Costa Rica is an ideal place to improve your mental and physical condition, integrate healthy habits and activities into your lifestyle, free your soul and return as a new person.
We all know that stress and routine are affecting our mental and physical health, especially those who find it difficult to leave the city frequently. That is why Wellness Tourism has taken so much strength in recent years, giving travellers the option to improve their quality of life, their physical and mental health, relax, detoxify and enjoy a time of peace.
All of this together with good nutrition and exercise in harmony with nature make wellness the perfect experience for you.
In Costa Rica, you don’t have just contact with nature and wild animals, but you also interact with nice, friendly and guest-friendly people. From the first contact with a Ticos, you start learning how to be as happy as us. That’s not what I am saying, but all those travellers who visited the country and told us about their extraordinary experience and the beauty of the country and its people.
Imagine walking through nature, over the trails of a National Park during low season, listening to the wind in the leaves of the trees, the murmur of water flowing down between the rocks, breathing pure air, seeing some small animals face to face and take the most tranquillity and relaxation possible. Every time we have visited a National Park or a protected area of this country, we felt this connection with nature and it allowed us to forget about our problems for a moment. This is exactly what the trails of Costa Rica are: a unique experience of physical and mental wellness.
Immerse your 5 senses in the forest and start enjoying the benefits that this activity will bring to your being. First, I wasn’t sure what this activity is about until we started to do breathing exercises in a natural environment full of purified air, in contact with nature, the trees, the vegetation of the place, and other elements and exercises that make it to a natural, relaxing and wellness therapy.
Different studies have proved that it is an efficient treatment to reduce tension, anger, anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness. Anyway, from our point of view, we can add that it’s the most direct form to feel nature at its maximum. This is why we recommend detoxing your lungs and soul from the toxins that we absorb every day. Once you finish the tour, you will feel your lungs stronger and your mind balanced.
When you get sick due to your lifestyle, you have to start making changes. Earthing could be one of them. Recover your health!
Earthing or grounding consist of direct contact with the earth, stop being two separated elements and become just one (connect with earth).
It consists of a walk barefoot over the earth and letting the free electrons of our body and the planet (our body is an electrical conductor), so they can neutralize the free radicals that are protagonists in many inflammatory processes.
When we did this the first time, we thought it is a waste of time, but the results were impressive. You have to open your body and your mind in this exercise to see the positive results after every session. In addition, it has been shown that the practice of Earthing regulates cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and reduces blood viscosity. Mother Nature definitely knows how to heal us and in this little piece of land you can practice it, I'm sure it will help you as it helped me!
We all love a good massage and spa, and from time to time it is good to relax and enjoy, but next time you think about a spa session, think about “Splunch”. This is a new relaxation technique that gives incredible results since the benefits of a spa treatment are combined with healthy and nutritive food.
Splunch represents the perfect combination of splendour, exquisiteness and relaxation. I can assure you that you will feel important and spoiled, or at least that’s how I felt after this new wellness treatment. The spa session includes different services to choose from, such as sauna, hydrotherapy pools, Turkish baths, massages, or different body treatments or facials. And if we add now excellent and light food, it is the perfect experience.
Every day there are more wellness activities and spa treatments. It is the trend of health care and personal esthetic with natural treatments.
This is why we see in many spas of the country a technique called Body Wrap. This wellness procedure consists of wrapping your body in different elements like coffee, volcanic mud, tropical fruit and/or chocolate to hydrate your skin, tone your body, improve circulation, eliminate cellulite, detox your body, and move the fats, which can be eliminated naturally. When you finish each session, your skin feels smooth, soft, clean, and even with a few pounds less!
Remember to drink much water before and after you do the Body Wrap. This helps the removal of the toxins. It’s not recommended to drink caffeine, soft drinks, sugar, fried food, fat, or alcohol for at least 72 hours after the Body Wrap. When you follow these recommendations, you will get a better result out of the treatment.
Costa Rica is a privileged country with a high level of water resources, it is even one of the few countries in the world where you can drink the water directly from the unfiltered tap. Thanks to this precious liquid, you can also experience hydrotherapy for therapeutic and wellness purposes. It consists of treating your body with water baths at different temperatures for rehabilitation and relaxation.
Water temperature and pressure increase and decrease according to the person's need, improving blood pressure and circulation. In addition, herbs and aromas are mixed into the water to increase the properties of the treatment and improve its results.
It is very important that you know if you have any heart disease. Ask your doctor first if you can participate in a hydrotherapy treatment since there may be changes in blood pressure.
“A healthy lifestyle is not complete without a menu that allows covering the nutritional requirements to have a healthy body and mind.”
The gastronomic offer of this country is as varied as the ingredients that compose it. A large amount of vegetables, legumes, tubers, and fruits with high levels of vitamins and minerals, thanks to the rich and fertile soil where it is grown, promotes a healthy and balanced diet.
The choice depends on the health conditions, limitations, allergies, or intolerance of each person. The key is to individualize the options, to ensure proper application of the diet.
If you are like me, who loves a good piece of meat, dairy or other animal derivatives, take into account that Costa Rica has long ago focused on the production of organic foods that are healthier, free of antibiotics, hormones, and synthetic substances
In the different regions of the country, they offer very varied dishes, even though they use the same ingredients. The nutrition and culinary arts have their very own history and legacy. For example, a dish prepared in Nicoya, Guanacaste, is different to the same one in San José (just 4 hours away), and this one is also different to the same one on the Caribbean coast. For this reason, I recommend trying the food in the area that you are visiting and adding a gastronomic experience on your wellness trip and delight your palate with rich, nutritious and varied options that this tropical paradise offers you.
Proof that the country is an ideal place to improve the quality of life is that it has one of the few “blue zones” where people live the longest on the planet. In a study conducted in 2004, it was determined that mortality among 90-year-old Costa Ricans is 10% lower in the Nicoya Peninsula, south of Guanacaste. The calcium-rich water in this area, healthy eating, living together as a family and living very “Pura Vida” are the secrets of having a long life.
Take advantage of your visit to, in addition to enjoying an unforgettable vacation, return home very relaxed, free of fatigue, stress and healthier than you left. There are still many more wellness activities you can do in the country. If you have one in mind and you do not know if you can do it, contact us and we will gladly help you orient yourself or if you want us to develop a customized program with a large number of possible wellness activities, we will gladly help you to pamper yourself during your vacation, the reality is that you deserve it!
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