Friday, October 10, 2008

Beauty's Spa Travel: Holistic Bamboo Key to the Four Season's Costa Rica's Success

When Susie Ellis speaks I listen. As a Spa industry veteran it's almost imposible to tell which came first, Susie or the industry. The visionary founder of SpaFinder, her standards are the measuring stick for success in the Spa industry. (For industry junkies, her blog is a must read.)


This year, SpaFinder's readers choice awards showered an unusually high number of accolades on one resort in Costa Rica so for our virtual Friday vacation I present the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica. Honored with SpaFinder's Readers' Choice "Crystal" Award the Four Seasons Costa Rica has been named spa-goers' favorite spa in Central America, as well as being voted into the Top 10 Best Spas in the World for Luxury, Accommodations, Favorite Spa Therapist (Rebeca Ruiz) and Favorite Spa Manager (Todd Hewitt). That's a lot of luxury but the compelling piece is the resorts dedication to local, organic spa ingredients.



The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica utilizes local organic plants, fruits, and flowers in its treatments due to their therapeutic value; such as, the Natural Healing Bamboo Massage, which uses bamboo shoots for their strong healing properties. The shoots are taken from the Resort's plentiful foliage, cut into various sizes and used in deep pressure massages (60-minutes/$150, 90-minutes/$200). For the Resort's sun worshipers, The Spa now allows guests to enjoy new Spa Tapas (mini-treatments) without ever leaving their chaise lounge. Guests can indulge in an array of 30-minute poolside treatments including a Cucumber Refreshing Facial Massage ($35), The Ultimate Break head and neck massage ($60), or the Put Your Best Food Forward treatment ($50), which uses foot reflexology to induce maximum relaxation.


As a renewable resource Bamboo is earth friendly but its healing properties also make it extremely body friendly. Here are the top ten reasons to opt for Bamboo spa treatments.

1. REDUCES STRESS
2. IMPROVES IMMUNE RESPONSE
3. RELEASES MUSCULAR TENSION
4. REDUCES FLUID RETENTION
5. INCREASES CIRCULATION
6. HELPS ELIMINATE TOXINS
7. STIMULATES METABOLISM
8. STIMULATES BODY ENERGY FLOW
9. REVITALIZES MIND
10. PROMOTES RELAXATION


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