throughout the soothing stillness of the caves. Relax on slab marble benches in the rocky alcoves, and inhale the natural steam vapor in the warm, dimly-lit cave chambers.Cave temperatures average between 110 and 112 degrees, allowing repeated visits of 10 to 12 minutes separated by brief rests in a nearby cooling room, or upstairs in the spacious solarium. Cold water and small tubs also are available for cooling off in the caves.The hot springs source is in the hillside behind the spa. The natural, untreated therapeutic water contains 34 minerals and trace elements, and is especially high in sulfate, nitrate, zinc and potassium. The hot springs water flows through the caves at a simmering 125 degrees by way of narrow, shallow channels.A full service salon added in 1994 offers complete personal care for hair, facial, skin, nails and waxing.Try having your body wrapped in chocolate and whipped cream, or perhaps rose pedals and honey will be a better recipe for your dry skin.All treatments include the cave experience.Open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call (970) 945-0667 or visit Spa at the St. Regis Aspen: Indulge in excellenceA few hours at Remde can be described as nothing but an indulgent and decadent experience.Remde Spa offers a comprehensive menu of facial, massage and body treatments, as well as wax and nail services. While there may be dozens of different options in each area of expertise, Remde stands apart in the industry because of its customized offerings. Instead of bombarding the customer with huge menus, Remde takes the decisions or indecisions away from customers by offering a personalized treatment based on their needs and desires.After a one-on-one consultation and analysis, your Remde Spa esthetician or massage therapist will design a treatment suitable to your needs.Based on your particular areas of focus, your massage therapist may borrow from a variety of methods including Shiatsu, Swedish, deep tissue and reflexology to ensure the most complete massage treatment.These treatments and services, combined with signature touches, including chilled champagne, Jacques Torres truffles and cashmere throws, create a decadent spa experience that is unmistakably Remde.Amidst one of the most serene environments, Remdes 15,000-square-foot spa has a Colorado feel to it, with alpine dcor and architecture.The sanctuary features waterfalls and hot and cold pools accessible from both dressing rooms. An aromatherapy cave serves as the entry.Although the prices $155 for an hour massage and $165 for a facial are higher than the norm, the ambiance and amenities make it worth your time and money. Its a great place for a tri-bathalon.We encourage all of our clients to come early and stay late, said Remde Spa general manager Tim Powers-Smith.Call (970) 429-9038 or visit Aspen: Stretching into rejuvenationMuch more than just a Pilates and yoga studio, O2 Aspen offers the amenities of a full-day spa, dedicating its services to the mind and body. From daily classes to acupuncture, specialized facial treatments and massages, O2 Aspen will customize your experience to incorporate a complete wellness experience.Massages at the stuido run $100 for an hour; having a massage therapist come to your home or hotel room costs an additional $25. Clients can combine massage and a facial for $150 at the studio.Pilates and yoga sessions are offered nearly daily. Drop-in visits are welcome, as are short and long-term passes, available for purchase.To learn more about spa services and classes, call the studio located on Main Street, at (970) 925-4002 or visit The rubdown on other area spas:Aspen Club & Spa: The health club and spa offers a dozen different massages, including one that will help you adjust to the altitude. In addition, hydration treatments, facials, waxing and a full array of spa amenities await you. With a spa treatment, you get access to the gym and pool. Yoga also is available. Call (970) 925-8900 or visit Athletic Club: More of a gym than a spa, this locals place offers massage through a private company, called Full Circle Massage & Yoga. They’ve been providing therapeutic massage services in the valley since 1987. Call them directly for rates and availability at (970) 923-3302, or visit Day passes are available at the athletic club as well, which gives you access to the gym facilities and classes, including yoga. The club offers a lap pool, a hot tub, a cold plunge and a steam room. Call (970) 925-2531, or log onto Holistic Spa: Located at 220 W. Main St. in Aspen, Samsara is a holistic spa and boutique specializing in natural and organic skincare (including the Dr. Hauschka line), soaps, lotions massage oils, shampoos, yoga clothing and more. Treatments include facials, massages, energy work, reflexology and more. Call (970) 925-2259 for more information. Aspen Alps Spa: Offers traditional Swedish and deep tissue Sports massage. Specialty therapies include LaStone Therapy using heated river stones, Thai massage and Shiatsu. Call (970) 925-8114 to schedule an appointment.Snowmass Club: Offers massages, facials and waxing. The spa area has been expanded to include five massage rooms and a relaxation room. Guests are able to use facilities, which includes workout area and outdoor heated pool and hot tub. Call (970) 923-5600 for more information.Aspen Health and Harmony: This day spa in El Jebel, about 30 miles west of Aspen, offers yoga, Pilates, massages and facials for a little less than upvalley prices. Punch passes and daily rates are offered. Call (970) 704-9642, or visit Mountain Spa: It boasts that it is the only spa offering watsu, a method that stretches, massages, rocks and releases the body in a therapy pool. The facility, located in Glenwood Springs, also offers other types of massage, facials and a couples room where two people can be worked on simultaneously. Call (970) 945-7454, or visit

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