Amanda Anderson 2017-12-06 05:12:19
At Montage Hotels & Resorts, custom spa experiences help guests achieve a deep slumber. A good night’s sleep is so crucial to our ability to experience pleasure and well-being that one of the latest travel trends is “sleep vacations.” Sleep deprived Americans make eight hours of REM their highest leisure priority, hoping a luxurious getaway will be the antidote to the stresses that ail us. Many travelers arrive at their destination with a sleep debt demanding to be paid. A study conducted by Alertness Solutions (headed by Mark Rosekind, Ph.D., a former director of NASA’s Fatigue Countermeasures Program) reports that most travelers get only five hours of sleep the night before a significant trip, and then once away from home, disruptions in routine can further deprive vacationers of the rest they both need and desire. Lack of sleep even in the short term affects our health, our beauty (the skin is both more prone to wrinkles and breakouts), and our mental health. Short-term memory is one of the first brain functions to be affected when we don’t get enough rest, so sleep quality on vacation should be a priority: Acquisition and recall are both highly affected by insufficient sleep, so you literally won’t remember the joyous moments of your vacation if you were sleep deprived while enjoying it. At Montage properties, tailor-made spa experiences may be the solution: Including skin care, stress relief massages of all styles, and essential oils proven to help relax the nervous system. These treatments often include cocooning body wraps or tub soaks which also help lower tension and promote a good night’s rest. Studies show that light exercise of 20-30 minutes a day will also help improve away-from-home sleep, so a workout in the state of the art Montage fitness center, followed by spa pampering may be your perfect ticket to dreamland. LAVENDER DREAMS, ON THE COAST AND IN THE MOUNTAINS Lavender has been used to promote sleep for centuries. Recent research from Wesleyan University showed that lavender increased slow-wave sleep, the very deep slumber in which the heartbeat slows and muscles relax. During this phase, the brain is thought to organize memory, as well. So it’s no wonder that lavender is featured in two “dreamy” Spa Montage experiences. At Montage Palmetto Bluff, the 90-minute Lavender Dreams rejuvenating spa experience includes a two-step invigorating full-body scrub and warm cocooning wrap. Conclude with a fingertip scalp massage and a soothing back and foot massage using warm healing stones. All the while, breathe deeply, inhaling the calming and balancing benefits of wild lavender. “We use Kerstin Florian body products for this treatment,” says Spa Montage Palmetto Bluff Director Raye Vogler. “It’s a fantastic product that leaves the body relaxed and nourished. The lavender body spray is one of my favorite products, great for carrying a travel-size on a plane to moisturize and relax you when flying.” At Montage Deer Valley, relieve stress and rejuvenate the spirit with a day on the slopes, then come to the spa for the mountain version of Lavender Dreams. Also using the benefits of wild lavender, this full-body massage followed by a warm scrub is the perfect après ski experience. Lastly, prepare for a cozy evening by the fire with a massage using warm lavender oil. SLEEP BY THE SEA On the ocean clifftops of Montage Laguna Beach, the 90- or 120-minute Tranquil Dreams spa experience takes its inspiration from local herbs and flowers, as well as the Pacific Ocean. Soak in a jetted bath of aromatic oils and marine minerals as you are transported to the rhythm of the ocean. Breathe in the grounding and sedating scents of lavender, vetiver and citrus as you enjoy a sumptuous scalp and neck massage while floating in weightlessness. An enticing veil of neroli induces rest and ultimate relaxation before you are cocooned in a replenishing shea butter body wrap. Peacefully enveloped in warmth, enjoy a luxurious foot massage, before finishing with a hypnotic, jasmine- and orange-scented long-stroke massage, leaving you prepared for a sound night’s sleep. At Montage Kapalua Bay, a full range of fitness classes are always on offer in the fitness center: from spin and body barre to flow yoga, restorative yoga and oceanfront makai yoga. So burn your calories and/ or bring your body into balance, and then bring it to the Spa Montage, where nature’s treasures and Hawaiian hospitality will put you at ease. The two-hour Maui Maluhia experience is recommended for those who need a good night’s sleep. Crafted to bring your body pure tranquility, this treatment begins with a reflexology massage, followed by a full-body dry brushing and customized green, white and red algae body mask. The bliss continues with a body cocoon and a stimulating sea salt foot exfoliation before culminating in a personalized massage with laminaria algae oil. SLUMBER IN THE CITY Montage Beverly Hills is centered in a city known for its hustle and bustle. But you can still find tranquility on this lush property, especially if you treat yourself to the 90- or 120-minute L.Raphael Secrets of the Côte d’Azur massage. Experience inner harmony with this treatment, which is customizable and begins with a relaxing foot massage to identify your unique area of focus. A massage therapist will help you to select an L.Raphael massage oil that is perfectly attuned to your needs for well-being. A relaxing full-body massage concludes with a sequence of relaxation sounds—found in just the right frequency for you using a method known as vibration therapy—designed to allow you to drift blissfully off to sleep.
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