During the holidays we skip gift giving and travel, instead splurging on experiences rather than the alternative. That equates to a day at Spa Theology for myself, the boyfriend mountain biking, and a lot of eating. I grew up in North Carolina and after being in Dallas for 6 years I was itching to visit the Smoky Mountains for our annual holiday/birthday vacation!
Asheville has an interesting vibe considering it’s in the South: chill spiritual New Age meets Colorado brewery culture. The area is known for having an energy vortex, so relaxing spas and alternative therapies are plentiful. Last time I experienced Asheville I was a kid, as an adult I fell in love with the town. Everything was familiar and felt like home, something Dallas doesn’t provide.
let’s get on with my day at Spa Theology….
My day at Spa Theology didn’t disappoint, it was freakin’ unbelievable. The spa does a fantastic job of bringing big spa feel to an intimate boutique setting. Little details throughout the space gave the feel of being in someone’s private retreat. A guestbook signed by previous visitors, an elegant display of snacks and beverages, throw blankets; there were even cute touches in the treatments rooms.
I opted for signature services unique to the locale: a Lavender and Honey Facial and the French Broad Chocolate Lounge Treatment. I splurged for my birthday and added a customized LED treatment to my facial, and a dry brush exfoliation and therapeutic scalp treatment to my massage. YOLO, you know?
Being that we were visiting the dry, cold mountains I wanted a nourishing facial to keep my skin balanced. Spa Theology carries Privai, a naturally inspired skincare line from Asheville, that left my skin glowing. My esthetician Darinda started with a deep cleanse and rice bran exfoliation, followed by a gentle swipe of microdermabrasion to prepare my skin for treatment. While steaming I received a killer shoulder and neck massage, my weakness. How can you not love?! The lavender and honey mask, though. Absolutely divine with lavender essential oil, local North Carolina honey, and powdered milk mixed together. The elegant concoction leaves your skin so soft and supple!
It’s no secret I’m obsessed with LED facials, adding on a customized treatment to my facial was a no brainer. I battle hormonal breakouts along my jawline, and Darinda treated the area with blue light. All over I received red LED to brighten, reduce acne scarring, and promote collagen production. By the end of my facial, my skin was glowing, plump with hydration. I felt pretty flawless.
More often than not I’m blown away by facials and not massage, largely due to my personal preferences. But the French Broad Chocolate Lounge Treatment is the most decadent experience I’ve had. Adding on a scalp treatment and dry brush exfoliation just took it to the next level. If you visit you MUST include these add on’s, trust.
Heather began treatment with a brisk dry brush exfoliation, working in upward strokes towards the heart center. Dry brushing also improves circulation and detoxes the body by stimulating the lymphatic system. Exfoliating is a perfect beginning to the body treatment, removing dead skin allowing the lush massage concoction to penetrate to its full potential. They’re made for each other.
Before getting into the main event, Heather worked on my head with a massage and Bumble & Bumble Tonic Lotion scalp treatment. With invigorating peppermint, tea tree, rosemary, and lemongrass, and a hot towel wrapped around your head… bliss. I’ve since purchased the Tonic Lotion as a weekly at-home scalp treatment!
While my hair was left to absorb the treatment lotion, the best part began. Described as a full body massage, the French Broad Chocolate Lounge Treatment is more in the realm of a massage meets body treatment. A luxurious combination of cocoa butter and local chocolate cocoa was massaged into my skin, the sealant leaving me smelling like brownie batter all day. As each section of my body was massaged a warm towel was firmly pressed into the skin before moving to the next area, enabling the intoxicating mixture to penetrate deeply into my skin. The technique was reminiscent of a hot towel body wrap without the wrapping.
Just look at my face. Do I look like someone that could be a functioning member of society after a few hours in the spa?
FYI: Downtown Asheville has plentiful street parking although you may end up walking a block or two. Directly across the street, a parking garage is also available. You can find menu pricing, booking info, and spa policies here.