Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Nordstrom Spa Day Experience

Nordstrom spa invited me to experience a special day of relaxation, luxury and ultimate pampering.

The Nordstrom spa is located in select Nordstrom stores in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Washington.

I chose to visit the one in the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ as that was the most convenient for me. The spa experience was definitely just what I needed after a long week filled with meetings, fashion events and various charity galas.

My spa package included a 2 hour full body Aromatherapy Revitalizer, lunch break and 1 hour Alpha Beta Peel facial

I arrived for my 11am appointment ready to be rejuvenated from the stress of my busy week. I was warmly greeted by Greg, the Spa Director at Nordstrom Spa. We chatted for a bit about my upcoming spa package. Since it was an all day package the spa accommodates guests with complimentary lunch from the Nordstrom café. Greg gave me a menu and asked that I choose whatever I wanted. It was a hard decision since everything looked so delicious! I decided to go with the Grilled Skirt Steak Chimichurri with roasted asparagus, carrots and yukon gold potatoes, and cilantro lime vinaigrette.

Next, I was whisked away into a dimly lit room where my spa session was to begin with the Aromatherapy Revitalizer. My bed was prepared with the spa essentials for the day like a robe, hair mask, hangers and more.

My spa experience started with a 10 min warm feet soak. This by the way was just perfect after a hectic week running around in heels! 

Next, Kristine, the Certified Massage Therapist started my Aromatherapy Revitalizer. This fragrant, intoxicating wrap is used to soothe, relax and detoxify the body. I asked Kristine to briefly describe the process.

Kristine: You’re going to have a spa revitalizer service. It’s two hours with me and you’re going to have a full body exfoliation with a crushed walnut scrub. It’s micro-beads so it’s very gentle but you’ll be amazed at how smooth and soft your skin feels afterwards. It’s going take off the fine, dead layer of skin on top. It’s going to allow the aromatherapy wrap to soak in more effectively. That’s the first phase. The aromatherapy wrap has an algae base which is going to get in on a cellular level and will stimulate your cells to do a gentle toxin purge. It will also encourage the blood stream to flow so you’ll get a nice toxin release. There is a little bit of pine in it which is a detoxifier. This is perfect to do now with the change of season going into warmer weather. 

After exfoliation I went to wash away the scrub under a golden shower which was right inside my room. My favorite Moroccan shampoo and conditioner were also in the shower.  

After the full-body exfoliation, I was wrapped in a moisture-rich blanket of essential oils, which allow the body to absorb the powerful effects of aromatherapy. Periodically Kristine would spray a beautiful flowery scent around the room and over my face.

Relaxing music was playing in the background as I lay wrapped in the warm blanket. It felt like I was wrapped in a human-sized cocoon that would transform me into a beautiful butterfly upon unraveling. All of my thoughts, tensions and worries seemed to just slowly disappear.

An aromatic scalp massage was done right after the wrap and was meant to further enhance the properties of the treatment. The massage was done with a hair mask which made my hair as soft as silk.

After another shower I was given a heavenly full-body massage to further add an even deeper sense of relaxation and revitalization.

When my Aromatherapy Revitalizer was finished I had such a peace of mind feeling that made me feel so free. I can’t justly describe the feeling but the closest thing to it is equating it to a butterfly that was just hatched from its cocoon and flying around for the first time with not a worry in the world.

After my session Kristine described exactly how she achieves this freeing feeling.

Kristine: After the exfoliation and the wrap your skin feels wonderful and you're de-toxified. The massage process not only relaxing the muscles but it’s also causing your mind to go deep inside your body. The focus goes on the body, it goes on the muscles. When you focus on the autonomic functions your mind can’t think of anything else. That’s when the real de-stressing and healing takes place. People have what you call that zen moment and that’s what we try to achieve with everyone. 

I was asked to walk into the adjacent room where my lunch was already waiting for me. The grilled skirt steak from the Nordstrom cafe came with roasted asparagus, carrots and yukon gold potatoes and cilantro lime vinaigrette. It was the perfect addition to my spa experience. 

The last part of my spa day included a visit to Lana, the Skincare Therapist. Lana was so sweet and extremely talented with decades of experiences behind her. She examined my face under a bright light to advise the perfect facial for my skin. The Alpha Beta Peel by Dr. Dennis Gross was chosen as the best option.

Lana mentioned that this particular facial was the best for all skin types and number one selling of all the home peels. She said that this facial is very good for diminishing fine lines, wrinkles, reduces pores and smooths the skin surface immediately. It’s very rich in vitamin C and vitamin D. It has a lot of active ingredient like retinol. It also improves the elasticity of the skin and works very well for pigmentation and sun damage. You can keep using this facial until your skin is improved. The home peels are also sold directly on the Nordstrom spa website so you can continue the treatment at home after the spa visit.

The Alpha Beta Peel did everything Lana said it would. It gave my face a bright, healthy glow and improved the overall look of my skin. 

Thank you so much Nordstrom spa for such a relaxing experience. It’s just what this busy Fashion Blogger needed to feel beautiful and energized! 


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