It’s not often “wellness” and “Las Vegas” go hand-in-hand. In fact, some may argue they are a complete contradiction. However, you might be surprised to learn that there is a lot of wellness to be had in Las Vegas and you don’t have to look too hard to find it.
On a recent business trip, I had the pleasure of experiencing the magnificent Spa at Encore, sister property of the Wynn. Run by the very capable Ella Stimpson, the spa is a sensory overload, as is so much of Vegas. At least in this case, my senses were overloaded by the magnificent furnishings, lavish decor, soaring ceilings, signature aromatherapy, and most importantly, my wonderful treatment, the Nalu Ritual.
Created by two therapists from Hawaii, Lani and Audrey, this 100-minute treatment combines their training in the two techniques of Lomi Lomi – the “Auntie Margaret” style originating in the Big Island and the “Temple style” which hails from Kauai. The Nalu Ritual features long massage strokes that are supremely relaxing while also providing enough pressure that your aching muscles truly feel it. Sometimes Lani would go back to front, sometimes front to back creating a sensation of waves up and down.
My treatment began with a spray of Lavendar Orange to relax me. Warm coconut/macadamia oil was liberally applied while I lay atop a very soft, vinyl sheet. This helped Lani reach under me, which was key to the long Lomi Lomi stokes. After the massage and exfoliation, I received a divine scalp treatment again using hot coconut oil.
I then showered in my treatment room’s private “garden shower, “ which featured a real skylight much to my amazement. Trust me, you don’t get a lot of natural sunlight in Vegas! The treatment ended with an application of coconut/macadamia body lotion followed by a final spray of Rosemary Eucalyptus to re-energize me. Lani was an extremely skilled therapist and I would highly recommend the treatment for anyone looking to have an over-the-top Las Vegas wellness experience.
A final note: While treatments in Las Vegas are not inexpensive they really deliver true value when one allows enough time to take advantage of the spa facilities. The Spa at Encore featured wonderful wet areas, a steam, sauna, heated tiled lounge chairs, numerous Jacuzzis, and a very lovely relaxation room with a magnificent selection of teas and water. If one can spare four hours – two for the treatment and two to hang-out before and after – it really makes the experience memorable!
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