New Mexico Health & Beauty
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Christa J. Obuchowski
Christa distils the most beautifully aromatic essential oils from materials she finds locally in Santa Fe (her piñon oil is a local favorite), making her the herbalist of choice for the area's best naturopaths. She also finds great uses for hydrosols, the less potent cast-off of the distillation process.
Dr. Eden Kark
1500 5th St., Santa Fe
The old aphorism goes that Santa Fe has more acupuncturists per capita than any other city in the world, so to say that Eden Kark stands out from the pack isn't for nothing. He's a practitioner of many forms of Chinese medicine and a Ph.D. candidate in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology, which brings an entirely different perspective to his treatment methods.
Hoshindo Healing Arts Institute
404 Brunn School Rd., Santa Fe
Voyce Durling-Jones Sensei was the first foreigner to pass national HoShin examinations and become certified to practice bee venom therapy in Japan, where the practice originated. She was also the first to bring the art, which uses bee venom to stimulate the immune system around areas of stress and illness, to the United States. Combining HoShin with her training as a reiki master, she takes on everything from tough cases of hard-to-treat conditions like Lyme to post-op inflammation treatment. If you can't get an appointment with Voyce Sensei herself, she has several qualified and highly trained practitioners on staff, all of whom have been through her rigorous apprenticeship program.
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa
50 Los Banos Dr., Ojo Caliente
Archaeologists can confirm that people have been drawn to the waters at Ojo Caliente for thousands of years: the hot springs are surrounded by the ruins of structures and terraces built by ancient cultures. It's been an important gathering place for every culture that's inhabited these lands since, from the Native American ancestors of those ancient cultures to the Spaniards to the New Age hippies of the '70s. Now, the springs are surrounded by a fully developed resort and spa, and while it's a perfectly nice (if a bit isolated) place to stay, we actually recommend stopping in just for the day. The entry fee gets you access to the pools, mud baths, steam rooms, and sauna. Better yet, they're open late, making this a fantastic place to watch a famous New Mexico sunset.
Richard William Skurla, D.O.
1012 Marquez Pl., Santa Fe
Dr. Skurla is one of the area's best osteopaths, with experience handling all kinds of hard-to-treat conditions from Lyme disease to autism.
1300 Luisa St., Santa Fe
Kundalini is a school of yoga with an intense focus on awareness and energy medians, which is a big part of why it's taken off in Santa Fe. It seems like everyone in town practices at Sacred Kundalini, which has a great roster of instructors, many of whom have formal healing practices like ayurveda or massage off the mat. For a more immersive experience, look up their workshops in white tantric yoga and meditation.
Spa at Loretto
211 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe
The spa at the Loretto Inn (next door to the Loretto chapel) has a homespun vibe—starting with the massage oils, which the spa director makes herself. All the standard treatments are on offer, from facials and milk baths to couples' massage, plus a room outfitted with a Vichy shower for water therapy. If you only have time for one treatment, get a pedicure in one of their profoundly comfortable (if not a little strange-looking) zero-gravity chairs.
Ten Thousand Waves
21 Ten Thousand Waves Way, Santa Fe
Perched on top of a hillside just ten minutes from downtown Santa Fe, this spa is one of the best places in the area to unwind. This tranquil oasis was opened in 1981 to introduce Japanese-style bathing to the city; today, a variety of massage, skin care, and spa treatments are on offer. The real draw here is the outdoor hot tubs, which capitalize on the simple, healing power of sitting in hot water while surrounded by nature. You could book an enclosed private tub with views of the mountains—and adjacent private cold plunge and sauna—but we recommend the communal baths.
The Light Harmonics Institute
7608 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe
Santa Fe is a hotbed for alternative medicine, and one of the most important doctors in that movement is Dr. Linda Lancaster, a homeopath and naturopath who looks at health holistically, focusing on lifestyle, energies, and other factors in her practice—she's also the founder of the Global Foundation for Integrative Medicine, with an amazing network of alternative medicine practitioners. Patients rave about her raw milk cleanse, which is said to rid the body of toxic parasites and help with heavy metal loads. For aspiring healers, her health center, Light Harmonics Institute (which also has an office in New York), offers classes and seminars on radionics, electromagnetics, and other healing arts. Her son, Dr. John Sherdon, shares her practice and is a talented acupuncturist.
Thrive Santa Fe
947 W. Alameda St., Santa Fe
There are plenty of alternative and niche yoga schools to try in Santa Fe, but when we're longing for a more familiar, Bikram-style class, we head to Thrive (which doubles as a spin studio), where you're all but guaranteed to meet friendly locals happy to share recommendations on the area's many health and wellness resources.
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