Wellness Center

A wellspring of well being.

From the dawn of time, human beings in search of health, healing and wellness have been drawn to the active volcanic regions of the earth. 

Alive with natural hot springs and transferable energy, and some of the richest soils on earth, the volcanic mountains that encircle The Wellness Center at Pura Vida Spa are a source of powerful natural healing.

Our staff are some of the most gifted and highly commended therapists in Central America, each committed to healing from the heart, each with the essential gift of being present and loving with their touch.

Ayurvedic Treatments

A 5,000 year old system of traditional medicine native to India developed with the intention of restoring the most subtle elements of the mind, body and spirit into a balanced state of peace and harmony.

Our Ayurvedic Clinical Therapist will work with you to evaluate your dosha (the unique mix of three mind and body principles, which creates our specific mental and physical characteristics) then develop a plan for rebalancing to your natural state of being. You will return home with a tailor-made Ayurvedic lifestyle plan that combines diet, herbs, self-massage, yoga and daily routines to help you better align with the rhythm of your own nature.

60 min
$100

Your therapist will tap into deep, intuitive knowledge of Pranic Healing and the use of pranas. Special pranayamas and custom-blended oils are used to direct energy to blocked energy lines, channels and energy points called marmas, to release what needs to be released. The Ayurvedic aspect of this massage technique involves the understanding of the individual as well as the application of special oils for each person according to their constitution or imbalance.

90 min
$140

Clinical Bodywork

Therapy focused on pain relief and management.

This is a relaxing, nurturing therapeutic massage that uses firm pressure to work down to the deeper layers of tissue in the muscles. Tensions, stress, chronic and acute areas of discomfort are addressed using a variety of physical and energetic techniques, making space for a rejuvenated sense of wellbeing.
60 min
$120

A blend of therapeutic, sports and Swedish massage combined with techniques like trigger-point therapy and acupressure, this massage creates a soothing balance between a state of relaxation and one of physical release. Long strokes over oiled skin, work on the outer layers of muscle tissue, reducing stress and soothing sore joints and muscles. Swedish massage traditionally relaxes the nervous system, stimulates circulation and helps with detoxification.
60 min
$130

This detoxifying treatment moves fluids and toxins which have collected in, and have been circulating around, the lymphatic system. As a result, the immune system is boosted and circulation improved, leaving the body better positioned for healing and wellbeing.
60 min
$120

This technique targets problem areas within the muscular and skeletal system, based on the idea that tight, stressed muscles contribute to pain by limiting freedom of movement, while weak muscles provide inadequate support for the body. Profound work on fascia, tendons and ligaments in painful areas of the body, combined with active stretches and breath control helps release tension in overstressed areas, melting away minor aches and pains, stiffness and anxiety and inviting restful sleep. Especially beneficial for those suffering from recent physical or emotional trauma.
60 min
$120

A profound and effective therapeutic technique that focuses on the fascia — the deep connective tissue which structures and shapes the body and holds patterns of tension and trauma. Targeting the fascia helps to recover the natural mobility and energy levels of the body. Special attention is paid to the connective nature of the body, because a stiff neck can actually be the result of an unbalanced hip.
60 min
$100

Holistic Bodywork

A combination of massage, oils, stones and movement to treat the body, mind and spirit.

Costa Rican volcanic stones that carry the earth’s deep energy are expertly applied to induce a profound state of relaxation, opening pathways for the therapist to manipulate areas of the body that would not normally be accessible, charging the entire body with their energetic power.

60 min
$100

In this session your therapist guides you towards experiencing the connection between your breath and your inner self and towards harmonizing your energetic and physical bodies while working on specific personal intentions. Body balancing is achieved by combining three different techniques: deep Swedish massage, Reiki, and healing vibration sounds. The healing energy of Reiki works on specific personal intentions you set to help you restore and maintain your body’s natural equilibrium. The end result is a profound sense of wellbeing, peace, wholeness and tranquility in mind, body and soul.

60 min
$100

A safe, gentle method to remove excess wax, yeast and other debris from the ear canal and promote a healthy atmosphere in the ears, sinus cavities and throat. The process may regulate pressure; help ease post-nasal drip, sinusitis, migraines and some forms of hearing loss and restore equilibrium. Because the head, neck and throat are the locations of three powerful chakras or energy centers, clearing of the communication, intuition and connection to the divine are deeply impacted by this treatment.

60 min
$85

Aquatic Bodywork

Held in the intimate setting of our Watsu pool – body temperature water is intended to simulate an amazing womb-like experience.

Watsu massage combines breath connection, Zen Shiatsu stretches and energy work all in the Watsu pool, allowing your body to return to its natural state of wellbeing. Watsu has been welcomed in the physical therapy and trauma recovery community as a primary modality in Rehabilitation, treatment of chronic pain and a range of other conditions. Many call this one of the most profound experiences of their life. Watsu is always practiced with the mouth and nose above the water.

60 min
$125

Aquadynamic therapy re-creates the primordial pre-birth experience and is profoundly grounding and healing. It combines under water bodywork, passive meditation, and artistic movement, addressing the physical, psychic and energetic bodies. In this session you will be able to explore the wonderful silence that is only experienced under the
water, expanding the breath while promoting inner healing. A nose-clip is provided.

Please inquire with the front desk for availability.

Asian Bodywork

Uses pressure and light manipulation to detoxify and cleanse the body.

This holistic treatment begins with a foot bath followed by a Bali-Thai massage. This form of massage combines relaxing massage, digit-puncture, stretching, and Pa Kuan or back cupping massage which cleanses the blood and ki (vital energy), releases toxins from liver and kidney and enhances the immune system without the undesirable bruising of traditional cupping. This treatment provides amazing benefits to all of the internal organs and includes steamed aromatherapy to promote deep relaxation of the nervous system.

60 min
$115

In Thailand, Thai massage is one of the branches of Traditional Thai Medicine, now recognized and regulated by the government, and is widely considered to be a medical discipline. Used for the treatment of a wide variety of ailments, this treatment combines the benefits of massage, yoga and physical therapy. The body is guided through a flowing sequence of yoga-based stretches with rhythmic pressure along the energy pathways and points to open and release tension. At Pura Vida Spa this treatment is administered in an atmosphere of reverence and meditation, and each session is tailored to individual needs and abilities.

60 min
$100

This blended bodywork technique harmonizes your physical body with subtle energy bodies to help you to better live in the present moment. You will experience Thai massage, Breema yoga assisted stretching and Shiatsu stretching to stimulate the body’s energy pathways and ki (vital energy) flow. This intuitive balancing therapy is performed on the floor, while you are fully clothed. You will emerge with a deep sense of wellness and connection to your own inner light.

60 min
$85

Bio Energetic Healing

Influences and balances your body’s magnetic field.

Our overall health is affected by the quality of communication within our bodies. Body Talk uses gentle, non-invasive, state-of-the-art techniques to help the body-mind reestablish synchronicity between the various organs, glands, body parts and body systems ( immune, digestive, etc. ) and subtle energy systems (mental, emotional, etc.), to Improve the total health of the body.

60 min
$100

The objective of this session is to cleanse mind and soul of the baggage brought to, and collected during, your current lifetime. The mind is cleansed of thought patterns, and the soul of blockages such as stagnant belief systems, attached souls, pending contracts and programs carried from other lifetimes. As the session progresses, client and healer delve into specific topics as they are revealed, to go an even deeper level of healing. Release of energy attached to parents and the inner child may also occur on during the session. Different and infinite possibilities are explored and the normal outcome is a sense of lightness, peace and a sense of direction in life. additional 15 minutes $25 during the first session or follow up sessions

90 min/105 min
$140 – additional 15 minutes $25 during the first session or follow up sessions

Signature Spa Treatments

An exceptional value. Include massage, steam and mini facial along with an exfoliation or body polish.

A custom blended body scrub will simultaneously exfoliate and cleanse the skin. Unwanted dead skin cells disappear under gentle exfoliating movements, leaving your skin silky and soft. Choose from one of these Pura Vida scrub blends:

  • Coffee: coffee, sea salt, olive oil and coconut oil
  • Golden Glow: sea salt, essential oils and olive oil
  • Tropical: ginger, coconut, customized essential oil and olive oil

60 min
$150

Removes dead skin cells, much like a body scrub, while hydrating and moisturizing the skin, leaving it feeling fresh, smooth and soft. Choose from one of these Pura Vida body polish blends:

  • En-wrapture in Paradise: aloe vera, lavender, essential oils
  • Chocolate: pure chocolate, coconut oil
  • Oatmeal Glow: oatmeal, honey, coconut oil

60 min
$150

Facial Skin Care

Deep-cleansing, exfoliating and hydrating.

This super-cleansing facial pampers the skin with deep exfoliation with glycolic acid, twenty-minute steam to open pores and hydrate, and white and blackhead extraction. A seven-minute lymphatic facial massage then drains impurities from the face and a soothing mask customized for your skin type ends the experience, leaving your skin glowing and your self completely relaxed.
60 min
$120
An extraordinarily nourishing treatment that stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. Deep cleansing and exfoliation are followed by a fifteen-minute application of a complex nutrient-rich gel which stimulates messenger cells to encourage greater production of collagen and elastin. The treatment ends with a tensor mask to soften, nourish and tighten the skin for a younger firmer look and feel.

60 min
$120

This long lasting, deep-hydrating facial treatment is great for mature skin, skin that is dry or has been over exposed to sunlight. Whatever your skin type, it will be soothed and calmed and have enhanced elasticity thanks to deep cleansing, exfoliation, hydration, massage with a special serum, and final application of a body mask customized to your skin type. A great treatment for skin of any age.

60 min
$95

A fantastic treatment to help a man’s skin recover to its youthful state. A special mud mask from the Dead Sea cleanses, tightens pores and removes impurities, while fresh organic aloe among other amazing products tones, tightens and moisturizes.

60 min
$120

Therapies during the week of your stay will be posted on the bulletin board at The Wellness Center.  All bookings are scheduled onsite on a first come, first serve basis. Many of our therapists are available in Pura Vida on a rotating basis, so not all therapies are on offer at the same time.

Please be advised that any spa services cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice are subject to a cancellation fee up to the full price of the treatment.