Create Your Calm: 8 Resorts Doing Next-Level Mindful Massage

Last updated May 13, 2024

Can’t meditate? Get all the calming benefits of meditation in one go with a mindful massage treatment, a blend of two stress-relievers: massage and mindfulness. 

Mindfulness, as defined by Dr. John Kabat-Zinn, the father of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), is essentially about “the awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally.”

Add in massage and you get a gentle, slow-flowing treatment that harmonizes both body and mind, leaving you with a renewed sense of balance and bliss. 

Mindful massage is a great way for beginners to learn more about resting the mind, while also receiving a relaxing massage.

Experience Mindful Massage at These Eight Serene Resorts

Step into a realm of pure tranquility and embrace the transformative power of mindful massage at these eight resorts. 

1. Amara Resort & Spa — Sedona, Arizona

Imagine spending your day immersed in exhilarating outdoor activities in Sedona. Then, cap it off with well-deserved “me” time at Amara Spa. This serene oasis offers a gamut of services that pamper you from head to toe.

Their seasoned therapists excel in a variety of mindful massage treatments to relieve stress, soothe muscle and joint pain, recharge stress areas and rejuvenate your energy. The pièce de résistance, though, is their signature Rain Dance Massage, lavishly infused with lavender, rosemary and sage oils.

2. Lake Austin Spa Resort — Austin, Texas

At Lake Austin Spa Resort, the Prenatal Massage is a favorite for expectant moms past their first trimester. This Swedish-style massage performed side-lying or using a pregnancy-approved-face-down bolster system is just the thing to improve circulation and relieve weight-bearing muscle tension.

Not to be outdone, the Magnesium Massage is also a Swedish-style relaxation technique that helps replenish magnesium levels in the body. Known for promoting general muscle health, this mindful massage eases muscle aches and supports nerve function. A perfect pick for those seeking balance and muscle relief.

3. Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa — Tucson, Arizona

Journey into indigenous spirituality-inspired treatments at Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa. From the Intuitive Massage, guided by your specialist’s intuition, to the soul-calming Sacred Sounds Massage that combines aromatherapy, breathwork and vibrational sound therapy, Miraval truly offers a mindful spa experience.

Balance-seekers will love Tula, a treatment using gua sha stones and essential oils to stimulate circulation and relax muscles. Syner-Qi, a blend of neuro-reset, neuromuscular massage and neuro-acupuncture is a perfect choice for those dealing with chronic pain or recovering from injury. Finally, sweeten your slumber with Sweet Slumber, a peaceful journey into sleep through aromatherapy, tapping and acupressure.

4. Canyon Ranch Lenox — Lenox, Massachusetts

At Canyon Ranch Lenox, prepare to melt into blissful oblivion with mindful massage treatments such as the Aromatherapy Massage that uses personalized body oil blends, or the indulgent Candle Massage featuring a signature massage candle infused with the essence of oud wood and vanilla.

Balancing energy and enhancing focus comes naturally with the Chakra Balancing Massage, while the Craniosacral Therapy works to clear any blockages in the brain and spinal cord’s subtle rhythm.

5. The Lodge at Woodloch — Hawley, Pennsylvania

Welcome to a world of ultimate relaxation at The Lodge at Woodloch. Whether it’s the Tension Tamer, targeting stress in your back, neck and shoulders, or the Sole Soother, a blissful pampering for your tired feet, you are in for a mindful and therapeutic delight.

The Restorative Herbal Massage with traditional Thai herbs and the Chakra Balancing Massage that merges Reiki, Swedish techniques and aromatherapy provide unparalleled relaxation and energy balancing experiences.

6. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort — Miami, Florida

Carillon sets a high bar with their Himalayan Salt Stone Massage that works to rejuvenate fatigued muscles and promote deep relaxation. Their crystal quartz massage bed, featuring color therapy, supports in energizing and promoting balance throughout the body.

The spa also introduces NuCalm, a cutting-edge technology that solves the riddle of managing stress and improving sleep quality without drugs. The Yon-Ka Bamboo Aroma Sculptant adds a firming and sculpting touch to your spa experience.

7. CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa — Carefree, Arizona

Absorb the healing power of the desert at CIVANA with their Spirit of the Desert mindful massage. Begin with a guided meditation to help you focus on the present, with added sound bowls to ground and connect. Finish with a soothing massage of nutrient-rich oils applied to promote natural rebalancing of body, mind and spirit.

Finally, embark on a journey to deeper relaxation with Revive To Thrive, combining Ayurvedic techniques, warm herbalized oil and Marma Point Therapy for a transformative relaxation experience.

8. Sundara Inn & Spa — Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

The CBD Massage at Sundara Inn & Spa incorporates the healing qualities of organic hemp-derived CBD oil, relieving aches and pains. The Arnica Massage, enriched with essential oils, promotes blood circulation and pain relief.

Don’t miss out on the Elements Hydrotherapy Massage that takes you through the four elements—earth, water, air, and fire, for a total body healing experience. The Shirodhara Oil Flow, a therapeutic oil treatment on the forehead, completes your mindful massage journey.

Fueling the Mindful Massage Trend

A world of mindful massages awaits in some of the finest spas and resorts around the world. Whether it’s balancing your chakras, taming tension or stimulating pressure points, there’s a mindful massage ready to provide therapeutic pampering in your pursuit of inner harmony.

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