SE Spa Introduces Two New Mayan-Inspired Treatments

In Playa del Carmen & Tulum, Stay by Suzanne Koch

Se Spa at Grand Velas Riviera Maya has two new ways to unwind — the Mayan way.

Introducing the Nik Te Ha Aquatic Massage and the Pixam Kan Massage, the new treatments are influenced by the indigenous Mayan people and add to the spa’s regional treatments already offered.

Nik Te Ha Aquatic Massage

For a unique water-focused treatments, the Nik Te Ha Aquatic Massage (80 min), which gets its name from the Mayan words for “water flow,” is a unique water massage that helps relax muscles, increase flexibility and create harmony between the mind and soul. It can also help with chronic fatigue, insomnia, irritability, stress, migraines, mood swings and depression. Following the treatment, guests are gifted Tea Forté’s antioxidant green mango peach tea to top off the hydrating experience.

Pixam Kan Massage

Reap the benefits of seaweed and the sacred Mayan Jade during the Pixam Kan Massage. Jade is said to bless whatever it touches so the native tribes of Mexico, Central and South America carved it into deity masks and ritual artifacts, even casting it into wells as an offering to the water spirits for fresh and plentiful water. In the Pixam Kan Massage, the Jade quartz helps balance the chakras and lift suppressed emotional issues bringing them to light for resolution. It also helps reduce electromagnetic energies produced by digital devices. Comprised in proteins, vitamins, minerals and lipids that easily soak into the skin to add moisture, the seaweed also helps to eliminate toxins from the body. Available for both 50 and 80 min, this treatment includes an optional dry exfoliation with a Henequen loofah made from the indigenous agave.

More Treatments

For additional Mayan-inspired treatments, Se Spa offers the Bacal Massage which uses one of the Mayan’s most sacred plants of corn, the Mayan Jade Facial and the Coffee & Cocoa Experience, an experience and massage using both nativ Mexican products. Other options include the Aloe Vera Massage, featuring the Mayan’s “immortality plant” named for its great regenerating life powers and the Úumbal Shawl Massage, a full-body treatment with creative choreography dating back to prehistoric times.

Each treatment at Se Spa (of 50 minutes or more) includes an hour-long Water Journey, a relaxation ritual built around the use of the seven, specially designed water-based facilities. These custom-designed amenities include a Clay Room, circular glass-tile-lined steam room with a fiber-optic “star light” ceiling, Ice Room with floor-to-ceiling window, and hot-and-cold Experience Showers. A central infinity pool has powerful massaging faucets throughout and carved-stone chaises with jets set just underneath the surface of the water on which guests recline. A spa valet provides bottled water and towels but most importantly guidance.

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