Mandarin Oriental Introduces Soothing Treatments to Benefit Breast Cancer Awareness

October is breast cancer awareness month, a campaign intended to increase knowledge and information. In the U.S. alone, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes. This month, millions of women and men will try to raise both funds and awareness by taking part in thousands of runs, walks, marathons, triathlons and other feats.

All of that activity is likely to result in many happy miles of accomplishment, but also some very sore muscles. Another way to support breast cancer awareness month is to sign up for a selection of spa treatments at the Mandarin Oriental’s world renowned spas. The spas at the swank properties in New York, Boston and WashingtonDC will be highlighting their Inner Strength treatments and a portion of all proceeds are generously being donated to breast cancer research and prevention.


The luxury VIP spa suite

The massage treatments are a terrific way to end a tough day of training or to simply recharge from everyday life. This nurturing new 80-minute Inner Strength massage has been created to ease physical tension and emotional anxiety.

This particular spa offering has been inspired by Aromatherapy Associates’ Inner Strength oil, a blend created by the company’s founder Geraldine Howard to help cope during her own battle with cancer. Healing rose and frankincense provide focus and clarity and the scents of cardamom and geranium help to emotionally balance the mind. The treatment can be customized to focus on any stressed-out body part.

The sleek steam room

The sleek steam room

I sampled this treatment recently and was incredibly impressed with the relaxation features of both the massage and the New York property’s luxury spa. Guests are invited to first spend time enveloped in the spa’s highly oxygenated, and very nicely heated whirlpool. The extra oxygen aids in relaxation and softens skin. Another option is to detox and rest in the spa’s lovely steam room. Instead of the darkened environment of some spas, the one at the Mandarin Oriental takes advantage of its 35th floor location to provide spectacular city and park views from treatment rooms.

A pool with a view

A pool with a view

After treatments, guests are invited to further unwind (if that is even possible) by reclining in the spa’s very peaceful relaxation room while enjoying a cup of tea and some healthy snacks. The sound of the mini-water fall is the perfect accompaniment to watching the city streets below.