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By Etta Meyer and Muriel Perez | October 4, 2018 | Lifestyle

The Art of the Heal

true-nature-healing-arts.jpgBefore entering the kiva at True Nature Healing Arts, guests circumnavigate the space in an elegant spiral

True Nature Healing Arts in downtown Carbondale has metamorphosed from a yoga studio, tea room and spa into a veritable healing Garden of Eden.

Last spring, owners Eaden and Deva Shantay unveiled a kiva and new spa. In the tradition of Puebloan Native Americans, the True Nature kiva is a circular semiunderground structure, with a central skylight symbolizing the connection from Earth to the heavens. No detail was spared in conceiving the way the space makes you feel. The light, sound, textures and shape of the room have a sacred resonance, as if stepping into a sanctuary, or perhaps a redwood grove. The meeting room is multiuse, but always with the same intention as a place for inspirational community gathering and personal growth.

Connected to the kiva is the new spa. Four treatment rooms serve up intensely peaceful ancient healing practices, with a focus on supporting the whole person: body, heart, mind and spirit. The Abhyanga Massage (90 minutes, $195) is a traditional ayurvedic full-body massage using warm herbal oil and light pressure to balance energy and release tension, toxins and lymphatic congestion.

Pro tip: Start your treatment with a 20-minute mineral soak in one of the spa’s private tubs. 100 N. Third St., Carbondale,

Like the Bears Do

spa-at-viceroy-snowmass.jpgAwake from hibernation any time of year with the Bear Dance Ritual at the Spa at Viceroy Snowmass

The Spa at Viceroy Snowmass unveiled new remedies for the Rocky Mountain lifestyle, with the release of advanced treatments and its own custom skincare line—formulated with peptides, vitamins and hyaluronic acids to combat the dry climate. Experience both with the Golden Summer Facial, using the spa’s Gold Face Mask. It improves wrinkles by encouraging the skin’s natural ability to produce collagen. Expect to leave with a glow.

The Bear Dance Ritual (120 minutes, price upon request) is the only treatment to endure from the former spa menu—no coordination required. Drawing inspiration from ancient Ute tradition, it symbolizes the awakening of a bear from hibernation and looks to it as a spiritual helper who embodies strength, wisdom and renewal. Though historically held in spring at the sound of the first thunder, the ritual is available all year long. It begins with a full-body scrub using yuteca, a Native American blend of salts, herbs and oils, followed by a hydrating body wrap of warm botanical body butter infused with sandalwood, frankincense and white spruce essence that allows for time to meditate and restore. A tension-relieving helki, or sacred stone, massage is the last step before awakening from hibernation. The hotel will reopen for the summer season May 13. 130 Wood Road, Snowmass,

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