Rosewood Mayakoba Launches Mayan Healing Hands Experience

November 19, 2014

Award-winning resort introduces first-of-its-kind spa experience to the region, infusing traditional Mayan healing practices with the natural restorative benefits of a nearby cenote.

Located on its own private island in the heart of Rosewood Mayakoba, Sense, A Rosewood Spa® will introduce an unparalleled spa experience, Mayan Healing Hands, on December 20, 2014. The half-day, traditional Mayan holistic healing treatment is designed to interconnect the body, mind, emotions, spirit, and environment to heal and restore balance and harmony in one’s life.

Guests have the opportunity to select one or more of the treatments, or participate in the full, half-day excursion. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity begins with a private consultation with a shaman who determines the objective of the guest’s visit. Immediately following the consultation is a serene “Sunset Ceremony,” beginning with a salutation to the seven cardinal points accompanied by music from shells and maracas, burning of incense and Mayan chants. The shaman then performs an energy healing ritual and shares a mantra, which has the ability to transform patterns and paradigms.

The third step in the Mayan Healing Hands experience continues with a private visit to a cenote, a secret Mayan well, in which a Shaman guides the guest through a rebirthing ceremony. The cenote contains a natural blend of sulfur, silica, quartz and blue-green algae that features cleansing, detoxifying and restorative properties. An altar representing the traditional offerings to the gods is created using flowers, fruits, corn and seeds. Incense, music, and chants are performed during a guided meditation, and upon conclusion of the ceremony, the guest bathes in the cenote, symbolizing the “rebirth.”

A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has approximately 6,000 of these sinkholes, or cenotes, though only about 2,000 have reportedly been explored. Forming when underground limestone erodes, eventually collapsing into the groundwater below, cenotes often boast deep pools, wide caves and clear, clean water that’s been filtered through the earth. The ancient Mayans used these watering holes not only in ritual and ceremony, but also for drinking water, a practice that still persists today. Still thought to have both spiritual and healing properties by local communities, the ancient Maya believed that the cenotes were wells of health and eternal youth.

To complete the experience, guests can indulge in a 90-minute signature Mayan Healing Massage on a private lagoon island. The one-of-a-kind outdoor spa treatment infuses Mayan herb sachets with the gentle healing hands of skilled therapists or a 60-minute Temazcal Journey that features a purifying bath with aromas that awaken ancestral memory and unites the recipient with Mother Nature. The bath’s steam is produced by herbal water and volcanic rocks, the combination of which is a powerful natural detoxifier that tightens and hydrates skin while providing a respite from stress. At the end of the massage and the Temazcal Journey, guests feel relaxed and balanced between mind, body and spirit.

The cost for the full Mayan Healing Hands experience is USD1,200 plus tax per person, and USD1,500 plus tax for two people. Customization options are available including:
  Private consultation with a Shaman ($150 USD plus tax)
  Sunset Ceremony ($300 USD plus tax)
  Visit to a Cenote ($695 USD plus tax)
  Mayan Healing Massage ($250 USD plus tax)
  Temazcal Journey ($150 USD plus tax)

About Rosewood Mayakoba:
Rosewood Mayakoba sits in the heart of a 1600-acre resort enclave in the Riviera Maya. Built along winding lagoons and a mile-long arc of pristine beach, this oasis of indulgence offers 130 suites with private plunge pools, rooftop sundecks, garden showers, individual docks and the finest in-room design and details. Resort amenities include a signature Greg Norman championship golf course, fine dining at Casa del Lago and Punta Bonita, Rose Buds® for children, and Sense, A Rosewood Spa®, which is designed around a cenote, one of the sacred water wells of the ancient Mayans, and sits on a private island. The resort is built to abide by the highest of eco-standards, offering indulgence with awareness, and has recently been awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certification.

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