Exhale at Loews Atlanta Hotel
By Laura Janelle Downey
When I think about feeling and looking my best, I turn to the team at Exhale inside Loews Atlanta Hotel. That is why I signed up for the facility’s 60-minute Barre+Yoga class. The full-body workout, which includes everything from strategically moving four-pound weights in a small range of motion to the challenging chaturanga pose, also comes with its fair share of fold-overs, thigh and heel work, and lots of pliés. There were a couple of times where I had to resort to child’s pose because my lethargic body needed a break. But once I had the “You can do this, Laura!” chat with myself, I was back at it as my instructor Stephanie Johnson—in her positive tone and perfect demeanor—called out the counts to another exercise.
After the barre and yoga combo, we laid our backs flat on our mats and stretched. It felt great doing a modified sleeping pigeon pose and more. Plus, my body needed it! From there, I was ready to leave the studio and rinse off in one of the six showers with Exhale products infused with essential oils and vitamins. At this point, I couldn’t wait to experience the 60-minute True Facial. As I relaxed in the lounge before my esthetician Svetlana Smirnova called me back, I savored a cup of tea.
Feeling at peace, I headed back to my treatment room. It was there that Svetlana went to work on my skin. She cleansed my face with iS Clinical’s cleansing complex, which removes everything from oils to the extra junk that lands on my face daily. From there, she exfoliated with a multifruit acid peel from emerginC. Then, she gave my shoulders, hands and feet (paraffin, anyone?) a nice rub before applying Jimm Harrison’s facial treatment serum to my face. This essentially helped to nourish my skin with its shea butter, Vitamin E, raspberry seed oils and more.
After extractions were done—mostly to my T-zone area, a recovery mask from emerginC was applied to my face followed by the luxe hydra-intensive cooling masque from iS Clinical. The antioxidants combined with hyaluronic acid helped to refresh and hydrate my skin. And finally, iS Clinical’s hydra-cool serum was applied to revitalize my face. Plus, the brand’s pro-heal serum advance+ helped to reduce any signs of aging that I might be showing at 40 and it also worked to increase antioxidant protection.
The treatment ended with an application of iS Clinical’s extreme protect SPF 30, which aids in guarding my face from sun damage and smoothing the derma. Overall, I would return to Exhale because its one-stop- shop for fitness and fabulous spa therapies are just one reservation away. The instructors and therapists are highly trained and qualified. I trust the team here to take care of my body both physically and mentally.
Details: 404.720.5000. 1065 Peachtree St. NW., Atlanta, GA 30309; exhalespa.com/locations/atlanta/midtown-atlanta