Pinehurst Spa & Wellness Archive

5 Reasons to Get a Massage


I love a massage. I’d go every day if I could. I don’t need to be wrapped in herbs like a salmon fillet, but I do love a massage. – Actor Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman has the right idea.

We all know a massage feels good and we feel more relaxed afterward, but you might not realize the substantial health benefits of regularly receiving massage therapy.

There’s a plethora of research out there, but the American Massage Therapy Association has boiled it down to five key points. Take a look.

5 Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

1. Control stress

The long-term effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls. Massage therapy may relieve stress and conditions associated with it, such as tension headaches.

2. Increase immunity

Medical research indicates that massage therapy can help boost the immune system by increasing the activity level of the body’s natural “killer T cells,” which fight off viruses.

3.  Boost mental health and wellness

Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression (all associated with mental health) may be directly affected with massage therapy.

4. Manage pain

Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury. Research shows massage can help low-back pain, headaches, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and more.

5. Improve physical fitness

Elite and recreational athletes alike can benefit from massage therapy. Massage can help reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance and prevent injuries.

Reading about all the fantastic benefits probably has you ready to book a massage. We can help with that. The Spa at Pinehurst offers about 10 different massage, each one customized to meet your needs. Check out our menu and call today to book.

Are you a first timer? Find out what to expect here.


Leave a comment

A little “Me Time” at The Spa at Pinehurst

By Sarah Campbell
Pinehurst Resort

When my boyfriend arrived home from work Friday he noticed something different about me.

“Wow, you’re in a really good mood,” he said.

That’s not to say I’m typically in a bad mood, but Friday is usually the day I opt for takeout and binge watching on the sofa. I’m usually too tired to venture out, so I throw on my pajamas and we relax at home.

But last Friday, I wanted to go out for dinner and drinks. So, we did.

What brought on this sudden change of heart? A trip to The Spa at Pinehurst.

When I started working here in October, my bosses encouraged me to get a spa treatment in an effort to familiarize myself with the facility and all it has to offer. Of course, I was thrilled about the opportunity. Who would turn down a free afternoon at the spa?

I finally booked my appointment a few weeks ago and counted down the days until I walked into the spa.

I wasn’t disappointed. After checking in, I got a quick tour of the 31,000 square-foot facility. I was assigned a locker, but it wasn’t one of those metal units I used during high school. Opening the wooden locker was like lifting the top of a treasure chest as I found a fluffy white robe hanging inside.

Spa-heart_of_the_pines_treatmentI grabbed the robe and went to one of the private dressing rooms to change. When I emerged, I could already feel myself slipping into a foreign state of relaxation.

The women’s relaxation area awaits just beyond the double doors of the changing rooms. When I walked out, I found women stretched out on wicker lounge chairs reading magazines and chatting with friends. A couple were sitting in the whirlpool with eyes closed. (Don’t worry guys, you have your own relaxation space with the exact same features!)

I made my way to the co-ed relaxation area, which includes another whirlpool and a three-lane lap pool. This is where I sat with an “Our State” magazine in hand until my therapist came to fetch me.

My Pinehurst Massage started right on time. I was happy to see Stacy’s smiling face when she came to take me back to the treatment room. I’ve had a handful of massages at various places and I will tell you most therapists I’ve had in the past haven’t been anywhere nearly as friendly as Stacy. She exuded the Pinehurst spirit.

When she asked if I had any trouble areas, I quickly filled her in on my aching back and shoulders. No problem, she would start there.

As I climbed onto the heated table, I started to forget I was “working.” Stacy worked on the knots in my backing, checking in periodically to make sure the pressure wasn’t too much. I was barely lucid by this point, drifting in between a state of euphoria and sleep. That’s right, I was so relaxed I actually fell asleep a couple times.

After taking care of my back and legs, it was time to flip over. Now usually this is the awkward part of the massage because you’re not facing the therapist. I always wondered if I should close my eyes or simply look up. What’s the proper etiquette?

I didn’t have to worry about that Friday. Stacy draped an eye pillow across my face and tucked a warm pillow beneath my head. Ahhhh, it was blissful.

By this point, I was practically levitating above the massage table (If you even want to call it that considering it’s more like a twin-sized bed.). One unexpected, but welcome part of the massage was Stacy’s work on my knees. As a high school tennis player, I’m prone to bouts of tendinitis that gives me achy knees. She worked some magic making me feel and move a lot better.

I had a hard time even standing up after my massage ended. It wasn’t because I was in pain, quite the opposite. My body was so relaxed I could barely remember what it was like to walk.


The co-ed relaxation area include comfy chairs, a whirlpool and three-lane swimming pool.

I slid back into my robe and headed for the women’s relaxation area. I have to admit, I was thrilled women and men get their own space.

I flopped down on a lounge chair for a while and closed my eyes. I’ve been practicing meditation for about a year now, so I figured this was the perfect time to get my time in for the day. With eyes closed, I breathed in and out, allowing the stress of the week to disappear.

After about 15 minutes, I decided to give the whirlpool a try. It was the perfect treat for a cold day. As I climbed in, the warmth of the bubbles made me feel like I was taking a soak in my own bathtub. I propped my head against a towel and closed my eyes.

The muffled rumble of the whirlpool sounds like waves crashing against the ocean shore. If you listen long enough, it’s almost hypnotizing.

While I soaked in the whirlpool, a young woman came around with a tray of strawberry smoothies. I didn’t see a single person turn one down. I wisely took one. I haven’t had a smoothie in years, so it was a treat that took me back to my college days when I would routinely drink them while woofing down a peanut butter sandwich between classes. This time, I actually savored it.

After toweling off, I curled up in a chair and read a magazine for a while before I decided to check out the sauna. I used to frequent the sauna at my gym, but I hadn’t been inside one in months. The one at the spa was large enough to ward off any claustrophobia one might associate with the small, hot space.

I was the only person utilizing the sauna at the time, so I took full advantage of the extra space by stretching out in one of my favorite yoga poses – corpse pose. With my arms and legs falling to my sides, I practiced a little yogic breathing.

When I emerged from the sauna about 10 minutes later I felt like a new person.

I spent a bit more time sprawled out on a lounge chair before I decided to head out. It was tough to leave the comfort of the spa and head back into reality.

I rarely have such “me days,” but Friday convinced me I should take time for myself more often. Since my time at the spa, I’ve felt a renewed sense of energy. I’m already looking forward to my next visit.

I’ll have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to treatments. The Spa offers about 40 different services including massages, facials, body wraps and scrubs.

The hardest part will be choosing which treatment to enjoy!

Sarah Campbell is the content & social media specialist at the Pinehurst Resort.

Leave a comment

The perfect Christmas gift awaits at Pinehurst

Santa clip art


By Lee Pace

As Christmas approaches with each niblick stroke and foozled chip shot, unique gifts ideas for the golfer who has everything may be scarce. No worries, we have a few suggestions.

For the foodie: Dinner at The 1895 Grille


This intimate Four-Star enclave in The Holly Inn offers an experience in taste, atmosphere and service that’s unrivaled.

Try the filet of beef, rubbed with sea salt and truffle oil. It’s nestled alongside a ramekin of macaroni, fontina cheese and morsels of lobster.

Top off the evening by marveling as the wait staff pours molten white Godiva chocolate liqueur from a gooseneck sauceboat into a pillow of chocolate soufflé.

“Savor the moment,” says Thierry Debailleul, the executive chef at Pinehurst. “Dinner at the 1895 will take a little longer. Every morsel is an experience. There is always something happening on your plate.”

… Continue Reading

Leave a comment

Breast cancer survivors get pampered at Pinehurst

Pink in Pinehurst 2

Breast cancer survivors Melissa Hedrick and Jane Erwin relax by the pool Monday during Pinehurst Resort’s Pink in Pinehurst Day. The women enjoyed free massages as part of the event, which celebrates survivors and promotes awareness.

It’s been a tough year for Melissa Hedrick, but you couldn’t tell it Monday.

Nope, Monday was all about bliss.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer last Christmas Eve, Hedrick has undergone surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Those months of grueling treatment made her cancer free by Labor Day, but as a mother of two she hasn’t had much time to celebrate. Monday’s outing to The Spa at Pinehurst gave her a chance to do just that.

After an hour-long massage, Hedrick threw on a cozy bathrobe and lounged poolside with newfound friend Jane Erwin.

“This is so relaxing,” said Hedrick, who lives in Chester, S.C.

“Everybody in here has survived, they deserve to be pampered.” -Jane Erwin

The women have a common bond, both are breast cancer survivors. Monday was made for them. It marked the fifth time Pinehurst Resort has hosted Pink in Pinehurst Day, an event that celebrates breast cancer survivors and promotes awareness about the disease.

… Continue Reading

Leave a comment

The Spa at Pinehurst offers free services to breast cancer survivors




The Spa at Pinehurst will celebrate its Sixth Annual “Pink in Pinehurst Day” on Oct. 20 with free spa services for breast cancer survivors.

Guests may also bring along a “Breast Friend,” and that person can receive a 50 percent discount on select spa services. To make a reservation, call (855)-235-8507.

“We’re honored to welcome these very special ladies and their friends,” Spa Director Jennifer Roche said. “We look forward to pampering our ‘Pink in Pinehurst’ guests every year, especially those who might not be able to splurge on a spa visit otherwise.”

Attendees receive gift bags and chances to win door prizes, all of which are donated by the Spa’s vendor-partners.

… Continue Reading

Leave a comment