Dream•catch•er n. 1. A circular framed net decorated with feathers and beads, believed to catch good dreams.
It’s also the name of the signature treatment at the Arizona Biltmore Spa, a treatment I experienced during a recent stay at the historic property in Phoenix, Ariz. The 80-minute Dream Catcher Aromatherapy Massage, based loosely on Native American traditions, involves placing essential oils and warm stones at key energy points along the spine.
“We have a lot of Native American culture here in Arizona,” said Sandra Jolley, a longtime massage therapist at the Arizona Biltmore Spa. “Our signature treatment sticks to those roots, but it has evolved to be more relaxing and flowing.”
Energy centers, or chakras as they are known in some cultures, are the portals where life energy, or chi, flows into and out of our bodies. The basic seven chakras show up in one form or another across cultures and time. Commonality includes the belief that blocked or unbalanced chakras can lead to physical illness and emotional stress.
The seven basic chakras run from the base of the spine to the crown of the head encompassing the root chakra, sacral chakra, solar plexus chakra, heart chakra, throat chakra, third-eye (or brow) chakra and crown chakra. Each chakra is associated with a color, starting at the root: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
The Dream Catcher Aromatherapy Massage at the Arizona Biltmore Spa involves opening and balancing chakras by systematically applying oil and warm stones at key points along the spine.
“We start with cedar wood at the root for stability,” said Jolley as she explained the root-to-crown application. “Patchouli is next for wealth and self-worth. Lemon [at the solar plexus] is for personal power and confidence. It’s very cleansing.
“Lavender [at the heart] is for unity of love and neroli is for communication, meaning to be able to verbally express what you think and mean,” Jolley continued. “Bergamot is for vision and imagination and sage [at the crown] is for bliss, enlightenment and knowledge.”
Designed by Albert Chase McArthur, an architect who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, the Arizona Biltmore opened to much fanfare in February 1929. While the property has undergone several expansions and renovations through the intervening decades — a 1973 fire nearly destroyed the iconic hotel — it has remained a favorite hideaway among Hollywood celebrities, hosting the likes of Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Marilyn Monroe, Gracie Allen, George Burns, Fred Astaire, Jack Benny, Marlon Brando, Nicholas Cage, Johnny Carson, George Clooney, Bill Cosby, Tom Cruise, Michael Douglas, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Hope, Jay Leno, Gregory Peck, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Sinatra, Steven Spielberg, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton, among others.
The 20,000-square-foot Arizona Biltmore Spa, opened in 1998, comprises 17 treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy tub, three spa pools plus steam rooms and saunas. During my stay, I set up residence at Ocatilla at Arizona Biltmore. Opened in 2009, Ocatilla is “a hotel within a hotel,” where guests enjoy the services of a dedicated concierge and a private lounge (including an outdoor patio) with food and beverages available throughout the day.
The Arizona Biltmore
2400 E. Missouri Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
tel 602 955 6600
Navajo Nation is an area of land in the southwestern United States. Covering about 27,000 square miles, the region in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah currently makes up the largest area of land retained by a tribe within the United States. Home to the Navajo people, the area boasts monuments, parks, markets, trails and historic sites.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Los Angeles Office announced a new initiative for would-be travelers waiting for the green light. The Buy Now, Stay Later: Thailand launch comes on the heels of Thailand’s foreign travel restrictions extending until further notice.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
IMAGINE SETTING SAIL IN AN EXOTIC, far-flung destination, just you and your family or group of friends aboard a private yacht. The sun warms the deck, a soft breeze dances off the water, and an über-attentive crew caters to your every whim while the personal chef whips up the finest of the local cuisine with all of your culinary preferences top of mind. All the while, the captain navigates the yacht into secluded coves; to pristine, seemingly undiscovered beaches; or even to the hottest spots along the coast for a night out on the town.
A number of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants reopened their doors around the United States. The properties have been hard at work building upon the brand’s already high cleanliness standards, while still retaining the beloved perks that enhance the uniquely Kimpton experience, including coffee hour, yoga mats and more.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.