When you’re ready to indulge in a spa day, Asheville has plenty of traditional options – and a range of delightfully unique ones. Here are a few one-of-a-kind ways to unplug, relax and recharge your body and your mind.
Salt therapy, or halotherapy, involves breathing salty air to treat a range of respiratory conditions as well as other ailments, and to maintain holistic health. Simulating the environment of Himalayan salt caves, special salt spas feature tons of crystal salt rock in a meditative setting of dim lighting, soothing background music, and comfortable chairs. Asheville is home to two salt cave spas – Asheville Salt Cave and The Salt Spa of Asheville & Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary – offering a variety of experiences, including public and private salt-therapy sessions, couples massage, sound therapy, and even kid-friendly salt-therapy sessions.
The Sauna House, located in Asheville’s South Slope, features a range of spa services centered on the mental and physical benefits of hot/cold/relax therapy. Visitors can experience a two-hour bathhouse session, which includes use of an aspen wood sauna, dry cedar sauna, cold showers, cold plunge, heated benches, and a relaxing lounge space. Massage packages, as well infrared sauna sessions, are also available.
Still Point Wellness, a spa near downtown Asheville, specializes in sensory deprivation via saltwater flotation atop 1,000 pounds of healing Epsom salt, helping visitors achieve total relaxation. Other services include specialized massage, cranial sacral therapy, and somatic experiencing. Visitors can enjoy a single session, or buy a monthly membership plan.
Enjoying a healing, relaxing soak is the ultimate spa therapy, but adding an outdoor element takes the experience to another level. Two popular spots in Western North Carolina for outdoor tub soaks are Shoji Spa & Retreat in East Asheville, and Hot Springs Resort & Spa in Hot Springs. Shoji offers traditional Japanese bathing and soaking in private outdoor salt tubs, as well as spa-style showers, massage, group forest bathing, and treetop sauna, all tucked away in a restful mountain setting. Hot Springs Resort & Spa features jetted outdoor tubs of natural, hot mineral water. The tubs, of varying sizes and views, are nestled along the banks of the Spring Creek and the French Broad River.
Foot spa experiences
Wake Foot Sanctuary, in downtown Asheville, offers a range of 45-minute foot soaks handmade with essential oils, nourishing clays, and revitalizing salts. Massage add-ons are also available.
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