Banana & Cannabis - Two Spa Services to Remember
Overlooking the turquoise waters of the Jamaican cove and ocean surrounding Coral Cove Wellness Resort, one can just feel any stress shedding off the body like old skin. Part of the self-care here is enjoying a spa service using fresh ingredients picked right from their on-site farm and garden, and I had two services that renewed and restored not only my body, but my whole outlook as well.
I was able to experience the property's Banana Leaf Wrap, with banana leaves taken just hours before from their banana trees on the farm. The Chef Kameer took these leaves from the tree and then prepared them for the service. This process not only cleans the leaves, but also wilts, softens and flattens the leaves so that they're pliable and flexible for wrapping around your body. The key part of the spa service, these banana leaves are powerful and beneficial to your skin and overall health, so being wrapped from neck to toe in them is therapeutic in itself.
The Banana Leaf is rich in chlorophyll, releasing oxygen as it absorbs carbon dioxide on the surface of the skin. Plus, banana leaves contains large amount of Polyphenols (including EGCG), which have very strong anti-oxidant properties that is also found in Green Tea. EGCG is supposed to be the active compound that is responsible for antioxidant properties of green tea and possibly fat burning properties. In Chinese medicine, EGCG is used to manage hormone levels with treatment for benign prostate hyperplasia to acne.
The green color of banana leaves help deter the harmful rays and toxins from entering the body while allowing the energy to flow into various parts into the body – beneficial in rejuvenating the tissues, muscles and organs of the body. So in this treatment, the whole body is covered with banana leaves, keeping the body warm and removing the toxins.
The therapist began the service with a body scrub to exfoliate the deal skin cells, helping the new skin glow and come softer and softer, and then she put leaf after leaf around me. All the while the body would detox in the comfort of the leaves, getting warmer and warmer with the heat and moisture encircling me, and I felt like I was in a cocoon.
While doing this, I had a fantastic head and foot massage, was able to hear the ocean crashing below and feel the warm, salty air breeze past. The whole experience was heavenly and an experience I'd say is memorable for a lifetime.
Another experience I was able to enjoy was the Swedish massage, also offered at the same breathtaking location. Taking in the ocean surrounding you, the beautiful light of the sun, while having a moisturizing lotion massaged across your body is pure bliss. This wasn’t any lotion, however, as it was infused with on-property cannabis, creating a real treat I didn’t expect. The cannabis had its own aroma, and its effects admittedly could be felt more and more while I was relaxing into the service. Just enough cannabis to make a slight difference and relax my whole body just a little bit more, I was surprised at how it really did put me into a state of pure bliss!
All of this is part of the spa services, and more areas for memorable spa experiences are being created at Coral Cove Wellness Resort as I am sharing my own experiences. But, for me, I would be right back here at this spot, being pampered on the edge of Jamaican paradise itself.