Spa Day! John was out of town this weekend, so it was girl time 😀 My sister had given both my mother and I gift certificates to the Crystal Spa for Christmas. She does this with the ulterior motive that we will invite her along when we go. Of course, since we decided this weekend and her birthday is this week – my mother and I gifted Colleen with spa services. See what Colleen did there?
The spa is in Saratoga. Long-time readers may remember us going here before. Saratoga has a long history of mineral baths and was the place to go for ‘health rejuvenation’ in the mid 1800s to early 1900s.
This is the waiting area.
I am a sucker for stained glass, too.
My mother had a reflexology treatment and Colleen and I had a sauna and then a mineral bath. The attendant first takes you to your private bath area before the sauna.
I had to look up Orenda and thanks to Miriam-Webster, I found out it means: ” extraordinary invisible power believed by the Iroquois Indians to pervade in varying degrees all animate and inanimate natural objects as a transmissible spiritual energy capable of being exerted according to the will of its possessor.” Fascinating!
Here is my room (no water in the tub yet).
Our attendant was MaryAnn. It’s nice to be pampered!
Then to the dry sauna. Boy was it hot in there!
My sister and I had this room all to ourselves with a pitcher of ice water. I started sweating immediately. I haven’t sweated so much without exercising in forever LOL! Then it was off to soak in a hot mineral bath.
The water is this color because of the dissolved minerals in it. Like my unremoved polish? I was experimenting with a holiday design before Christmas on my big toe and never took the polish off. 😳
It was so nice to lay there in the warmth and let a lot of tension and stress just float away. Our attendant was very nice and she gave us extra time in the sauna and bath. Not sure why, but it was nice.
We were provided with cucumber slices for the face, which felt cool and refreshing.
I haven’t felt that warm and comfortable in months. I think that spa visit erased at least a couple of months of bone chill. I was totally relaxed after that. And sleepy!
After the spa, we headed out for coffee and some chatting.
Yay Spot Coffee! Now if the one in Glens Falls would ever open up, we would be all set.
We need to do this more often 😀