The Irie Baths & Spa at S Hotel Jamaica in Montego Bay has a new Folkloric Treatment Collection, that uses indigenous herbs and methods from the island nation. Created by spa manager Tamieka Frazer-Lewis, guests can take a dip through three, ancient Roman inspired therapeutic mineral baths, each with varying temperature: the Tepidarium, Caldarium, and the Frigidarium.
The Lavender Escape Bath ($120, 150 minutes), served with lavender tea, includes a deep soak in warm lavender and sea salt infused water, a lavender spa pedicure, and a Rub Mi Dung massage to increase oxygen in the blood, decrease muscle toxins, and improve circulation and flexibility. Lavender is known for its healing and relaxing benefits, while sea salt eases muscle cramps, stiffness, and joint and back pain. “Lavender is used around the Jamaican home to burn mostly in children’s rooms to prevent contagion if they have a cold or cough,” says Frazer-Lewis. “It’s a scent reminiscent of my childhood, and still soothes me today.”
The English County Bath ($136, 140 minutes), uses cerasee, a sweet-fragrance said to relieve arthritic pain, sinus conditions, and muscle spasms and is known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure and reduce inflammation due to allergies and helps alleviates gastrointestinal issues. The treatment includes a Yaadie Style Massage, irie bath signature manicure, and is served with cerasee tea. “In Jamaican folklore, cerasee tea was recommended to pregnant women for the health of the newborn and to ease the birthing process,” says Frazer-Lewis.
The Aromatic Lemongrass Bath ($156, 160 minutes) includes a deep soak in a warm lemongrass bath, an irie senses massage, and a signature manicure and pedicure, all served with lemongrass tea. Lemongrass helps with fevers, pain, swelling, and infections as the antioxidant properties help maintain the immune system, optimize cholesterol levels, manage type 2 diabetes, and promotes healthy skin. It can also help to combat fatigue, anxiety, and body odor. “Lemongrass—also referred to as Fever Grass in Jamaica—earns its praise for its sweet, citrusy aroma. It is used in baths and tea to help combat insomnia to ease respiratory disorders,” says Frazer-Lewis.