The stress and trauma of daily life build up within the body, forming glacial floes and stiffening the spine like a skeletal Ice Age. Melt tension from your muscles like Laffy Taffy in your pockets with today's Groupon to Lux Spa & Fitness. For $45, you get a luxurious Aveda custom facial with eye-zone treatment or an arnica and rosemary massage, each a $100 value. Located in the gorgeous, European-style Omni Hotel at Independence Park, Lux is an Aveda concept spa bursting with Aveda's characteristically relaxing bouquet of herbal, floral, and plantular essences.
Arrive early to take an indulgent retreat by the pool, in the pool, or in the decidedly not-scary-but-still-adventurous whirlpool. Give your body a rest in the hot sauna, and make full use of the lockers, robes, and slippers provided to fully unwind and prepare yourself for the magic to come. If you choose the Aveda Custom Facial, you'll get an indulgent facial massage and mask customized to your skin type and individual needs. A friendly and knowledgeable aesthetician will cleanse and hydrate skin while invigorating senses with delightful aromas throughout the 50-minute treatment ($85 value). In addition to the facial, you'll get an eye-zone treatment to reduce puffiness and fine lines around peepers with gentle massage and cooling plant- and flower-based formulas ($15 value).
The arnica and rosemary muscle melt ($100 value) is a decadent 50-minute massage that will relax even the toughest muscles. Rosemary essential oil helps to warm and stimulate aching muscles, and arnica reduces soreness, swelling, and bruising, so that the expert massage therapist can knead muscles into a contented loaf of bread, except more flexible and less crumby.
Give your stressed-out sis a present she doesn't need to return or stuff under her bed to feed dust mites. Or treat yourself to a day at the spa to get some needed relaxation. Spa treatments are perfect for a hard-to-buy-for friend, and experiences make a thoughtful gift that don't take that much thought.
Balance Spa and Fitness
Whatever spa treatment you're in the mood for—a facial, a hot-stone massage, a body wrap, a waxing, a mani-pedi—it's advisable to budget an entire afternoon for Balance Spa and Fitness. Since the spa offers complimentary access to its lavish amenities, the extra time can be spent simmering in the jacuzzi, taking a leisurely dip in the pristine indoor lap pool, or working up a sweat in the fitness center. When treatment time arrives, the staff leads its robe-clad clients to one of the four private treatment rooms. The specialists favor advanced Naturopathica products made from age-defying ingredients such as soothing aloe, refreshing lavender, and Helen Mirren's DNA.