From Phoenix and Scottsdale to Sedona and Tucson, Arizona has become the Spa Capital of the World, with top destination spas ready to pamper every inch of you. Many of the best treatments pay homage to the state’s Native American roots, taking advantage of the desert’s natural ingredients while respecting its rich, spiritual culture. Here are ten healing treatments that will leave you rejuvenated–mind, body and soul.
Spirit Flight — Photo courtesy of Miraval
Miraval, in Tucson, offers a number of Native American-inspired spa treatments and even has a shaman on staff. In “Spirit Flight,” Dr. Tim Frank, a licensed naturopathic physician, combines therapeutic massage with Spiritual Shamanism and drumming, and utilizes acupuncture, CranioSacral Therapy and spinal alignment to revitalize the body’s energy and balance. Don’t be surprised if this treatment, which many call “life-changing,” moves you to tears.
Aji Spa Relaxation Room — Photo courtesy of Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort
Ho’ishp (“Sacred Prickly Pear Body Treatment”)
The Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix offers the only authentic Native American spa menu in existence through its Indigenous Collection, developed by the resort’s Pima and Maricopa Cultural Caretakers. This signature body treatment begins in a therapeutic steam capsule with an application of sacred prickly pear red clay and continues with a full-body massage, using prickly pear and aloe oil to rehydrate the skin, and aloe and prickly pear gel to seal in the moisture. It’s topped off with a soothing cup of–what else?–prickly pear tea.
Aji Spa Jacuzzi — Photo courtesy of Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort
Belen Stoneman, a Pima Medicine Woman and spiritual healer at Aji Spa, welcomes you with a brief consultation so you can set an intention, then invites you to give yourself over to her healing hands. This unique journey combines traditional massage, polarity and ancient Pima healing doctrines in a one-of-a-kind treatment which concludes with a sharing of what your body and spirit have communicated.
Aji Spa Lobby — Photo courtesy of Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort
Nahtogig (“Four Directions”)
Using Indigenous ingredients to represent sunset, illumination, sandstorm and water, this luxurious body treatment brings to life the Creation Mosaic which greets you when you arrive at Aji Spa. Skin is exfoliated and nourished with a rich combination of pomegranate, salt, honey and blue cornmeal. You end the treatment with a soothing, warm honey pomegranate drink and a copy of the Creation Story to bring home to keep you feeling grounded and connected.
Hozhooji, the Mii amo Blessing — Photo courtesy of Mii amo Resort and Spa
Hozhooji, the Mii amo Blessing
Blending Native American ritual with holistic healing, this special treatment at Enchantment Resort’s Mii amo Spa in Sedona calls on the power of gratitude to reduce stress and awaken positive energies. Turquoise clay, powerful energy work and massage therapy work together to magnify–and help you appreciate–all the good in your life. After two hours of bliss, this treatment is likely to be added to that list.
Inner Quest — Photo courtesy of Mii amo Resort and Spa
This exclusive Mii amo treatment is a celebration of Native American ceremony and ritual, starting with the Medicine Wheel, representing the four stages of life. You are lovingly wrapped in the Circle of Life blanket, which is used to create the warmth of a sweat lodge and honor the tribal elders. Sweet grass is burned to attract good things and encourage positivity. This beautiful treatment is a perfect way to reconnect with your inner self and internalize the sacred wisdom of the ancestors.
Turquoise Drearming — Photo courtesy of Mii amo Resort and Spa
The Native Americans believe turquoise–which they called “sky stone”–to be a master healer, perfect for toning and strengthening the body and regenerating tissue. This refreshing Vichy shower treatment combines a native blue corn, aloe and turquoise body polish with an invigorating lemon scent that leaves skin oh-so-soft.
Well & Being Spa — Photo courtesy of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Havasupai Falls Rejuvenation
Inspired by the iconic waterfall on Havasupai tribal land in the Grand Canyon, this is considered the ultimate experience at The Fairmont Scottsdale’s Well & Being Spa. The 120-minute treatment infuses a variety of modalities and ingredients, all regionally authentic to the Southwest and all driven back to Native American roots. From the desert salts and herbs in the foaming bath soak to the ritual around the cocooned body wrap and third eye meditative warm oil drizzle, it offers the therapeutic effects of multiple treatments in one.
Drumming at Miraval — Photo courtesy of Miraval
Samadi Healing Ceremony
Dr. Tim Frank also leads this exclusive healing ceremony at Miraval, to help create a sense of deep peace in both your mind and body. Sound elements, featuring melodic chants, are calming and encourage open-mindedness and reflection. Dr. Frank incorporates Native American Shamanic drumming with acupuncture, Reiki and reflexology for a truly inspiring experience. You can be transported on a guided meditation with Tony Redhouse, a Navajo hoop dancer and professional musician, as well.
Meditation Atrium at the Phoenician's Centre for Well-Being — Photo courtesy of The Phoenician
Desert Serenity Scrub, Wrap and Massage
One of the most popular services at the Centre for Well-Being at the Phoenician, this 110-minute treatment detoxifies the body with the best of the local desert’s indigenous ingredients, including mineral-rich clay and soothing aloe vera. A full-body massage follows a gentle exfoliation, leaving you physically and emotionally refreshed as you reflect on life in the Spa Meditation Atrium.