(Last Updated On: March 24, 2014)

Relaxation: (n) 1. The act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed 2. Refreshment of body or mind

Let’s be honest: Life has the tendency to be pretty stressful at times. Work responsibilities, family obligations, bills and errands: It rarely ever stops, and every now and again it’s important to slow down, take a load off and enjoy a little “me time.” Whether you are a local or in Breckenridge on vacation, there are plenty of day spas that can accommodate walk-ins or appointments made that day.

Whether you are a seasoned spa veteran or you have never had a massage, spas in Breckenridge offer a variety of options and packages — and oftentimes in the off-season months of October and November, you can score some pretty good deals.

Mountain Sanctuary Day Spa, located at 100 N. Main St., makes it a point to cater to walk-in clientele, and they even have a sign to prove it. From massages to pedicures, you can get the total pampering experience at Mountain Sanctuary.

Waiting area at Mountain Sanctuary, photo from Mountain Sanctuary Day Spa

Although the location is unassuming, once you enter the spa, the dim light and soothing music quickly remind you that this is a place dedicated to relaxation. Mountain Sanctuary also offers unique treatments like a hot-stone facial and reiki, which combines spiritual clearing of negative energy and massage.

Alpine Spa & Salon can be found at 500 S. Main St., on the second level of La Cima Mall, which provides spectacular views of Breckenridge mountain and the Ten Mile Range. Offering everything from Swedish massage to hot stone to couple’s massages, Alpine Spa has been a Breckenridge staple for over 15 years. It also caters to large groups and weddings, if you’re looking for a place to relax and get ready for your big day.

There is a misconception that the Soothe Day Spa,  located inside the Grand Lodge on Peak 7, is only for guests of the hotel, but in reality it caters to anyone, even those coming off the slopes in ski boots. Unique offerings include the High Altitude Massage, which rescues dry, chapped skin, or the Mountain Recovery Massage, which helps relieve sore muscles after a day of exploring the mountains. One of the best parts about going to Soothe for a spa treatment is that you get access to The Grotto, an adult-only enclave with a hot tub, waterfall, sauna and steam room.

With locations in Avon, Vail and Breckenridge, Simply Massage offers affordable deals with experienced, professional massage therapists. If you are in the mountain area for an extended time, you have the option to buy a package of four massages and get the fifth massage free. Packages are also transferable between friends and family members, and they never expire, so you can rest assured you will always get your money’s worth. Also unique to Simply Massage is the ability to book a massage online, making it easier than ever to schedule the “me time” you so rightfully deserve.

Blue Sage Spa offers a variety of services right on Main Street in Breckenridge. Photo courtesy Blue Sage Spa

Blue Sage Spa offers a variety of services right on Main Street in Breckenridge. Photo courtesy Blue Sage Spa

Centrally located in the heart of Breckenridge at 224 S. Main St., Blue Sage Spa is located in a two-story brick building, complete with a small boutique in the front. Treatment rooms for massage, facials and body treatments are upstairs. While it offers traditional Swedish and deep tissue massages, Blue Sage sets itself apart from other spas by offering Ashiatsu Massage, a technique in which the therapist holds onto bars secured to the ceiling and uses foot pressure to work out deeply rooted back pains. If you’re not into massage but are still looking for a way to unwind, try one of the body treatments, like the chocolate body mask, seaweed therapy or the mountain mud bath.