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You won’t believe the variety of spa treatments available in New England

From forest bathing to a Turkish hammam ritual, there are plenty of ways to unwind this winter.

The Turkish Red Flower hammam ritual at the Spa at the White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, Maine.


> Supine stretch: Too tired for those Bikram power moves? Try a Thai floor massage, also known as lazy man’s yoga, at Connecticut’s Foxwoods G Spa and Salon. (800-369-9663;

> Float away: Detox with a Marine Mud Wrap at Ocean House’s OH! Spa in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. (855-678-0364; In Cape Elizabeth, Maine, the spa at the Inn by the Sea specializes in surfy massages, including on a bed that sends vibrations through your body to the sound of waves. (207-799-3134;

> Ruff life: While you’re at the Fido-friendly Inn by the Sea, give your best friend the VIP treatment with a half-hour doggie massage.


> Staycation spas: Escape to a tropical island on Newbury Street with steam, cool-mist therapy and herbal salt exfoliation with G2O’s Bali Paradise Experience. (617-262-2200; Old school? Head over to Chelsea’s Dillons Russian Steam Bath. Opened in 1885, it’s one of New England’s oldest shvitzes. (617-884-9434;

> A fez of the heart: The Turkish Red Flower hammam ritual at the Spa at the White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, Maine, is a five-part full-body treatment that includes exfoliation, a wrap, and massage while enveloping you in the scent of jasmine, bergamot, clove, and orange blossom. (207-967-2321;

> Immerse yourself in nature: Strong House Spa in Quechee, Vermont, offers the latest therapeutic technique from Japan: forest bathing. It has nothing to do with water but combines aromatherapy with a guided meditative trail walk. (802-295-1718;

> All wrapped up: The Head to Toe Heaven treatment at Citron Spa in Providence, includes a detoxifying mud body masque, after which you’re cocooned in hot towels and given facial, hand and foot massages. (401-861-0908;


> Hot rock: Nantucket’s Westmoor Club has the only heated quartz massage table in New England. Warmed to 107 degrees, it’s said to help reduce inflammation and is a great warm-up for treatments like chakra clearing or vibrational sound therapy. (508-228-9494;

> En garde: Fencing lessons at the Spa House at the Mayflower Grace hotel in Washington, Connecticut, are $110 an hour for individuals, $150 for couples. (860-868-9466;


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Himalayan salt is said to balance the central nervous system and nourish depleted cells, providing deep relaxation. A few options:

> The salts go local when mixed with organic applesauce from Stowe Cider for a 110-minute exfoliating “uber scrub” at Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Lodge spa. (802-760-4780;

> New this year, the dry sauna at the Westmoor Club in Nantucket is lined with 500 tiles made of the pink stuff. Inhaling the salt-charged air is said to aid respiration.

> Starting Christmas Day, stones made from salt will be replacing the traditional version in the stone massages at the Spa at the Woodstock Inn & Resort in Vermont. (802-457-6697;


> 21,020 — Number of spas in the US in 2015

> 179 million — US spa visits in 2015

> $16,300,000,000 — US spa revenue in 2015

> $91 — Average spa revenue per visit

> 23,064 — Number of massages given at Canyon Ranch in Lenox last year (800-742-9000;

> 1,000 — Number of bottles of nail polish are used annually at The Spa at Norwich Inn. (860-425-3500;


> 77 percent — Percentage of Americans who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress.

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