July 2007

Get Away from it All - At the Main Street Spa

Author: Linda Hopkins

Which statements apply to your current state of mind?

I’m considering sending my children to reform school.

I’m considering enrolling in the Bobbitt School of Basic Knife Skills.

I’m considering leaping from the top floor of my office building (or at least shoving my desk out the window).

If any or all of the above statements hit home, you may be considering running away. Although conscience prevents most of us from taking a permanent leave of absence from our families, jobs and other life stressors, men and women alike are discovering the importance of carving out some quiet time. With no vacation time in sight, now there is a place to escape without ever leaving town. Here’s your getaway plan:

Call the Main Street Inn and Spa and make an appointment for a massage, hydrotherapy bath or both. Tell everyone that you will be unavailable for “x” amount of time. No one needs to know why, but let’s just say you have an important meeting and cannot be disturbed. Arrive early and take a stroll through the tranquil gardens of the Main Street Inn. (Leave your cell phone, briefcase and BlackBerry in the car.) Enjoy afternoon tea or a glass of wine in the elegant lounge or outside in the garden. Read a book or magazine or simply let your senses get lost amid magnificent moss-draped oaks, primly-preened shrubs, colorful and fragrant flowers and old-world statuary. No need for your iPod; you’ll be serenaded by melodic birds and trickling fountains.

When it comes time for your treatment, slip into something more comfortable (cushy robe provided), meet your personal therapist and prepare to enter a state of bliss. Unlike large spas where people are shuffled in and out of multiple treatment rooms, sharing the waiting space and perhaps feeling obliged to make small talk, at the Main Street Spa, the space is all yours for your scheduled time. Choosing from a menu of body services and relaxing therapies, treatment can be customized to meet your specific needs.

“Most spas are huge. Here, we invoke a simple elegance,”said Main Street Inn and Spa General Manager, Denise Hatcher, touting the virtues of the more intimate approach.

According to Hatcher, hotel guests can opt to have their massages and body treatments in the privacy of their rooms or in the spa. Guests in one of the four king suites can choose to have their spa treatments in their own private courtyard.

In addition to individual services, the Main Street Spa offers massages for couples. You can share the treatment room, each receiving your own service or services of choice while reveling in the intimate, relaxing environment. Want to take the experience home? Book an appointment for Massage 101, a three-hour private session in which you and your significant other will learn the basics of massage, taking turns giving and receiving, guided by a local massage instructor—great therapy for your body, mind and spirit, not to mention a perk for your relationship.

The Main Street Spa also offers meditation and yoga classes. Groups as large as 20 can be accommodated in the garden. Private sessions for one to four participants can be arranged in guest rooms or the spa.

Hatcher pointed out that spa services make perfect gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. A local customer recently set her friend up for a massage, meeting her afterward for some girl talk in the garden, complete with wine, cheese and birthday cake, all provided and served by the staff at the Main Street Inn and Spa.

Many couples create a memorable anniversary celebration by combining the services of the inn and spa for a “miniature honeymoon.” Hatcher suggests whisking your spouse away for a night in one of the elegantly-appointed guest rooms, a couples massage and a sumptuous breakfast the next morning.

A well-kept secret, according to Hatcher, the spa has been in operation since 1996, when the hotel first opened. Prior to January, 2007, the spa was a one-person operation and not widely advertised, she said. But word has spread, and services have been expanded to meet the new demand. The spa currently employs five therapists—one male and four female—who rotate according to availability and clients’ requests. The spa is an integral part of the inn, serving hotel guests as well as the general public.

Whether you are a Lowcountry visitor or a permanent resident, you’ll find the Main Street Spa the perfect place to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. Isn’t it time you planned your getaway?

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