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Cascade Spa Offers Range of Treatments in Newly Completed Spa and Salon

Thomas P. Caldwell - May 5, 2014

Cascade Spa

Cascade Spa

Rapid growth since the inception of the Cascade Spa at Church Landing in Meredith has spurred its opening in the third space of its nine-year history —and such a spa it is! With an Art Deco theme based on the 1920s and 1930s, but updated for the 21st century, the new spa, which opened on April 7, has three relaxation areas, the largest of which includes a fireplace and juice bar featuring soothing teas and antioxidant wellness waters, with windows overlooking the indoor-outdoor pool. Seats are plush and comfortable for relaxing prior to and after treatments.

The spa has additional treatment rooms and a full-service salon.

The Cascade Spa has been at the forefront of full-service resort spas from the beginning, which explains why the original spa on the second floor of the inn had to be expanded five years later into a full spa and, finally, to the new space featuring couple’s suites as well as individual treatment rooms; and services ranging from nail and hair care to facials, massage, and body treatments.

The spa has a strong local following as well as clientele who are guests of Mill Falls at the Lake, and its popularity keeps it open seven days a week, year-round.

Spa Director Martha Zyla lists warm bamboo massage, Himalayan salt stone, and Tibetan sound bowl therapy among the offerings that are just being introduced in the spa industry but which already are traditions at the Cascade Spa. The spa also offers ancient cupping therapy which provides nourishment and allows toxins to be carried away.

Employing 25 people prior to the renovations, the Cascade Spa has added five more employees because of the expanded space which was designed by Samyn-D’Elia Architects of Ashland, with interior design by Pat Sava of Sava Designs of Waterville Valley, and completed by Conneston Construction, Inc., of Laconia. Pat Sava has been providing high-quality designs for hotels, resorts, and residential projects across the country, utilizing innovative design techniques.

Upon entering the Cascade Spa, one finds a reception area whose standout features are a frosted-glass waterfall and lighted shelves that feature products for hair and nail care, body lotions, and scents.

Locker rooms feature a steam room and sauna as well as the comfortable robes and sandals that clients will wear during their treatments. In addition to massage, the spa offers body work, facials, pedicures and manicures, hair and nail service, and waxing.

Martha notes that the spa uses only natural nail designs with no acrylics, and state-of-the-art products such as Kerstin Florian, HydroPeptide, and Zents brands. The salon uses Moroccanoil hair products and other well-known vendors who offer eco-friendly products and eschew animal testing.

The Cascade Spa serves both men and women, with men being the fastest-growing segment of the spa industry, according to Martha. Clients range in age from 18 to 75 with the bulk of them between 35 and 65.

“Men are beginning to see the therapeutic benefits,”Martha said.

She explained, “The spa initially was thought of as a place to relax and have a day with friends. Today, it’s more a place for respite and health benefits. Many clients have recently gone through medical treatments and they come here to alleviate the stress. I can really see when people benefit from treatments, but it’s also a place to go for respite. It’s beneficial to a person’s well-being.”

She added, “Our belief is wellness and beauty from inside out, and our services and products reflect that. Our focus at Cascade Spa is to ensure our guests enjoy their moments of respite.”

The décor of the spa aids in displacing the stress, with quiet background music and a hushed atmosphere that will not distract clients during their treatments.

The spa has six treatment rooms and three relaxation areas, and the salon has four stations for pedicures, three for styling, and two for manicures.

“Education is important,”Martha says. “We do a lot of brand training and followup education, keep up our certification, and bring in companies that give back.”

The client reaction to the new spa has been overwhelmingly positive, Martha said. “They call it stunning, unique, and beautiful. With the art deco theme, many say it’s like going to a different place in time.

“I’ve been here eight years,”she said, “and it’s a joy to see the growth. 

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