Umstead Spa

We interviewed Judy Stell, Spa Director at Umstead Spa for the low-down on spa information.

1. What are some benefits of a massage?

While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
• Decreased anxiety.
• Enhanced sleep quality.
• Greater energy.
• Improved concentration.
• Increased circulation.
• Reduced fatigue.
Furthermore, guests often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.

2. What are some benefits/results of getting a facial?

A facial can offer many benefits. The face is always subject to the elements such as the sun, maybe smoke or an improper at home regime. Facials offer you the opportunity to work with a professional skin care specialist who will analyze your skin, help you improve your complexion and show you how to take proper care of your skin.
A facial helps increase circulation and stimulates the skin. It can also help slow down premature aging by custom-targeting your skin care. Facials are a great preventative treatment to help you beat wrinkles before they occur. Keeping your skin hydrated will help keep the skin moist and stop dehydration.

3. What are some popular treatments at the spa?

I would recommend The Umstead Signature Body Ritual. This treatment will allow you to experience a full body exfoliation from the overhead Vichey Shower followed by a full body massage. The final step to this luxurious treatment will have you draped in a light body wrap misted with The Umstead Linen Mist followed by a a soothing scalp massage.

4. What are some benefits and results of getting a body treatment?

While regular skin cleansing is clearly beneficial, exfoliating on a regular basis -- once or twice a week for mild exfoliation, once or twice a month for more intense treatments -- can improve the results of your skin care routine and help rejuvenate your skin. Whether you have dry, normal, oily or sensitive skin, exfoliation can bring new life to your complexion. The process of exfoliation rids the body of any dry, dull skin by removing dead skin cells from the surface of the epidermis. By removing these dead cells, exfoliation can help keep pores from becoming clogged and leave skin with a refreshed and clean feeling.

5. What are your favorite products?

De La Terre Herb Rich Balm is an organic, Vegan product with many great benefits. This soothing balm is ideal as a treatment for the delicate eye and lip area. Herb Rich Balm aids as a therapeutic application in healing raw, irritated skin caused by chemotherapy and radiation treatments, facial resurfacing procedures and skin toxicity. It calms and protects extremely dry, chapped skin caused by adverse weather, minor burns and skin irritation.

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