During my visit at Viceroy Riviera Maya in Mexico, I had a peek at the Wayak Spa. I always think a spa oozes a zen feeling the minute you walk in. I haven`t figured out if it is the atmosphere they create with soft music or the fragrances they use or maybe it`s the combination of the two?
You can just relax and enjoy the facilities like a jacuzzi or steam room, but I wanted to know more, so I had a Mayan experience. My treatment was called Tzolkin, meaning “Count of the days”, it`s to prepare your body and cleanse your spirit for the end of the Mayan cycle.
The treatment takes place in an outdoor cabin, probably one of the nicest spa settings I`ve been too so far, maybe because it was outdoors and in the middle of the jungle, with birds singing and water gentle falling down from a small waterfall in the background, making your worries float away.
The ritual starts with a cleansing of energy using healing herbs such as basil, rosemary and rue. These herbs are helpful to remove bad vibes, diseases. Afterwards a cleanse happens with Copal to prepare the spirit for the new beginning. The bad things go away together with the steam coming from the Copal, the gods will hear the prayers going with the steam.
Once your body is cleansed, it will be detoxified, purified and is ready to relax. They use Copal mud as it is not only detoxifying, it also hydrates and regenerates the skin. The mud is white and doesn`t feel like mud on your skin at all. When my therapist was massaging me with it, I thought she was using oil. I can tell you I felt totally relaxed, as the therapist had to tell me: “Miss, the treatment is over.”
If you want to have the Tzolkin experience yourself, the price for the treatment is $150.00 US*.
*Price was accurate at time of publishing.
Thanks to Karen, my therapist for the treatment and Ricardo for showing me around the spa. The spa treatment was offered to me complimentary during my trip by the Viceroy Riviera Maya, however as always the opinions in this article are my own.