Healing Experiences to Cure Your Mind, Body, & Soul
The healing powers of Native American rituals have inspired treatments on spa menus across the country for ages and are frequently sought after by spa-goers searching for the full mind-body-soul experience. Such unique spa treatments include hot stones, herbs, essential oils, body wraps, sweat lodges, and various scrubs: all of which, during the process, reflect the tradition of mindfulness which is prevalent many Native American cultures. These 10 spas are taking Native American rituals to the next level by offering remarkable healing native-inspired treatments that benefit your overall wellbeing!
Miraval Resort – Tucson, AZ
Native American healing is offered at Miraval when joining Tony Redhouse, a Navajo hoop dancer and professional musician, for a guided journey into the ultimate meditative experience. Tony combines ancient forms of Native American expression using chants, flutes, and drums to develop a deep sense of inner peace.
At Miraval, check out their exclusive Samadi Healing Ceremony as well. This incredible blend of relaxation-inducing methods created by Dr. Tim Frank, a licensed naturopathic physician, helps create deep peace within your body and mindset. Dr. Frank incorporates Native American Shamanic drumming with acupuncture, Reiki, and reflexology in this inspiring healing ceremony! Sound elements, featuring melodic chants, continues to calm the body and encourages open-mindedness and reflectiveness!
Miraval’s Spirit Flight is another exclusive Native American-inspired treatment available, named one of the 2010 & 2011 SpaFinder Reader’s Choice best spa treatments! Once again, this ceremony with Dr. Tim Frank is an original experience with healing powers, allowing you to open the inner components of self and explore the body, mind and spirit connection! This unique treatment combines a full-body therapeutic massage with the healing practices of Spiritual Shamanism and drumming, while also utilizing acupuncture, CranioSacral Therapy and spinal alignment to revitalize your body’s energy and balance.
Miraval also has a shaman on staff, Deborah King, who uses alternative medicine to develop her own powerful healing techniques through inspiration of ancient and modern healing systems. You can meet Deborah at Miraval for a private healing session!
Spring Creek Ranch – Jackson, WY
This mountain retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, offers Spiritual Spring Cleaning Weekends through June 1st! As long as weather permits, guests will enjoy yoga classes outdoors and massage treatments in the resort’s authentic replica teepee. All treatments and classes are created through Spring Creek’s Wilderness Adventure Spa!
These weekend packages include
- 2 nights in a hotel room with wood burning fireplace and small deck or balcony
- Breakfast daily at the Granary Restaurant
- One 60 minute in room or in teepee massage per person
- One 60 min facial or firming seaweed body wrap per person
- One 90 minute private yoga class per person
- On property guided nature or snowshoe hike
- Post hike picnic lunch
- Welcome basket per room
Mandara Spa, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort – Cherokee, NC
Mandara Spa at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort curated both a face and body treatment that incorporates herbs from the Native American Pharmacopeia, truly celebrating the heritage of the resort! These exclusive services include the Lavender Healing Repair Facial which uses lavender, a prominent healing herb used in Native American ceremonies to relieve, relax, and restore, and the Juniper Berry and Algae Detox which uses Juniper Berries, also found in Native American ceremonies to dissipate harmful energy and sanitize the natural environment.
Canyon Ranch Spa – Tucson, AZ
Canyon Ranch Spa offers the Rejuvenating Waters (Tó Bee Háájidááh) treatment. In many Native American cultures a sweat lodge is utilized as a form of cleansing and healing. When the properties of the sweat lodge are joined with body work, it produces a profound reaction. Your journey (called twa-ba-ha-ji-dah) starts in the spa’s hydrotherapy tub as you are massaged in warm water. Then, in a steam-filled room, your relaxed body is massaged once again. This particular treatment is completely personalized and may incorporate massage techniques using the therapist’s hands and feet, deep stretching, and hot and cold towels.
Well & Being at Willow Stream, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess – Scottsdale, AZ
Hot stones have been incorporated in massage treatments since Native Americans warmed them in fires to help alleviate aching muscles and joints. Well & Being takes inspiration from these Native American rituals by using a hot water bath in their Stone Massage treatment to heat stones made of basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat. When the warmth of stones is placed in your hands or on your stomach, you can feel the fast results that transpire when therapists use them as an extension of their hands! It’s a truly revitalizing experience.
Potosa Spa – Dubuque, IA
Uniquely enough, Potosa Spa is named in honor of Potosa, daughter of Peosta, the chief of the Meskwaki or Fox Native American tribe that inhabited the area known today as Dubuque. You’ll find various treatments at Potosa Spa that are inspired by the Native American Medicine Wheel, drawing from the four directions and four elements of earth, wind, water, and fire! One in particular is their Four Elements Massage. Inspired by the Native American Medicine Wheel, this treatment infuses the four renowned elements: earth, wind, water, and fire into one incredible service! The treatment begins with a footbath , representing Water, during which warm stones are placed in your hands, which represents Earth. You’ll then pick a specially formed scented candle that, as it melts, provides the oil for the massage that follows, representing Fire. Finally, the treatment is fulfilled by settling your energy field, which represents Air.
Mii Amo, A Destination Spa – Sedona, AZ
Mii Amo’s Turquoise Dreaming treatment is a stimulating, skin-revitalizing Vichy shower treatment that combines a native blue corn, aloe, and turquoise body polish with a glistening lemon peel which is applied to the body. Turquoise, called “sky stone” by Native Americans, is a master healer and powerful stone for toning and strengthening the body and regenerating tissue. This treatment leaves your skin feeling wonderfully smooth and hydrated and it even revitalizes the essence of wild mint and organic lemon!
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa – Tucson, AZ
For centuries, those who have inhabited the Tucson Mountains discovered remarkable healing in the sights, sounds, and scents of the flourishing Sonoran Desert. Motivated by these traditional healing properties and named for the respected Saguaro cactus (called Hashani by the indigenous people), Hashani Spa provides numerous treatments that utilize the latest beauty and health technology with traditional healing techniques in a sumptuous, pampering environment! The spa’s Lavender and Sage Glow treatment is a deep exfoliating treatment which recovers the skin’s circulation while immediately softening the skin with calming herbs, and essential oils!
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain – Marana, AZ
The resort’s Desert Gemstone Ritual is a must-try and a perfect healing body ritual. Start your journey off right by enabling your spirit to choose which gemstone is most suitable for you. This treatment begins with a relaxing foot soak while you enjoy sipping on delicious herbal tea, followed by a warm dry exfoliation and a soothing aromatic bath! The desert ritual concludes with a full body massage utilizing healing gemstones. It is said that gemstone therapy was used for centuries by ancient desert civilizations. They combined the stones in healing rituals to treat ailments of the mind and body. The soothing impacts of gemstones can alleviate sore muscles, relieve stress, and promote positive energy flow! Once stress is eliminated, the mind and body can successfully restore itself to a healthy equilibrium.
Sedona’s New Day Spa – Sedona, AZ
Allow native signs to guide you on an unforgettable Inner Journey with the spa’s very own Vision Quest: A Sedona Experience. The spa’s skilled Reader will use symbolic cards from Native American customs and let them reveal to you what is there to be seen. Your own inventive soul will then emerge and welcome itself in the most inspirational way! This journey is followed by a relaxing energy work massage that helps to strengthen your new state of wellbeing.