November 09, 2005
Worth a try if your adventurous enough.
When I heard of the so-called Mt. Pinatubo Spa and volcanic sand shower, it was immediately on top of my list of destination. I've searched the internet and all I can find information about this place are press releases both in online or offline magazines. There are no decent directions that I even got lost all over the place before we arrive in the spa. Now I know what is the fuss about and what's really novel about the sulfur sand shower experience:
- For $10 or P550, you get yourself buried under a hot sulfuric sand for 30-45 minutes.
- It suppose to cure skin ailments, and other stuff which I felt a marketing ploy but I'll buy into it anyway.
- The sand came from Mt. Pinatubo and it is heated in a "pugon" way underneath it.
- To get the best experience, you need to strip down to your birthday suit so that you can feel the heat of the sand on your skin.
- It smells sulfur and not good for your lungs, so your face is covered with towel when they bury you.
- Once you are covered with sand, your entire body beats or throbs like your entire body is a heart.
- It is soothing that I actually slept throughout most of it.
- You will perspire so much that it is like sauna under the sand and somebody occasionally wipes the perspiration off your face
- The messy part is after you get out, you need to rest and take a shower to remove the sand.
- Frankly, I don't feel any different after this, but it is sure a good "spa" experience.
Keep tune in to the series of post on the Mt. Pinatubo Spa (how to get there, what to expect, and what would be your budget)