Mud fight at the spa? That’s exactly what happened at Galiano Spa Madrona Del Mar, but with a romantic twist…
Do you remember the last time you played in the mud? I mean, really played in the mud?
Get it under your fingernails, between your toes, and all over the rest of your body? Yep, that just happened to me at Galiano Spa and it was so much fun! But first, let me tell you how it all started…
Jay and I enjoyed a 3 night getaway to romantic and remote Galiano Island. We left the kids behind and hopped on a stunning ferry ride passed several Southern Gulf Islands and ended at Galiano.
This is a quiet and serene island with lush beauty and few people. We stayed at the Galiano Inn and Spa and chose to spend some time ultra-relaxing at the spa. I say “ultra-relaxing” because it was so much than a simple relaxing day at the spa.
The Galiano spa is a boutique spa, but don’t let the size fool you.
The list of treatment options are plentiful and varied. We chose treatments that would help us unwind differently than ever before. We started off with a 30 minute eucalyptus steam and within the first couple minutes every pore in my body began leaking sweat…in a way, detoxing all the rush and busyness of life from my innards.
We sat there in the steam room, just the two of us, and breathed deeply and slowly the cleansing steam. My heart rate slowed and after 30 minutes I was sure I had sweat out every possible bit of toxin from my skin. Sure, it sounds a bit gross, but it felt incredible!
From there, it was off to a cleansing shower and then for some floatation therapy. This 60 minutes of mineral sea salt floating went by incredibly fast. The floatation bath is filled with dead sea salts and offers a buoyancy I have never experienced before. Well, there was that one time I swam in The Great Salt Lake in Utah, but this was more calming.
I stepped into the tub, and as I laid back, my entire body popped up like a cork.
I couldn’t have sunk to the bottom if I wanted to. For 60 minutes we floated. Yes, just floated. Several times I nearly fell asleep and was even encouraged to try.
In the midst of all the wonderful relaxing, Jay wanted to be sure I shared a VERY important warning out there for our readers. DO NOT SHAVE before soaking in salt water. He said something about fire and gas on his face. Poor Jay…
You might think it’s difficult to just lay there, floating in a tub of water for 60 minutes, but you’ll find it to be utterly peaceful and rejuvenating at the same time. You might even find, like I did, that you are a bit disappointed when you hear the knock on the door telling you it’s time to get out of the water.
This soak left my skin as soft as a newborn babe’s. I couldn’t believe it. And Jay and I still weren’t done! We still had one more treatment left. We robed up and walked across the outdoor gardens to our own private hut and it was here we played in the mud.
Healing Earth Journey was more than a journey. It was an adventure. The room was fully tiled with a heated tile bed in the centre to lay on and then the painting began.
With warm therapeutic Moor mud mixed with essential oil we were covered from neck to toe. I wasn’t sure what to expect here, but let’s just say it’s like one of the best full body scratches you’ll ever receive.
And it’s really fun. I felt a bit like a child playing in the dirty sand, only there was no seaweed, broken shells, or gross smelling questionable items in it.
It was just a fun, fantastic experience and one I’d like to do again.
We left Galiano spa fully exfoliated with baby-soft skin and more relaxed than after a full night’s sleep. It was genuinely an ultra-relaxing experience.
Check out all the Galiano Spa Madrona Del Mar treatments on their website.
While our experience at Galiano Inn & Spa was complimentary, you can rest assured that our thoughts, opinions, and findings are our own as always.