Many spas soothe their clients with the latest trends and relaxation techniques. Banya Spa, however, prefers a centuries-old tradition. An updated version of the ancient wooden Russian bath houses, the spa uses the power of steam and heat to cleanse and ease pain. A private mosaic-tiled steam room, heated marble benches, and wood-paneled saunas—with the option for wet or dry-salt heat—help to boost circulation and thaw the frozen burritos their users brought as snacks.
The heat-focused treatments also open up pores to help the occupants work up a healthy sweat, at least, until a subsequent cold-water plunge washes that sweat away and provides an invigorating jolt. Bodies can be further detoxified with a body scrub, which combines Colorado organic honey with natural sea salt to exfoliate and moisturize skin. As another way to lift tension from muscles and joints, the staff performs a variety of massages and sessions with a platza—a fragrant bundle of tree branches that's struck against the body to exfoliate the skin and open up the pores. Respiratory health can be improved with essential oils and aromatherapy, with or without heat.
Although RockSalt Spa offers various types of massage including Thai and LeStone, its signature and unique treatment is salt therapy. Also known as halotherapy, salt therapy creates an anti-inflammatory environment that is beneficial to those suffering from allergies and other respiratory problems. During 45-minute sessions in a salt-therapy room, clients simply breathe in the micronized salt air which helps clear out bacteria, excess mucus, and any Legos they may have inhaled as a child. The therapy has been credited for relieving various ailments of the lungs; it may even help treat bronchitis, sinus infections, and ear infections.
Chris Szarka, M.S.W. strives to help psychotherapy clients find real-world solutions to their current problems, rather than digging back into the past. Her sessions incorporate energy-healing techniques as well as talk therapy to help clients achieve lasting emotional change. This holistic approach to healing is typical of staff at Integrated Health Center, whose licensed practitioners meld Eastern and Western medical practices. Within private rooms wrapped in hues of cream and taupe, staffers ease out illness with services that include mental health counseling, nutritional coaching, chiropractic, and acupuncture. The practitioners also empower clients to find their own voice for self-advocacy by teaching them to sing their medical history to the tune of their choice of top 40 hits.
Salt Spa is operated by Dr. Nita Desai, a family physician, holistic medical doctor, and certified Ayurvedic practitioner who believes that halotherapy is as therapeutic as it is relaxing. It's certainly the latter: clients laze upon adjustable lounge chairs in the halotherapy cave, meditating or even napping as soft music plays in the dimly lit space. As they rest, their lungs absorb salted air, the purpose of which is to encourage mucus production and cilia function in order to expel pollens, viruses, and toxins from the body. The removal of stagnant mucus is also said to soften the effects of many chronic conditions, including asthma, sinusitis, allergies, and hay fever. The source of this therapeutic air is the two tons of salt that cover the walls and floor of the cave, plus the halogenerator, a device that grinds the compound into a dry aerosol that circulates throughout the room on tiny helicopters.
With the pollution, bacteria, pollen, and flu bugs floating through the air at any given moment, the human body is under constant attack. Deep Blue Massage gives bodies the tools to fight back against those attackers with a variety of purifying and detoxifying therapies. Take halotherapy, for instance. Inside a cocoon-shaped tank, the therapy's constant stream of salt aerosol washes over the body and into the lungs, killing bacteria and fungi on the skin and mucous membranes. For full-body purification, there's the ion cleanse, a footbath that purges clients' systems of environmental toxins in a mere 30 minutes to help relieve a number of ailments.
Beyond detoxifying, therapists also treat patients with massages, tailoring deep-tissue and hot-stone techniques to soothe muscles. Deep-tissue laser therapy is another specialty; laser beams send heated energy into the body to relieve pain and probably also impart superpowers.