Canyon Ranch - Land and Sea Immersion Destination

| November 17, 2008

The story behind Canyon Ranch embodies the evolution of the health and fitness industry in this country.

A Week at Canyon Ranch in Tucson Living and working as a health professional in Phoenix most of my life, I had heard of Canyon Ranch in Tucson, but had never seen it. What I discovered is this is not a place you can just visit. I looked at a weekly schedule and by my count you can choose from an average of 68 fitness and enrichment classes offered every day. Their literature says 50.

You must make at least a four-day commitment to stay at the resort, although they are currently offering a special three-day package. See their web site for changing specials: Canyon Ranch.

The suggestion is a seven-day immersion package. You stay onsite and your room and board is included in the price, along with all the basic classes.

A four-day package includes a $650.00 voucher per person, a seven-day package includes a $1200.00 voucher per person. These vouchers can be used towards any of the extensive and specialized treatments offered in the 80,000 square foot spa and fitness center, or for medical services offered by one of their seven board-certified physicians who hold degrees from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, NYU and other superior institutions. They have a designated health and healing center for the purpose of these appointments. I sat and observed the ambiance of this area of the property on a beautiful fall day. It was quiet, contemplative and inspiring.

Canyon Ranch itself is located on 150 lush desert acres at the foothills of Tucson's Santa Catalina Mountains. It can accommodate 240 guests in adobe style cottages with a 3:1 staff to guest ratio. The staff includes physicians, nurses, psychologists and counselors, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, acupuncturists, fitness instructors, tennis and golf pros, aestheticians, massage and bodywork therapists, hiking and biking guides and support staff.

The Spa: This complex includes six gymnasiums, a Pilates and Gyrotonic studio, exercise and weight training rooms, squash and racquetball courts, a yoga and meditation dome, as well as skin care, beauty salon and massage and body treatment rooms.

Aquatic Center: 11,000 square feet includes three Watsu pools, (water flotation massage), a cross training pool with conditioning equipment, and an aquatic therapy pool with whirlpool. Aqua exercises offered daily.

Outdoor Facilities: Seven lighted tennis courts, basketball court, and three outdoor pools. The biking and hiking programs use resort property as well as nearby mountain and canyon trails. Article continued below....

A Quiet Outdoor Spot in Tucson

Life Enhancement Center: This separate 17,000 square foot facility located on the property is designed to provide a week-long specialized intensive program for small groups who share common life improvement goals. The group stays together in the facility as they work on breaking through a health challenge in a more intimate and personalized setting. An example of the focus for a group might be: Optimal Aging or New Directions in Diabetes.

Samplings of the Canyon Ranch Cuisine

Dining: For 25 years, Canyon Ranch has been considered a leader in healthy gourmet cuisine. Corporate Chef Scott Uehlein is legendary for his innovation, quality, fresh ingredient and great taste choices. In fact, chefs are sent from Queen Mary 2 once a year so they can offer Canyon Ranch Cuisine as an alternative choice at every dining room meal onboard the ship.

Continue Article >> A Week at Canyon Ranch in Tucson (Part 3)

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