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Pick your path at Avon’s Spa Anjali

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comVail CO, Colorado
HL Anjali 01 TS 10-09-08

AVON, Colorado First American spas were chasing after their European counterparts and offering Swedish massages and classic European facials. Then Oriental therapies were all the rage with Ashiatsu and Shiatsu massage. The valleys newest spa Spa Anjali in the Westin Riverfront Resort in Avon was inspired by the areas most distinct feature, the mountains. The 23,000-square-foot spa features treatments from three distinct mountain regions the Alps, the Himalayas and, of course, the Rocky Mountains.Spa Manager Suzy Bordeaux-Johlfs designed the spas menu, which features three types of treatment paths Alpine, Ayurvedic or Rocky Mountain. A list of color-coded treatments helps visitors chose one that falls under their region of choice.The Rocky Mountain treatments celebrate our local mountains, Bordeaux-Johlfs said. They use indigenous products only found here the clover honey body mask and the ponderosa pine bath soak, being two.The Alpine-themed treatments are based on classic European spa treatments and include treatments like the glacial mud body wrap ($260 for 100 minutes) and the Anjali personalized facial ($150 for 50 minutes). The Ayurvedic treatments are inspired by the Himalayas. The Indian Head Massage ($140 for 50 minutes) focuses on stress relief by targeting the upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck, face and scalp, while the Abhyanga Massage ($210 for 80 minutes) is a rhythmic oil massage that clears stagnant energy and restores the flow of prama or life force that stimulates your bodys vital energy, according to the treatment pamphlet. There is something for everyone, from the elite athlete, to someone who wants to be pampered and nurtured, Bordeaux-Johlfs said.As far as favorite treatment goes, she was hesitant to pick just one. Its kind of like a menu in a restaurant, Bordeaux-Johlfs. You want to try all the appetizers. And theres not one thats any better theyre all delicious.

Earth, fire, water and air all the classic Greek elements were integrated into Spa Anjalis design, as well as the Westins overall design. The aspen tree sprouting from the ground in front of the check-in desk serves as earth. Visitors then walk over a wooden bridge air to get to the treatment, changing and relaxation rooms. A floor-to-ceiling rain shower feature serves as water, while the fire element is a stainless steel rectangle with gas burners thats built into the wall in the relaxation room. The spas name Anjali means diving offering in Sanskrit, Bordeaux-Johlfs said. The spa offers most services in either 50- or 100-minute blocks, something she views as truly divine.One hundred minutes is a fabulous amount of time to be in a service, she said.

Bordeaux-Johlfs, who previously directed the renowned Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, in Ojai, Calif., visited a number of Vail spas while she was creating Anjalis spa menu. She wanted to know what treatments other spas offer, and how theyre priced. The valleys thriving spa culture didnt intimidate her, though, she said. It just means youre in a healing area. We just wanted to be different, but simple. We didnt want to create a treatment that didnt make sense. People are very smart they know spas very well. They want natural, organic (products) and a feel good spa, she said.Even the spa employees have natural and organic uniforms, Bordeaux-Johlfs said. We even put a lining in the pants thats made out of seashells so the skin naturally absorbs the minerals in the shells from the ocean.High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

Spa Anjali is striving to be on the cutting edge of the green movement. Rather than recycling, the spa precycles Meaning we think about it ahead of time, said Spa Manager Suzy Bordeaux-Johlfs. For example, a local company called Buzz Spa makes some of the skincare products used in the treatment rooms out of local products like wildflowers and honey. Veronica Ross, the president of Buzz, picks up the empty containers, washes them and either reuses them or recycles them. Other green spa features: The spa was built using eco-friendly interior finishes and materials, like bamboo. Spa sheets and robes are made from organic muslin and bamboo, a sustainable fiber. The water in the spas waterfall feature is recycled from the pool. Plastic water bottles arent used in the spa, instead guests use biodegradable cups made from corn. All treatment products are 100 percent organic. Hotel guests can opt for the green spa check-in. If they wear the robe from their room to the spa (this helps save natural resources like water) they will receive a $10 discount on their first spa service. The 55-gallon massage oil drums are reused to make outdoor BBQs. * Source: http://spaanjali.com

What: Spa Anjali.Where: Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon.Hours: Spa facility hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Treatments: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Salon: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Spa special: 25 percent off all treatments through the end of the month. Two-for-one massages, some restrictions apply. More information: Call 970-790-3015 or visit http://www.spaanjali.com.

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