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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Cranial Sacral
**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
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
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