Spa spotlight: Cavallo Point Lodge Healing Center & Spa

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Cavallo Point Lodge is San Francisco’s national park lodge, located in Golden Gate National Parks at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. Once the site of the Fort Baker military base, today it’s a wellness hub in a breathtaking setting. Opened in the summer of 2008, the property is an enchanting and environmentally sustainable “base camp” where the city’s urban edge meets the rugged Marin coast. Since opening, it has earned many accolades, including LEED Gold certification and a top 5 ranking  in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure magazine.

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Built between 1901 and 1915, Cavallo Point Lodge’s 68 Historic rooms and suites once served as officers’ quarters. The restored landmark brick buildings feature expansive foyers and staircases, authentic tin ceilings, fireplaces, panoramic windows, and spacious front porches, many with gorgeous views of San Francisco Bay.

The lodge’s highlights a focus on wellness and sustainability, and features French-inspired dining, a cooking school, and a Healing Arts Center & Spa.

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The Healing Arts Center & Spa is an 11,000-square-foot space with 11 treatment rooms

integrating the best cultural healing practices from around the world. Spa treatments include facials, massages and body wraps, while healing arts services include herbal consultation, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, and shamanic journeys. A heated outdoor meditation pool is a focal point for guests, along with the Tea Bar, featuring teas, snacks and herbal tonics.

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Among the new treatments and therapies for 2017 is 90-minute Chakra Reading session in which shamanic practitioner Namonyah Soipan assesses “the condition of your energy centers and through spiritual and shamanic guidance [helps you work] toward clearing, balancing and healing so that your life moves out of a place of stagnation and into a place of vitality.”

Hypnotherapy & Guided Imagery, meanwhile, is described as “A reliable method to support optimum health, calm the psyche and reduce constant brain chatter, hypnotherapy creates a quiet space where new perspectives are recognized and developed. Learn to use your tremendous power of imagination and be the architect of your life.”

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Herbal treatments and consultations are also available, with fragrances that “uplift spirits,” and chemical compounds that can “aid the body in healing aches, pains and other ailments.” These include Healing Gardens, in which “a trained herbalist and master gardener […] works with you to design a little, customized herb garden that is creative and healing.”

The massages and body treatments include the Organic Oxygen Facial; Rejuvenating Facial Cupping; Grape Glow, Top to Toe; and a Cupping & Massage.

Personal discovery and growth is encouraged and nurtured at Cavallo Point Lodge through a variety of adventures and activities, which include daily morning yoga, weekend afternoon teas, live music performances, discussions on environmental topics, and walking tours.

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