All throughout Costa Rica, you’ll find talented massage therapists and wellness centers catering to both locals and tourists. Hour-long massages are of a high quality, and generally range from $20-60 per hour – less than half of what a similar session might cost in the United States or Canada.
So Many Treatments, Such Little Time
Most massage therapists in vacation hotspots like Jaco and Manuel Antonio work out of day spas or wellness centers. Massages can incorporate chocolate wraps, hot stones and organic local products like banana leaves, coconut water and volcanic mud. Many establishments also offer tranquil yoga classes that will clear your mind and leave your body feeling light and rejuvenated.
Deep tissue massage is great for relieving tension in extremely tight muscle areas. For those preferring less pressure, Swedish massage is another option – this technique utilizes oils, gliding strokes, and kneading. Shiatsu and Thai massage focus on the different energies of the human body in order to soothe the mind and facilitate health and well-being.
Some spas offer alternative therapies before, during or after massages – like aromatherapy, which features deliciously scented oils and candles. Exfoliating skin treatments often include mini massages throughout, so you will walk away with a glowing complexion and a calm mind. One upscale establishment at a Central Pacific resort offers color therapy: a visual treatment where you can relax in a hot tub of changing lights and warm water.
Manis. Pedis and Body Waxing
What better way to enjoy reflexology than with a relaxing foot massage? Specialists will clean, scrub and tidy up even the most tired and overworked feet, before moving onto the hands for an encore. Or, you really want to gear up for swimsuit season, then check out the various body waxes that are wonderful before or after a massage – including leg, arm and bikini area.