Pinehurst Spa & Wellness Archive

5 Ways to De-Stress Your Life


We all face stress – some of us more than others. And while we may never get rid of every anxious moment, there are ways we can work on relieving stress. Here are five ways to do just that, and a few options where The Spa at Pinehurst can lend a helping hand.


The mind, heart and body can improve with regular meditation. Taking a break from your office or daily routine to just sit or even lie down and focus on your breathing can improve your heart rate and focus. These benefits go even further when you include a quiet massage as a form of meditation. Tension and muscle tightness will depart from your body and mind and leave you feeling rejuvenated. While The Spa offers many forms of massage therapy, we recommend you try the customized massage where you can enhance your experience to suit your needs.

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Find ways to laugh and laugh often – obviously at the right time, of course! Laughter is directly linked to reducing stress hormones and blood pressure, as well as increasing blood flow and oxygenation to the cells and organs. Gather up the girls for a fun pedi and mani at The Spa and generate some fun-filled memories as you enjoy fruit smoothies and great company.

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This is an obvious benefit to reducing stress. Legally Blonde Movie Reference coming…

While the spa does have a fitness center available to guests and members, we also offer Yoga and Customized Stretching. The physical benefits of yoga and stretching are endless but a few of the notable ones are increasing your flexibility, improving respiration, energy, and vitality as well as cardio and circulatory health.

A Hot Bath

I am sure your bathtub at home has been used more by your kids or grandkids than yourself. It’s funny how that dream bathroom can also be a storage bin for toys. Let us help you enjoy a bath sans toys and find yourself soaking in a tub filled with pine, rosemary, arnica, and eucalyptus oils. Soaking in a hot bath relaxes your muscles, which will soothe you not only physically but mentally as well. Read about our body care therapy at The Spa.

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No, we’re not talking “Going off the grid.” We’re talking about putting your electronics away for the time you are at The Spa. Emails, social media and life will keep rolling on just fine without you for a few hours. Promise! Check in at The Spa 30 minutes early to relax in a fluffy white robe, enjoy a fruit smoothie and some quality time to yourself as you unplug from the world. Trust us – you will be glad you did!

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A Day at The Spa at Pinehurst


For someone who may never have experienced a day at The Spa at Pinehurst, it could be difficult to know fully just what you might be in for, or how it may go. And even if you have been a past guest, it’s always good to be reminded of the benefits from a day away from the hustle of the everyday.

Here’s a look at a few of the moments you could experience at The Spa, as told to us by a former guest.

Your Relaxation Will Begin Right Away

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.

I 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.

You are our Guest, and of course, you will be treated that way

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.

This is your experience, so it is all about you

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

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.

Your day doesn’t end with the massage

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.

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. With eyes closed, I breathed in and out, allowing the stress of the week to disappear. Later, I went into the whirlpool, later still, the sauna. 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.

Finally, walking out

I rarely have such “me days,” but that day 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.


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A Couple’s Massage is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift and getaway

There to relax, unwind and get away from the constant pressures of life, a typical Spa at Pinehurst guest will often have a look of relief on his or her face while checking in.

Few, though, are great poker players, and they can’t hide everything. And Pinehurst lead massage therapist Dustin Donahue can always spot the tell.

“Sometimes, you see a little bit of guilt on their faces,” Donahue says. “They’re looking forward to their massage or their treatment, but there’s a part of them that feels a little bad that they’re getting to enjoy this and their spouse or boyfriend or girlfriend isn’t.”


And so while sending your significant other to The Spa at Pinehurst for a little getaway certainly can go a long way in earning those all-to-important brownie points in the household, there’s another option that may be even more well-received – the Couple’s Massage.

“To be able to say, ‘For three hours, nothing is going to happen that we need to know about. We’re going to be here for each other. Everything is put away in a locker, and it’s just you and I reconnecting and pushing that reset button and getting to know each other again.’” -Dustin Donahue

Set in the tranquility of The Spa at Pinehurst, a Couple’s Massage features a larger private room with two tables and two massage therapists. Comfort and relaxation are the primary goals, Donahue says, and therapists are typically well-tuned to how the couple wants to enjoy their Spa experience.

“We’re pretty good at figuring out pretty quickly how a couple would like their treatment to go,” Donahue says. “If they want to talk, engage with us, laugh a little, or if they’d like it to be a quiet day, we’ll make sure they have the kind of experience they really want.”

The treatments themselves are 50-minute massages, but guests can center those treatments around a full day’s experience. Couples will often arrive early to enjoy time together lounging in The Spa’s large indoor pool area, enjoying a smoothie and ordering lunch to be served to them following the massage.

It’s that singular time together that’s significant.

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“You can really see, when a couple is here together, they’re able to both be present and not worrying about what’s going on outside,” Donahue says. “They’re both taking a break from the kids, or taking a break from life, and really able to get away and turn off the cell phone for two or three hours.

“To be able to say, ‘For three hours, nothing is going to happen that we need to know about. We’re going to be here for each other. Everything is put away in a locker, and it’s just you and I reconnecting and pushing that reset button and getting to know each other again.’”

Sounds like the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

“I can’t think of a better one,” Donahue says. “Whether you’re newlyweds, still dating or have been together for 50 years, it’s good for you.”

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This time, keep that New Year’s Resolution – with help from The Spa at Pinehurst

80 percent.

That’s the number. Eighty percent of New Year’s Resolutions fail by February.

By February!

So how can you ever hope to achieve success with this New Year’s Resolution?

Look to The Spa at Pinehurst for inspiration.

A recent study by Google listed some of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. And interestingly enough, The Spa could help with each one. We’ll show you how.

Get Healthy and Lose Weight

OK, this is always the tough one, and it’s really tough because essentially, the onus is on you. A regular exercise routine can be sidetracked for any number of reasons: it’s hard, life and kids and job and spouses get in the way, and sometimes, well, it hurts. Being sore when starting or extending a workout kills the vibe in a hurry and before any noticeable gains can take place.

How The Spa Can Help: Super sore? Try cryotherapy. Or a massage. Or both. In December, Pinehurst pro Kelly Mitchum played The Cradle from sunrise to sunset to celebrate the winter solstice. By sunset, he could barely bend down to pick the ball out of the cup one last time. He was hurting, perhaps more than he ever has, and we set him up at The Spa the next day. Another 24 hours later, Kelly wasn’t a new man, but he was himself again. “Honestly, I felt pretty normal after that, and I’m sure the massage and cryotherapy helped.”

Look at it this way – what better reward is there for yourself after a few weeks of working out than some me time at The Spa? And there are monthly cryotherapy passes.

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One refrain on this one we’ve heard is, “More books, less Twitter.”

How The Spa Can Help: We agree, and there’s no place better to unwind than in the lounge area at The Spa. We’ve often said that a Spa visit here can be like a round of golf – feel free to take four or five hours. Relax in the men’s- or women’s-only area, where there are whirlpools and a sauna. Or hang out in the open lounge area with the lap pool and whirlpool, sip on smoothies, enjoy lunch from the Spa menu and knock out a few chapters. Put the cell phone away. You don’t need it here.

Travel More; Spend Less; Live Life to the Fullest

These are three separate resolutions that are on Google’s list, but we feel like they can be achieved together. Here’s how:

How The Spa Can Help: You can cover the first by visiting Pinehurst. After that, here are a couple of options: Join us in March for Girls’ Spa Weekend. We’ll have more details soon, but it’s a weekend centered around enjoying The Spa with dinners, walking tours and interesting interactive classes all together for one unique and special event.

Can’t make it in March? Save money through February with a Spa Escape package, which includes overnight accommodations, a spa treatment, all-day access to the Spa’s lounge areas, the famed Carolina Hotel breakfast buffet and great savings on additional treatments, all for $199 per night at the historic Holly Inn.

OK, that’s travel and saving money. As for living life to the fullest, well, don’t you deserve a day at The Spa?

Sure you do.


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5 Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

IT’S OFTEN BEEN SAID AT PINEHURST that, as you begin your slow drive down Carolina Vista, with The Carolina Hotel revealing itself more and more with each second, time feels as though it begins to slow down.

And during the holiday season, what better gift is there than time slowing down?

Here are a few suggestions we’ve found that have been studied to help people deal with the stress that comes from the holidays.


The Village of Pinehurst


It’s no fun leaving the house for work when it’s dark, and then drive home the same way. It’s like you missed the entire day.

Beat the Stress: Find a way to get outside for some part of the day. Even if it’s chilly, just soaking in the sun will help and recharge your day.

How We Can Help: Obviously, a round of golf anywhere at Pinehurst will shake the doldrums, but even just an hour on our short course, The Cradle, can do the trick. Not a golfer? No worries. Take a 5-minute stroll out of the decorated Carolina Hotel and into the quaint Village of Pinehurst, where a variety of shops and restaurants can make for a great afternoon.

The Holly Inn, a.k.a “Bert’s Place.”


Maybe the people around you aren’t getting outside enough, either. And while you have a lot going on, so does everyone around you. Traffic is worse during the holidays, tempers are short and emotions can begin to run hot.

Beat The Stress: Find the happy people. Sounds simple, of course. But we all have that one friend who always seems – in your eyes, at least – to have it together. Meet for coffee. Meet for lunch. Call them out of the blue. Don’t text – Call. You know they’ll pick up. They always do.  Then do it again next week.

How We Can Help: Have you met Alberta Travis at The Holly Inn?

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We didn’t say “Eat Healthy.” Don’t go crazy, but indulge a little. Of course, it doesn’t have to be an extra dessert. Try a new restaurant, or a new recipe. A new take on the same old thing is like a gift to yourself.

How We Can Help: You thought tater tots were just for kids? Try them here. The Mac ‘N’ Cheese at the Ryder Cup Lounge is awesome. Hushpuppies aren’t just hushpuppies at The Tavern. And steak isn’t just steak at the Carolina Dining Room. You get the idea.


Can’t go for a walk? Turn off the cell phone for an hour. Can’t meet for coffee? Shut down email for 30 minutes. Stuck with your bland turkey sandwich? Get away from a screen and read a few pages of a book with lunch. Whatever it takes, try to unwind for a short period of time to recharge.

How We Can Help: Try a rocking chair on one of Pinehurst’s verandas, whether it’s at The Carolina Hotel or overlooking the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2. Voicemail will catch any missed calls and email will still be waiting. As Eliza implored Alexander, take a break.

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You’ve always heard it’s better to give than to receive. And it’s true. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t do both. It’s the holidays, so put a little aside to gift yourself.

How We Can Help: Oh, we got this.




Happy Holidays!

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