By Susan Romero
After the stress of the holiday season it is nice to really get away and relax at a spa that is a real departure from anything in New York City. The In Touch Massage & Day Spa in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is about as far from an urban spa as it can be. Located only a three hour drive away in the Berkshires, near many ski resorts, this spa is a perfect addition to a weekend ski trip. When I entered the spa, the rustic honey colored wooden planked ceilings, rocking chairs and outdoor deck with a view of a running river, instantly eased my tension.
The In Touch Day Spa sits in a tiny, unassuming one-story building but inside it is an oasis of natural relaxation, with the back facing a flowing river and trees. There are outdoor hot tubs for use even in cold weather. If you are brave enough to use them in the winter I am sure it is heavenly, but I opted instead for an indoor facial.
Once under the covers of the heated bed in the treatment room, I closed my eyes and immediately began to hear the relaxing sounds of rushing water and soft music in the background. The unique sound track almost made me feel as if I was outside on a warm summer day with sound of a waterfall nearby.
My esthetician, Tammy, came in and began the Anti-aging Facial with Seaweed Mask. It was a heavenly experience, complete with lengthy massage of the face, neck, shoulders and upper arms. Tammy cleansed my face then applied the essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Lavender and Geranium on my face.
This facial included a hand and arm massage with lotion and heated hand gloves. After steaming my face, Tammy performed extractions that were expert and painless. The seaweed mask was the final part of the facial and it was cooling and soothing to my skin as it dried.
When the facial was complete and I emerged from the spa renewed, it was nice to remain relaxed and not be assaulted by bright lights or the sounds of New York City. Best of all I did not have to take a subway train to my destination and erase the precious healing that took place. Instead, I got in my car and peacefully drove away to my favorite coffee shop, Tunnel City on Spring Street.
84 Water Street
Williamstown, MA 01267