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Rushing to relax

How, after a decade in business, one Rutland Spa has perfected the art of rejuvenation

I'm late, again, and stressing. It's 10 a.m. and I'm ten minutes away. As I frantically hop in and start speeding away, it occurs to me how ironic it is that I'm rushing to relax. I was going to be late for my first spa treatment in over three years and I absolutely cherish such opportunities! Time has been scarce and life simply too busy for me to take much time for myself. Yes, that statement is a bit ironic too, for when do you need relaxation more than when you're stressed and busy?

So, 10 minutes late my heart racing, I walk into Five Elements Salon & Day Spa in Rutland and profusely apologize to everyone. It is immediately clear that more offensive than my tardiness is my frantic apology, the stress I was exuding was simply out of place. Calming music and scents filled the air, there were candle-like lights and simple décor with an Asian flair.

I sat down, caught my breath, before being called into a treatment room for my facial. It was my first facial, ever. So while I have nothing to compare it to, it left nothing to be desired. After closing my eyes it was only minutes until I had the sense that my stress was melting with the oils. The face, of course, is very sensitive which makes each micro-movement well perceived, thus, a facial must be precise and the practitioner skilled. She quickly found the pockets of stress I had been hiding (without my knowledge) and somehow was able to release these leaving me calmer every minute that passed.

Next, I was treated to the Vermonter Massage. The warming oil furthered my journey to full relaxation. Here, my shoulders presented a challenging as the levels of tension I carry there apparently won't just "massage away." But she made incredible progress.

I can now understand why people take "spa days"- a concept that foreign to me until this experience. The last thing I wanted to do after the treatments ended was to go outside and be enveloped in stress again.

Stress, of course, is always self-created, albeit difficult to avoid as rarely do we control the circumstances that initiate the anxieties. But I found it easier to avoid starting from a place of peace and serenity. For me, stress is easily compounded building and building through the ever-busy days and weeks. To start from a calm base ever so often is crucial, indeed it is a therapy and should not be saved for a cherished moment once every three years, like I had done. Rejuvenation is essential, like the five elements the spa is named after.

Celebrating a decade
On Dec 2, 2002 Kelly Sweck founded Five Elements Salon & Day Spa in it's current location on 10 Stratton Road in Rutland. Over the last 10 years she has continued to expand her practice adding an addition on the building that now includes the massage treatment rooms and the main office.

Sweck is a skilled practitioner herself specializing in multiple healing modalities. She is a Reiki Master, a certified Kripalu yoga-dance instructor and a Kripalu Certified Ayurvedic Consultant. Sweck also specializes in Kripalu Danskinetics, a unique approach to movement that combines the time-honored traditions of yoga and dance and she recently completed an intensive certification program at the world-renowned Kripalu School of Ayurveda in Stockbridge, Mass. Ayurveda being the ancient Indian science of life and wellness, a sister practice to Yoga.

The practice of Ayurveda seems to be evident throughout Five Elements Salon & Day Spa as all treatments seek to balancing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components necessary for holistic health. The goal is always to restore the balance and harmony of the individual, resulting in self-healing, good health and longevity.

To celebrate 10 successful years, Sweck and her staff will be traveling to New York City together to see the tree at Rockefeller Center and enjoy the holiday festivities. They will also be celebrating at the spa, "In appreciation for all of our customer support throughout the past 10 years, Five Elements Salon & Day Spa wants to thank it's loyal customers by offering 10% off all services and products Wednesday, the 5th of December," said Kelly Sweck. Also, those attending the 10 year anniversary celebration will enjoy "complimentary refreshments and a chance to win a spa day and makeover in a raffle," she said. The drawing for those giveaways will be held on Dec. 8.