Story and photos by Barbara Angelakis
Spa therapist photo curtesy of Seneca Casino & Hotel

Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel

The Spa
Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
310 Fourth Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

What would a trip away from home be without a visit to a spa? For me the  degree of pampering and the benefits of limber muscles, a line-free  face, and smooth hydrated body, turn a good vacation into a great one.  On our recent journey in Niagara Falls U.S.A. I was “Queen for a Day” -  well anyway for 4 hours!

The Spa is located in the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel which was a  short walk from The Giacomo Hotel where we were staying - it seems  everything in Niagara is a short walk from the Giacomo, which could not  be in a better location

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Eagle Sculpture

The Seneca Hotel lobby is beautifully decorated with Seneca Nation  artifacts and legends. Center focus is a massive wooden sculpture of an  Eagle that incorporates five elements of significance to “the people”.  The Eagle is the sacred bird to all native peoples and represents their  connection to the Great Spirit. The rear of the sculpture is carved in  the shape of a Wolf, one of the eight clans of the Seneca Nation. The  braided front legs represent antlers and the Deer Clan. The back leg  represents corn, a staple of their diet. At the center of the Eagles  wing is the Hiawatha Belt signifying the Five Nations of the Iroquois  Confederacy. The Seneca Nation was known as The Keepers of the Western  Door; to the east lived the Cayuga, the Onondaga, the Oneida and the  Mohawk. In the center of the Hiawatha Belt is the Tree of Peace under  which the five nations agreed to live in harmony’... a potent symbol that  our modern world could well emulate.

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Hot Jacuzzi

The Spa suite has a direct elevator to the 3rd floor which opens into a soft welcoming space. The menu of services  includes Massage, Body Healing Therapies, Facials, Hair and Nail work,  along with specialty services like Make-Up Application. There are steam and sauna suites along with whirlpool, all facilities are spotless and  well-kept. A pool and fitness center is available to registered Hotel  guests. I took a morning off from sightseeing around Niagara to indulge  my passion for pampering at The Spa.

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Spa

I have been having some lower back problems and discussed them with my  therapist Stephanie. Stephanie performed the Tranquility Signature  Massage which incorporates different techniques according to the needs  of the client. She began with a hot stone back massage, followed with  hot towels to warm and relax the muscles. Sinus pressure is relived  along with a scalp massage if the client chooses. The massage ends with  reflexology, so from top to bottom, she did a wonderful job of relaxing  my tense muscles and concentrating on gently working the distressed  lumbar region. I almost kissed her fingers after the massage; I haven’t  felt that good and pain free in many moons.

Stephanie handed me over to Michele who determined a Green Coffee Body Wrap would suite me well. This anti-cellulite formula draws out impurities and  overhauls the entire body in this 50 minute treatment and since it was  performed after my massage, my body was open and welcoming to absorb the nutrients. After I was cleaned off, I showered to remove the residue  while Michele prepared the table for my facial. The 50 minute facial was customized to my “mature” skin and included an eye and lip treatment.  My skin was cleaned, exfoliated and a series of masks and fragrant  smelling creams were gently massaged in. My face lost at least 10 years  during that facial and kudos to both Stephanie and Michele for their  absolutely stellar work.




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