One Day in Maui
I am a virgin…a spa virgin, that is! (Made you read that one twice, huh?!) All these years I’ve always wanted to go to the spa, but never wanted to go to the expense. In addition, I always hesitated because I knew the products spas use are far from organic. So I stayed away from the spa and concentrated on my own homemade beauty treatments. Then it was my birthday in June and what did the best man in my life gift me with? A spa treatment at the Maui Spa and Wellness Center (where they use holistic treatments and ALL organic products!) This is where you provide me with an oxygen mask because I am too excited to breathe properly!! Do I have the best man on earth? Who ever said men didn’t know how to gift give? Fast forward to October….I still hadn’t used my gift certificate (I was saving it…you beauty fiends know what I mean, I do the same thing with favorite eye shadows and such.) I was finally ready to visit Hawaii. I had just come off a very strict diet and 30 pounds later, was ready to reward myself!
A Taste of Hawaii
While I love administering my own homemade products, there is just something special about someone else doing it for you! My experience began on a beautiful South Florida afternoon….I was welcomed and led to the elevator which would take me to the 2nd floor treatment rooms. When the doors opened, I was transported into an other world…the island of Maui. Soft, relaxing New Age music flowed from the overhead speakers. I went into the dressing room and was so pleased to see hair dryers, brushes, and other hair styling aids (for after!) They thought of everything. The decor was lovely….palm tree fronds and bamboo rods demarcated the treatments areas. My first treatment was the Hana Experience, which consists of five different hydrotherapies, designed to detox the body. Each one was timed for 10-15 minutes and all I would need to do is enjoy!
Water, Water Everywhere
The first was the Mai Swiss Shower, with 13 shower heads spraying relaxing warm water on you from all angles. Next was the Waterfall Deluge, with one high powered spray overhead which felt like a deep tissue massage. I let the strong spray hit my neck, shoulders, and back and felt the tension melt away. Now transition to the infrared sauna, where I was given fresh citrus infused water and fruit slices to keep me hydrated. Infrared saunas are better than regular saunas because of their incredible detoxifying abilities. Next was the wet sauna infused with eucalyptus essential oil a.k.a the Ho’omahu Steam….thankfully it included a removable shower head squirting out cold water for when you just couldn’t take the heat! Immediately after the steam, I took a (quick) dip in the Maui Cold Plunge Pool….why the cold plunge? To close your pores and complete the detox process. By this point, I was feeling incredible, but my experience wasn’t over yet…Oh yeah, also note throughout this process, I was in a bathing suit…not in my birthday suit.
I was now ready for my main treatment: the Lemongrass Ritual. I was nekkid for this one…<evil grin>…of course, you are modestly covered by towels in the strategic places, but this wouldn’t be for you if you’re shy! Nikki, my attendant, proceeded to rinse me off (I was lying face down) and vigorously apply lemongrass sugar scrub to my back, back of my arms, and legs. I then flipped over and she continued on my arms, top of my chest, legs, and belly. If that wasn’t enough, then I was wrapped up in plastic and hot towels so the essential oils could penetrate and soften my skin. While I was “wrapped” Nikki massaged my face, scalp, and neck. Pure. Bliss. Next I was unwrapped and completely rinsed…she replaced the wet towels with dry ones and began massaging my entire body with organic mango body butter. My body was tingly and exfoliated. My skin hadn’t been this soft since I was wearing Pampers.
One thing I was worried about was the fact that my hair would be all wet and I still had errands to run afterwards. I was delighted to see they had everything you’d need for your after spa experience. I washed my hair with their shampoo and conditioner. My hair looked amazing that night, by the way. I plan on going back to buy their shampoo…they sell all their products. I used the blowdryer and comb to finish it out. When I left the spa, I felt like a different person. Rejuvenated and invigorated, yet relaxed and completely de-stressed. If you’re going to be in the South Florida area (and Boca Raton, to be exact) a trip to the Maui Spa is exactly what the doctor ordered! They offer a variety of services, including facials, scrubs, wraps, nail services, and more. Their spa services also make great gifts…send a few hints your man’s way. Although pricey, I believe you need to pamper and spoil yourself every now and then. You deserve it!! I will definitely be coming back to Maui in the not-so-distant future. And I don’t even have to have an 8 hour plane ride to do it!
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