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June 23, 2010

Barton Creek Bows New Three Springs Spa

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Austin, Texas – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

Austin’s award-winning Barton Creek Resort & Spa is unveiling its reinvigorated Three Springs Spa on June 21, forming a powerful synergy of balance and wellness for all who visit. This all-encompassing retreat provides ample opportunity to quiet the mind, heal the body and renew the spirit through uncommon body and skin therapies, expert fitness instruction, guided stretching, meditation and fresh spa cuisine all surrounded by the Hill Country.

“We are excited to share Three Springs Spa with the local community, resort members and guests,” said Shana Ominsky, director of spa and wellness at Barton Creek Resort & Spa. “With a range of exceptional treatment offerings and unexpected touches that highlight each of the five senses, guests are ensured an experience that is second to none and will depart with a renewed sense of streamlined balance.”

Guests can begin their journey in Tranquility, a unique enclave that creates the ideal atmosphere for guests to unwind prior to their therapies. Tranquility is highlighted by a naturally-occurring limestone wall, unearthed during the spa’s recent renovations and created by pure spring water trickling over its surface for more than 25 years. This distinctive lounge creates a quiet, calming escape for spa guests.

“Tranquility is a true testament to the transformative power of water,” said Paul Carrozza, Barton Creek’s first director of wellness. “Just 25 years ago, this limestone wall would have not appeared to have any noteworthy physical characteristics, but in that relatively short time has become a unique example of natural forces creating something exceptionally beautiful.”

The 25-minute Tranquility experience begins with guests choosing from among five unique rituals, each with its own essential oils and soothing hand-picked teas – “Flow” to instill clarity, “Glide” to inspire renewal, “Drift” to promote muscle comfort, “Rush” to encourage vitality and “Cleanse” to relieve stress. After taking three cleansing breaths with their chosen essential oils, guests will receive a Marma point massage to stimulate facial points that correspond to the body’s seven chakras. The vibrations and healing sounds of ancient Tibetan bowls help to alter consciousness and create a deep sense of inner peace. Flowing massage techniques are also applied to specific areas of the body.

In addition to the Tranquility rituals, Three Springs guests will be able to choose from a wide array of spa offerings including body treatments, massage therapies, skincare, salon services and fitness instruction. New signature treatments include the following:

-Limestone Enriched Mud Detox Wrap (50 minutes) – A revitalizing mud treatment designed to refresh the entire body. Limestone nutrient-rich mud helps re-mineralize, exfoliate and detoxify the skin. An indulgent application of soothing body cream and a scalp treatment completes the experience.

-Grape Seed Body Scrub (50 minutes) – An invigorating scrub that exfoliates the skin with grape seeds from local Hill Country wineries. Grapes grown in enriched limestone soil have nutrients that help restore and revive the skin. The scrub is followed by an orange citrus body balm.

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-Hill Country Lavender Essence (80 minutes) – Locally farmed lavender paired with salt to exfoliate the body and awaken the senses, followed by a full-body massage with infused lavender oil.

-Signature Rainfall Treatment (80 minutes) – Begins with a 50-minute massage followed by an invigorating body brush. Then a stimulating herbal scalp treatment. Flowing water from the Vichy showers drenches the body and stimulates the skin.

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