Green Valley Boutique Hotel & Spa - St. George, Utah, 84770, United States

Stress Recovery

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I am excited to introduce the Stress Recovery Program. It is my belief that people suffering from stress disorders shouldn't have to go through life merely coping. Recovery is a real possibility, and to recover there must be change. If stress has stolen the joy and happiness from your life, Green Valley's team of medical and mental health professionals can help you recover what stress has taken from you.

Stress is no trivial matter. It has become a serious national epidemic that has taken a staggering toll–over $400 billion dollars a year in lost productivity. It is estimated that more than 75% of primary care office visits are stress related, and if left untreated, can lead to further losses of income, family, friends, health, and even life. Many sufferers spend years in diagnosis, shuffled from one specialist to another, loaded down with prescription medication, and waiting months and even years to find relief.

Our unique program differs from other stress treatment centers that simply provide skills to cope with stress. The Stress Recovery Program offers the critical and overlooked components that make recovery possible:

  • The medical aspect of stress hormones and how they play an important role in exacerbating emotional distress, or even causing it.
  • A psychological approach that encompasses change on a thought-emotion-mood-behavioral level.
  • A staff that works as a team to provide you with rapid and effective relief—giving you your best chance to succeed. No referrals, no waiting for appointments–everything in one relaxing and luxurious setting with a staff of caring, compassionate, and expert therapists.

The program includes diagnosing the causes and severity of stress as related to medical and mental health from experienced doctors and psychologists. Our stress-melting spa treatments will put you in a peaceful state of mind while you begin your healing process. Specific treatments included in the program have been designed to relieve worrisome thoughts, induce relaxation, and create a feeling of empowerment. While here, you will be provided with the extraordinary resources to change your life and make your dreams come true.


Package includes: 4 Diamond accommodations, all meals and snacks, fitness classes, daily guided hikes, healthy life-style workshops and classes, 2 mental health consultations, scent therapy, sound therapy, Mind Map, Shiatsu/Acutonic treatment, Hot Oil treatment. Subsequent weeks include 2 sessions with Mental Health Director and 3 additional recommended treatments. Additional treatments may be purchased for $120 per 50 minute treatment.


Share the room share the rate...the more the merrier. Call for occupancy prices for up to 8 people.

Dec & Jan Rates

The following Rates are effective for stays During Dec 2013 & Jan 2014.

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Low Season Rates

The following Rates are effective for stays During Feb 2014.

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High Season Rates

The following Rates are effective for stays during Oct 2013, Mar, Apr, & May 2014.

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Prices listed are single occupancy rates in a Junior Suite. Share the room share the rate...the more the merrier. Call for details. Prices do not include 18% tax and resort fees. For room upgrades, call your reservationist. Early departures are not eligible for refunds, but will applied to future stays.

* Additional savings: Guests staying 30 nights or more receive a travel credit up to $400 and an additional hotel tax refund starting at $289.


Massage and Relaxation ($120 per 50-minute treatment)

Guests can choose from over 50 relaxing services to promote stress relief, pain relief, and wellness. See the complete list of services found on our Treatment Center page.

Wellness Consultations ($120 and up per treatment)

Mental health & wellness consultations, and preventative health screenings.

Stress Out of Control

The body evolved this stress mechanism for short term events. When exposed to long term, severe and traumatic events, these powerful stress hormones cause harmful physical and mental illnesses. Persistent stress over long periods of time can destroy the body's ability to return to a state of equilibrium. People suffering with anxiety live between the stress event and the calm-a state of perpetual fear - where the body's stress hormones flood their systems 24 hours a day!

Stress seems virtually impossible to avoid and the complexity of our modern lifestyle has increasingly produced new and unique sources of stress that seek to destroy our happiness and put our health in jeopardy. The cost of stress related illnesses has also put a staggering toll on businesses and individuals with time lost from work and decreased productivity. It is estimated that $300 billion dollars a year is spent on stress related symptoms.


  • Death of a loved one
  • Serious accident or injury
  • Toxic work environment and job termination
  • Legal problems
  • Loneliness or betrayal by a loved one
  • Financial problems
  • Victim of violence or abuse
  • Traumatic events, natural disasters
  • Divorce
  • Change of job or residence
  • New parents, or problems with children
  • Domestic disputes
  • Fertility issues
  • Retirement
  • Perceived failures, criticisms, or humiliation

What is Stress?

Stress is a powerful biological defense mechanism. Frightening, sudden, or painful events can disturb the bodies equilibrium, causing an instantaneous flush of stress hormones to race through the body producing a fight or flight response designed to deal with short-term events.

Imagine driving down the road and a car suddenly pulls out in front of you. The hypothalamus in the brain immediately releases CRH (corticotropin-releasing hormone). This stress hormone activates the pituitary gland to secrete ACTH (adrenocorticotropin), causing the adrenal glands to release additional hormones: epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine (noradrealine). These two hormones raise blood pressure, redirect blood from the intestinal tract to the muscles to speed up reaction time. Cortisol (glucocorticold) is also released to create glucose (sugar) from the body's fuel stores for an extra boost of energy and act as an anti-inflammatory agent to prepare the body for possible injury. This cycle of events is known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.

The HPA axis gives your body added strength, increased awareness, and rapid reflexes that help you narrowly avoid the car that pulled out in front of you. When the moment is over, you can still feel the temporary effects of the stress hormones-high blood pressure, increased pulse, a pit in your stomach, and shaking hands and nerves.

The short term benefits of stress can improve concentration, focus, and reaction. Actors, athletes, and even students perform better under these short-term biological conditions. After a few minutes the body clears the stress hormones and returns to a state of equilibrium - but what if it doesn't?

Related Illnesses

The symptoms of stress-related illnesses can be divided into three categories: psychological, physical, and behavioral. Anxiety, depression, loss of motivation, high blood pressure, insomnia, stomach ailments, obesity, decreased sex drive, substance abuse, irritability, and social withdrawal are a partial list of symptoms.


  • Impaired concentration
  • Forgetfulness
  • Fears and anxieties
  • Depression and other mood disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Worrying
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Low self-esteem
  • Being easily distracted
  • Anger, guilt, suspicion
  • Low threshold of frustration
  • Loss of motivation; fear of failure


  • Headaches
  • Increased blood pressure, heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Tightness of the chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hyperventilation
  • Tremors
  • Nervous tics
  • Dryness of the mouth and throat
  • Feelings of lethargy and fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea and stomach pains
  • Decreased libido
  • Obesity or weight loss
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Backaches or neck pain
  • Susceptibility to illness (low immune system)
  • Palpitations (heart pounding or skipped beats)
  • Muscle tightness or tension
  • Skin disorders
  • Heartburn and acid stomach
  • Osteoporosis and bone fractures


  • Increased use, or resumption of, alcohol, drugs, or tobacco
  • Excessive caffeine intake
  • Impulsivity
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Overeating
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Decreased activity
  • Avoidance of people or places; social isolation.
  • Reappearance of aggravation of phobias
  • Withdrawal from responsibility

Diagnosis And Treatment

If left undiagnosed and untreated, stress can become increasingly severe and life threatening. A recent article in USA Today discusses concerns with the increase in symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and PTSD among U.S. Soldiers.

“Veteran groups argue that the failure of early detection and treatment allows mental illness to fester into problems so severe that a soldier must be discharged from the service.”

“The military is excellent at treating visible wounds,” says Joe Davis, a spokesman for Veterans of Foreign Wars. “The military and entire medical community at large still have a long way to go to effectively and reliably screen and treat wounds to the head and mind.”
– (USA Today July 23, 2010, Gregg Zorova)

Diagnosis and treatment can be a long and torturous experience for people suffering from stress-often taking years. Most medical and mental healthcare providers are not equipped with the specialized personnel and skills required to identify and treat stress related symptoms.

Program Details


2 Mental & Emotional Health Consultations (50 minutes): Determination of stress factors and levels, and recommended methods of treating the psychological and behavioral symptoms of stress.

Sound Therapy: This is a concert of ancient instruments dating back many hundreds of years. Hand forged Tibetan metal bowls, ganta bells, chimes, and gongs create magnificent harmonics that align and shift the complex neural systems. The penetrating waves move over, around and through the body, sending strong vibrations that purify and detoxify physical and emotional states, assist in reducing pain, slow down brain waves and can bring profound spiritual awareness.

Scent Therapy - Inhale and Heal: Lara Wright – famous for her “nose” and highly accurate sense of smell, applied psychologist, intuitive, and founder of the Good Medicine organic products and laboratory.

Everyone has an inherent frequency pattern which is discernible, not only to animals but those humans with a developed senses of smell. Lara uses her extraordinary gift of smell to detect her client's unique pattern and the areas where disruption may have occurred. She then combines rare essential oils into an alchemical scent that captures the innate frequency pattern of each person – an original essence to take with them. Calms basic instincts, clarifies emotional upset and mental confusion, making way for new insight and loving relationships. Bring any questions you may have to this session.

MindMap - Colors of the Mind: Annalee Allred, Treatment Center director and acclaimed expert in light and its many colors, brings thirty years of research, experience, and a highly-sensitive visual perception (like a digital read-out) to this simple but remarkable developmental process.

She places a series of colors in the outer energy field, she perceives how the frequency patterns engage with the free flow of energy in sequence with our natural inner rhythms (from left to right, right to left). This process disperses unrecognized fears and self-doubt that prevent full expression of self, revealing inherent characteristics of the inner self and how we are uniquely designed to recognize feelings, process thought, and function at an optimum performance level––unveiling our unique inner architecture––our true self, our latent abilities and highest purpose. Afterwards, she prepares an individual rainbow of color for each guest to take away – to mobilize our hidden inner assets.

Hot Oil Treatment: Rest while your head, neck, and shoulders are gently massaged with a special cream, scalp tenderly stimulated with fingertips, and a warm pack applied to the head. Reduces the effects of stress while stimulating the acupressure points on the scalp, hands, and feet.

Shiatsu Acutonics: This acupressure massage applies firm, but not acute, pressure to specific points in the body to stimulate and unblock “meridians” (the pathways through which life energy flows). Includes the use of vibrational tuning forks to enhance stimulation to specific points, reducing the effects of stress hormones. 50 Minute Treatment of Choice: choose from over 50 stress melting spa treatments (see Treatment Center Menu of services).


See weekly schedule for group session times and locations: Tai chi, yoga, and meditation classes, daily guided hikes, fitness classes, healthy life-style education lectures and workshops.


Personal one-on-one sessions specifically designed for stress recovery: personal meditation instruction, personal Tai Chi instruction, Heart Centered counseling, life coaching, journaling and story telling workshop, personal yoga instruction, One on one healthy cooking instruction, personal fitness instruction, extra medical and mental health consultations


Specialized spa treatments to promote relaxation and inner peace: Pearl Skin Polish, Full-body Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Painted Desert Clay Therapy, Waterfall Head and Scalp Therapy, Acutonics, acupuncture/chiropractic care. Contact the Treatment Center for more information.