Elements of Wellness at Spa Montage

by Kristin Vukovic

Spa Montage Laguna Beach recently launched its Elements of Wellness program featuring a customized blend of services. The first Elements of Wellness program was introduced late last year at Spa Montage Deer Valley in Park City, UT, and will expand to other Montage properties in the future.
“The programs were designed to be similar so that people could go to different Montage properties and experience Elements of Wellness,” says Michael Conte, spa director at Montage Laguna Beach. “Where we differ is in the activities. Up there [in Deer Valley] they have archery and ski opportunities. Here, we do a lot on the beach and nature hikes and trails.”
Russo 2013A spa concierge helps guests choose experiences from three categories: Energize, Reconnect and Indulge. The Energize program focuses on being active; Reconnect centers on inner well-being through activities such as guided meditation; and Indulge promotes relaxation and beautification with stress-relieving treatments. Guests aren’t limited to a category: They can cross-choose experiences on the menu to round out their customized program. “The goal of our philosophy is that it should be an all-encompassing retreat,” Conte says.
One of the most popular treatments is the Elements of Wellness Facial, a unique therapy with techniques originating from traditional Chinese medicine. Areas of imbalance are determined through face mapping, foot reflexology and a light application of customized oils on the spine. Therapists learn to work with the body on a much deeper level by participating in the program at Advanced Spa Therapy Education Certification Council (ASTECC). Body constitutions—Ectomorphy, Mesomorphy and Endomorphy—are similar to Ayurvedic doshas and help therapists determine the guest’s individual blend of products from OSEA, Spa Technologies and Eminence. montagehotels.com

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