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Slough Off the Last of Winter at Spa@TheWit

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Welcome to New on the Spa Menu, a feature that breaks down the "recipes" of new spa offerings.

Photos: Courtesy of theWit Hotel

TheWit Hotel is celebrating its fifth birthday this month, and it's holding hotel-wide festivities that extend to the massage table. For the whole month of May, Spa@theWit is offering the aptly named "Five Year Celebration Treatment," and we love it because it sloughs of winter skin and lets those shoulders ease their hunch one. final. time. before the warm weather sets in. (Or, here's hoping.)

The 80-minute service ($215) starts with a Swedish massage that incorporates tension-melting hot stones. Then, the therapist applies a salt scrub to legs (so, heads up: it's best not to shave before this one.) The scrub dissolves dry, flaky skin on the legs; at the same time, warm paraffin softens the feet. It's not over yet: after removing a warm, rose-scented eye pillow, the therapist dabs on a soothing arnica-flower face mask from Eminence Organics and continues to massage the shoulders, arms, and legs.

Afterwards, head to the spa's Whisper Lounge and spend some downtime in a bathrobe, flicking through magazines, sipping tea, and otherwise spacing out in the dimly lit relaxation den.

This treatment is tough to replicate at home, but you can pick up some of the products at the on-site shop, which specializes in eco-friendly products. The Wit's spa is one of the few in the state to carry Eminence Organics, which is a Hungarian line of handmade goods. The spa can get any of the products in the line; it currently carries the face mask used in the treatment.
· Spa@theWit [Official Site]
· Eminence Organic Skin Care [Official Site]

Spa@theWit

201 North State Street, Chicago, IL