The Spa at Hotel Healdsburg Goes Biodynamic

Hotels, Things to Do, What's New — By Melanie Haiken on March 24, 2010 at 4:44 am

The Sun-Dappled Entrance to the Spa at Hotel Healdsburg

It may not be easy being green, but for spa-goers it sure is great. Going green is a hot trend among spas, but the Spa at Hotel Healdsburg has gone one up on green by offering a biodynamic massage, the first spa I’ve heard of to do so.

The term biodynamic is a strict designation; it’s best known as a wine term that means wine made from grapes that were grown srictly according to natural forces including the cycles of the moon.

Now spa products can also be biodynamic, it seems. In this case it’s the herbs and floral essences that make up the oils and lotions that are biodynamic. Farms that grow lavender and other herbs biodynamically not only use no pesticides or herbicides but utilize an intensive cyclic organic gardening process that ensures maximum nutrient content in the herbs.

The biodynamic massage offered by the Spa at Hotel Healdsburg (on the Condé Nast Gold List for the past three years) uses biodynamic lavender-grapefruit massage oil produced by local Sebastopol lavender farm and herbalist Stella Flora for a truly holistic experience.

Biodynamic herbalist Stella Flora grows lavender near Sebastopol

Thanks to the oil’s deep penetration and lack of surface grease, the masseuse is able to get a stronger grip and really work the muscles and joints. As a wellness expert and former beauty editor for women’s magazines, I’m hard to impress when it comes to spa products. I mean, how different can a massage oil be?!¬† Yet I loved the Stella Flora products so much I contacted the company myself afterwards, and will be doing a future article on their operations.

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