Bamboo Therapy: A Moment of Zen at Capella Ixtapa

Bamboo Therapy

“As the end of the year approaches, and the stress of the holidays pile up, it is important to take a moment for yourself and relax,” says Skarlette Castro, Capella Ixtapa’s El Capricho Spa Manager.  Recognizing the signs of holiday overload, she then invited me to try one of our most relaxing treatments, the Bamboo Therapy.  The experience was so amazing and I wanted to share a bit of the therapy with you.

Spa treatments with bamboo originate in Japan, where they believe that bamboo has beneficial features; it absorbs the negative energy from our body, circulates it through the interior of the plant, and returns the positive energy back to us.  This positive energy starts balancing our centers of energy (Chakras), and brings us harmony.  The Japanese believe this helps us to achieve longevity, wellbeing and relaxation of mind, body and soul.

Bamboo Therapy

For our therapy, Skarlette used three types of bamboo sticks.  The biggest one she used for my legs and lower back, the medium sized for back, neck and shoulders, and the smallest one for a facial treatment.  I loved that the pressure ranged from medium to strong, like in a deep tissue massage, which helps improve the circulation and oxygen to the blood.  Skarlette explained, “The holistic concept of the bamboo treatment is created to relax all our senses and renew the energy, with absolute relaxation and liberation of all the tensions.”

Feeling of bamboo sticks pressure on my body was new to me, and I loved how relaxing it felt.  According to Skarlette, “the movement of bamboo sticks on skin produces a sedative effect on the nervous system, and it is very effective as a muscle reliever as well.  Besides that, thanks to the technique of pressure by rub and slide, and the different lengths and sizes of bamboo sticks, which perfectly adapt to your body contours, helping to drain retained liquids, promotes tissue regeneration, eliminates toxins, reaffirms the skin, helps with the problems of orange skin and remodels the silhouette.”

The therapy was such a wonderful experience, providing both the muscle relief and a several internal benefits as well.  My favorite part of the treatment was when the bamboo was working on my lower back, I could feel each vertebra stretching and readjusting.  I also loved the facial portion of the treatment, which was completely unique.  Something tells me I may be back to El Capricho spa for another round of the Bamboo Therapy.


The Bamboo Therapy treatment is recommended for men and women over 18, and you can have it for 60 or 90 minutes.  For more information about El Capricho spa treatments or reservation, please visit the Capella Ixtapa website or send an email.

Bambú Terapia: Un Momento Zen En Capella Ixtapa

Bamboo Therapy

“Se acerca el fin de año, y el estrés de las celebraciones se acumula, es muy importante tomarse el tiempo para uno mismo y relajarse”, nos comenta Skarlette Castro, Gerenta de El Capricho spa en Capella Ixtapa. Reconociendo las señales de la sobrecarga de celebraciones en esta época, ella me invitó a probar uno de sus tratamientos más relajantes, la Bambú Terapia. La experiencia fue tan asombrosa que quise compartir un poco sobre ella con ustedes.

Los tratamientos de spa con bambú se originaron en Japón, donde se cree que el bambú tiene propiedades benéficas; absorbe la energía negativa de nuestro cuerpo, la hace circular dentro del interior de la planta, y devuelve energía positiva de vuelta a nuestro cuerpo. Esta energía positiva balancea nuestros centros de energía (chakras), y nos brinda armonía. Los japoneses creen que esto nos ayuda a tener longevidad, bienestar y relajación de cuerpo, mente y alma.

 Bamboo Therapy

Para nuestra terapia, Skarlette usó tres tipos de varas de bambú. La más grande la utilizó en mis piernas y espalda baja, la mediana para mi espalda, cuello y hombros, y la más pequeña para un tratamiento facial. Me encantó que la presión varia, de mediana a fuerte, como en un masaje de tejido profundo, lo cual ayuda a mejorar la circulación y oxigenación de la sangre. Skarlette me explicó, “El concepto holístico del tratamiento de bambú se crea para relajar nuestros sentidos y renovar energía, mediante la absoluta relajación y liberación de tensiones”.

Sentir las varas de bambú ejerciendo presión sobre mi cuerpo fue algo nuevo para mí, y me encantó ver que relajante es. De acuerdo con Skarlete “el movimiento de las varas de bambú en la piel produce un efecto sedante en el sistema nervioso, y es muy efectivo como sanador de músculos también. Además de eso, gracias a la técnica de presión por frotamiento y deslizamiento, y los diversos largos de las varas de bambú, las adapta perfectamente a las líneas del cuerpo ayudando a liberar líquidos retenidos, promueve la regeneración de la piel, elimina toxinas, reafirma la piel, y ayuda con problemas de celulitis y remodela la silueta.”

La terapia fue una experiencia maravillosa, me ayudó a relajar los músculos así como a sentirme mejor por dentro. Mi parte favorita del tratamiento fue cuando el bambú trabajaba sobre mi espalda baja, podía sentir cada una de mis vertebras estirándose y reajustándose. También me encantó la parte facial del tratamiento, la cual es verdaderamente única. A veces me encuentro pensando en volver una vez más a El Capricho spa por otra Bambú Terapia.

El tratamiento de Bambú Terapia es recomendado para hombres y mujeres mayores de 18 años y se puede disfrutar durante 60 o 90 minutos. Para más información sobre El Capricho spa, tratamientos o reservaciones, por favor visita la página web de Capella Ixtapa o envía un correo electrónico.


5 Beauty Tips From Capella Pedregal’s Auriga Spa

5 Beauty Tips

Summer season is slowly coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean our beauty regiments should stop!  I spoke with Capella Pedregal’s Auriga spa Manager Vanessa Infante and got some beauty tips on how to maintain your skin, hair and nails.

5 Beauty Tips
How can we keep the summer glow on our skin last all year long?
This is such a great question and the good news is you probably already have a lot of what you need in your kitchen already.  I recommend looking for your seasonal fruits and vegetables at home, checking their benefits, and using them internally for food and externally on your skin.  For example, here in Baja mangos are readily available.  This is perfect, because mangos make a great mask as they are an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamins.  Other examples include using coconut as a scrub and Aloe Vera as a toner.  These are elements readily found in Baja and actually featured in our Baja Flavor spa treatment.

How can I prolong my summer tan?
Contrary to what might be believed, I recommend always doing a scrub before spending time in the sun.  This way the dead cells will fall off and allow a stronger tan to develop.  After the sun don’t forget to moisturize and hydrate your skin!  At Auriga we recommend Seaweed Body Scrub, and our signature Rose Crystal Lymptahic Facial.

How can I repair and treat sun damage?
Aloe Vera is the best remedy for burnt skin; it reduces pain and inflammation, it heals your wounds, it balances and restores your skin, and it is antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-icthing and anti-ageing.  Aloe Vera is a native Baja plant, and we use it a lot in the spa.  I love a special treatment at Auriga called Sun Worshiper that helps guests to recover from a day in the sun.

What about  hair?  I often find it dull and dry after being in the ocean and pools so much during summer?
At this time of the year our hair is usually extremely dry and damaged by the sun’s heat, UV rays, seawater and pool chemicals.  I recommend using a hydrating and restoring hair mask.  Make sure to leave it in long enough to really penetrate the hair shaft.  The Julien Farel salon at Auriga spa offers the new Hydrate Restore Hair Care by Julien Farel that truly works miracles on damaged hair follicles.

My nails get soft and start breaking during summer.  What do you recommend for stronger nails?
Strong nails require hydration as well.  I recommend applying a small amount of shea butter every day to your nails, cuticles and skin, which, thanks to the vitamin E, will keep them nourished.  Before your nail polish always apply a professional base coat, it will create a protective film on your nails and also it will help it last longer.  At Auriga we recommend our unique Rejuvenation Foot & Hand treatment, which eliminates any nail problem you might have, shapes and restores the nails with buffing technique, and makes you feel like your walking on cotton after a relaxing massage.

What other beauty tips would you recommend for maintaining healthy skin all year long?
Always use a sun protector, even in winter, and drink plenty of water!

For more information about Auriga spa at Capella Pedregal, Julien Farel salon and our menu of services, please visit our website: click here.


5 Tips De Belleza Del Auriga Spa De Capella Pedregal

5 Beauty Tips

El verano esta llegando lentamente a su fin, pero esto no significa que nuestra disciplina de belleza tenga que detenerse! Platiqué con Vanessa Infante, gerente del Auriga Spa de Capella Pedregal y me dio algunos consejos para el cuidado de la piel, cabello y uñas en este cambio de temporada.

5 Beauty Tips
Cómo mantener el brillo veraniego en nuestra piel durante el resto del año?
Esta es una muy buena pregunta, y lo mejor de todo, es que probablemente tengas todo lo que necesitas para lograrlo en tu cocina. Recomiendo buscar en casa vegetales y frutos de temporada, y estar al tanto de sus beneficios, para utilizarlos internamente como alimento y externamente en la piel. Por ejemplo, aquí en la Baja la temporada de mango ha llegado. Esto es perfecto, ya que los mangos hacen una muy buena mascarilla ya que son una excelente fuente de antioxidantes y vitaminas. Otro ejemplo puede ser el uso del coco como exfoliante y el Aloe Vera como tonificador. Estos elementos ya los podemos encontrar en la Baja, y son de hecho parte de nuestro tratamiento Baja Flavor.

Cómo podemos prolongar nuestro bronceado de verano?
Contrariamente a lo que se pudiera pensar, yo recomiendo realizarse una exfoliación antes de pasar tiempo al sol. De esta manera nos deshacemos de las células muertas y nos permitirá obtener un bronceado más duradero. Después de estar en el sol, no hay que olvidar humectar e hidratar tu piel! En Auriga recomendamos El Scrub De Algas Marinas, así como nuestro Rose Cristal Lymphatic Facial.

Cómo puedo reparar y tratar el daño solar?
El Aloe Vera es la mejor solución para la piel quemada; reduce el dolor y la inflamación, cura tus heridas, balancea y restaura tu piel, es anti viral, elimina microbios y bacterias, previene la comezón, y el envejecimiento. Aloe Vera es una planta nativa de la Baja, y la usamos mucho dentro del spa. En Auriga hemos diseñado un tratamiento especial llamado Sun Worshiper para ayudar a recuperarse de pasar el día en el sol.

¿Que me dices del cabello? A menudo siento que se reseca y le falta volumen después de nadar en el océano y piscinas durante el verano.
A estas alturas del año, nuestro cabello está normalmente dañado y extremadamente seco por el calor y la exposición a los rayos solares (UV), el agua salada y los químicos de las albercas. Recomiendo utilizar una mascarilla hidratante y restauradora para el cabello. Hay que asegurarse de dejarla tiempo suficiente para que penetre hasta la raíz del cabello. El Salón de Julien Farel en Auriga Spa ofrece el nuevo Hydrate Restore Hair Care por Julien Farel que de verdad hace milagros en el cabello maltratado.

Mis uñas se ablandecen y comienzan a romperse durante el verano. Que me podrías recomendar para tener unas uñas más resistentes?
Para que las uñas sean más fuertes requieren también de buena hidratación. Te recomiendo aplicar una pequeña cantidad de manteca de karité todos los días en tus uñas, cutícula y piel, la cual gracias a la vitamina E, las nutrirá. recuerda siempre antes de colocar esmalte para uñas, aplicar una capa base profesional, ya que esta creará una película protectora en tus uñas y ayudará a que duré más tiempo. En Auriga recomendamos nuestro original tratamiento Foot & Hand Rejuvenation, el cual elimina cualquier problema de uñas que tengas, da forma y restaura las uñas con una técnica exclusiva, y te da la sensación de estar caminando sobre algodones después del masaje relajante.

Que otro tips te gustaría agregar para tener una piel saludable durante todo el año?
Siempre hay que utilizar protector solar, incluso en el invierno, y beber mucha agua!

Para más información sobre el Auriga Spa en Capella Pedregal, el Salón de Julien Farel y nuestro menú de servicios, por favor visita nuestra página web: dar click aquí.




Over The Moon At Capella Singapore’s Auriga Spa

Auriga Spa

When Capella Singapore’s Auriga spa launched its Baby Moon Experience in May, I was thrilled because being pregnant it sounded like just what I needed to soothe my aching and tired muscles.  So, one evening after work, I headed down to Auriga to try it out.  It was truly a holistic treatment that focused not only on my entire body but also on my emotional well-being as well.  I loved the experience so much that I had to share the details with you:

The Baby Moon Experience begins with a pre-natal massage for mothers.  JJ, my therapist, told me to lie on my side and gave me a nice long pillow to snuggle up against.  She then gently and tenderly massaged by back and legs.  It was such a relief!  As a mother of an eight-year-old boy, JJ imparted many invaluable tips from her own experience.   One of the things that I learnt from her was that I should try to put my legs up on a pillow every day after work to reduce swelling and water retention.  She even rubbed the Organic Pharmacy Mother & Baby Oil all around my tummy to prevent stretch marks.  The amount of care and concern she showed really moved me.

Auriga Spa

After the massage, I had an Organic Rose Facial which was not only relaxing but also purifying for my skin.  Very often, due to hormonal changes in our body, stress and anxiety, our skin can sometimes break out.  The Organic Rose Facial not only cleanses the pores naturally but also soothes any inflammations there may be.

The last part of the treatment focused on my hair and scalp.  As pregnancy often brings with it much apprehension and worry about the baby and about motherhood, I found the massage really helped calm my nerves and any headaches I was having!  JJ really rubbed the organic oil deep into my scalp and hair, which made my hair wonderfully silky soft afterward.

I left the treatment feeling wonderfully refreshed and rejuvenated.  During a time when pregnancy can leave one feeling bloated and heavy, I felt so cared for and immensely pampered.  This is something I would definitely recommend to any expecting mother.

Meet Skarlette Castro, Spa Manager at Capella Ixtapa

El Capricho

El Capricho spa at Capella Ixtapa is a very special place.  The aromas upon your entrance enchant you immediately, and the spa treatments accompanied by the sound of the waves and the ocean views are truly unique.  Our newly appointed Spa Manager, Skarlette Castro, shares with me her fresh insight into the spa and summer tips for healthy skin.

Skarlette of Capella Ixtapa
You have recently arrived to Capella Ixtapa Skarlette, what are your first impressions of the resort?
Yes, I just joined the team in May, and I love it!  Capella Ixtapa is very romantic and intimate, with a personalized service, which I think makes it a magical place.

What do you like most about Ixtapa Zihuatanejo so far?
I love the warmth of the people, the local traditions with natural regional products, the arts and crafts, the landscape, the beaches and I am excited every day to learn and experience more things about this beautiful place.

And what do you think of your new home, El Capricho Spa?
I love our concept, which is based on the flowers of the regions – jamaica, rose, gardenia, orange flower and bougainvillea, and on the Aztec culture, in which it was believed that Citlaxochitl flower – or sky flower – represents the spirit of love.  El Capricho is a very romantic spa where couples can experience this spirit.

Is there a particular treatment you recommend to guests during the summer?
It is very important to keep the skin healthy, nurtured and hydrated during summer.  Besides drinking a lot of water and using solar protection, I recommend our regional wraps at the beginning of each service in order to achieve better results, help the skin’s health and to preserve the glowing summer look.  You can choose between melissa (our signature aroma), papaya and mango, flowers of the region, cocoa and coffee and aloe with nopal wraps.

Before coming to Capella Ixtapa, you worked for 3 years at Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas.  Can you share with us your experience at Capella Pedregal, and in what way will this help you with your position at Capella Ixtapa? 
I loved working with the wonderful Auriga spa team, which was like a big family.  My greatest satisfaction was to be able to contribute to the development and growth of each of the team members, and I am grateful because together with them I grew and learned as well!  Working with Auriga spa team at Capella Pedregal gives me motivation and energy to give my best to my new team here at El Capricho spa at Capella Ixtapa!

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