So fast forward to yesterday at lunch eating a soup made of a debauchery of pork products and trying to see if I can consciously “feel” my spleen working what, at this point has to be a double shift, the women start talking about The Banos of Cuenca, in particular some kind of spa called “Piedra de Agua”, so we go,
and for those who say getting there is half the fun, in this case they’re on crack, because it was raining and the cab driver did not know how to get there and left us on a muddy road in the middle of a bunch of houses that were not thermal volcanic pieces of harmony … a lot of walking , and aggressive questioning of whose idea this was initially, and a cab ride later.. and we were there: getting there in the rain not fun: being there in the rain totally fun.
The spa is centered around three thermal pools similar to the ancient roman baths ( tibia, fria ,caliente) with treatments ranging from 10-60 usd.per package.Astheticaly speaking its beautiful a modern mix of natural elements, like red volcanic rock,polished red stained wood and glass walls, so you always feel protected from the elements but never away from nature.
But the baths my skin will never forget , we began with a turkish bath (using the natural water from the area nothing chlorinated) for 15 minutes, you sit purging pores of impurities and basically having dead skin roll off, then a cold shower after wich point and assistant leads you to a jacuzzi style mud bath where you rub warm wet volcanic clay over your entire body whatever dries pulls impurities from your skin with a warming tingle ( and when I say tingle I mean tingle, it’s not a euphemism for pain) this lasts about thirty minutes followed by a rinse in the clay water, and a warm shower out side of the steam caves. Inside the caves the caves I found a rather peaceful arrangement of flowers floating in water and candles lighting the way the way to hot and cold thermal waters, the group then alternated between hot (10min) and cold (2 min), but after the first plunge in the cold water i found my tolerance for all the different temperatures greatly improved.
then from the thermal caves to the box sauna (these models allow you to control your own steam ) 45 min, and a cool shower later … I find I cant stop touching the skin on my face … had I know there would have been before and after pictures as is I managed to lose about 10cm on my waist and my skin from head to toe improved greatly.
then from the organic restaurant to the cab ride home I remember very little …EXCEPT for waking up 12 hours later rubbing my feet against my own calves and thinking ” my god I feel fantastic”
1. [if] the cabby [doesn't have GPS] [he] will still say he knows where he is going
2. if you find yourself unduly angry with your friends because your walking in the rain and its cold, make sure it wasn’t your idea to get out and walk in the first place
3. no amount of pre-sauna exfoliation will ever keep all the nasty stuff from peeling off just go with it
THATS ALL I HAVE TAKE CARE/ LIVE WELL—PJ