12 Uniquely Costa Rican Spa Treatments for Mom

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    There’s no one like Mom. Show her your appreciation with a spa treatment as fabulous as she is.

    You’ve heard it before: how many months she carried you, how long the labor lasted, how much patience it took to deal with you through your teenage years… Oh and husbands? Don’t think you’re off the hook. She’s expecting something from you too.

    That’s why TCRN has made a list of some luxurious tico-inspired treatments that that the mother in your life is sure to love!

    Delicious Destressors

    ChocoMokaCoco Body Treatment at Holis Wellness Center: Manuel Antonio
    “This delicious fragrant body wrap will firm and tone your skin with the slimming properties of caffeine. Soothe your body and senses in chocolate ‘moka’ heaven and our organic honey facial mask. This sexy treatment is a great energy booster.”

    Organic Coffee Body Polishing at The Springs Resort & Spa: Arenal
    “The caffeine in the coffee is known to have good skin benefits such as reducing redness and inflammation, according to a 1981 Seoul National University study, notes Live Strong. In another study from the University of Tennessee in 1978, adding caffeine to anti-inflammatory creams increased its effectiveness as a skin caring agent.” (Latinos Health)

    Papaya and Banana Leaf Massage Package at Raindrop Spa: Quepos
    “Enjoy a revitalizing massage with natural homemade papaya cream to awake your senses. With this Massage involves a combination of different pressures to release muscle pain. Your body will be wrapped with banana leaves to help the absorption of the nutrients of the papaya wrap. This wrap is rich in vitamin C and Alpha Hydroxyl acids. Continue with 10 different scalp massages and finish your treatment with 10 minutes of a Vichy Shower.”

    Tropical Fruits Wrap at Green Lagoon Wellness Resort: La Fortuna
    “An important part of taking care of your skin, mainly with the removal of dead surface skin cells. It promotes regeneration and rejuvenation. EcoNatura SPA uses our natural organic products from our ‘El Escondido Organic-Biological Gardens’ at GreenLagoon when available or other providers.”

    Sweet Coconut Wrap at Xandari Resort & Spa: Alajuela
    Start with a raw sugar, aloe, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon scrub, then lather on the coco-cream wrap and/or moisturizing massage

    Feel the Elements

    Luxury Gold Facial at Raindrop Spa: Quepos
    “Gold is known to be one of the softest metals which is readily absorbed by the skin. Thus a gold facial is primarily preferred for reducing fine lines on the face and to prevent aging. It removed toxins and skin imperfections in order to improve the skin’s elasticity. It stimulates cellular growth of the basal layer to regenerate healthy, firm skin cells and provide a tightening effect.”

    Earth, Air, Water or Fire Journey at Kuö Spa: San Jose
    “These Eighty Minutes Journeys use natural resources such as thermal mineral water, purifying algae, mud, essential oils and herbs. These treatments are a Journey for your total well-being and satisfies the body’s craving for minerals and nutrients, leaving the body nourished, mind relaxed and spirit balanced.”

    Volcanic Ash Clay and Herbs Wrap at Savegre Nature Reserve & Spa: San Gerardo de Dota
    “Clay is a powerful agent to stimulate, transform and transmit energy.For this wrap we have combined the properties of clay with therelaxing aromas of mint, chamomile and rosemary. This treatment is an excellent way to build up energy and help your skin absorb minerals and vitamins that will restore a natural glow to your skin.”

    Porethec (Sea Crystal) Balneotherapy at Tabacon Grand Spa & Thermal Resort: Arenal
    “Chanting that emanates from the crystals of the great seas. Vitamins and minerals, eliminate the stimulation of toxins, activate the microcirculation of blood, the lymphatic system, and increase the skin’s flexibility.”

    World Class Treatment

    Tok Sen Massage at Terra Spa: Manuel Antonio
    “Tok Sen is perhaps one of the oldest forms of treatment of the Thai medical tradition.A wooden mallet, often made from the heart of a Tamarind tree, is used to rhythmically tap a dowel, which can have blunted, round ends or be shaped like a wide wedge. The therapist uses palpation techniques, acupressure and massage in conjunction with Tok Sen, tapping lightly but firmly along areas of tension and pain,or quite deeply where muscle is dense or the local nerve is involved. The tapping results in a deep, resonating vibration which travels through the body, felt long after the treatment is over.”

    Shirodhara Massage at Tabacon Grand Spa & Thermal Resort: Arenal
    “Shirodhara is a luxuriant and easy way to achieve instant calm and rejuvenation. It derives from two Sanskrit words: shiro and dhara. Shiro means head and dhara means to flow. It involves the warm and consistent flow of aromatic oils on the forehead, specifically on the ‘third eye’. This is the chakra point just above and between the eyebrows. It is said to be the seat of human consciousness. The oils are allowed to flow over the scalp and through the hair, creating a blissful sensation.” (Mind Body and Soul)

    Mayan Abdominal Massage at Spacio Spa: Nosara
    “The Mayans believe that many human emotions are stored in the abdomen. They aren’t alone in that belief, as many cultures focus on the abdomen as a source of healing and power. Thai massage and Chinese medicine have specific treatments for the abdomen. The abdomen is also home to three of the six main chakras in Kundalini Yoga; Mooladhara, Swadhisthana, and Manipura.” (Huffington Post)

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