on Main Street Hosts Wintertime "Relaxation Retreats"
WILLIAMSTOWNBerkshire county residents seeking an escape from
day-to-day stress, or looking for a way to "recharge their batteries"
after a long winter, have a new optionand it is right in their
own backyard. Donna Riley and Timothy Hamilton, owners of The House
on Main Street Bed & Breakfast, 1120 Main Street, Williamstown,
are combining the luxury of a B&B getaway with personalized weekend
programs of massage, skin care, foot reflexology, gentle stretching
and other healthful activities.
The "Relaxation Retreats" program begins March 2 and continues
selected weekends through mid-April. Each Friday through Sunday retreat
includes a one-hour massage and a half-hour reflexology treatment, along
with events and workshops unique to each session.
"The activities will be fun, flexible and casual," said Donna
Riley. "Guests may check in on Friday afternoon, and then have
some time to themselves for a dinner in town.
"Saturday morning well provide a healthful breakfast and
then a qualified instructor will offer a workshop to the group on one
of several topics, such as massage techniques, skin care or increasing
your energy," Riley said. "In the afternoon well get
everyone relaxed with a one hour massage and a half-hour foot reflexology
session. Sundays also feature a nutritious breakfast, and often a stretching
class to get you energized for the trip home."
Massages, massage instruction and stretching classes are offered by
In Touch Massage Therapy, Williamstown. Reflexology, a stress- and tension-relieving
foot massage, is performed by licensed massage therapists from The Healing
Place, Lenox. Jane Smolnik, director of Crystal Gardens Healing Center,
Springfield, VT, and an Herbalist and Licensed Avatar Master, is presenting
workshops on increasing personal energy and on Avatar, a system for
exploring consciousness and expanding awareness, intuition and creativity.
Each guest will receive a welcome package, featuring therapeutic bath
ingredients, skin care products or other items, along with information
on area attractions. Optional events such as early morning strolls with
the innkeepers or evenings playing board games around the fireplace
are included throughout each weekend.
"Weve built in plenty of time for visiting the Clark Art
Museum or the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, shopping and
dining at local restaurants," said Tim Hamilton. "We want
each Relaxation Retreat to be interesting and informative, but unhurried."
Relaxation Retreats will be held March 2-4, March 16-18, March 30-April
1 and April 6-8. Retreats will be limited to 10 participants. Prices
begin $249, which includes two nights and breakfasts at the House on
Main Street, a circa 1700 home remodeled in Victorian style, and all
workshops and activities. Additional information is available by calling
(413) 458-3031 or at www.houseonmainst.com.