If you’ve gone for some time without pampering yourself, maybe it’s time to check out The Spa at Talking Stick, the 13,000-square-foot open-air spa on the 14th floor of Talking Stick Resort. Located right in the backyard of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, this resort spa incorporates culturally significant natural ingredients harvested from Community gardens into its spa treatments and services.
A “spa oasis” is exactly what you’ll find when you exit the elevator into the spa. The menu includes treatments designed to pamper guests from head to toe, such as massages, soaking treatments, body therapies, facials, and hair and nail services. Many involve the use of desert botanicals.
Spa Manager Teri Kramer, who has worked for spas for more than 22 years, said, “During the planning process [for the resort], the SRPMIC wanted to implement their culture into the spa [treatments], so botanist Nick James went and surveyed the Community looking for inspiration and ideas. A lot of our treatments are based out of the Community’s botanical harvest.”
For example, the Desert Lavender Massage uses wild chaparral oil mixed with desert lavender to thoroughly massage the skin, followed by a tuft of raw Pima cotton which lightly strokes your body, soothing your central nervous system. Kramer recommends coming an hour or two before your treatment is scheduled and utilizing the other amenities the spa has to offer, such as the sauna, whirlpool and tranquility rooms.
During my visit, I enjoyed the Desert Lavender Massage. The spa provides each guest with a robe and slippers to wear, and serves lemonade and ice water to prepare your mind and body to experience 100 percent relaxation from your treatment. The treatment rooms are quiet and dark for relaxation, and there is soothing music that can be adjusted to your liking. A licensed massage therapist (LMT) explains everything about your chosen treatment as you are escorted to the room.
Sensing that I was feeling stressed and tired, my LMT, Lynette Sulenski, said, “By the time the massage is over, you will be totally relaxed.” She was absolutely right.
After their body treatments, guests can head out to the spa’s patio, where chairs are there for you to relax for a while, enjoy the view of the Talking Stick Golf Course and compose yourself before heading back to the “real world.”
The Spa at Talking Stick is offering a summer special: $79 for a 60-minute Swedish massage along with the Repair and Prevent facial or the Sweet Mesquite and Honey body polish. The package includes use of the fitness room, steam room, whirlpool and the resort pool.
To make an appointment for a service at The Spa at Talking Stick, call (480) 850-4065. To learn more about the spa and the services it offers, go online to www.talkingstickresort.com/amenities/thespa.aspx.