Daily Pampering: Maple syrup all over your body

You don’t have to be Canadian (or even from Vermont) to appreciate the power of the maple tree.

Ska:ná, the Oneidas’ luxury spa at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY is celebrating the arrival of spring in a fashion inspired by rituals of the Oneida Indians themselves: using maple syrup in their treatments.

“The sap [from the maple tree] was used as a food but it also had medicinal purposes, including serving as a cleanser for the body,” says Oneida Nation Member and language instructor Sheri Beglen. She added, “The sap flows through the tree like blood flows through our veins — serving as a source of nourishment. And, Oneidas today still use maple for its food and health properties.”

“These signature treatments are infused with warm fresh maple and other natural products, including green apple and pear, to awaken the senses and revitalize the body.” … “The treatments we will offer throughout the spring include a maple and green apple body treatment, a maple and pear antioxidant facial, and a maple and green apple manicure and pedicure,” says Loretta Taylor, Turning Stone’s director of spa operations.

A trip to upstate New York is always a good way to reconnect with nature — but nothing says “connecting with nature” like having maple syrup rubbed all over your body, leaving you clean, nourished and sweet. If you are interested in the treatments, contact Ska:ná for more information.

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