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April 25, 2008

Spas offer blissful retreat from reality

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We enjoyed a combination of Swedish massage and hot stone therapy during our Mandara visit, and at the suggestion of the spa director, ended up in a Jacuzzi tub for two in a cool, dark, high-ceilinged room for a 30-minute treatment. The water was piping hot (perfect for my husband, who prefers a water temperature of about 107 degrees) and was salted with minerals to detoxify our systems.

As with other spas, Mandara offered a number of packages. A cellulite reduction program and special microdermabrasian for the face were on the menu for clients looking for body and facial rejuvenation. Other interesting choices include eye, lip and neck treatments, nourishing body wraps, and cleansing body scrubs. There are a number of facials to choose from, along with the usual plethora of massages, pedicures, manicures and other treatments.

If you’re planning your Walt Disney World trip this summer, consider taking one of the boats from Epcot over to the Dolphin to Mandara. But get an appointment first. Go to www.mandaraspa.com for company details, or for specifically the Dolphin, www.dolphinswan.com/activities/spa.html.

(Incidentally, although I compiled this information for vacationers, you don’t have to go that far from home to lavish a spa treatment on yourself. Reflections Medical Spa offers many such services, thanks to the talents of Dr. Tracey Childers. I’ve never been to Reflections, but I’ve talked to Tracey’s husband, Kelly – we both swim laps at the NSU pool – and he says the services are top drawer. Also, you can get similar services at The Palms Therapeutic Massage and Body Spa.)

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