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Berkeley Springs gearing up for annual Spa Feast

Treat yourself to a spa treatment at Spa Feast

Treat yourself to a spa treatment at Spa Feast

January 20, 2006|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - More than 30 local practitioners specializing in fields ranging from acupuncture to yoga will offer free samples Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Inn & Spa in Berkeley Springs.

Part of the Winter Festival of Waters events in Berkeley Springs, this is the 16th year for the Spa Feast and the Winter Festival of Waters, said Laura Smith, administrator for Travel Berkeley Springs.

Aromatherapy, Qigong, massages, and other therapeutic techniques and health products will be offered, as well as blood pressure and blood glucose screenings by War Memorial Hospital personnel.

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Demonstrations, displays and door prize drawings will be held every half-hour, Smith said. Acupuncture is included in the demonstrations this year, she said.

Berkeley Springs is known as the country's first spa, according to Travel Berkeley Springs, with its therapeutic 74-degree mineral water for soaking, and the tradition continues with "taking the waters" in the various spas around town. Massage therapists are available to work out the body's stresses, a real treat after a soak in the mineral spring water, according to Travel Berkeley Springs.

Atasia Spa, The Bath House Massage & Health Center, Berkeley Springs State Park, Coolfont Resort's Spa & Wellness Center and the Origin Spa are the full-service spas in Berkeley Springs that offer a wide range of health and beauty treatments and programs.

"Spa Feast promotes a sampling of what Berkeley Springs has to offer, including alternative health options available here that go beyond the traditional," Smith said.

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