Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Can You Say Ayurveda?

I'd been up since 3 a.m., had a late lunch in the Viga Restaurant at La Posada de Santa Fe upon arrival and now, came my treatment at the spa. A travel journalist's job is tough, but somebody's got to do it.

La Posada Santa Fe is a spectacularly beautiful RockResort property right in the heart of Santa Fe. The RockResorts brand was originally created in 1956 by Laurance Rockefeller, with the development of Caneel Bay on St. John in the U.S.Virgin Islands. The main structure is an adobe that has been artfully wrapped around the Victorian home of local pioneer family Julia and Abraham Staab, a prosperous merchant and his wife who built their three-story brick mansion, in the French Second Empire-style.

A 1990s renovation of the (yes, dog-friendly)grounds incorporated a series of Pueblo Revival-style adobe casitas around the existing Staab Mansion and carriage house that were built by in the 1930s, by R.H. and Eulalia Nason. In the following years, La Posada became a summer arts school with many long-term guests who were an important part of Santa Fe's flourishing arts community.

But back to the world famous RockResort Spa! Can you say Ayurveda? Of course you can if it means enjoying the wonderful hot aromatherapy oils slathered on your body in an expert massage until you are relaxed into oblivion. Ayurveda is the ancient art of healing that comes from India. It has been adopted by many western spas as a healing method of holistic practices.

Aah, I don't want to doze off, this is too wonderful to miss a minute of it. Relaxation at its best! Then onto kicking up my heels in Santa Fe.

Painting by Texas artist Jill Pankey

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