Rejuvenate in Aix

I originally mentioned Thermes Sextius Spa in a post about a year and a half ago (time flies!) and have been meaning to do a review ever since.  Well here it is.

It was a hot August day and we had been walking around the incredible, alluring streets of Aix for hours when we stumbled upon Thermes Sextius. We couldn’t have asked for a better surprise. We debated spending the extra money, but really the price was quite reasonable at around 60 Euros per person for access to so many relaxing treatments for an entire day.  It was kind of like a European spa amusement park, but in the best way. Picture going from one rejuvenating treatment to the next minus any lines or crowds, repeating your favorites as many times as you like, and spending as many or as few minutes on each treatment. I spent about 3 hours rotating between the following: steam room, authentic Finnish sauna, tropical and marine rain showers, hot bath, cold bath, outdoor mineral spring pool, and lounging in the gardens. 3 words: heaven on earth.

The Thermes Sextius spring water, which is highly rich in minerals and trace elements, is used in all the hydrotherapy treatments. These medicinal waters promote overall healing of the body including circulation stimulation and tissue drainage.

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Thermius-outside

Thermius1   Thermes Sextius is built on the site of actual ancient Roman thermae. Traces of an ancient thermal pool are visible at the entrance.

Thermius2Entering the area for the outdoor mineral pool & gardens.

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Thermius5During a week of nonstop traveling between Evian, Aix and Paris, these few hours were exactly what I needed half way through the trip to completely relax and rejuvenate. If you are ever in the South of France, I highly recommend visiting Aix-en-Provence and if you visit Aix then you must, must, must spend a few hours at this ancient healing oasis.

The Still Point

The Still Point holistic spa is a little haven of tranquility just 15 minutes from downtown DC in Takoma, Maryland. I hadn’t had a facial in over a year so I decided to go with their most “basic” signature facial ($90), which isn’t really basic at all. It involved black algae, a hydrating mask of local honey, extractions, as well as sonic dermabrasion (there was more, but these were my favorite aspects).

Wondering what sonic dermabrasion is? Unlike harsher micro dermabrasion, sonic dermabrasion consists of a 100% painless pulsating tool that gently glides across the surface of the face, using ultrasound to exfoliate, hydrate and lift the skin.  It removed all of the dead skin and left my face so, so smooth. I think I am now obsessed. I wish I had opened my eyes because I’m curious what the tool looked like exactly, but it was definitely very gentle and I loved the results.

As you can see from the pictures, the outside of the spa is just adorable while the inside is perfectly serene. Aside from all of the services offered, they also have a boutique with an array of  natural products from many unique and harder-to-find lines. Another cool aspect of the spa – they are 100% wind powered!

If you live anywhere in the DC metro area, The Still Point is definitely worth the short trip. I really want to go back for another facial and to try out acupuncture for the first time!