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February 7th, 2014 | 11:11am

Native Reflections Ritual, A Signature Santa Fe Spa Treatment

The very first time that I performed the Native Reflections Ritual, a signature Santa Fe spa treatment, I finally understood the essence of what truly makes the Spa at Loretto stand out in a town overflowing with healing centers, spas, and talented body workers. At the time I had already enjoyed working at Loretto as a massage therapist for nearly two years, but had only recently been trained in the Sacred Stone massage modality. While preparing for the couple's ritual that day, Caroline, a more seasoned co-worker and kind mentor, agreed to take the lead during the prayer/blessing so that I could take witness and get a feel for how this ritual is performed.

We led the couple, adorned in matching cozy bathrobes and slippers, into a candlelit treatment room with an oversized bathtub already filled with steaming water, rose petals sprinkled around the room, bath mats and towels. We confirmed with our guests which unique, house-crafted, aromatherapy blend would be added to their bath and bodywork. Then, the magical part that I'd never experienced began.

Caroline instructed the couple to face to each cardinal direction while she read a Native American inspired prayer/blessing for each. I closed my eyes and turned with them, taking in the blessings one by one. The couple, celebrating their anniversary that day, held hands and gazed into each other’s eyes the entire time. The words of the blessing mesmerized me, and put us all into a deeply intentional place. We then sprinkled bath salts, aromatherapy oil, and petals into the tub and stepped into the hallway, allowing our guests time to soak together and deeply relax. As we sat outside sipping water and taking slow breaths to prepare ourselves as therapists, I couldn't help but smile as I imagined what this couple would be taking away from tonight. They hadn't just come into “any spa” and gotten a "fluff and buff" massage for their anniversary. They had truly entered a ceremonial space, and we had held that space for them with the utmost respect. This is what I love most about working at the Spa at Loretto. This is what makes us legendary. 

Click here to learn more about the Native Reflections Ritual Treatment and make your appointment.

Posted by Lara Bache, Massage Therapist

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