Monday, September 7, 2009


Stonedrift Spa at Eagle Ridge Resort (Galena, IL)

Galena is an historic Victorian-era city located in the Northeastern part of the state, due west from Chicago. This area was carved out by glaciers, making the terrian markedly steep and rolling. IL and two other states have borders that converge at this point, WI and IA; all are clearly visible and in close proximity to each other. Many come to play world-class golf at the Eagle Ridge Resort, but the spa-savvy knows that Stonedrift Spa is where the real action occurs.

Treatment Experiences: Transcendent Facial and Mystic Sage Stone Ritual

Products used: Transcendent Facial uses Eminence Organics ( products that included Stone Crop Cleanser, Citrus Cleanser, Stone Crop Hydrating Mist, AHA Fruit Pulp Exfoliant, Stone Crop Masque, Blueberry Soy Repair Masque, Tomato Seed Vitamin E Oil, Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer, Naseberry Eye Exfoliant, Raspberry Eye Masque, Wild Plum Eye Cream, and Citrus Lip Balm.

What was exceptional about this treatment was that the cleansing, exfoliation, mask and hydration steps were given twice. The thoroughness of these outstanding products intensified the results of the treatment, which totally restored and brightened the skin. For me, the least favorite of the products were the eye products; I’m not a fan of fruit aromas in skincare products (except for citrus); that said, however, the product’s diminished my personal preferences. I enjoyed the Citrus Cleanser and especially the Stone Crop products. The treatment was a thorough sensory experience that included balance, restoration, and revitalization. Chakra balancing with gemstones, a thorough massage of the décolleté, arms, hands and feet, added to this multi-phase dimensional facial.

Another treatment experience was the Mystic Sage Stone Ritual. This treatment was another multi-phase and dimensional therapy that completely restored and uplifted my droopy persona. The treatment began with an application of Oregon Tilth ( organic herbal poultices of peppermint and lavender. Then, hot stones were placed on specific pressure points, while the body was massaged with infusions of clary sage and sage Ess Pure Essential Oils (various distributors). Between the intoxicating aromas of the essential oils, the incredibly relaxing deep penetration from the hot stones and my therapist’s technique, I was transformed and restored.

These restorative treatments, plus my therapist’s skillful technique, made for an enjoyable experience. For more information visit

By Terry Herman

Terry Herman is a recognized expert in the spa industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In addition to writing and reviewing, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker. You can email her at


(Image: Relaxation room; copyright, Eagle Ridge/Stonedrift)

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