Native American Inspired Spa Treatments:
The Golden Door Spa at The Boulders Resort
34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr.
PO Box 2090, Carefree, AZ 85377
The Golden Door at the Boulders offers multiple treatments originating from Native American healing practices, including its signature Turquoise Wrap, which is based on the Native American belief that turquoise is a protective color and creates a sense of peace and well-being. They also offer the Shamanic Touch which employs the healing techniques of the Shaman, who in ancient Native American culture acted as a mystic, poet, sage and healer of the sick. After visiting the Shaman, take a trip through the Labyrinth (inspired by the Hopi Medicine Wheel), the Boulder’s meditative maze. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools and they represent a journey to one’s center and back again out into the world.
This signature treatment is based on the Native American belief that turquoise is a color of protection, self-confidence and positive energy. A revitalizing exfoliation supports a nourishing warm turquoise clay wrap concluding with a honey butter application. During this indulgence, the therapist performs a rain-stick ritual and uses traditional essential oils to harmonize the spirit.
This alternative healing modality employs the techniques of the Shaman, establishing a dialogue between the ailing part of the client’s body and the healer to determine the best method of healing. Based on the premise that ailments are messages, issues are brought out to deal with, allowing the inner healing to begin. For example, a person with lower back pains may feel a lack of support in some area of life, or a person with liver problems may carry unresolved angers. Once the subconscious causes of illness are identified, the Shaman follows up with energy- raising treatments using sunshine or the elements, connecting with the grounding earth by whatever treatment is called for.
Shamanic Chakra Session
This desert empowerment experience brings together the eastern and western worlds of balance and power. After analyzing your chakras (Eastern Indian “vortexes of light”) and auras (the measurable flow of life force surrounding the body) to identify areas of need, the Shaman will systematically clear and strengthen each area with a special ritual using crystals, ceremonial feathers, candles and universal healing energy. This moving, healing experience may alter your perceptions of your earthly journey.
Inn and Spa at Loretto Santa Fe
211 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
The Spa at Loretto honors the many cultures and traditions—and the magical blend of old and new—that represent Genuine Santa Fe. From ancient global rituals to body treatments based on indigenous New Mexico herbs and minerals, our Santa Fe day spa takes you on a journey into the ultimate personal care and relaxation.
This day spa ritual begins with a sage clearing and blessing. Sage has long been used by Native American people as an herb for cleansing and clearing. Burned in a dried bundle called a smudge stick, it clears negative energies and elevates one’s prayers as the smoke lifts to the heavens. Next, soak undisturbed in your ritual bath infused with sage oil. This local, indigenous oil lifts the spirits, clears the lungs and strengthens the respiratory system. The experience continues with a Sacred Stone Massage using our own house-blended desert sage massage oil. The aroma of sage absolutely fills the room and transports you into a timeless and ancient frame of mind—a perfect mood for leaving behind the stresses of the day and reconnecting with the Earth and yourself. Take home a smudge stick as our gift to you. 110 min $225