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Chillax to the max

“Slack-tivities” for the torpor-inducing July weather

Spa-PhotoThe Timeout feature usually highlights events and recreations that appeal to persons pursuing an active lifestyle. This, we recognize, could be construed as a form of discrimination. To atone for this bias, this month’s theme addresses the interests of the less physically ambitious among us. When the mercury hovers habitually over 100 and then some, this group probably includes almost everyone. 


True REST Float Spa

1860 E. Warner Rd., Suite 101, Tempe; 480-389-0853


This is what you’ve been waiting to hear – doing absolutely nothing is really really good for you! However, it’s unlikely that you can attain a state of total inactivity without some technological assistance. Time in the flotation tanks at True REST promises a feeling of total reinvigoration after a period of complete sensory meltdown. Flotation not only brings relief from the stresses of an overly active life, but often proves highly beneficial to people experiencing chronic pain from muscle and joint injury. Sessions are arranged by appointment only; you can make reservations by phone or on-line. A one-hour session costs $79, but if you are a first-time floater, you can receive a one-time-only introductory price of $59, which also includes 10 minutes at the spa’s oxygen bar. Special membership prices can be negotiated based on the frequency of planned future  sessions. LPM was amazed to learned that many users stay in the tank for two or three hours at a time. Brittany, a True REST associate, assured us that once clients get used to the longer float times, “they can’t go back to just one hour.” A slack-tivity optimally enjoyed au naturel, each tank room has a private dressing room and shower. 


The Ultimate Dark Knight Marathon

Each of the Batman movies clocks in at over two hours, so, imagine seven hours of pure, relentless, and sedentary, escapism. The event is hosted by Harkins Theatres and will run at a number of  their Valley cinemas on Thursday, July 19th. It’s back-to-back Batman in chronological order: 6 p.m., Batman Begins; 8:45 p.m., The Dark Knight; and at 12:01 a.m., The Dark Knight Rises. With all that sitting, you should still be ready to show up for work on Friday. The entire package costs $20 and that includes two free small popcorns and a commemorative lanyard.

For a listing of participating theaters and to purchase tickets, go to: harkinstheatres.com/darkknight.aspx


Silent retreat at Spirit Falls

3701 Hopi Lane, Pine, AZ 85544; 928-476-6584

If all of the above sounds too cosmopolitan for your taste in relaxation, then a commune with nature seems called for ‑ an extended rendezvous with peace and quiet. The Spirit Falls Retreat Center provides facilities for individuals interested in personal down-time and meditation in a tranquil environment ‑ no instruction, no lectures, no interaction of any kind required. Solitude is guaranteed in rustic, self-contained retreat cabins nestled in a mountain woodland setting (ceiling fans and no A/C). Prices for a cabin with a single bed start at $45 per night (three night minimum) and weekly rates are available. Double occupancy is is an additional $20 per night.

To inquire about cabin availability, e-mail spiritfalls@gmail.com or call the number above. 


Summer Spaaah Series

Being pampered by others while you do as little possible is what a spa visit is all about. There are many spa options in the Phoenix metro area, but the AZ Spa Girls Summer Spaaah Series caught LPM’s attention because these events offer fabulous opportunities to get acquainted with some of the swankiest full-service spas in the Valley, take advantage of some great deals, and contribute to a very worthy non-profit. Certificate purchasers attend a special open house on a selected Friday evening that includes a cocktail reception, tours of the spa facilities, meet-and-greets with wellness and beauty professionals, demos, mini-workshops and lots of swag from Series sponsors. After the intro, the certificate also entitles you to a day visit within 30 days and your choice of a spa treatment (massage, pedicure, body polish, etc.). Men are also welcome to participate! A portion of the proceeds from every ticket goes to the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, a Phoenix-based organization dedicated to helping women transform their lives. How else can you accomplish so much with so little effort?

See the full Spaaah Series listing at summerspaseries.com; here are the venues/prices for upcoming events: 

Friday, July 12 (6-9 p.m.) at:

Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort

6902 East Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale 85254

480-624-1500; kierlandresort.com

Tickets: $125


Friday, July 26 (6-9 p.m.) at:

Joya Spa at Montelucia Resort

4949 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley 85253

480-677-3020; joyaspa.com

Tickets: $130


Friday, August 9 (6-9 p.m.) at:

The Spa at Talking Stick Resort

9800 East Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale 85256

480-850-4065;  talkingstickresort.com/spa.aspx

Tickets: $110 

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This Article appears on the July 2013 issue of LPM under Fitness

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