Winter can wreak havoc on our bodies, especially the harsh Chicago winter including the frigid polar vortex conditions. What can one do to stave off those frosty effects? If you are anything like me, you head to the spa. Is there anything in the world that brings about blissful serenity faster than a good facial or a soothing massage? Nay, I say. So, when the freshly renovated luxury spa at dana came calling (and in February to boot!) I said yes immediately. My skin would thank me, I reasoned. I was most certainly right.
The new Spa Director Anthony Anguille-Valles invited me to experience the newest treatments and enhancements of the spa at dana. This River North hidden oasis recently unveiled its chromotherapy showerheads (Fancy a light that suits your mood and balances your chakras while showering? Just push a button.) The brand new pink Himalayan salt dry sauna, the use of which is complimentary with any spa visit, beckons with warmth and healing. And if taking a steam is your heart's desire, a state of the art steam shower is at your service. The spa at dana features many amenities, and an exquisite line of body care products is on offer. I sampled a few. Two words: body butter. Luxurious moisture awaits in every jar. My favorite? The Bourbon, warm and earthy, it lavished nutrients on my skin that cold winter evening.
The spa event was called A Tale of Two. The guests were treated to two of this award-winning spa’s detoxifying treatments: a choice of one facial and one stone massage. This dynamic relaxing duo was just what the doctor ordered if you ask me. Who couldn't use a little pampering?
HydraFacial is a unique facial combining skin resurfacing techniques and deep cleansing to achieve advanced anti-aging benefits. It begins with a lymphatic drainage technique to remove toxins and contour the face, then skin is resurfaced and deep cleansed with a painless vacuum to extract blackheads and excess oil. Finally, super serum nourishes and plumps skin to leave your face feeling healthy, firm and radiant. While enticing, this treatment I was told was not the right choice for my skin type.
Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial is a non-intrusive treatment that targets fine lines and dramatically enhances overall hydration. The concentrated serum, along with hyperbaric oxygen, simultaneously infuse moisture, vitamins and antioxidants into the skin. With the guidance of the spa staff, I chose this treatment for my face. And it was nothing short of spectacular. My very experienced esthetician treated right half of my face with serum and oxygen, then handed me a mirror. The results were visible immediately, the skin on the right side of my face plumping up and smoothing out. Don't worry, I got my full face done. But it was definitely fascinating to see the difference.
Traditional Hot Stone Massage is a deeply therapeutic treatment that uses heated volcanic stones and traditional massage techniques to ease muscle tension and promote deep relaxation. It is optimal for those in need of targeted muscle therapy with a limited threshold for added pressure. I was originally signed up to receive this treatment.
Pink Himalayan Stone Therapy Massage is a reimagined stone massage using warm Himalayan salt stones. The natural healing benefits of the salt crystals absorb negative ions calming the central nervous system and exfoliating the skin. When my massage therapist told me that salt stones have extra healing properties, I opted for this treatment. It was a great experience, as my therapist worked my muscles with salt stones, paying special attention to areas of chronic pain we discussed prior. It was definitely relaxing and rejuvenating.
I walked away from the spa at dana re-centered, refreshed and relaxed. Outside the winter may be raging. But inside the spa it is peaceful, tropical and blissful. Don't take my word for it, try it out for yourself. Winters are long around here. Treat yourself to a miniature tropical getaway complete with a few healthful treatments. You can stay all day, and between all the amenities you probably should. There is even a gym with the view for those who can't fathom skipping a workout. Me, I will go back for more pampering. You will find me luxuriating in the plush robe, cozied up in a blanket inside the relaxation lounge. Take that, February...
spa at dana is located inside hotel dana at 660 North State Street, in the heart of the River North neighborhood of Chicago. For treatment appointments contact the spa at (312) 202-6000.
A Tale of Two duo of treatments for The Local Tourist compliments of spa at dana.
Images courtesy of IMR and the spa website.