If you are looking for a spiritual experience at a spa, think about what spirituality means to you.
"Spirituality means different things to different people," says Susie Ellis, president of the marketing company SpaFinder Wellness. "Today a spa treatment or a getaway with a spiritual component is often centered on helping people cope with record levels of stress and achieve inner peace or balance."
Here are some spots in Southern California that offer spirituality-related treatments.
Chopra Center at La Costa Resort. Gandharva service, $205
Sound therapy is used to "improve the flow of energy in your mind and body. Your healing arts master takes you on a divine journey interweaving nurturing touch and crystal singing bowls to awaken vitality and bliss," the spa website says.
Chopra Center Spa, 2013 Costa del Mar Road, Carlsbad; (888) 424-6772; http://www.chopra.com
Spiritual counselor, healer and intuitive Nancy Furst at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. 60-minute session, $200
Furst uses her study of metaphysics and Native American spirituality as well as readings of Native American card decks and various healing practices to provide "a loving and sacred space for connecting within and illuminating your path forward," says Furst.
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, 905 Country Club Road, Ojai; (805) 646-1111; http://www.ojairesort.com
Exhale Hollywood. Vibrational therapy, $150
Tuning forks are used to shift the energy of the body, mind and spirit, the spa says. They work with acupuncture points, meridians and chakras.
Exhale Hollywood, 1755 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood; (323) 491-1376; http://www.exhalespa.com
Golden Door Spa. Labyrinth week, July 21-28, $7,100. Regular week, $7,850.
Golden Door specializes in weeklong experiences that aim to achieve harmony of body, mind and spirit. One Golden Door labyrinth is a replica of that in the stone floor of France's Chartres Cathedral, another is on a private mountaintop. All weeks include such "inner focus" experiences as meditation.
Golden Door Spa, 777 Deer Springs Road, San Marcos; (866) 420-6414; http://www.goldendoor.com
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village Spa. Energy healing, $150
The process is described as an energy medicine therapy using touch to influence the body's energy system and balance it physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, 2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village; (818) 575-3000; http://www.fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/spa/