People often go to spas to regroup, heal or help make a transition. A marriage may have ended. Someone has died. A big decision lies ahead. While a massage is relaxing, it can't help you get in touch with your intuitive side.
To help with that process, spas offer metaphysical spa services, such as time with a shaman, energy healings, tarot card readings, soul retrievals, psychic massages, aura-soma readings and so on.
Shamans work with the spirit realms to bring healing, peace and wholeness to the living world, and you can often find their services at a spa, particularly true in the Southwest and Mexico.
The Wayak Spa at Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico, has a resident shaman who comes from a long line of Maya shamans from the Yucatan village of X-pichil. He takes care of Jardin Pak'al, a garden of healing plants at the resort, and dries and prepares the herbs at the K'oben, a three-stoned hearth that centers the kitchen throughout the Maya region. After conducting an individual consultation with the guests to determine their preferences and needs, and the most appropriate product and treatment, he creates a personalized healing experience for the guest.
Faena Hotel in Miami Beach invited a Mexican shaman to develop treatments that use sound and vibration from singing bowls, warm oil from the sacred South America Palo Santo tree and Brazilian Rose stones for its Tierra Santa Spa.
Carlos Gomez has been studying holistic medicine, as well as preserving and teaching the indigenous curative methods of Latin America, for over 30 years. Carlos helped create the spa’s unique healing therapies and pre-treatment cleansing rituals that use sound, vibration and copal incense to purify the mind, body and soul.
The Spa at The Boulders in Carefree, north of Scottsdale, Arizona, has an outdoor tipi where you can find prayer and intention cards. You are invited to sit in silence, fill your card with personal intention, and place it amongst the others that have been before you. Upon request, the therapist will meet you there to perform a simple sage clearing. You can also walk the labyrinth, a traditional tool for spiritual contemplation.
Mii Amo in Sedona has many gifted therapists and energy healers, including Bhakta Ruttiger, an Aura Soma practitioner who uses the language of color to tell you more about your life, as well as many other gifted therapists and energy healers.
Miraval in Tucson offers a number of specialty bodywork treatments, including intuitive massage and Spirit Flight (combining therapeutic massage, shamanism, drumming, acupuncture, CranioSacral Therapy, and spinal alignment) and uses chumpi stones to balance energy with a healing technique for restoring and elevating feelings of physical vitality, emotional confidence, and mental clarity.
Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole offers Soul Readings with Carol Mann, who reveals "your current life's purpose, your soul-based talents and past life karmic patterns." The session will be recorded for you.
Amansala Eco-Chic Resort and Retreat in Tulum offers the services of several intuitive shamans. And at Connecticut’s Norwich Inn, Paula Upton, described as a clairvoyant (sees visions), clairaudient (hears words, phrases, and sounds), and empathic (perceives emotions, feelings, and sensations), also does Tarot readings.