I can most definitely say that my body was drunk after my first tequila massage at Apuane Spa at The Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico. Well, drunk in the way that my body felt like jello after all the kinks and knots were worked out by my lovely massage therapist. Oh, and yes -- tequila was also poured all over my back, stomach and feet -- straight up.
The Punta Mita Massage uses indigenous sage oil and tequila for their natural healing properties. Sage has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and has been found to lower blood pressure. Sage oil can also stimulate the lymphatic system, heal insect bites and reduce large pores. Since the herb itself is very powerful, a small amount of the sage oil is blended with massage oil and tequila for this type of therapy.
Tequila is a whole other matter. Having only experienced the magic of tequila in my body, it was time for the outside of my body to enjoy its healing benefits. A high quality tequila should be used if you're trying this at home. This guarantees a large amount of actual agave, the plant that tequila is sourced from. The liquid itself feels cool and calming against my skin - agave is traditionally used for healing cuts, burns and rashes.
The actual massage itself is a soft to medium pressure, using the lomi lomi technique, which includes rolling of the therapists' forearm along your back. Tequila and sage oil are massaged into your body while your skin soaks up all that goodness. To finish, warm towels were placed on my back and feet to soothe and relax those muscles and ensured that I didn't walk out smelling like I had been drinking all morning. Skeptical of the whole thing at first, I can definitely say the tequila-based Punta Mita Massage left me more relaxed then other massages that uses heavy shiatsu-style pressure. I slept like a baby that night.
The resort also features an oceanfront infinity pool and relaxing lazy river. A loop around the shaded river is the best place to escape if you've had too much sun. The hotel gym feels like a workout in a tropical jungle with cardio machines tucked underneath a shaded pergola and large plants surrounding the glass workout room.
The Punta Mita Massage is available at The Four Seasons Resort - Punta Mita, Mexico. $165 for 50 minutes and the spa is open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm daily. To learn more visit www.fourseasons.com/puntamita