When I received an email with an invitation to tour and experience the newly opened The Still Point at Haven on the Lake in Columbia, MD I was excited. Relaxing at a spa sounded like the perfect way to chill last Sunday afternoon.
Columbia is around a 30 minute drive outside of the city and Haven on the Lake is conveniently located near the mall and below a new Whole Foods. Yes, fresh food and drinks from Whole Foods are actually delivered to Haven on the Lake so you don't have to bring your own lunch!
Since it's nestled right in the middle of things, I was surprised at how relaxing and calm the environment was from the minute I walked in. There was something about the huge space, open layout, and their signature scent in the air that made me right at ease.
When you walk in The Still Point is on the left and the on the right are the studios and pool and therapy areas.
The Still Point offers a large selection of wellness services including acupuncture, massage, holistic skin care, body treatments, natural nail care, and nutrition coaching. The spa looked pristine and was well-staffed.
The first part of the afternoon was a tour of Haven on the Lake itself. It has a huge pool area which includes a hot tub, relaxation pool, cold plunge pool, sauna, and steam bath. All the areas looked stunning, and I was absolutely regretting not bringing my bathing suit to sneak in a dip!
Two of the most interesting things available are the tropical rain shower and the Crystal Salt Room. Apparently the Crystal Salt Room is used as alternative medicine for common ailments and skin conditions and is surprisingly the most-booked area at Haven on the Lake!
|Yes, I;m talking gorgeous pools like this.|
Haven on the Lake also offers meditation and relaxation lounges, childcare services and a plethora of Mind Body classes including barre, aqua pilates,and yoga.
I chose to try out the Yoga Wall class instead of the barre class. The studio literally is right on the lake and provides a beautiful, peaceful environment to practice in. .They even have an terrace for outside classes when the weather warms up.
Yoga Wall literally uses straps attached to a wall to assist and extend traditional yoga postures. The wall straps can be removed to different height slots on the wall and the slack on the strap loops can also be adjusted.
It wasn't a full class but more of an exploration of it, which was slightly disappointing-I'd love to come back for a full class though. It was amazing how using the straps took a lot of pressure off of limbs because it added support but also allowed me to focus more on deepening the poses without feeling unstable especially in poses like Warrior 2.
We even tried an inverted pose with the strap and the belt by walking our feet up the wall, hanging upside down, and having our feet in bound angle. It was so much fun!
The last part of the mini spa afternoon allowed me to try some express services offered by The Still Point including a hand scrub and ear acupuncture. All of the spa treatment rooms had pretty artwork, candles glowing, low lighting, and relaxing scents.
As an introduction to acupuncture, the acupuncturist Susanne placed these small seeds from a Vaccaria plant on points on my ear that are held in place with adhesive tape and supposed to bring me balance & healing. It was super strange sounding until she explained that the ear is sometimes called an upside-down baby with points on it that correlate to other places on the body, which is why it's like mini acupuncture According to this article I found auricular (ear) therapy has many uses and is used often holistically.
|Those little black dots in my ear are the seeds.|
I've pretty much been walking around with "something in my ear" for a couple of days now.
I also tasted some olive oils and balsamic vinegars from a nearby shop called Secolari. My favorite was a pomegranate balsamic, and I can't wait to go use the gift voucher they gave me to pick some up.
I also tried some of these delicious healthier peanut butter treats from the Certified Health Coach Erin Nelson. I was so in love (I mean it does contain my two favorite things-peanut butter and chocolate) that I'll be whipping up a batch this weekend and posting the recipe for you on the blog next week!
Check out The Still Point's Valentine's Day special for chocolate sweetheart facials. You can find out the monthly membership and class package rates for Haven on the Lake here-it makes a great gift (even a gift to yourself!). I highly recommend checking out Haven on the Lake and The Still Point if you are in need of some relaxation and wellness-it's the perfect escape from the city!
Have you ever spent a day at a spa? What is your favorite way to relax?