“How about a professional massage? Sound enjoyable doesn’t it?”
This is what Alba said when she came into the office. She offered to give me a neuro-lumbar massage, with acupressure and reflexology therapy. I didn’t know what she was talking about, but she seemed like a very balanced cheerful and soothing person with a tender soul. I trusted her immediately, so of course her offer was accepted right away.
She has been a professional massage therapist is for over 12 years and started because she has always liked to help sick people recover, so she got help from her husband and decided to learn the neuro-lumbar or neurolymphatic techniques as well as acupressure and reflexology.
She also makes almond, macadamia and peanut butter as well as granola. This is definitely a woman that takes health matters into her own hands….. literally.
The search for potential places to do the massage began. I needed a place that was private, clean, quiet and somewhere that had a homelike sense because…you know…a massage is very personal and intimate. So, after a long search in the Panajachel area, I finally found the perfect spot. Posada Los Encuentros, (a cozy, very interesting inn at Panajachel) where there is a very private, fresh and spacious massage room.
When we got to Posada Los Encuentros, we found that Richard, the owner of this amazing place, had prepared the room for us with water, towels, blankets and eucalyptus to scent and clean the air. He was very helpful and friendly, as always.
To get to the massage room, you first go through the herbal garden and many works of local and foreign art.
Besides the massage room, there’s a soak hot tub where you can sit and let the warm water relax your body and disconnect from the outside world. As you can see from the picture below, it’s a secluded space, and even though it’s an open area, it’s protected from weather changes. Or…and….you can use the sauna…filled with eucalyptus and a comfortable space for you to enjoy and cleanse your body. This sauna is located near the herbal garden at the Posada.
Richard has been around Panajachel for more than 20 years, he and the people at the Posada are very friendly. You can find very interesting art all around, on the walls, on common spaces, which makes this place even more interesting and difficult to leave!! Here’s an example:
You can find more information about them in this link: Posada Los Encuentros
It was time for the massage. Yes, I was nervous, but at the same time just wanted to give myself in, enjoy and relax for the next hour and a half.
Acupressure is about pressing life energy spots that lie along meridians or channels in your body, and this can help with stress-related ailments. This fosters preventive health care by boosting your immune system. When these points are pressed they release muscular tension, promote blood circulation, and help balance the energy in our body.
Reflexology is about applying pressure to specific points on feet, hands or ears that are connected to different body organs and systems giving a benefit to these areas.
Alba told me this massage was a cleansing one. She even worked with my face and hair!! My body felt lighter and without the ache in my upper back that I’m so used to in my everyday life….it’s gone!!!
A massage is also about letting go, just giving in and not trying to control, just allowing another person to come into a very personal and intimate space. You become literally naked and let another person examine what parts of your body need to heal, and give you the treatment you need. It’s incredibly relieving!!
I’ll be forever grateful to every human that has dedicated to study the human body and how to heal it through moving and cleaning its energy by
massages and healthy eating. I’m particularly grateful to Alba, that takes it as her duty to help people heal, to care for others’ wellness and to spread positivity and health all over.
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