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Stressed out?

SPA. An echo of “ahh,” the word oozes bliss. For the more than 32 million Americans who are active visitors, spas are refuges from the demands of daily life.

There were about 18,000 spas in the United States in 2008, up from 12,000 in 2004. Stress is the foremost reason people visit spas, according to the International Spa Association—and it’s the No. 1 issue addressed during visits. Treatments are designed to relax the mind, body and spirit.

The most popular service by far is massage. From the feathery touch of Swedish massage to a knot-loosening rub, massage addresses a range of maladies. Invigorating facials and warm wraps, many employing antioxidants or massage, are popular too.

Establishments in the Rochester area offer the therapeutic treatments one expects at high-end spas, along with hair styling, waxing and nail services, spa standards.

Spa at the Del Monte is part of the Del Monte Lodge, a hotel in the quaint village of Pittsford along the historic Erie Canal. The spa offers a wide range of therapeutic massages, wraps, scrubs and facials.

“We encourage people to arrive early and enjoy our facilities and stay late,” says spa director Lynda Plain. “We want to make a whole day, a whole afternoon, a whole morning out of it. We’re not here to rush you out.”

Before and after an appointment, clients can relax with a cup of tea by the fire, take a pulsating shower or pause in the sauna.

“I think that’s why people keep coming,” Plain says. “They know they’re taking a mini vacation when you come here. This is their sanctuary.”

Scott Miller Salon and Spa offers a wide range of day spa services at two locations in Pittsford and Webster.

Visitors can choose from 10 facials, seven massages of varying lengths, five body treatments— from scrubs to mud masques—and numerous pedicures and manicures. Aromatherapy makes an appearance in wraps, massages and facials. The salon also is a popular place to pick up quality cosmetics, such as Bobbi Brown, NARS and Scott Miller’s own line.

For the 2008 Victoria’s Secret holiday fashion show, Miller crafted the hairstyles of supermodels with his friend, celebrity hairstylist Oribe.

The staff of Spa Elan, at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa in Fairport, invites visitors to use the hotel’s sauna, whirlpool, fitness center and swimming pool before or after a treatment.
The spa is introducing the vichy Elan botanical wrap in spring 2009. The treatment adds a pulsating vichy shower to the wrap experience, says Cynthia Stanley, Woodcliff’s general manager.

A client favorite is the Moor mud treatment. The body is covered in organic, nutrient-rich mud and wrapped. The treatment finishes with the application of a hydrating grapeseed lotion.

“It pulls out all of the toxins that are in your skin,” Stanley says, “and it leaves your skin incredibly soft—incredibly soft and moisturized. It’s wonderful.”

Spa at the Del Monte, 419-3000, 43 N. Main St., Pittsford; Scott Miller Salon and Spa, 264-9940, 3340 Monroe Ave., Pittsford, and 980 Ridge Road, Webster; Spa Elan, Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 248-4870, 199 Woodcliff Drive, Fairport

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