New to the island is the Asian Garden Day Spa, a family operated business with friendly faces. The Asian Garden has a very tranquil and simplistic Asian theme which offers customers an oasis from the hustle and bustle of life. Its distinguished characteristic is the ultimate spa experience.
Brian Berenty and his daughter Kirsten are certified to provide a wide variety of spa treatments, three of which I got to experience first hand (rough job but somebody had to do it!). First I got a Holistic Oil massage with chocolate scented oil which is the systematized manipulation of soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain.
Then I got the Thai massage which uses direct pressure on muscles and energy points throughout the body with a combination of stretching to further stimulate the muscular-skeletal system which includes joints, bones, nerves, ligament and the lymphatic system. Sessions typically last two hours, and are performed on a floor mat in the middle of the courtyard under a charming gazebo with the client dressed in comfortable loose clothing.
Asian SpaThai Massage uses two primary procedures - applying gentle pressure with the hands and feet, and a wide variety of passive stretching movements. The effect is uniquely relaxing as well as energizing. Receiving a Thai massage is a bit like doing yoga without putting any effort while also getting acupressure treatments!
My favorite was the Hot & Cold Stone Massage, a very unique treatment. The stone massage makes you feel deeply relaxed and allows you to let go of all the stress that is held within your body. The massage involves the application of water-heated volcanic basalt stones of varying sizes to key points on the body which gives a deep massage and creates sensations of comfort and warmth. The direct heat relaxes muscles and allows manipulation of a greater intensity than with a regular massage. It’s a great way to cleanse and loosen up after a stressful week.
All products at the Asian Garden Spa are designed from natural native products to Belize. The indigenous products like soaps, body scrubs, lotions, creams and essential oils are also used in additional treatments like body scrubs, facials, waxing as well as treatments specially designed for pre and post sun, anti-aging, and cellulite.
Whether you are here on vacation or just want to indulge yourself in one of the amazingly relaxing treatments the Asian Garden Day Spa is a natural haven for relaxation, rejuvenation and regeneration. Total relaxation! For more information call the day spa at 622-5788.
1. Melody relaxes with the Thai Massage.
2. Brian Berenty with wife Carmen and daughter Kristen.