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TREND | LIGHT THERAPY At the Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel New York (212/758-5700; www.fourseasons.com), electromagnetic pulses to stimulate the subconscious are free with most treatments. • Rapid Eye Technology uses a light-emanating wand to simulate REM sleep at El Monte Sagrado (Taos, N. Mex.; 800/828-8267; www.elmontesagrado.com).

Hotel Hana-Maui at Hana Ranch
On Maui, the town of Hana is a culturally significant refuge for native Hawaiians. In a rain forest of wild mango and cascading waterfalls, it's one of those mystical places that appeals to healers with special "intuitive" talents and visitors in search of a transcendental kick. At the Hana-Maui's just-inaugurated spa, it's difficult not to catch the local vibe in bamboo-and-mahogany dressing rooms that open onto outdoor lava-rock showers. An outdoor watsu pool faces Hana Bay, massage beds are draped with batik floral quilts, and the lomilomi massage incorporates an earthy essential oil blended from indigenous vanilla orchids. A rain forest-mist facial even pays homage to Noenoe, the love-struck goddess who embraces this side of Maui with gentle showers. Hana, Maui; 800/321-4262 or 808/248-8211; www.hotelhanamaui.com; doubles from $375.

Take home the essence of your Polynesian Nonu Experience with a maile leaf-infused, purifying candle from SpaHalekulani (800/367-2343 or 808/923-2311; www.halekulani.com). • At the Mauna Lani Spa (800/367-2323 or 808/885-6622; www.maunalani.com), reserve the new lava-tube Kahi Kikaha watsu pool—inspired by the air pockets left in a solidified volcanic flow—for high noon, Polynesia's most sacred time of day. During Ke Kumu (October 29-November 2), the hotel gathers Hawaii's greatest teachers of healing traditions such as ho-oponopono, or talk therapy. • Spa Grande at Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa (800/886-6100 or 808/875-1234; www.grandwailea.com) has a new body scrub bar at which therapists custom-blend raw Maui turbinado sugar with your choice of coffee, citrus, sandalwood, or pine-rosemary oil.

EXPERT | Sharon Warren (888/848-0642; www.warrenbotanicals.com) can see plant auras—a nifty talent for an aromatherapist who blends essential oils in a Big Island rain-forest laboratory. "I channel the energy of the oils, and that goes into my formulas," she says. "It's alchemy, not pharmacy." Her knowledge of exotic botanicals also infuses the custom potions she creates for both private clients and spas, including spikenard-vetiver "Balance" candles for the Willow Stream spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and Spa Moana's "Uhane" lemongrass bath crystals at the Hyatt Regency Maui.


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