If a good night’s rest is something you crave, come to the Spa at Yellow Creek. Located inside a former church, a visit here can be a religious experience for those sleep-deprived individuals. Two specialized treatments, known here as spa rituals, tap into the consciousness of your sleep cycle. The Tranquility Escape Sleep Massage ($175) uses rhythmic and strategic movements to help guests relax. “It’s a very gentle touch, almost like you’re putting your child to sleep, kind of calming them down,” says executive spa director Scott Vazinski. For a more massage-like experience, opt for the Tranquility Aromatherapy Body Ritual ($175), which uses essential oils and concentrates on breathing to help the mind think it’s in a REM cycle. “When you’re finished, you might feel a little bit groggy,” says Vazinski. “But once you have an apple or a snack, you’ll then feel rejuvenated, like you had a full night’s rest.” The rituals are proof that the establishment’s day spa, wellness facility and gym — which are known for balancing Western practices with ancient Eastern philosophies — continue to innovate while staying true to the Spa at Yellow Creek’s mission. “We have those unique service offerings where it’s not just massage A, B and C,” he says. “When we’re looking at treatments, we still want to keep that ancient philosophy of healing through the hands.” 3636 Yellow Creek Road, Akron, 330-665-2555, yellowcreekspa.com
Try this: A twist on a hot stone massage, the 60- or 90-minute volcanic stone massage ($150 or $225) employs warm volcanic stones infused with oil to relieve tight muscles, increase blood flow and eliminate toxins. The face is massaged with cold smaller stones to ease pressure as well.
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