The five days four nights I've spent there in Nurture Spa were some of the most restful and invigorating times I can remember. The care and attention paid to the smallest details of renewal are a testament to the dedicated contouring of owners Ate Cathy and Kuya Mike--implemented skillfully by a staff united in purpose.
There is a shuttle service to and from the spa; I was fortunate enough to be treated to personalized pickup by Ate Cathy. On the drive up, together we assessed my personal goals and level of dedication to completing the programs, namely Stress Buster and Weight Loss. When we arrived at the spa, we were greeted with an enthusiastic welcome ceremony, where I met Sir Robin, head of the spa, Oscar my program director, Miss Rizza, my guest liason, Miss May my nurse, Querobe and Ferri, my residence advisors, and many others, a wave of welcoming faces. The entire compound is line with bright foliage; tucked away are various structures, from Ifugao huts to air conditioned rooms, cozy and spacious airspace. The little details, such as a tasteful welcome sign, a showerhead hidden in a sea of colorful flowers, soothing music through discretely hidden speakers, aggregated to a sense that for a short time, this could be a home away from home away from home.
At the beginning, middle and end of the treatments, they used a meridian health scan to assess the level of balance in different zones and organs of my body. The DMS (Digital Meridian Scanner) is noninvasive, with one ball-like probe attached to the left hand, and the other probe pressed gently to different areas of the body. In itself, the process is quick; the explanation and presentation of the scan results takes some time. In my case, the initial scan showed what looked like to be a high level of stress imbalance, and many weak areas in my digestive system.
Being the holiday season with its special foodie treats, committing to five days of liquid diet, no meat post-treatment and intensive detoxification was an especially heart-wrenching sacrifice-- one I endured for the sake of results as I had only five days available.
After 5 days/4 nights, I had lost 6kilo and 1.5" from my waist, because I had committed myself to following the programs set before me. My cousin and companion, Karlo, sampled all the varied entries on the menu, the lamb adobo and the chicken kaldereta being favorites; the dishes, in synergy with the program, presented traditional Filipino staples retaining the familiar taste with a heavy emphasis on pleasing aesthetics. The liquid diet, firm in its insistence on no carbs, managed to be tasty; a double portion each meal is allowed, which I recommend to those who would do the program. There were supplements before and after each meal, along with a special tea, whose taste is in itself an exercise in determination, twice a day. Serving as an alternative to energy drinks is wheatgrass, three times a day. In seeking the tagalog translation of wheatgrass, Gladys another guest liason, quipped "basa" meaning "wet" (in certain dialects, wheat is pronounced wet). After four days of liquid diet, you learn to laugh more at everything. Throughout the week, Miss Rizza's gentle all-encompassing smile as she inquired of my progress and various needs, was a reminder that in my brief sojourn into lasting health, my guides were marching along with me.
Every day there is a breathing meditation session taught by Maricar. Again, after four days, the simple exercises were increasingly effective, and served to help recenter myself. The special treatments, namely the charcoal wrap, fever bath, pyro (ion barrage), accupuncture were implemented gently and with care by Miss May (and later Miss Mayeth and occasionally Oca), in clean surroundings and an emphasis on effective comfort. The full body massages were done wonderfully in two differing styles, Pastora Anna with deft accuracy and prayers on the edge of hearing, Nadja with a firm kneading balancing at the razor's edge of deep healing and pain. I also participated in their pilot program of meditation through drumming; banging on the welcome gong is in itself surprisingly soothing, as the noise and maintaining the beat crowds out all other thoughts.
All in all, I found my stay at Nurture Spa an effective thrust at the concerns I had enumerated to Ate Cathy. My final DMS showed a grand majority of areas in balance, with only a few in marked improvement. The environment and treatment were particularly effective as I actively sought to enhance the effects while belaying any skepticism. Lying down, painted with charcoal, wrapped in a heat blanket at feverish temperatures for an hour, while exhausting mentally, produced such a surprising aftereffect; I lurched left and right walking to my room and felt my body adjust to a difference in weight. It can help you if you let it. I highly recommend to visiting balikbayans surrounded in a world of stress and grinding pressure, to young lovers seeking to lose themselves in each other, to married couples, forced apart by the impositions of the world to reconnect, to visitors seeking to discover the true heart of peace in the Philippines; give yourself a few days to a week and devote yourself to simple nurturing in an environment shaped reminiscent of a mother's womb.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the pioneers in the Philippine spa industry, Nurture Spa is an award winning Dept of Tourism accredited spa chain. Proudly Filipino, Nurture Spa offers its guests exquisite spa and wellness experiences in selected tropical destinations around the country. Each wellness destination boasts of a unique Nurture Spa treatment reflecting the indigenous customs and healing traditions of the region, in addition to the tried and tested Nurture Spa favorites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nurture Spa Village Hotel Tagaytay