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Happy Hour

BY Amanda Rae | December 14, 2018 | Feature Features National

Body treatments can do more than soothe sore muscles; they can bring peace of mind too. Despite 300-plus days of sunshine, Aspen can go dark on occasion. Depression, anxiety, ADHD, as well as alcohol and substance abuse—health and wellness practitioners agree that these may be indicators of life run amok. “We work hard and play hard, and that stresses our adrenal system and throws the body out of balance,” says holistic chiropractor Dr. Tom Lankering. “Stressing the body affects the mind and vice-versa.” Try these treatments to restore harmony.
Intensify a massage with CBD oil, the nonpsychoactive compound found in hemp plants, which decreases inflammation and pain.

That a major resort such as the St. Regis is on board with the calming power of CBD oil—the nonpsychoactive compound in hemp plants—speaks to its acceptance in modern society. In addition to offering the CBD Healing Massage, which decreases inflammation, pain and tension, this winter the spa unveils a warming, stiffness-melting foot massage using CBD cayenne salve with arnica and peppermint. The rub is made by Aspen-based company That’s Natural, an industry leader who uses Colorado-grown hemp, a clean extraction process, and skips solvents and preservatives. “My goal is for people to reduce the use of painkillers and provide options in whole plant-based products,” says spa director Irisha Steele. The bonus: an uncanny sense of tranquility—without the “Rocky Mountain high.” 315 E. Dean St., 970.920.3300,

In practice since the 1950s, float therapy lends the unearthly feeling of drifting through space like an astronaut. If floating nude in a dark saline pool sounds like a claustrophobic nightmare, though, relax: The water is just inches deep and so chock-full of minerals that it’s impossible to sink. Sixty minutes of powering down in the enclosed pod promises to drop heart rate and blood pressure; alleviate muscle soreness and stress; and wash away symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia and jet lag. 241 Robinson St., Basalt, 970.315.1234,

Feeling foggy? Try 30 minutes in contact with the vibrating AmpCoil, which uses voice analysis biofeedback combined with a powerful magnetic field emitted from a modified Tesla coil to help neutralize microbes, metals and toxins in the body and shift inner elements and minerals back into balance. Founded as an intracellular treatment for Lyme disease and chronic autoimmune disorders, the AmpCoil also treats mood and sleep issues. Results don’t lie: Users—including Aspenite and fan Gretchen Bleiler—report a 93 percent reduction in pain and an 89 percent boost in mental clarity. 215 S. Monarch St. Ste. 106, 970.379.6019,

Lay back in a gravity chair. Slip on a funky headset and eye visor that connects with skull acupressure points. Now enter a deep meditative state, thanks to an orchestration of LED light and sound—isochronic tones, binaural beats, voice-guided imagery and music. Some 800 Brain Tap programs help synchronize right and left brain waves to improve focus and treat myriad cerebral blocks. “The brain gets stuck in certain patterns—sleep, pain, addiction, depression, PTSD,” says Dr. Lankering. “This relaxes, reboots and strengthens your brain wave pattern to reset. Even one session can offer benefits.” 110 Midland Ave., Basalt, 970.927.9900,

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