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The Wellness Questionnaire With Audrey Nichols, Director of Spa and Fitness for Stillwell Spa at Snowpine Lodge in Alta, UT

Discover this spa director's favorite self-care routine

With a 15-year career in wellness, Audrey Nichols began her journey at the Utah College of Massage Therapy, where she studied sports therapy, structural alignment, and injury recovery. Following several years of spa and wellness management on cruise ships with OneSpaWorld, she joined Stillwell Spa and is now director of spa and fitness. In her current role, Nichols oversees operations, innovation, and management of the spa, operated by Arch Amenities Group. Hailing from Utah, Nichols developed a deep appreciation for massage from a young age, witnessing firsthand its profound healing properties and therapeutic benefits as it provided comfort and relief to her ailing mother before her passing. Here, she shares some of the best wellness advice she has received.

What is your greatest wellness achievement?

My greatest wellness achievement has been falling in love with my body and becoming comfortable with the skin that I am in. I have the luxury of feeling strong and healthy every day, and I am so thankful for the journey in getting here. 

What is your favorite healthy food, and do you have a favorite way of preparing it?

For me, the healthiest and best foods come from creating a story and setting the mood. My favorite foods and meals involve all five senses. It needs to be aesthetically beautiful, taste delicious, smell amazing, have the perfect texture, and always be paired with the perfect playlist with lots of dancing in the kitchen. 

What person in wellness do you most admire and why?

My grandmother just celebrated her 93rd birthday. She has walked the same three-mile loop daily for 70-plus years, prioritizes fresh veggies, and has the most love in her heart of anyone that I have ever met. I admire her natural integration of wellness into her life.

What is the best piece of wellness advice you have ever received and from whom?

Happiness and gratitude are the best anti-aging and wellness secrets. 

What is your favorite place for a healthy vacation or escape?

Ubud, Bali. The combination of daily yoga, easily accessible plant-based options, daily massages, and of course, flower-petal baths was my version of pure bliss. I have never felt healthier than after a week in Bali.

Is there a particular wellness company or brand that truly impresses you with their efforts and why?

Acrely Farms is a Utah-based, female-owned business with the highest ethical standards that I have seen. The powerhouse women that own and run the business pride themselves on their Bloom to Bottle CBD. Their personal and professional integrity is crystal clear in every aspect of their business.  

What is your favorite self-care routine?

I consider myself to be a bubble bath connoisseur. Indulging in a bubble bath with a glass of wine is my favorite version of self-care.

What brings you joy?

Any time that I get to spend with my family is the pinnacle of my joy. I am a very proud and very involved aunt, and the moments that I get to share with my nieces and nephews are pure bliss. 

About The Author
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Heather, co-founder of Well Defined and the former editor-in-chief of American Spa, is an award-winning journalist and content strategist, skilled in writing, copyediting, and media relations. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to Elite Traveler, Islands, Kiwi, Luxury Travel Advisor, Organic Spa, Porthole Cruise, Travel Agent, abcnews.com, jetsetter.com, outside.com, and wellandgood.com, in addition to various custom publications. She is frequently called upon to comment on various spa and wellness trends for various media outlets.