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Take Care of Yourself

By Jessica Villano

We’re all warming up to the idea of self-care, but what are the key elements of self-care? We can think of three pretty important ones right off the bat: sleep, exercise and relaxation. But now you’re in Las Vegas – the Entertainment Capital of the World, known for its in-demand shows, unbridled nightlife, celebrity-chef helmed restaurants and more – and are looking for ways to let loose, without losing the balance you’ve been cultivating.

  • Rest

    First things first: book a room in the Stay Well Experience, available at MGM Grand, The Mirage and Park MGM. Geared toward health-minded guests, Stay Well rooms offer holistic options from wellness leader Delos, the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra. Anyone with environmental sensitivities will benefit from the air purification systems and organic cleaning products. Jet-lagged guests will love the energizing lighting which suppresses melatonin and regulates circadian rhythm, as well as the dawn simulator to gently wake you before an action-packed day. Other perks include essential oils to create your own aromatherapy blend and a shower infuser system that removes impurities and keeps skin and hair soft.

  • Work

    Vegas is a town like no other and that goes for the exercise options too. Yoga Among the Dolphins at The Mirage makes getting in the flow easier than ever: just hold Warrior One as dolphins gracefully swim past and you’ll see what we mean. This hour spent doing guided breathing and poses in the underwater viewing area at Siegfried & Roy’s Dolphin Habitat is both serene and energizing, not to mention a great way to start the day. Afterward enjoy a complimentary smoothie and sweat session in the sauna at Spa at The Mirage.
    Heart-pumping hikes at Red Rock Canyon are legendary but if you don’t have time to leave The Strip, do the Indoor Hike at ARIA. This challenging urban hike winds through the resort’s most scenic areas – both inside and out – while incorporating cardio and body-weight exercises for a full-spectrum workout.

  • Relax

    After the hike you can enjoy a hard-earned rest and accelerate your recovery at The Spa at ARIA. Stretch out on the ganbanyoku beds (heated stone beds that originated in Japan) to soothe muscles, increase metabolism and circulation as well as eliminate toxins. You also can take a seat in a sound therapy chair, which resonates to synchronized music, in the shio salt room. The softly illuminated salt bricks infuse the air, improving respiration and giving your skin a glow. Finally, the heated Outdoor Therapy Pool, situated on The Spa’s balcony offers a stunning poolside view and therapeutic jets to release tension.

    Bellagio Spa & Salon offers more hydrotherapy options, such as the Watsu Massage – a combination of Zen Shiatsu and stretching performed while you float in a private 94° F pool – as well as the groundbreaking Aquastretch. Designed for those seeking a little more intensity, Aquastretch is an underwater sports massage performed in the heated private pool, making it ideal for decompression, stretching and passive joint mobility.

    You also can find healing treatments designed to work on several levels, such as the Wild Honey Body Treatment at BATHHOUSE at Delano Las Vegas. During this experience, skin is exfoliated and then hydrated with moisturizing milk for an honest glow; an application of raw desert bee pollen from the Mojave Desert boosts immunity; and myofascial techniques relieve muscle tension, unwinding the tissue and increasing the microcirculation of the body.

    Nearby, Spa Mandalay offers healing and relaxation through aromatherapy and meridian work. The Aroma Bliss and Balance uses essential oils in layers to create a custom blend, which is applied to the pathways in the body, improving the flow of qi or life energy. A full-body custom massage, including scalp, follows and – combined with heat – brings deeper relaxation and relief from pain and tension.

  • Skin Deep

    There’s a time for facials and there’s a time for something more. The Spa at ARIA has debuted Kalologie Medspa, the first spa of its kind on The Strip. The standalone outpost of the celeb-favorite Southern California export offers personalized plans from highly trained estheticians, so you can look and, most importantly, feel your best. Here you’ll find noninvasive treatments such as injectables, laser treatments, body contouring and skin rejuvenation, as well as a full line of award-winning, proprietary skin care products. Discover why Kalologie has developed a loyal following and was named one of the “Top Ten Spa Destinations” in the U.S. by ELLE. #skingoals

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