RELAX…this
is a word which has not been in my personal vocabulary.  More than one massage therapist and doctor
has said these words, “You don’t know how to relax, do you?”  Perhaps it is because I was raised in a home
full of tension…not sure…but, nevertheless, the word has haunted me, more than
blessed me.
Until last week.  I am so thankful to the therapists
at The LOMA de VIDA SPA at the LA CANTERA RESORT.  This is a true destination spa in every sense
of the word.  For one whole day, I
learned what the word RELAX really means.
Loma de Vida
was constructed with beautiful views of our hill country location in San
Antonio.  Lovely vegetation and big Texas
sky follow every visitor throughout the experience.  As I waited for my first treatment, I sat in
the cool breeze (which I did not know existed in San Antonio in July) and
listened to the birds and soothing music…real birds, not pre-recorded. The
quiet and peace is incredible for one who rarely slows down.
After a time
of breathing deep and letting go of all going on around me, I was met by my
first technician, a lovely woman originally from Turkey.  She took me to a small studio, again with a
view, and over the next two hours, I received these treatments:
“UBER DETOX:
For anyone in need of experiencing a
sense of deep renewal and purification. A muscle-warming, remineralizing and
purifying body treatment with the therapeutic aspects of the Tuscan thermal
waters to stimulate energy flow, help to relieve aches and pains associated
with joint problems as well as muscular tension.
Reflexology deals with the
principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to
the glands, organs and systems of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly
can help many health problems in a natural way. Reflexology provides a
beneficial effect on the organs and a person’s general health.”
I do not
believe I have ever felt myself completely relax until this moment….and it was amazing.  The entire two hours complete with lavender oils
and treatment for sore muscles and joints was beyond description…and I really
am not being overboard.  Remember, I didn’t
know how to relax.  For two hours, I was
completely chill.
This
beautiful room also has a balcony.  That
is where my lunch was served.  I selected
a Grilled Shrimp Salad with an Island Cooler made of pineapple, apple, beets,
watermelon, oranges, and turmeric.
After lunch,
I spent some time in the herbal steam room and made my sinus passages very
happy.  Also it opens pores prior to a
facial …. Which was next.  The facial I
experienced…like none other…was 90 minutes!
“Ultimate
Radiance Lift:  Achieve instant results
that noticeably lift, tone and firm the skin, leaving you with a flawless,
healthy and younger looking complexion. The ground-breaking Rose Infinity
Collection uses Nobel Prize winning research that works at a cellular level to
repair aging DNA, radically increase moisture levels and stimulate collagen
production. Wrinkles and lines are plumped up for visibly smoother, younger
looking skin. The power of this collection of products is accelerated by gentle
micro-currents to deliver active ingredients deeper into the skin, while also
giving a non-surgical face lift that will tighten and focus on your key areas
of concern to dramatically reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The result is
younger looking skin and a radiant complexion.”
I have
written about micro-currents before and am a complete fan of the process, so I
was excited to remind my face of its youth!
The procedure also included more head, neck and shoulder massage…just
adding to the relaxed state-of-mind.
The perfect way to face my next birthday on the horizon!
I cannot
recommend LOMA de VIDA enough and for those outside of the city…I say a
resounding YES this is worth a destination and LA CANTERA RESORT is a beautiful
place to stay.  You will be glad you made
the choice to visit San Antonio this way.
I need to
thank all of them for teaching me that I can RELAX, and it is important for my
wellness to do this often.  We must take
care of ourselves, ladies.
Keep Smiling and Relaxing!
 
Disclaimer:  I was gifted part of my experience from my family for Mother’s Day, and the rest from the Spa…the words and sentiments are all my own.

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