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I'd like to take my husband to some sort of relaxing,
spa-like place for his 40th birthday. The baby'll be with
the grandparents and I'd love to get him a massage and relax
for a night w/ good wine and food in some kind of relatively
secluded nature-y environs. We're not fancy, nor are we
rolling in cash these days, so I'm looking for something
reasonably priced, and probably more on the funky side than
the chi-chi side. (At the same time, I'm not looking for a
hippied-out Harbin experience). I'm thinking somewhere
within a few hrs from here, maybe Sebastapol or Sonoma Co.,
but would consider something in Mendo or elsewhere if there
was a great rec. Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
Mercey Hot Springs. We love this place! Far enough away from the Bay Area but
still less than a 3 hour drive coming 580 to the 5. They
have lovely original cabins dating to the 1930's. This is a
very unique place and the people are very nice without any
hippyness. It is definitely one of those little secrets. My
husband and I got married here, we love it so much.
www.merceyhotsprings.com. The wildflowers in early spring
are amazing, but I still find it beautiful in the summer as
well. A hidden spot with the old west feel, but completely
on board with the latest green technology- they run solar
and wind to power almost everything now. Anyway, check out
the website, if you've heard about it in the past but
haven't gone recently, they have made many nice upgrades
including a swimming pool with the same water as the hot
springs, but cooled down, several more bathrooms and
improved camp sites. Rachel
My friend and I have ALL FOUR KIDS in college and we're
declaring ourselves successes as parents! To celebrate, we'd
like to go to a destination spa.
We're looking for a spa only, not a resort with a spa
attached. Money is an object, so Canyon Ranch or Golden Door,
etc. are out, as are spas in the east. Massage, facials,
hiking, yoga classes, should be included. We're not looking to
lose weight, so good, plentiful food should be available.
Does anyone know of any they can recommend? Is there anything
else we should watch out for? Are there better times to go
than others? Thanks for your advice.
Harbin Hot Springs Calistoga
Indian Springs Calistoga
Vichy Springs Resort Ukiah
This weary single mom has decided to give herself a treat and is
looking for a SPA in the Santa Fe, NM area. Ideally it would be
a place that has yoga and even some shamanic healing sessions.
My 2 women friends and I have been going to Santa Fe for an
annual get away for years. You are in for a treat. Here are a
few ideas: Ten Thousand Waves (a Japanese style spa); The
International Folk Art Museum; hiking trip to Bandalier; a
special dinner at Pasqual's (an incredible treat); and the best
hole-in-the-mall local type food at Diego's. Enjoy!!
Two Recommendations: There's a nice spa called Ten Thousand Waves in the hills
above Sante fe. They have lodging, though I have only been there for spa teatments
and can only recommend those. www.tenthousandwaves.com. Just south of Sante
Fe there is a little town called Galisteo, and the Galisteo Inn is a wonderful B&B. It's
an old hasienda converted into lodging and has got a first class restaurant, It's
about 15 minutes away from Sante Fe, so you'll have to do some driving to get
there, but it's very relaxing. I think there's a newish spa not to far from there, but I
don not know the name. www.galisteoinn.com
10,000 Waves, http://www.tenthousandwaves.com/.
I'm trying to plan a spa getaway with friends before baby #2
and I saw the postings on the Web site for recommendations in
Calistoga, but I'm wondering if anyone has had experience
getting spa treatments while pregnant at any place in the wine
country area. I'm 7 mos and my midwife says it's ok, but I know
that massages simply aren't comfortable at this stage without
the proper table to accommodate the belly bulge. I'd also be
interested in knowing what other treatments--mud bath, hot
springs--are enjoyable or unadvisable while pregnant. Also,
does anyone know of a house to rent in the area just for one
night? We don't need anything lavish. We're not sold on the
wine country, either, if anyone knows of spa alternatives
closer to home. We just want to get away overnight.
Calistoga Spa & Hot Springs
Harbin Hot Springs
Sonoma Mission Inn
I LOVED getting massages when I was pregnant (well I love getting massages
any old time). You do not need to have a special table for your
belly. Pre-natal massages are done on your side. What the practitioner
needs is knowledge of the pregnant body. You should ask in advance if
someone where you are going is experienced with pre-natal massage. The
main concern as I understand it (and please check with your OB or midwife),
is that massage of certain areas could potentially bring on early labor
(though this is hard to believe if your only 7 mo.s, isn't it?). I forget
all the spots, but around the ankles was one. The other thing the
practioner needs is extra pillows, for between your knees, behind your
back and one for you to hug - this should make you feel quite comfortable
on the table. The massuese works one side of the body at a time.
As for other spa treatments, I would skip the mud baths, as the temperature
is quite high, and likewise the hot springs or jacuzzi unless you can find
one that's not too hot. Or, what I used to do is get in the jacuzzi for a
few minutes (like 3 or 4), then just sit on the edge of the jacuzzi and
soak my legs. The idea is you don't want to raise your body's core
temperature past what's safe for the baby. Again, ask your OB what that
temp. is. If I were pregnant and going to a spa, I would definitely go for
a nice long massage, a facial (though your skin's probably looking great!)
and maybe some reflexology for those achin' feet! I'm jealous. Have fun!
This is a little off topic for your post but I just wanted to
address your concern about prenatal massage being uncomfortable.
When I was 3 weeks from my due date I went to Azul Spa, off
Solano, and had a massage. They had specially designed pillows
which were placed on the regular massage table so I was able to
lay on my tummy (absolute heaven... I had missed it so!) I am
sure that these are pretty common accessories in the spa
industry... just call the places you are interested in and ask
for a prenatal massage, or what accomodations they have for
pregnant women... as for treatments I would suggest... since hot
tubs, saunas and mud baths are out go for massage, facial and
especially a pedicure...
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