It’s starting to seem like quarantine life may drag on past New Year’s. Knowing we may have months to go before life is even semi-normal again, I desperately needed a physical and emotional reset—which I recently got via a mini-break at KOHLER Waters Spa.
Located inside of LODGE KOHLER, this lush getaway awaits in the heart of Green Bay. I needed a destination that was in reasonable driving distance from Southern Wisconsin, but also would seem as if I’d jetted off to lavish refuge out on the coast. Upon arrival, I certainly found the deluxe level of pampering and solitude I’d been craving.
“We focus on mindfulness and meditation. As the body is interconnected with the mind, we have a great holistic offering of treatments focusing on well-being and healing the whole person such as our new cupping facial,” says spa manager Lindsey Salzsieder. “This facial is targeted to decongest and detoxify the skin while triggering the production of collagen and elastin. The facial will include a gentle exfoliation, facial massage and customized mask, along with a foot and hand massage. We constantly evolve our menu by adding innovative and creative treatment combinations (seasonal and permanent) that spotlight hydrotherapy expertise and reflect the passion for providing guests with one-of-a-kind wellness experiences.”
The spa is indeed known for its “signature therapeutic water-based treatments” that are further enhanced by the palatial whirlpool area—complete with a cold bath, steam room and sauna. Guests have access to this area, plus a soothing relaxation suite before and after services.
For those who need to stay closer to home for the time being, Salzsieder suggested these
at-home, self-care options as a palliative until a day excursion or overnight trip to the spa is feasible:
With the increased use of face masks, our skin has been suffering from a lack of moisture. Now more than ever, skin care is very important. You need to know what’s happening under your skin due to the lack of air circulation. Exfoliation is key to keeping your skin looking its best while wearing face masks. To exfoliate at home:
- Cleanse: Make sure to first wash your face with a cleanser.
- Choose your exfoliation technique: Remove the cleanser with lukewarm water. Incorporate an exfoliating technique to get rid of the dull skin. A pumice rub or chemical exfoliator are great ways to exfoliate. And alpha beta hydroxys and lactic acids are very popular and safe to use on a regular basis.
- Mask up: Incorporate a hydrating mask after exfoliation. Make sure you do this once a week. Masks can be done while you shower, in the tub, etc.
- Moisturize at night: Nighttime is the best time of the day to moisturize your skin. Make sure to use the best concentrates to treat any condition and follow up with a sunscreen moisturizer the next day.
- Wear a face mask—and take on the day!
Body (Dry) Brushing
Dry brushing is an ancient body detox technique that addresses the lymphatic system. The gentle brushing of the skin helps to improve the flow of toxin buildups that can cause blockages in the lymph nodes, causing inflammation. Body brushing stimulates blood flow and acts as a detoxifier, breaking up toxin deposits in the body. Using a simple dry brush with soft bristles or a loofah, start by lightly flicking the skin at the feet and work your way up to the chest, focusing on the feet, groin, back of the knees, underarms and inside the clavicle. The movement should be focused toward the heart (pulling the lymphs into the drainage points) for detoxification.
Although I’ve owned a dry brush for a few years now, it was helpful to learn I hadn’t necessarily been using it in the most effective manner. It’s a technique I’m planning to master…while figuring out when to book my next KOHLER escape before 2021 begins.
To book your treatment at KOHLER Waters Spa, visit www.lodgekohler.com/spa.