Spa Artisan: Spirit of Sage

by Kristin Vukovic

Nestled in the heart of the Del Monte Forest, Pebble Beach is famous for its world-class golf links and award-winning 22,000 square-foot spa and salon. Rich earth tones and sun-flooded waiting rooms (one with a cozy indoor fire pit) create an atmosphere of pure relaxation.
A decade ago, spa artisan Cari Herthel, a therapist at The Spa at Pebble Beach, created the signature Lasapa Lelima Purification Treatment to honor her Native American roots and celebrate the Esselen tribe, indigenous to California’s Monterey Peninsula. Herthel wanted to utilize the healing properties of endemic plants, herbs and minerals, including locally grown white and coastal sage, sea salt and muds.
The 100-minute treatment includes dry brushing, exfoliation with white sage-infused sea salt, a detoxing California mud wrap and a white sage oil massage. The therapist chants prayers and honors the four directions to re-create rituals that would be performed in a traditional lodge. During the treatment, trips to the sauna and steam rooms enhance the feeling of a sweat-lodge experience.

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