Daily Pampering: Vermont resort makes use of natural resources for new spa treatments

Vermont is known for many things – maple syrup, Ben & Jerry’s, Woodstock, and some of the best skiing in New England. Now comes word one Vermont hotel is taking its environmental surroundings to a new level – the spa.

The Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe has added some new spa services to their menu in an effort to help travelers enjoy the spa at reduced costs, and to take advantage of Vermont’s natural surroundings.

“We devised a new treatment around our surroundings to save on product costs,” said Alexandra Sharpe, the spa’s director.

Guests will not only a get a great view of the snow-capped mountains, but become one with them. The Freeze Treatment, a new service available to guests, will, quite literally, freeze you. The results: no more bags under your eyes and the excess water weight, which can cause significant puffiness around the ankles and wrists, will decrease.

The spa therapist will help you get iced up. After they’ve dug a snow-cave, the therapist will pad you down and keep you ‘frozen’ for 25 minutes – the amount of time needed to reduce puffiness and help tighten your skin.

“In this economy, people are looking for wellness and preventative medicines, and to that end are looking for treatments that yield true results,” said Sharpe.

As for the cost? If you can handle the treatment, they’ll give it to you for free.