Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa
5000 E. Via Estancia, Catalina
Tucked into the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Miraval Arizona is a one-stop shop for all things wellness. This 400-acre desert retreat is the kind of place you can go on a friends’ getaway or a solo journey—and return home feeling totally reset. The rugged, cacti-dotted terrain is the backdrop for a huge variety of activities like horseback riding, the Miraval’s famous Equine Experience with Wyatt Webb, hiking, and botany-focused tours. The spa, with its army of healers, wellness practitioners, and massage therapists, is just as fantastic. The most popular treatment is the amazing Cara Vida facial, which starts with a gentle cleansing, exfoliation using chia seed husks, and two masks: one made of comfrey, green tea, citrus, and rose; the other of honey and cold-pressed chia seeds. All programs are fully customizable: Guests can begin their morning with reiki, try an aerial yoga session in the afternoon, and wind down with a hot stone massage in a temperature-controlled outdoor tent.
Mii Amo Spa
525 Boynton Canyon Rd., Sedona
This spectacular retreat is one of our favorite destinations in the U.S. The rooms are beautifully simple and the treatments, thanks to incredible practitioners, are absolutely incredible. The menu offers everything from psychic massage to a Sedona clay wrap, to reiki and lymphatic drainage. The facials are incredible, and varied, with everything from a deeply restorative oxygen facial, a stimulating lymphatic facial, and targeted reflexology. Meanwhile, the spiritual treatments—meditation, hypnosis, past life regression and more—are like three years of therapy in three days.
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale
Invigorating Hungarian facial massage (think pinching and piano-playing over skin to get the blood flowing to conjure a nice flush), copper peptide treatments, layers of antioxidant collagen masks, and firming microcurrent therapies are just some of the skin-revivifying treatments on the menu. We especially love the Revital-Eyes, in which botanical-infused pads are applied to the under-eyes to support collagen and ease puffiness before the area is targeted with a NuFace device to tighten and lift via gentle electric current.
Eating Disorders Anonymous
A peer-support network, Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) follows a twelve-step program for eating disorder recovery. At meetings, people read from the EDA "Big Book"—which sets forth a structure for healing following the style and tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous—and focus on identifying and celebrating milestones. Because of the unique role of rule-setting and rigidity in eating disorder pathology, EDA focuses on balance rather than abstinence. The program holds in-person meetings across the US and in several other countries, and they are all free to attend. For those unable to go in person, there are daily online meetings.
8600 E. Rockcliff Rd., Tucson
If you’re looking for an escape to a luxury spa, you may want to look elsewhere, but if you're up for a rustic retreat that really lets you focus on resetting your well-being, Canyon Ranch in Tucson is an excellent choice. They have wonderful roster of in-house experts—from spiritual gurus, to fitness instructors—and a varied weekly schedule of group classes and events--everything from spinning, yoga, circuit training, mind-body-soul workshops, etc. Canyon Ranch has a casual atmosphere—you won’t need to bring much beyond your workout gear, and when you get there, the absence of bells and whistles is refreshing. The Arizona desert locale is vast and serene. There’s a two-mile loop of the campus, which you can walk or run (best early in the a.m. before the day heats up) that shows off the area’s incredible array of desert plants. If you want a guided nature tour, they have morning walks, hikes on the surrounding trails, and river-path bike rides. We suggest having a packed schedule so you can go to bed with that all-over, deep-good-tired feeling. While the food program isn't the most revolutionary of its kind, you won't…
Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
5000 E. Via Estancia, Catalina
Tucked into the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Miraval Arizona is a one-stop shop for all things wellness. This 400-acre desert retreat is the kind of place you can go on a girls' getaway or a solo journey—and return home feeling totally reset. The guest rooms and villas have recently had their own reset, of sorts—the design weaves in the fabric of the surrounding Sonoran Desert with natural fibers, wood and stone textures, and big French doors that take full advantage of the views. In early 2018, Miraval is launching the Retreat—a collection of 22 residences equipped with indoor-outdoor showers, a private pool or spa—each designed for larger groups traveling together, or those seeking a bit more living space. The rugged, cacti-dotted terrain is the backdrop for a host of activities, including horseback riding, hiking, and botany-focused tours. The spa, with its army of healers, wellness practitioners, and massage therapists—is obviously the main draw. And all programs are fully customizable: Guests can begin their morning with reiki, try an aerial yoga session in the afternoon, and wind down with a hot stone massage in a temperature-controlled outdoor tent.
It's difficult to articulate Ashley's full scope, as she offers everything from psychopomp (helping souls transition to the other side, like a death doula) to soul retrieval (finding unresolved traumas from past lives and energetically healing them). It is pretty much as mysterious as it sounds: Deeply intuitive, Ashley will riff on everything from your spirit guides to your spirit animals, touching on life path and purpose and the soundness of your relationships. She's based in Sedona, but also does sessions over the phone.
3903 E. Pima St., Tucson
Claudia’s laidback way will immediately put you at ease—partnered by the fact that she’s refreshingly astute: She will zero in on the points of your body where you’re feeling pain or discomfort, and an hour later, you’ll emerge feeling peacefully realigned. Claudia works out of a private practice in Tucson, Arizona—and at the Canyon Ranch wellness resort there, where she’s known for her Healing Touch sessions, which draw on Reiki techniques.
Sedona Vortex Retreat
Ride the waves of healing energy among the beautiful Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona. Sign up for a day long retreat and head off into the wild where your guide will help you tap into the transformational energies that are created where electromagnetic lines intersect. Though some may be wary of the New Age ways (add-ons include drum journeys and shamanic sound healings) even skeptics can't debate the beauty of the epic landscape. Sedona Vortex Retreat doesn't provide accommodations; we'd recommend bunking up at the L'Auberge de Sedona.
1655 N. Tegner St., Wickenburg
The trauma and addiction specialists at The Meadows lead participants through Survivors Week, a workshop based on the book, Facing Codependence, that's geared towards uncovering, understanding, and releasing any childhood traumas that may be blocking a person from being their best self and living their best life. And while people from all walks of life touch down in Arizona to explore their past to heal their future, those in crisis can check into the center for more serious support in conquering addictions (sexual, alcohol, drug, love, work, gambling) as well as issues including depression, eating disorders, and PTSD.
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