Healing Hot Spot: SháNah Spa & Wellness


Maybe it was the lingering high of attending a creative writing retreat. Or maybe it was the magic of Santa Fe’s legendary vibe. But somewhere into the 50-minute Rainbow Body chakra-balancing massage at The Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort’s SháNah Spa life really started to feel WONDERFUL. Better yet, the feeling didn’t disappear the minute I returned home. Three days later, I was still glowing.

Don’t let it’s woo-woo name fool you. My quest for the perfect body treatment may have ended when the spa manager suggested this winner!


What to expect: Guided by scent, sound and attuned touch, the seven major energy centers of the body are gently brought into balance. Using custom blended oils and introducing each chakra with simple keywords and scents, the treatment is equal parts meditation and massage.

What it does: Seven blends of organic oils, each vibrationally tuned to one of the seven basic chakras and their corresponding colors, are used to nourish different aspects of physical, emotional and mental well being. 

Where to find it: Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ranked by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of America’s premier retreats, the lodge offers resort-style family vacations one hour from Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ).  Information and reservations: www.bishopslodge.com; 800-419-0492.

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".