Colorado Health & Beauty
Remède Spa at the St. Regis
315 E. Dean St., Aspen
Nowhere is the spa scene more critical than at a ski resort, where back-aches and sore muscles (not to mention altitude sickness) are par for the course. That's probably why the Rèmede Spa at the St. Regis is widely regarded as one of the chain's best. There are several Aspen-specific treatments, which include oxygen therapy for those adjusting to the mountain air, as well as deep moisturization for parched skin. Even if you don't splurge on a treatment, the plunge pools and series of hot tubs in the lounge are worthy of an entire afternoon.
Shakti Shala Yoga
422 E. Cooper St., Aspen
While Shakti Shala is best known for excellent yoga classes (which are taught in a gorgeous studio that's built out with reclaimed barn wood), it also has a robust Ayurveda program. Led by Jess Ewart, the offerings include consultations and follow-ups, with recommendations for diet changes and therapies that can be administered at home or through Shakti Shala. There's also a very well-curated shop.
500 W. Main St., Aspen
O2 is part studio, part spa, and part boutique, each with compelling offerings, but we like it best for its pilates and yoga classes. They're one of the only outfits in town with a serious collection of machines, making it a life-saver if you're the kind of person that can't go a week without a reformer. Private sessions book up quickly during Christmas and other peak times, so call in advance of your trip to get something set up. Schedule a facial afterwards for the full experience.
Arunja Hot Yoga
517 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen
This airy, heated yoga studio right on Hopkins Avenue downtown is known for a heated Ashtanga practice that's just as spiritually calming as it is physically difficult. Since Aspen vacations are often family affairs, it's an excellent relaxing escape from complaining kids or demanding in-laws.
A1 Foot Massage
517 E. Hopkins Ave., Ste. 102, Aspen
If "hole in the wall" is a phrase you can use to describe a massage place, A1 certainly qualifies. It doesn't look like anything special from the outside (or the inside, really), but the reflexology foot massages here are just what the doctor ordered after a long day with your feet jammed into stiff, ice-cold ski boots. Everyone goes here and spots book up fast, so make a reservation during breakfast.
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