There's something very commanding about Sedona, Arizona. While its an overwhelmingly spiritual place (Native Americans have been coming here to heal due to the strong energy centers/vortexes), the sublime landscape and natural beauty is effortlessly divine. With that said, a visit to Sedona isn't truly a visit without getting in and around the red rocks for a hike, a jeep tour or any other activity that brings you closer—physically and figuratively—to nature. If you really want to be one with the land, you can take the extra step by wallowing in the red, desert clay.
Ok, maybe not, but it is so rich in iron-oxide, you'll most likely want to. There is, believe it or not, a civilized way of going about this procedure: Body Bliss desert clay wraps.
While in Sedona, I had to experience a clay wrap so I booked a treatment at Mii Amo Spa @ Enchantment Resort, which was a truly remarkable place that incorporates elements of the southwestern environment into its spa and treatments. So far so good.
My therapist first opened up my pores by gently brushing my entire body, then proceeded to slather the warm mud all over my body. Penetration is more effective when products are heated up, so they don't beat around the bush when it comes to this treatment. He cocooned me in several layers of blankets, plastic, aluminum and sheets to retain that heat. After a shower (and the heavenly massage that comes with the treatment—ahh), my body felt smooth and supple. The clay detoxifies (as well as nourishes) the skin, which is a good reason to cover yourself in clay (I mean, really... how often does this happen when you're no longer eight years old?).
The brand the spa uses is Body Bliss, and it's one of very few boutiques that actually features Sedona red clay in their product line. So if you can't make it to Arizona, you can always go online ($24.99). Clay/mud body wraps are pretty challenging to do alone at home (believe me, I've tried, and it's a mess but it can be done). One option for getting this done is politely asking your favorite spa if you can bring your own clay. It might come across ghetto but you'll be surprised at how some places (especially the very, very, very inexpensive, no-frills day spa around the corner from your home) are okay with it. Or, option two, have someone assist you, someone you actually really like and like being touched by. As this can get quite messy. www.bodybliss.com
Water, Red Sedona Clay, Desert Sea Clay (Sodium Bentonite), Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Palmitate, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Polysorbate 60, Essential Oil Blend of Aniba roseadora (Rosewood), Citrus sinensis dulcis (Sweet Orange), Citrus reticulata (Clementine), Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang), Michelia alba (Champaca) and Wild Tansy (Tanacetum annuum), Glyceryl Stearate (and) Potassium Stearate, Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hippophae rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid, Lactic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Allantoin