A Review of A Spa For You in Sedona, Arizona

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The first thing that you notice when you step into A Spa For You Suites in Sedona is the owner, Thea Draaisma’s mega-watt smile that seems to come from somewhere deep in her heart and makes a soft landing on her face. She walks toward me with hands outstretched, “You must be Renee!” a half question and half declarative statement. I confirm it and she responds back with an all-encompassing hug.

I am there for a 90-minute session that consists of a 45-minute massage and a 45-minute Japanese facial massage. After escorting me into the session room, she begins to explain exactly what I can expect from each procedure. I have to say that no one has ever taken the time to sit down and confer with me about any issues that I may be having, at least no more than asking where my trouble spots were.

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Sitting area where you could relax before your session began

I was able to get a little background on her during the consultation. She had been working for seven years at the Hilton Sedona Spa when she decided that there needed to be a day spa that could serve the average resident of Sedona. Thus, A Spa For You ‘s humble beginnings started in a renovated building located right across from her present location. The former location consisted of one treatment room and a reception area. The five-year-old business boasts a staff of five masseuses who specialize in all massage disciplines.

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Reception and retail area. I made sure that I bought a bottle of lavender essential oil before I left.

A couple of years ago, her present space became available and after several months of reconstruction, it officially opened almost a year ago. It’s housed in a quite unassuming building until you step inside into a serene cocoon that immediately soothes and calms you. She offers that it was her husband who renovated the place and I comment that he’s done an exceptional job. From the cool lavender wall color to the curved wall in the sitting room, great care has been taken in bringing Thea’s business to the next level.

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Thea explaining what I can expect from today’s session

Thea makes you feel comfortable immediately because her warmth and sense of compassion is genuine. You can usually spot the fakes with the shrill over the top laughter and painted on smiles or their obvious preoccupation with something else because you know that they’re not listening to a word you are saying. I think what makes Thea different is that she loves what she does and better yet, she loves people….a critical asset when working with so many. She began with the massage which was so relaxing, she had to wake me up several times during the session due to my (loud) snoring….what can I say…..I was out like a baby. Admittedly, it was embarrassing, but she took it all in stride.

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A view of the receptionist desk; be sure to schedule your next appointment before you leave!

As an arthritis sufferer, I was looking forward to a focus on that area during the session. Not only did Thea work her magic on my old tired bones, she alternately placed cold marble stones and warm stones on my knees giving them an equal balance of hot and cold treatment. May I just say that I was in heaven? I started to chuckle to myself that if an army ever wanted to defeat an enemy, hire Thea….by the time she gets through with them, they would be turned into melted licorice.

She would be a Delilah to their Samson.  I was so relaxed; she kneaded muscles that I had never been introduced to. I resembled a lump of clay and I loved it!

Next, she brought out facial cleanser, facial serum, toner, masque and a moisturizer from the Lafernation skin care line that she offers for sale and set them into an assembly line. She said the constant in Japanese facial massage is movement; you can feel the temperature and various textures of the product, but the one thing that remains the same is that my face would constantly be in motion. She began to massage my neck and shoulders first because that stimulates the lymph nodes that will open and release toxins. Warm rocks were used on my neck and shoulders as well.

My face felt very refreshed and clean afterward; uncluttered by anything I’d put on earlier.  I truly enjoyed my session with Thea which was made even more so because of her genuine love for her work and affinity for people in general.  Such talents can’t be learned; they either exist or they don’t.  If you happen to find yourself in Sedona, why don’t you drop by after hiking through one of the picturesque trails and let Thea work her magic on you?  You’ll find yourself getting acquainted with those muscles you’ve never used before too.

Services offered at A Spa For You

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  • Traditional Warm Oil Massage
  • Jin Shin Jyutsu
  • Couples Massage
  • Pre-Natal Nurturer
  • Synchronized 4 Handed Warm Oil Massage
  • Trager Balancing
  • Unique Sedona Hot Rock Massage
  • Japanese Facial Massage
  • Connective Tissue (deep) massage
  • Swedish
  • Therapeutic
  • Cranial Sacral
  • Reiki
  • Reflexology

 

**Please note that my session was a gift from Thea Draaisma, however, my review is my honest assessment of my experience there.

A Spa for You Sedona Day Spa (By Reservation Only)
30 Kayenta Court
Suite #1
Sedona, Arizona 86336

To book your Reservation and for further information
Please call us at (928) 282-3895
SMS Mobile Text “spa” for call back at (928) 821-3238
or email us at thea@aspaforyou.com

 

 

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Renee King
aviewtoathrill@gmail.com
14 Comments
  • Scott - Quirky Travel Guy
    Posted at 17:34h, 24 June Reply

    Sounds like a cool place. I just booked my first-ever professional massage at a place near me. Can’t wait!

  • Jeremy Branham
    Posted at 18:12h, 24 June Reply

    As a guy, I’ve never done a spa. I have been to Sedona though and it seems like the perfect place to enjoy one!

    • adventureswithben
      Posted at 23:04h, 25 June Reply

      I have only done one once – as a guy. I love them, go for it Jeremy.

      • Renee
        Posted at 09:26h, 27 June Reply

        Way to go, Ben!

    • Renee
      Posted at 09:29h, 27 June Reply

      It truly was ideal.

  • inka
    Posted at 12:27h, 25 June Reply

    This may come as a surprise from a glamour granny, but I absolutely hate massages. I can’t bear strange hands fumbling and kneeding and the oils make me sick. It’s probably a phobia but it just makes me extremely uncomfortable. Personal preferences apart, for those who love them this seems a very nice place and I just loved your description of Thea’s smile. I memorized that.

    • Renee
      Posted at 09:28h, 27 June Reply

      Inka, I am shocked! I would have thought the opposite, but you are right. I can see how some people would be reluctant about someone touching their body….it does require trust and you have to be comfortable with someone seeing you in such a vulnerable state. I get it.

  • The Travel Chica
    Posted at 12:05h, 26 June Reply

    So funny that you fell asleep! That is the sign of a great massage 🙂 I miss my monthly massages back home. My back is a mess!

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:40h, 27 June Reply

      Stephanie,

      I was in heaven….you should consider going back to your monthly massage…..you deserve it!

  • Jermaine
    Posted at 10:40h, 27 June Reply

    Hello Renee,

    As always I’m impressed. As the husband of a very pregnant wife (she’s due in August) I’ve had a lot of oconversations recently about spas, massages, and aches and pains. If it wasn’t for shame I would purchase a package and a airline ticket and send the misses to “heaven.”

    Thanks for this post. It has inspired me to expand my knowledge of the best spas in the places where we (my wife and I) have ties. Arizona is one of those locations!

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:37h, 27 June Reply

      Congrats, Jermaine!! Your wife would probably love a perinatal massage…it’s not too late! lol

  • telecom audit
    Posted at 11:46h, 27 June Reply

    Wow, a great spa in my backyard I never knew existed until I read your blog. Great travel blog, I shall visit often. Thanks Renee!

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:37h, 27 June Reply

      Thanks, J!

  • Micaela Boland
    Posted at 05:06h, 06 June Reply

    I am so amazed that you can still remember every detail of the service despite of your very relaxing experience. I love to try their Japanese facial massage because it’s like the Long Island spa that I experienced before.

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