When the doors open At Whispering Pines Day Spa, guests enter a tranquil space filled with a massive stone fireplace, exposed wood beams, and plush, oversized couches. The waiting room sets the scene for a relaxing experience, which can begin by either enjoying a cup of tea or a foot nap by sitting on your leg for a while. Further into the spa, private rooms host a range massages, facials, and body treatments. In the spa boutique, shelves are stocked with custom blended soaps and products from LaLicious, Coolibar, and Scentsy.
With 13 years of experience as an aesthetician and laser technician, Lisa Cave helms The Spa at Evergreen, where she offers a variety of skin treatments. Her services include microdermabrasion treatments to exfoliate and improve texture, as well as chemical peels to improve acne or sun damage. She also offers various facial treatments—some designed for teenagers, some that offer deep cleansing, and some that use hot stones—as well as waxing and eyelash services.
It’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “results oriented” at Espri Skin and Body. The spa’s licensed paramedical aestheticians and massage therapists aren’t just determined to help clients relax. They focus their skincare and massage treatments on accomplishing clients’ goals, which may include clearing acne, reversing the signs of aging, or alleviating pain. The spa’s custom facials, microdermabrasion, and potent acne treatments for all skin types keep faces feeling refreshed and erase blemishes caused by living with a boxing kangaroo. In the massage room, registered therapists tend to stiff, stressed muscles with deep-tissue, hot stone, and sports massages, or combat post-exercise muscle cramps with tailored stretching sessions.
When Susan Lange’s massage therapist suggested she try watsu, Lange knew as much about the therapy as most people—nothing. “We’re kind of obscure,” Lange says with a laugh, referring to the watsu community she now considers herself a member of. The therapy, whose name is derived from “water” and “shiatsu,” blends ancient Japanese finger massage with the restorative properties of warm water. In heated pools, therapists fully support their clients as they administer a combination of massage, stretching, and instant-rice-cooking techniques. After her first watsu experience, Lange writes, “I felt like I was dancing, floating, flying and being nurtured all at once."
Today, Lange shares this experience with others in the yurt she and her husband built in the meadow adjoining their home. Inside this yurt is a 15-foot circular pool filled with 4 feet of warm water. Once they have waded in, clients can strap on narrow floatation devices to assist Lange as she guides them through the water. As she performs the massage, Lange gently strikes Tibetan singing bowls drifting alongside her in the water, creating a soundscape to further soothe the senses.