Readers regularly report feeling better… losing weight and dropping the need for medication when they stay for long in Ecuador. More walking…. fresher food… no junk food…. more sun… less stress and the energy of the equator are part of the formula.
Perhaps also better health is due to more massages… because there are many natural health benefits to having a massage.
Not only are there some great massage therapists in Ecuador… the price is really low. Most massages in the cities… sponsored by large hotels run around $40. If you know where to go and avoid the large hotels the price dramatically falls.
For example at our hotel in Cotacachi Ecuador, Inn Land of the Sun (formerly Meson de las Flores), we have a really good massage therapist and his massage hour is $25 (one hour).
Massage room at Inn Land of the Sun.
Our massage room also has an infrared sauna so…
you can enjoy a luxurious and inexpensive massage and sauna… all for the same fee.
If you plan on visiting Ecuador and go to Cotacachi add a day for a treatment.
If you wish to go upmarket, an Ecuador massage in Cotacachi…then go to one of the best spas in the world…La Mirage Garden Hotel and Spa… is a Relais and Chateaux spa and offers 17 different types of equisite massages.
For example here is the Ecuador Amazon massage.
Each room is a separate suite filled with antiques and with its own fireplace. Each is hidden and tucked into the gardens.
Even though we own our own hotel… we send many of our guests to stay at La Miarge and always suggest that they have a massage there! Our guests rave about it.
Take for example how La Mirage describes just one of its treatments:
Cofan Spiritual Ritual of the Amazon
Inspired by the Indigenous Inhabitants of Ecuador’s Amazon and their use of native plants of the rain forest.
The sounds and smells are combined in such a way that at the end of the ritual your body and spirit are in harmony and ready to experience this ritual of life.
First you enjoy a tub infused with guayusa and ishpingo leaves, both plants found only in the Amazon.
These essences are known by the Amazon people for their stimulating qualities. They are used in their rituals to heal the inner organs.
In addition the ritual adds mineral salts, lemon grass and essential oils.
The body is exfoliated with the guayusa and ishpingo leaves while in the tub.
Then you are given a 50 minute full body massage using more special oils and techniques with various sizes of bamboo sticks. This is a 90 minute treatment.
The soak and massage are performed in a chamber especially designed to enhance the spirit and sounds of the Amazon.
Merri and I love this treatment. Wow! You start when you step from a tub built in the Amazon cave with a – hidden – deep – in – the – rain – forest atmosphere. The chamber, from the huge Amazonian carpet hung in a wondrous frame to the drooping vines and bamboo, has a vague moodiness. You really do feel Amazonized … forest lost … surrounded in gold tinted warmth … camp fired in deep mysterious woods.
I hope these photos share at least part of the secret – cave – in – the jungle feel I felt, warm, oiled, hidden and secure.
Enter into … the Amazon.
Here is the carpet.
The massage therapist awaits you for an immersion in the sacred plant oils … guayusa and ishpingo.
Guayusa, native to the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, is in the holly family, related to Yerba Mate and Yaupon Holly. The leaves have the highest caffeine content of any known plant. When immersed, in addition to the stimulating effects on the skin, the essence enhances dream recall.
Ishpingo is the Quichua word for a type of native Ecuadorian Cinnamon tree found only in a small region of Amazonian Ecuador. The oil is an anti oxidant with antibacterial and antifungal activity.
The oils from these plants blend in the hot water to create a buttery, waxy feel…the aroma being akin to exotic cinnamon and spearmint … a delight that prepares and transports you into the deep forest feel.
The oils create a stimulation … dream like quality, while they cleanse the body and skin.
Then it’s time to enter your inner sanctum … the massage room.
The massage comes in two parts, beginning with the head and face while wrapped in heat … the Amazon sweat!
Then comes the full body massage given with Bamboo rollers, sacred music of the Andes and a crackling fire.
Afterwards enjoy the exquisitely beautiful round meditation room with a roaring eucalyptus fire. Wow.
The spa is often filled with dignitaries. The Queen of Spain stayed there. One day I saw four US Senators and the actor, Kevin Bacon, visiting… all at once.
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Until next message, may all your massages be good.
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