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A spa day can rejuvenate your body, your relationship
Taking time out for couples to focus only on each other is not only fun and romantic, it is crucial to the health of the marriage.
Valentine’s Day provided a springboard for nurturing relationships. A day for two at the spa is the perfect setting because it offers the chance to reconnect in a relaxed, stress-free environment.
“The way life is structured today, children are far more likely to strain a relationship, which is why couples need to take time away from the kids,” said Donna Schmitz, Outagamie County director for thinkmarriage.com, based in Green Bay. “Relationships work best when they are felt and seen as a unified team. Shift the balance away from kids and chaos to calm and soothing and your senses are refreshed as well as your feelings of intimacy for your spouse.”
Schmitz describes getting away as “decompressing your relationship. The messages you each receive are that you are loved and appreciated. The bond between couples is always strengthened during those intimate times of being alone.”
Thinkmarriage.com, whose purpose is fostering healthy marriages by giving couples the tools they need to communicate and care for each other, offers classes on a variety of topics.
Ann and Chris Roth of Little Chute marked their 14th wedding anniversary last February with a two-night stay at Sundara Spa in Wisconsin Dells.
A heavy snowfall two days before they arrived gave the Roths exactly what they wanted — a beautiful winter get-away.
“It was very peaceful and quiet. Very seldom did we run into anybody else,” Ann Roth said. “It was just so calming. It was drop-dead gorgeous.”
The Roths, who have children ages 4 and 6, chose not to take advantage of typical spa amenities such as massages, pedicures and other pampering services. Instead, they had meals brought to their room and enjoyed each other’s company while cross-country skiing.
“They made it that way so that you had your privacy,” Ann said.
Schmitz encourages couples to be creative and spontaneous when spending time together. She and her husband enjoy what she calls a “spa experience” just by visiting High Cliff State Park and hiking around the woods for an hour. “Plenty of privacy and the sounds of nature are relaxing and refreshing.
“The way couples stay close and avoid the kind of surprise that feels like betrayal is by taking the time to talk about their hopes and dreams together.”
For people intrigued by a spa, there are plenty of options available without having to travel far. Among the spas in Wisconsin:
Sundara Inn & Spa
Sundara Inn & Spa, which takes its name from the Sanskrit word for “beautiful,” offers many features of a destination spa in an inn setting. The boutique resort has 26 suites and 12 private villas with a 45,000-square-foot spa, offering guests a healthful retreat in the midst of Wisconsin Dells. Tucked on 26 wooded acres, Sundara allows guests to connect with nature in a secluded setting designed with “organic style” architecture — terraced slopes and winding roads meant to blend with its natural surroundings. A 1,300-square-foot pool features a rock waterfall, pond, and stunning views of the forested Wisconsin countryside. Completed in 2003, the spa is a retreat for couples and single adults looking for a little downtime; children under 18 are not allowed as overnight guests.
Guests enjoy purifying bath rituals, massages, facials, body treatments, just-for-him services, salon treatments and “spa for two” — an area designed to be shared with your partner.
Kohler Waters Spa
The spa incorporates a marine environment theory that promotes health and relaxation. Features include a glass-enclosed rooftop deck with whirlpool, fireplace and lounge designed for year-round use; men’s and women’s respite rooms; relaxation areas; plunge pool; whirlpool; steam room; sauna; relaxation pool with waterfall and a fitness room. Among the services are manicure, pedicures, fitness classes, massage, facials, body wrap services, hair and make-up, “Spa Two-gether,” services for men, prenatal services, immersion suite services and more.
Ben Mar Nicos offers a variety of services, many in packages that include a glass of wine and use of the spa’s whirlpool and fitness center. Among the services: basic massage, hot stone massage, European facials, organic facials, hair styling, make-up touch-up, Indian head massage, sugar and sea salt scrubs, skin polishing, men’s spa services, manicures, pedicures, foot soaks, organic body wraps, body wraps that take away inches and solar bronzing to help acquire a tanned look.
The spa strives to help guests achieve inner and outer peace and a sense of well-being. Described as a “refuge for healing” and for energizing the mind, body and spirit, the spa offers services that include massages, facials, hair and make-up services, yoga, water therapy, men’s spa services, overnight and day packages and an indoor labyrinth. A labyrinth is a contemplative tool for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation. Travelers begin at the entrance and follow a path to the center, where they spend some time on self-reflection before following the same path out. Products used at Evensong range from advanced skin care to natural holistic, aromatherapy and organics.
The Spa at Sacred Grounds
Ephraim, Door County
Staff at The Spa at Sacred Grounds offer myriad healing and well-being practices, including Swedish massage, craniosacral therapy, lymphatic massage, Door County stone massage, Ayurvedic facial massage, raindrop therapy, Reiki, reflexology, sea salt treatments, herbal wraps, therapeutic cleansing massage, customized facials, mud and herbal wraps, sugaring, steam and sauna, sugar scrubs, aromatherapy and therapeutic relaxation massage.