By Wendy Wilkinson, Contributing Editor
The long-awaited opening of the SunWater Spa and Wellness Center took place on Friday, August 14.
Dozens of Spa and wellness seekers soaked in the heated mineral springs water that has made the town a health seekers retreat for more than 150 years; and where indigenous peoples and animals have experienced their curative properties for several thousand years. The kick-off evening featured Heart of the Lion, a New Moon Yoga and Ceremony, purification meditation and soaking. Featuring individual water therapies, Vichy shower, and a mudroom with personalized mineral and essential oil infusions, SunWater Spa offers three floors of restorative mineral soaking tubs.
The unique Spa is nestled in the historic mountain town of Manitou Springs, CO, with views of the Granddaddy of them all, Pikes Peak. SunWater offers both traditional and more contemporary forms of Yoga, aerobic movement, and other bodywork in saline pools and tubs. Meditation, dance and tai chi classes will take place in and out of the water. SunWater also boasts soaks subtle yet vibrant colors, textures and other features throughout the Spa, including murtis (sacred statues), represent the treatments and classes ready to experience there.
In addition to the therapeutic soaking, SunWater also captures the mineral water from the thirteen mineral springs around the historic town; infusing the fresh mineral water with such natural flavors as watermelon and ginger, serving complimentary tastes throughout the day.
Inspired by a trip to India, where they bathed in the Ganges River with millions of others during a ceremony to cleanse the spirit, collaborators Kat Tudor and Don Goede were drawn to create a healing arts space revolving around the magical waters of Manitou. Kat’s understanding of the universal restorative healing powers of water and its sacred place in all cultures is at the core of the duo’s vision. As Creative Director, Tudor has developed a unique style of Aqua Yoga, which she has been teaching for 10 years. She is also currently working on bringing Thai Yoga therapy into water. Tudor has studied around the world and is certified in Atma Yoga (soul immersion and holistic training), has a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher certificate from Shambhava School of Yoga, and has trained with Saul David Raye as a Thai Yoga Therapist
SunWater also offers more than a dozen different Yoga and movement classes ranging from gentle Restorative Yoga, geared towards healing the whole being to the more energy infused M.E.L.T. METHOD, and the more traditional Pilates class. Other treatments offered include such indigenous and natural Facials as the Tea Tree Purifying treatment, which uses tea tree oil, and the Warrior designed for the unique needs of men’s skin. Clients can experience a Desert Glow Vichy with prickly pear cactus oil and a body polish of pure cane sugar; or Inner Peace, a Thai yoga massage rooted in the Indian healing traditions of Ayurvedic medicine, dating back 2500 years; along with Watsu, a deeply relaxing form of aquatic therapy.
For further information please visit www.sunwaterspa.com.
Photo Credit: Wendy Wilkinson (cover image) and Tom Kimmell.