October 7, 2008 - Natural healing the Cherokee way at Equani Spa in Young Harris, Georgia
Equani Spa is now open for business. With seven treatment rooms, Swiss showers, eucalyptus steam rooms, hydrotherapy tubs, a walking meditation trail, an authentic fire pit, refreshment bar, thermal pool with waterfall spillways, lounging area, hair salon, retail area, and bridal suite, the new spa offers many exciting amenities.
Equani Spa has many creative indoor and outdoor activities to stimulate the mind, body, and soul. Bring a swimsuit for a dip in the thermal pool or relax on the deck while enjoying a light meal and breathtaking view. A visit to Equani Spa is a great way to get away from the stress of everyday life.
The spa's "body rituals" include relaxed stretching and compressions to awaken the body and reduce fatigue. There are body masques for detoxifying, eliminating fatty deposits, and revitalizing the metabolism. There are grooming services such as facials, waxing, and teeth whitening. Equani Spa also offers makeovers, special occasion hair styles, shampoos, haircuts, bridal packages, men's services, pedicures, and manicures.
Facials at Equani Spa provide the ultimate in radiance and rejuvenation. Treatments include everything from deep, purifying facials to non-invasive skin re-surfacing.
Equani Spa massage therapy programs begin with a hydro-bath and consist of varying techniques including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, and hot stone treatments. Each massage begins with a personalized selection from a variety of aromatherapy oils.
Spa cuisine includes light, delicious meals such as a fresh seasonal fruit platter with yogurt and honey, pita bread and hummus, chicken and cucumber wrap with lettuce and hummus, fresh salads, and a selection of cheeses with dates, walnuts, and crackers.
Hands and feet get special treatment at Equani Spa. There are several treatments including the Simply Sugar Spa Manicure and Pedicure. This treatment starts with exfoliation. As the sugar melts, glycolic action provides an even tone. Intense moisture is the key to this treatment, from soak and scrub to a relaxing hydrating massage with attention given to cuticles and dry calluses.
According to Operations Manager Marilyn Dockery Reece, the Cherokee people believe that water is the sacred messenger and it is often used for purification and other ceremonies. All of the Equani "Spa Rituals" begin with the traditional cleansing of hands and feet. (This helps to counteract depression, anger, and bitterness.) For example, the 7 Clan Ritual is highly detoxifying. The treatment begins with a European dry body-brushing to stimulate the lymphatic system and is followed by a balancing mud masque. A purification massage completes the journey, leaving the body totally relaxed with a light and renewed feeling. This ritual takes approximately two hours.
The amazing "Native American" inspired spa is a tribute to Cherokee tribes that once lived in the area. Treatment rooms are named after historical clans including the Blue Clan, the Paint Clan, the Wild Potato Clan, the Wolf Clan, the Deer Clan, the Bird Clan, and the Long Hair Clan. Each treatment room has a private deck with hydro tub and scenic view of the mountains.
Baths are a big part of Equani Spa. Hydrotherapy tub treatments provide relaxation, detoxification, stress relief, increased circulation, skin toning, and rejuvenation. Color therapy lights and mineral and aromatherapy preparations enhance the experience.
Marilyn Dockery Reece says, "Equani Spa is not just for resort guests. We welcome local people to enjoy the benefits of our services. Let the stress of everyday life melt away as you enjoy the newest addition to Brasstown Valley Resort."