I used to be a stranger to the spa life, and honestly I was a little nervous about massages, facials and forced relaxation. But then I had my first massage, and it changed my life. I almost fell asleep on the table, and it was one of the first times my brain really shut off. I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.
While exploring spa packages in 417-land, I found the website for EnlightInn in Joplin (3817 N. Main St., Joplin, 417-499-6618). The service list has some standouts—like halotherapy and a mind spa treatment—you don’t see among common menus. But then something entirely different caught my eye: an overnight wellness package including an overnight stay in a private cottage, flotation therapy, a massage, a mind spa session, a halotherapy session, infrared sauna session and complimentary smoothies and Bulletproof coffee. Five hours of services and a night away? Sold.
The property is easy to see from the highway, which helps pull in traffic for the drive-through cafe. When you park, you see the main office building with five cottages and a fourplex building surrounding it. Four cottages are for lodging, and the rest of the rooms are for spa sessions. I walked in to the main building to meet Christa Tullis, the inn’s owner. She checked me in and showed me to my room. The cottages are spacious and promote wellness just as much as a therapy room does. Tullis adds a grounding mat on the bed to reduce effects of electromagnetic fields and pays for the Gaia channel—full of videos, shows and documentaries covering yoga, consciousness and mindfulness—to be included on the Roku packages.