Healing through Massage

Massage therapy“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!!! 

back massage

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.

If you want more information about massages, you can check out these links:

What is Reflexology?

What is Acupressure?

Benefits of getting a massage

Spiritual benefits of massages

If you want to contact Alba Send us a message!!





 

 

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Hike from Santa Cruz to San Marcos

A walk at the shore of Lake Atitlan

 

Lake Atitlan has been called one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Once you are here, you’ll definitely know the reason why. There’s an atmosphere of wellness, love for nature and harmony.  Once you fill your lungs with fresh air, and feast your eyes with its stunning colorful sunsets, you’ll be in awe, and will never want to leave!!

I am one of those that never left…one of my goals in life is to enjoy every bit of the lake as much as I can.  Going hiking is one amazing way to do so.  Here’s some information about my hiking day at the shore of Lake Atitlan.

The day started with gorgeous weather and great company.  Flavio the tour guide and I, met Kevin, Maureen, Emmett, Owen and Anja Speers who were staying at Casa Pamakanya in Jaibalito, as guests.  We were all in our most comfortable sports clothes, comfortable shoes, prepared with sun block, water, fruit, dried nuts and a hunger for nature!! You can see all of them in the picture bellow ready to hit the trail.

We started by taking a boat ride to Santa Cruz.  As soon as we got off the boat, we took a rustic wooden trail which is built along the shore of Santa Cruz, walking with the town to the right, and the lake to the left.  The wooden trail has been built by the waterfront owners to allow the people to walk along the shore line when the lake rises.  The weather was cool, and our spirits were ready to be amazed…the hike had started!!

We passed by restaurants and hotels where we could see many people just enjoying delicious food, warm sun and the beautiful lake.  Immediately, I was charmed by the hidden picturesque places along the trail, just sitting there waiting to be discovered by adventurous souls.

Next to Santa Cruz, there’s Jaibalito. This town is a rare combination of ancestral mayan lifestyle and the cosmopolitan influence of the community of foreigners that now call Jaibalito their home. Every Wednesday, they hold a “Gringo market” where you can find very interesting deals.

Flavio, wisely recommended a break at Jaibalito.  He treated us to apples and nuts (light and energetic food, perfect!!) We still had halfway to go.

On our way to Tzununá, we found pathways that were somewhat challenging…steep, rocky, under the midday sun…it was time for some serious hiking.  The kids in our group loved them!!

In Tzununá, we ran into a mother and her child who were collecting firewood for cooking. They go up the mountain and cut the wood themselves, bundle it together and carry it back home, as many of the native families have been doing it for generations.

As we were getting closer to San Marcos, we started seeing displays of art on the street.  the influence of travelers can be seen in the designs

Within San Marcos, the type of art displayed on the walls shows the personality of the town.  There are many people from all over the world who come to this mystical place to settle down, participate in spiritual, holistic activities or just come to enjoy one of the most interesting towns around the lake.

This is where our hike ended,  San Marcos is the last town of the hiking tour.  We got there just in time for lunch!! we saw many colourful and eye-catching restaurants, mostly vegetarian.  We decided to have lunch at Il Giardino, we enjoyed vegetarian pizzas and a veggie burger, it was delicious!!

So this was my experience taking the Santa Cruz to San Marcos hike. I’m definitely grateful to have had the opportunity to see the lake from completely different angles than I had before.  Even though the visit to these amazing places was very short, it was enough to perceive the different personalities each town has.

Even though they are so close together, they are significant differences in the lifestyle of their inhabitants,  the design of the houses, etc.

What amazed me the most, is the variety of nationalities and cultures that blend in and create a harmonic atmosphere which you can come and be a part of even if you are only visiting for a few days, or if you are planning to make Lake Atitlan your home, you can be sure you’ll be welcomed.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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