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The Ancient Art of Ayurveda

Among the many services at the Woodlands Spa, Ayurveda is the most deeply rooted in the ancient arts. Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. The knowledge of Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. This system places great emphasis on prevention and encourages maintaining health by paying close attention to balance in one’s life through right thinking, diet, lifestyle and herbs.

Just as everyone has an individual face or thumb print, according to Ayurveda, each person has a particular pattern of energy – an individual combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics. At the Woodlands Spa before your therapist performs an Ayurvedic service they have you fill out a constitution card. This constitution card identifies three basic types of energy or functional principles called vata, pitta, and kapha. These principles are within all people and at different times in our lives there is a primary, secondary and least prominent.

Through insight, understanding and experience, Ayurveda presents a vast “database” of the relationship between causes and their affects, both immediate and subtle, for each unique individual. Once you know your most prominent principles your provider will customize a service for you and leave you with a number of recommendations on how to bring more balance into your life.

The Woodlands Spa Ayurvedic experiences include our very own...

Laurel Rebalancer:
After determining your dosha, your therapist will apply a blend of healing and exfoliating herbs and herbal oils to your body. You will then be comfortably cocooned in steamed towels aiding in further absorption – deepening relaxation and purifi cation and promoting a heightened sense of well being.

Highlands Emersion:
The original Bindi Herbal Body Treatment is at the heart of our Ayurvedic Ritual program. This luxurious treatment uses herbal infused oils and a botanical body mask to exfoliate, cleanse, detoxify and nourish, after which the body is immersed in a soothing hydrotherapy bath.

Hot Stone Shirodhara:
The ultimate in bliss! Soothing warm stone massage combined with Ayurvedic oils sets the tone for altered states of tranquility. Special oils are streamed on the “third eye,” causing the mind to become still and peaceful. Healing Energy Work is added to bring the body into balance allowing the mind to float away and the spirit to soar.

For more information on the services mentioned above, please contact Nemacolin Woodlands Resort's Woodlands Spa at 724.329.6774 or 866.344.6957.

"Treat Yourself Good, Treat You Body Better!"
Stephanie Hostetler
Director of Spa Operations - The Woodlands Spa
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Activities, Field Club
Upland Bird Hunting Added To Field Club Amenities

Is the outdoorsman inside you yearning to get out? The Field Club at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is just the place for you. We now offer Upland Bird Hunting on 275 acres of groomed strips of cover planted land. Natural cover is also present, making for superb upland bird hunting. The elusive ring-necked pheasant along with the unpredictable chukar are the birds we offer for release. Hunts include a professional guide and well mannered bird dogs to provide an educational, safe and memorable hunting experience.

Our Upland Bid Hunting season runs from September through mid April, Monday – Saturday. No license is required. Young hunters must be a minimum of 12 years old and have passed a hunter safety course in their home state. A parent or guardian (18 or older) must accompany young hunters at all times. Florescent orange is required to be worn while afield and is available for use. Rental guns, along with ammunition are available at The Field Club. Field dressing of your harvest is available for an additional fee.

Discover the benefits available to your group by hosting a Corporate Hunt at The Filed Club. A great teambuilding activity, Upland Bird Hunts provide an alternative setting to strengthen bonds and trust and open doors for networking and relationship building. Corporate packages can be customized for your group. Above is a picture from our last Corporate hunt.

For more information, please contact The Nemacolin Field Club at 724.329.6770.

Chuck Groff
Upland Hunting / Sporting Clays Supervisor
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Epic Conditions At Mystic Mountain!


70+ inches of natural snow has fallen on Mystic Mountain since December 1, 2010, keeping us on pace to crush our yearly average of 100 inches. Conditions have been fantastic and will continue to get better throughout February and early March. That’s right I said early March, we are extending our season until March 13, 2011 because our snowpack is so deep!

Great conditions are an even better excuse to take advantage of our Neighbors & Friends Nights every Friday from 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Our Friday night ski special includes a lift ticket and rental for just $20! New to the sport? On Fridays from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. we offer one-hour beginner lessons for just $25 per person; however, reservations are required. And, forget about the big group lessons that most resorts offer, Mystic Mountain's Ski School prides itself by offering one-on-one lessons so you get the most out of your time.

Saturday night the fun continues with our new Mystic Mountain Winter Concert Series! Come to the Hitchin' Post and experience live bands starting at 8:00 p.m. There is no better way to celebrate a day of skiing, then sipping on some cold beverages and listening to live music.

If cabin fever is setting in for you this winter... get our of your funk by strapping on those long boards and enjoying a day with us at Mystic Mountain! And you never know,with conditions like this... the Yeti even makes an appearance or two!


Matt Grobe
Director of Activities
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

The Importance of Beef in a Steak House

One of the most common trends in our industry right now is a “fine dining” steak house. Chefs take you on a journey with trendy cooking techniques, uncommon foods from around the world, and a selection of beef to pleasure the individual’s style and palate.

Unlike how restaurants used to offer beef options (mostly when diners would only select the cut of meat they preferred), guests are now ordering the type of meat, option of grass fed, possibility to supplement such as wagyu or kobe, and lastly the option of aged or not. Our main focus is the concentration on aging beef, the styles of aging, and the benefits that come with it.

Most restaurants that offer aged beef on their menu will do this process in house if space allows. As for most chefs having their hands on every step of the process not only allows them to have a better knowledge of their product, it also gives a larger sense of ownership in the finished product.

The two major styles for aging beef are wet and dry aged. Wet aging beef is done in a vacuum sealed bag held at 32 to 34 degrees Fahrenheit. Since there is no importance on humidity or air velocity, this is the most common and inexpensive way to age beef. Wet aging only takes between 2 and 4 days and will help tenderize the product.

Dry aging beef is now a widely accepted and in most cases expected process for upscale steak houses. Dry aging is done for a period of 10 to 28 days while holding beef between 32 and 34 degrees Fahrenheit. The two other major characteristics with dry aging is having the humidity level between 85 and 100% and the air velocity of 0.5 to 2.5 m/sec. Since dry aging is more expensive, you will usually see high value cuts of meat such as loins and ribs go through this process. During the process of dry aging two things happen. Moisture evaporates creating a greater concentration of flavor and taste while the natural enzymes break down the connective tissues allowing for a tenderer product. Naturally there is product shrinkage and trim loss due to drying and surface mold.

Whatever your choice may be, the recognition of beef and its immense styles are endless allowing chefs to produce more flavors and focal points for you to choose from.

Seth Mahler
Chef De Cuisine - Aqueous
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort