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4 Stress-Busting Spa Treatments from Head to Toe

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The modern spa menu is now full of  treatments that not only entice your body and soothe minds, but also pamper your hair and scalp. Next time you’re ordering some R&R, consider one of these heavenly, hair-focused temptations.

1. Scalp Massages

Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 10.37.22 AMWhy: It boosts the benefits of a regular massage–creating a halo of relaxation for tense neck and shoulder muscles.

Your scalp is covered with nerve endings, making it extra receptive to a masseuse’s touch. Scalp massages are highly effective stress relievers that release endorphins and dopamine and increase circulation for an overall feeling of happiness.  Many spas offer them as add-ons to regular treatments; if so, splurge, your muscles will thank you!

Where: At Auberge du Soleil in Calistoga, CA, scalp therapy is integrated into the Auberge Head to Toe signature treatment. A head massage and hair mask lulls you into deep relaxation. Fall into a further state of bliss with a full-body scrub and reflexology massage.


2. Scalp Exfoliation

facial-organicWhy: For a deep clean you can’t get at home.

Scalp facials are a thing; the rationale being your scalp is an extension of your facial skin and deserves the same TLC. Also, your scalp is constantly besieged by goopy products, heat, and aggressively pulled back hair styles. Another disconcerting fact, clogged follicles can stall hair growth or cause dullness.

Where: L’Atelier Salon & Day Spa in Santa Cruz, CA has a scalp facial that detoxifies with a shampoo infused with gentle fruit acids; then essential oils are applied to calm the scalp and prevent oiliness and flaking. All of that is followed by a blissfully indulgent scalp massage and hair mask that leaves hair nourished and super soft.


3. Conditioning Treatments

Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 10.35.36 AMWhy: It’s the ultimate splurge–for fried nerves and fried hair.

If you want the full works, go for it! A hair mask at a salon, usually comes with heated oils, sumptuous massages, and attention.

Where: Miraval Spa in Tucson, AZ, invites you to experience the Moroccan Oil Intensive Hair Repair Ritual. Your aesthetician will custom-blend a treatment to address your specific hair needs, apply it via a soothing scalp massage, and while you wait for the conditioner to do its moisturizing magic, you’ll receive a hand massage, followed by a blow dry.


4. Ayurvedic Shirodhara

theRajWhy: It’s wellness that could trigger a total lifestyle change for the better.

Ayurvedic-inspired therapies have become very popular at spas that aspire to go beyond pampering for serenity from within. Using traditional Indian principles based on dosha, the way energy flows between mind and body, your massage goes from being a relaxing afternoon to an energy-balancing ritual that taps into ancient Hindu wisdom. One treatment to try is shirodhara, the gentle pouring of warm fragrant oils over your forehead, which not only helps with relieving stress and insomnia, it wakes up your third eye for clarity and higher awareness.

Where: At The Raj, a holistic resort spa in Fairfield, IA, you can not only try the Abhyanga and Shirodhara treatments, you can also receive guidance from ayurvedia experts on changing your diet, exercise, and lifestyle. (image from Day Spa Magazine)


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