Daily Pampering: Cherry Blossom Mani-Pedis at Turning Stone Resort

Turning Stone Resort and Casino’s Ska:ná Spa in New York’s beautiful Mohawk Valley has a cherry blossom manicure and pedicure sure to leave you feeling refreshed and pretty.

Inspired by the romance and beauty of the cherry blossom trees in Japan, these treatments offer superior hydration and exfoliation, leaving your hands and feet feeling brand-new and looking fabulous with the Sparitual polish of your choice.

The Cherry Blossom Mani-Pedi begins with a soothing coconut soak for both hands and feet, and follows it with sweet cherry almond oil and mineral salts to exfoliate. A Vitamin E mask is then applied to the feet, again, with that sweet cherry almond oil, which gives the skin a radiant glow. The hands are cleansed of salt using soft, warm towels. The ritual is completed with soothing massages for the hands, legs and feet, and, of course, nail and cuticle care and polish.

You’ll smell like cherries, and if you pick the right polish, your fingers and toes will remind you of the blossoms for as long as the polish lasts. The 90-minute Cherry Blossom Manicure and Pedicure at Ska:ná costs $100.00.

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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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