Vacation – we dream about it when we’re working … and treasure it when we’re on it. Vacation is time to relax, to unwind, to stop the “fast-paced rat race” and just enjoy.

There is no better quick entry into that unstressed relaxation mode than getting a massage or spa treatment. It truly is amazing what 60 minutes (or 90 minutes, or more, if you can) of making your muscles and body relax will do to produce those feelings of bliss and well-being.

With so many things competing for our attention in our fast-paced lives, it’s challenging to find the time in our normal schedule to care for ourselves and keep balance. That fast-track life impacts our body in many ways. Somehow it seems easy to fall into being tired, stressed, anxious, or exhausted, yet harder to take the time to counteract all of that with something positive like the healing benefits of massage.

According to the American Medical Association, stress is a factor in more than 75% of illnesses today and leads to aging effects. Visiting a spa or getting a professional massage is an opportunity to relax and recharge your mind, body, and spirit. It gives you the desperately-needed downtime to restore yourself and create a healthier you.

Massage therapy (also called “bodywork”) benefits you by relaxing taut muscles, increasing circulation, aiding in lymphatic drainage, releasing toxins, easing stress, and benefiting your whole body in many positive ways. It can boost your health and keep you feeling “young” and full of vitality.

While on vacation in Costa Rica, visit Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat in Playa Santa Teresa for a healing massage or bodywork treatment. Pranamar Villas offers an abundance of massages and bodywork treatments to keep you healthy. From 60 to 90 minute massages using various techniques, to more intense, longer treatments focusing on a specific area, Pranamar’s spa therapists help you release stress and relax. Following their commitment to health and the environment, all massage oils and lotions are 100% organic and made in Costa Rica.

Pranamar offers massages, focused treatments, custom treatments and special health packages at their beautiful beachfront resort. You can either choose to have your treatment in their beachfront treatment “jalapas”, out on the beach or in your private bungalow or villa.

The lovely, intimate, boutique hotel fronts the spectacular beach of Playa Santa Teresa on the southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. A TripAdvisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence award winner, Pranamar Villas offers luxurious two-story poolside villas, elaborate oceanfront villas, and tropical bungalows, all designed with Indonesian flair and simple elegance. The flowing serpentine saltwater pool and abundant lush tropical gardens lend beauty to the eye at every turn.

Pranamar Villas offers daily in-house yoga classes, regular yoga retreats and workshops, all-inclusive yoga vacations, and surfing and yoga holidays.

By Shannon Farley