This season’s new look at Salamander Resort combines ancient energy with Virginia’s bounty of native plants and herbs.
“Designed to calm the mind,” says Salamander Resort spa director Penny Kriel, “we are introducing a seasonal ritual that stimulates energy centers in your feet, and energizes the lungs.” The 80-minute treatment incorporates an essential oil blend for fall by local artisan Michael Scholes, whose Laboratory of Flowers in Sterling created the exclusive mix from botanical blooms and herbs indigenous to Virginia.
Starting with a gentle dry exfoliation, your therapist massages the body using a natural fibre mitt to remove dead skin. Then a facial cleanse to hydrate and nourish new skin. Top it off with a scalp treatment to invigorate your mind. Completing the ritual, a relaxing full-body massage combines Swedish, deep tissue, and Ayurvedic movement which helps to balance and revitalize specific areas of the body.
Throughout the treatment, an essential oil blend of lavender, frankincense, eucalyptus, pine, and patchouli is used to balance, energize, and rejuvenate.
Salamander’s seasonal ritual is based on the four seasons of the year, explained Kriel. “As the seasons change, we need to reinvigorate.” Inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the ritual captures the autumn abundance, the harvest, and where day and night are equal as we head towards winter and crisper air heading towards renewal and rebirth.
“Fall is the season of taking in and letting go” says Michael Scholes. “As we transition from the hot season of summer to the cool season of fall, the body must adjust. Constipation and sleep challenges (due to changing light and dark) as well as detoxing and cleansing (main organs related to the lung and large intestine) are common as the body prepares for shorter days and the damp and cold of winter.
The lungs are sensitive to weather changes, explains Scholes. “As the days get shorter, the skin and pores are the first form of defense against wind and cold.” The lungs control the circulation that protects you from the invasion of flu and colds, and warm the surface between the skin and muscles. This is why people tend to feel cold when they’re sick. A weakness in the lungs can lead to making a person prone to frequent colds.”
In Chinese medicine, fall relates to metal, that governs organization, order, communication, the mind, setting limits, and protecting boundaries. It’s a good time to finish projects that you began in spring and summer – harvesting the bounty of your hard work.
Following the treatment, relax and enjoy the resort amenities. Or strap on a zipline to tour through the colorfull fall treetops.
Virginia has never looked lovelier.
80min Weekday $195/Weekend $220
Contact: Salamander Resort & Soa, Middleburg, VA; 540/687-3600