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Sacred Hour Journal

A Very Yoga Holiday

It’s no mystery that I, a massage therapist and yoga teacher, think that the best gift you can give during a time of unparalleled stress and unpleasant surprises is a gift certificate for massage or yoga classes. But even if I wasn’t in the business of helping people calm down and recenter, I would still encourage everyone I know to find ways to get away from lining their homes with more things (or toilet paper) they don’t need in the name of the holiday spirit. I intentionally saved this last yama, or yogic moral tenet for how to treat ourselves with respect, for last because I wanted to talk about it during peak consumption season- the holidays.

In light of the circumstances, with variants and supply chains being something we all have to try to make sense of, the very last thing we need is a house filled to the brim with plastic dross instead of a mind filled with resilience. The significance of this very concept- the avoidance of excess- is writ large in yogic philosophy, and enshrined as one of the crown jewels of yoga.

Brahmacharya, which translates roughly to non excess or nonindulgence, is the last yama I’d like to talk to you all about. Since no one has talked about the yamas and niyamas in quite so relatable a way, I’ll quote Deborah Adele’s interpretation of brahmacharya here: “Whether we find ourselves overdoing food, work, exercise, or sleep, excess is often a result of forgetting the sacredness of life.

Brahmacharya literally means ‘walking with God,’ and invites us into an awareness of the sacredness of all life. The guideline is a call to leave greed and excess behind and walk in this world with wonder and awe, practicing nonexcess and attending to each moment as holy.” A big theme of last year’s wellness conversations was the idea that the lockdown was necessary not just to prevent the spread of illness, but on a deeper level the stillness and insularity of staying at home with ourselves and no one else served to demonstrate to all of us that for many our priorities were out of order. All the conspicuous consumption and overfilled calendars served as fuel for our fire of living rather than the holy and miraculous event of being alive, and it took forced stillness through an economic shutdown to realize it. We needed the gear shift in order to integrate that we were in overdrive. While all of us would like to think we learned our lesson, we absolutely run the risk of repeating our mistakes without maintaining a sacred well of calm within. Choosing to purchase goods that are needed and the occasional frivolity are nothing anyone is going to lose their peace over; the trouble arises when consumption (of food, rest, or stuff) becomes a coping mechanism. You’ll find that you cannot access peace when your closets are bursting and your bank account is drained from one too many Amazon swipes. You also cannot find peace through overeating or endless meetings during and after work hours.

Finding peace and quiet in daily life, whether that is through making sure you make it to the spa for quiet time regularly (especially if you have a pack of kids under 12 in your care), working on your meditation practice, or making time to roll out your mat and move with your breath, looks pretty boring at first. But each of these moments of quiet fills the well of peace in your heart space, and establishes the balance we need to properly observe and honor brahmacharya. This holiday season, consider buying access to experiences that support holistic wellness and encourage your loved ones to balance their hectic lives with calm.

-Colleen, Sacred Hour Massage Therapist + Yoga Teacher + Staff Writer + Plant Whisperer

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Indian Head Massage

Unlock the ancient vibes with this holistic head, neck, face, and shoulder treatment

Starting from $80

Prenatal Massage

Our Prenatal Massage is a natural stress-buster, kicking pain to the curb, easing muscle tension, and amping up blood flow.

Starting from $100
* 12-36 weeks only

Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a non-invasive therapy that encourages the smooth flow of lymph fluid through slow and gentle rhythmic movements.

Starting from $120

Cupping Therapy

During cupping therapy, your skilled massage therapist strategically places cups on various body areas such as the neck, shoulders, arms, back, legs, and even the face. These cups create suction, stimulating blood flow and promoting relaxation.

Starting from $135

Couples Massage

Indulge in shared serenity with our Couples Massage, a harmonious experience designed to deepen your connection.

Starting from $220

Super Glo Facial

This restorative treatment will regenerate your skin by gently exfoliating your outermost layers with no downtime.

Starting from $150
* 90 minute SuperGlo facial treatment incorporates LED light therapy

Hydrafacial

Our most results-driven facial. A non-invasive procedure that provides deep cleansing,

Starting from $150

Glow-Getter by Dr. Barbara Sturm

Reveal radiant, healthy skin with the Glow-Getter, incorporating the Dr. Barbara Sturm line.

Reiki Lift Facial

The manual technique used in this facial can slow signs of aging, especially if performed consistently. It is a deep massage that acts on the muscles, not the tissues, completely oxygenating them. The massage has a lifting effect – and with no surgery.

Dermaplaning

A manual exfoliation technique removes surface debris with a custom dermaplaning blade.

Starting from $100

back cleanse

Popular before weddings and formal engagements, a customized 60 minute back treatment includes cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, masque and oil-free hydration.

Starting from $125

Lemongrass Mimosa Body Scrub

This refreshing body scrub hydrates and brightens dull skin. Walnut Shells exfoliate while Mimosa and Bamboo Extracts create lasting softness.

Purifying Gotu Kola Coffee Scrub

Feel tension melt away under warm compresses that aid in the absorption of healing trace minerals.

Sacred Hour Manicure

Our signature manicure includes file and cuticle tidy, and nails gently buffed and polish removed.

Starting from $35

Gel Manicure

File and cuticle tidy, followed by hand massage. Gel polish to finish.
Starting from $50

Speedy Pedicure

File, tidy, and polish when time is short (but nails are long).

Starting from $35

Sacred Hour Pedicure

Soak, file, and cuticle tidy, heel buffing, leg and foot massage, and a soothing lavender or re-energizing green tea mint cooling mask. Polish to finish.

Starting from $65

Gel Pedicure

Soak, file, cuticle work, heel buffing, and foot + leg massage. Gel polish to finish.
Starting from $80
* Gel application requires additional time and cost. We are unable to remove nail enhancements like dip, poly gel, gel extensions, fiberglass, and acrylic, and cannot remove gel polish on these products.

Korean Scrub

It’s a unique full-body scrub treatment and a head-to-toe exfoliation ritual that sheds layers of dirt which results in baby soft skin.

Our Korean Body Scrub is a “must try” at Sacred Hour; a vigorous but never uncomfortable hour-long full body experience in our Hammam-inspired suite.
*We guarantee that our Korean Scrub is an experience unlike any other.

Steam Room

Indulge in up to a 60-minute steam with our private steam experiences.

Whether you book a couple’s steam or a private session, the hour-long session is sure to melt away stress and amplify your inner glow and energy.

 

* Scrub and steam room amenities include: rain shower, full vanity, robes, sandals, and towels.

Chill Package

Our most popular day package includes a 60-minute Signature Facial and 60-minute Deep Tissue or Swedish massage.

Hydra Chill Package

The dynamic duo: a Deluxe Hydrafacial and Swedish Massage.

Spa Day Getaway

If your mama always said, “Be good to yourself,” this is what she was talking about. Lemongrass Mimosa Body Scrub, 60-minute Signature Facial, and 60-minute Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage, because mama is always right!

* If you prefer deep tissue massage, please let us know at the time of booking.

The Works Package

For the ultimate spa lover. Experience our Korean scrub, Swedish massage, and Signature Facial before a refreshing mani-pedi.

Uplift Package for 1 Guest

Our Uplift Package begins with a relaxing head-to-toe, full body massage, followed by a refreshing body scrub that hydrates and brightens dull skin.

Grounding Package for 1 Guest

A head-to-toe relaxing massage followed by a coffee exfoliation and warm compressions.

Chill Momma Package

In preparation for your new arrival: 60-minute Prenatal massage, 60-minute Signature Facial, Sacred Hour Manicure + Sacred Hour Pedicure.

* 13-36 weeks only

Calming the Hara

Unwind knots of tension and anxiety with this abdomen-focused ritual. Lymphatic brushing and full body coffee scrub follow to move freshly generated energy and oxygen throughout the body, stimulating digestion and detoxification.

for Couples

Unwind in one of our couples’ suites for this 120 minute ritual of pure relaxation, side by side.

Unwind in one of our couples’ suites for 120 minutes, together and side by side.

gift cards

Had a great experience at Sacred Hour? Let someone else feel the same joy and rejuvenation of their body and spirit.

There’s no better way to say, “You crushed that project,” “I’m glad we’re friends,” or “Do something for yourself” than with a Sacred Hour Gift Card.

* Sacred Hour gift cards may be redeemed for any services on our wellness menu or on retail items at our Sacred Hour Lakewood or Rocky River locations. We recommend choosing a dollar amount that allows your gift card recipient to choose their favorite body and soul experience.

Select a Service in Rocky River

Indian Head Massage

Unlock the ancient vibes with this holistic head, neck, face, and shoulder treatment

Starting from $80

Prenatal Massage

Our Prenatal Massage is a natural stress-buster, kicking pain to the curb, easing muscle tension, and amping up blood flow.

Starting from $100
* 12-36 weeks only

Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a non-invasive therapy that encourages the smooth flow of lymph fluid through slow and gentle rhythmic movements.

Starting from $120

Cupping Therapy

During cupping therapy, your skilled massage therapist strategically places cups on various body areas such as the neck, shoulders, arms, back, legs, and even the face. These cups create suction, stimulating blood flow and promoting relaxation.

Starting from $135

Couples Massage

Indulge in shared serenity with our Couples Massage, a harmonious experience designed to deepen your connection.

Starting from $220

Super Glo Facial

This restorative treatment will regenerate your skin by gently exfoliating your outermost layers with no downtime.

Starting from $150
* 90 minute SuperGlo facial treatment incorporates LED light therapy

Hydrafacial

Our most results-driven facial. A non-invasive procedure that provides deep cleansing,

Starting from $150

Glow-Getter by Dr. Barbara Sturm

Reveal radiant, healthy skin with the Glow-Getter, incorporating the Dr. Barbara Sturm line.

Reiki Lift Facial

The manual technique used in this facial can slow signs of aging, especially if performed consistently. It is a deep massage that acts on the muscles, not the tissues, completely oxygenating them. The massage has a lifting effect – and with no surgery.

Dermaplaning

A manual exfoliation technique removes surface debris with a custom dermaplaning blade.

Starting from $100

back cleanse

Popular before weddings and formal engagements, a customized 60 minute back treatment includes cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, masque and oil-free hydration.

Starting from $125

Lemongrass Mimosa Body Scrub

This refreshing body scrub hydrates and brightens dull skin. Walnut Shells exfoliate while Mimosa and Bamboo Extracts create lasting softness.

Purifying Gotu Kola Coffee Scrub

Feel tension melt away under warm compresses that aid in the absorption of healing trace minerals.

Chill Package

Our most popular day package includes a 60-minute Signature Facial and 60-minute Deep Tissue or Swedish massage.

Hydra Chill Package

The dynamic duo: a Deluxe Hydrafacial and Swedish Massage.

Spa Day Getaway

If your mama always said, “Be good to yourself,” this is what she was talking about. Lemongrass Mimosa Body Scrub, 60-minute Signature Facial, and 60-minute Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage, because mama is always right!