A Spa Night's Rest
deStefano, founder of The Sleep Garden, a sleep-education program that also produces audio and video sleep aids, says that deep sleep comes only when we release the 'Seven binds of protection and performance': the belly, the lower and upper back, the neck, the jaw, the temples, and the 'third eye' (the point in the middle of your forehead that reportedly opens straight into the mind). "Unfortunately, high-stress lifestyles have become status markers in our society, and we undervalue the art of relaxation," he says. deStefano himself abandoned a successful career in advertising to devote himself full-time to tackling the great American sleep crisis.
Based in the Bay Area, he now makes quarterly trips to the Esmeralda Resort and Spa to teach fifty-minute courses in sleep therapy. The class, in which each participant is aided by a massage therapist, incorporates components of yoga, bodywork, aromatherapy, and sound. "We teach skills for letting go on conscious and unconscious levels," says deStefano. "With each night, sleep comes a little easier, confidence grows, and the grip of insomnia is broken."
Clients can also opt for the deeply relaxing Moonlight Massage at the Spa Esmeralda. The massage incorporates aromatherapy products developed by deStefano such as the Sleep Bliss Blend, a compound of such botanical and essential oils as lavender, valerian, hops, California poppy, and St. John's Wort. deStefano is also developing a Sleep Wellness brochure for Esmeralda, offering 'Tips for Better Sleep' to be placed in every room. Travelers can also order a Sleep Wellness amenity kit that includes aromatherapy Dream Mist and ZMusic, a CD of sleep-inducing sounds, to be delivered by specially designated Sleep Butlers. Now that sounds like a dream come true. For more information visit Renaissance Esmeralda, or Sleep Garden