Treatments

Wellness for the Soul

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A restorative spiritual blessing awaits guests seeking wellness for the soul amidst their travels. Thailand’s 56-roomed boutique residence, The Sarojin, is offering a specially-designed Wellness for the Soul Package to help guests discover mindful and spiritual travel.

Wellness elements include a sunrise Alms giving and Spiritual Blessing of Love at a local temple, where guests will find themselves immersed in a contemplative, spiritual morning. Rising early, guests travel to the temple to offer the Buddhist monks a small basket of items as a sign of respect. In return they receive a blessing, which sees the monk gently pouring water over the recipient to cleanse the spirit, while chanting ancient Pali-Sanskrit, the perfect way to start the day feeling lighter and calm.

Another inspiring ‘Wellness for the Soul’ experience is a visit to three of the region’s most important temples to learn more about Buddhism and the local culture. Starting with a visit to the Dragon Cave Temple, visitors will find themselves in a serene cave that offers a very special atmosphere, ideal for meditation and reflection. Heading high up the mountain, travellers reach Bang Reang Templethe largest temple pagoda in all of Phang Nga and home to a piece of Buddha’s bone. Offering breathtaking views across the stunning province, it is the perfect place to pause and absorb the serenity. These are followed by a trip to Wat Thamsuwankuha one of Phang Nga’s most historic temples and home to a 15-metre long reclining Buddha statue, the largest in southern Thailand.

Completing the contemplative package are three morning yoga classes, the perfect way to make the most of the hotel’s serene and tranquil setting. Led by Justine Capdevielle, The Sarojin’s yoga teacher, guests are guided through a 75-minute restorative session of Vinaysa Yoga.

Also offered is The Sarojin’s Street Food Cook for Kids initiative with The Camillian centre, a not-for-profit organisation that provides day care facilities and rehabilitation for children with special needs, is a truly heart-warming, soulful experience. Spending the afternoon with the children at the centre, guests get the chance to support some of the region’s most vulnerable children, preparing a nutritious meal alongside The Sarojin’s sous chef. During this truly memorable afternoon, guests can engage with the children and help breakdown the barriers between cultures and languages in a sensitive and respectful manner that truly supports the local community.

The Sarojin, please visit: www.sarojin.com and The Sarojin 360 Tour

 

Rock Your Spa

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Forget those calming atmospheric background tones that usual pervade your treatment room. Make way for the world’s first fully immersive music-centric spa menu complete with amplified vibrations, pressures and patterns as the foundation of the centric spa journey.

This ground-breaking experience offered at the Hard Rock Hotel in Tenerife carries its guests on a rhythmic massage journey with bass vibrations rippling through the massage table interjected by treble beats from above, sending pulses through the body to leave guests energised and invigorated.

Treatments include a Wrap Mix and a Smooth Operator. The Wrap Mix is the ultimate healing experience to detoxify and nourish with a 50-minute rhythm and motion massage. The Smooth Operator, in comparison, retunes the skin and rocks the soul, starting with the rhythmical Sweetgrass inspired dry brushing and closing with a soothing detoxifying wrap, to release toxins, hydrate, and smooth the skin, leaving body and soul on a high note!

These reinvented Rock Spa® Rhythm and Motion treatments transcend current spa rituals and inspire spa-goers to embrace the mantra of ‘Live hard, purify harder’.

 www.hardrockhotels.com/tenerife/ 

Age-defying cosmetic acupuncture points to Atmantan Wellness Retreat

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This October, the Atmantan updates its regular visitor practitioner and events schedule, hosting a series of renowned healers and doctors to share their rich life research and wisdom. Such insights seek to supplement the guests’ pursuit of transformative and educational wellness experiences during their stay.

Dr Liana Levechina is an internationally recognized expert practitioner of facial rejuvenation and acupuncture body modulation. Bringing cosmetic acupuncture to India for the first time, Dr Liana will tell of her revolutionary age reversal treatment – an inspired and distinctive methodology. Her expertise  spans the world of sound-health including medicine, Chinese herbology, facial reconstructive surgery, crania-sacral, yoga and nutrition therapy and mindfulness.  She effectively combines her wealth of knowledge to provide habitual, effective techniques to achieve long lasting, physical and emotional wellness.

Atmantan  is set in the hills of Pune in India above the Mulshi Lake. Atmantan’s carefully-curated, evidence-based retreats and packages are backed by extensive research and tailored to each guest’s requirements, supported by comprehensive facilities across spa, fitness, accommodation, dining and the surrounding nature.

www.atmantan.com

 

Peruvian Healing

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From healing spa treatments from indigenous Andean plants and herbs to cleansing ceremonies bathed in mystical culture, the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is offering wellness experiences that allow guests to connect with the cosmic energy of ancient Peruvian civilisations, while touring nearby natural and cultural sites.

Treatments focus on local ingredients and curative Peruvian traditions. Pinda-style massages use warmed compresses loaded with Andean natural medicinal herbs and therapeutic natural scrubs use pink salt from Maras, an ingredient used over the years  by the Incas for its high mineral content.

Other indigenous ingredients include Muña, renowned for being a digestive aid as well as its soothing and calming effects on aches, pains and arthritis. Coca leaves are loaded with vitamins, protein, calcium, iron and fibre that help to counter the effects of high altitude in the Andes. Quinoa, the Andean powerhouse grain, is loaded with amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, fibre, antioxidants and phytonutrients and has been used for its health benefits for thousands of years in Peru and was the nucleus of the Inca diet. Treatments using quinoa tap the nutritional benefits to prevent premature aging of sensitive and dehydrated skin.

The other spiritual and wellness experiences, beyond the hotel, connect guests with the cosmic energy of ancient Peruvian civilisations with visits to natural and cultural sites. The Machu Picchu Mystical Tour takes guests to the historic sanctuary with a local shaman who uses his natural gifts to help them discover the spiritual and  natural energy sources that surround Machu Picchu.

Guests can also participate in the Payment to the Earth Ritual.This traditional practice of making offerings to Pachamama, or Mother Earth, has been passed down from the time of the Incas, as Ancient Peruvians held Pachamama sacred. This ritual remains a part of daily life for many locals in surrounding regions of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. With a shaman and private interpreter as guides, guests can discover a realm beyond the physical world and become more open to emotional and spiritual healing.

 www.sumaqhotelperu.com

Ayurveda, the European way

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Editor’s Review

It has been a very busy year so far and it’s starting to show. I’m eating more of the wrong foods to cope with looming deadlines, my mobile takes priority, my weight is nudging the scales and my skin has lost that freshness. I have no time to just be….

Is this just me or are we losing a sense of our existence, how we feel, how we view the world, who we are. Is there a disconnect between mind, body and spirit? Are we e-people, controlled by technology?

Slow forward to the gentle slopes of Austria, where church bells ring in synchrony with the collar bells attached to goats grazing. Where the Alps form a protective wrapping around the landscape – unpolluted air, solitude, silence. What better setting for an Ayurveda Resort amidst this cradle of tranquillity and peace in Hinterthiersee.

I was visiting for four days for a dose of holistic healing, European style, which meant local and seasonal food,  a western interpretation of treatments and, best of all, no jet-lag.

First was a consultation with the resident Ayurvedic doctor who proved intuitive and impressive in his pulse diagnosis and lifestyle evaluation. He delivered an accurate, informative assessment both with humour and an in-depth knowledge of Ayurvedic doctrines and healings. Based on my particular symptoms and constitution, a therapy plan was created which  combined herbal medicine, a nutrition programme with detox and supportive treatments.

Ayurveda is a system of medicine with historical roots in the  Indian subcontinent. It is the oldest form of medical science based upon the body’s protection of life against negative effects. Put simply, changes in the composition of the natural elements inherent within and around us  affect our health. When our “doshas” (bio-energies) are disturbed, the body becomes imbalanced,  causing illness. Diagnostic ayurvedic treatments can help to restore the body.

A salt rub is not for the faint-hearted, it’s vigorous and stimulating. Known as Upana, this Alpine scrub is used to release stressful energy and strengthen the immune system in preparation for cleansing and detoxing.  Its effects are then sealed in with a sauna visit.

The spa area houses a number of saunas differentiated by heat temperature and purpose.  The Kapha is a detoxifying steam bath, the Pitta a herb and clay sauna while the Vata is denoted as the gemstone and saltwater therapy.  There are several infra-red cabins,  a small gym, an indoor pool and various relaxation areas.

The resort exudes calm and intimacy which is visually reflected by a décor which splashes the colour purple alongside local timber panels to create an earthy feel.  Spiritual energy seems to ooze from buddha statues and handcrafted sculptures dotted around.

Meal times are quiet and pleasant. Each guest has an assigned table, a daily personalised agenda with personal encouragement and affirmations which I would read at regular times during the day. I would also peep enviably at those guests not following a specific programme – enjoying  seasonal, colourful dishes, artistically presented. For those of us on a stricter regime, the simple delicate detox dishes were served with encouragement and a knowing smile.

I was prepared for the  “purging cocktail” concocted to rid the body of toxins and waste products. It was administered by the medical team on the second day – so no cheating was allowed.  The remainder of the morning was confined to the room and close to the much needed facilities. I was grateful for the distraction of the mountain views from the balcony. Later, a belly massage continued the process, a treatment designed to strengthen and detoxify the tissues and release any blockages.

No caffeine, no sweet treats. I was suffering from a headache and tiredness from the previous day, natural reactions I was assured to a detoxification process. But to my delight, a head and body massage was on the day’s agenda, very timely. Billed as Shirodhara, this treatment is a traditional head treatment and body massage specifically to relieve stress-relating symptoms and it worked.

The atmosphere is cosy, friendly and supportive. Guests share their experiences in a positive light and are sympathetic to the effects endured. Many guests return  here for their annual MOT, some travel with supportive partners but most are alone. Days can be active with Yoga, Pilates, Qi Gong, Tai Chi walks, forest bathing and lectures, all providing a social opportunity or non-verbal company.

Guest rooms are tastefully furnished with amenities needed for this type of stay – a hot water bottle to help with liver detox and flasks for hot water, thoughtful and considerate, just like home!  And with 30 rooms and a staff of 50, service levels are high. The therapists are trained and conversant in the European Ayurveda discipline. Those I met monitored my progress along my ayurvedic journey.

When I left this inner sanctum to join the outside world, I felt consciously transformed, lighter in weight and freer of worries. My mind was now connected to my body and spirt.  The church bells seemed to be louder and more in tune and I noticed more goats munching  on the Austrian Alps. Ayurveda maybe ancient but it remains even more relevant today.

There are direct flights from the UK to Innsbruck and a one hour drive from the airport by taxi

Prices for a 7-day Pancha Karma programme are priced from € 1,525 excl. accommodation, single rooms from €166 pp/pn

European Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof, Tyrol, Austria www.sonnhof-ayurveda.at

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW SERIES: FACIAL REJUVENATION

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INTERVIEWEE: DAVID ALESSI – ALESSI INSTITUTE

TOPIC: FACIAL REJUVENATION

As facial rejuvenation is increasingly becoming a sought-after cosmetic treatment, The Healthcare Holiday wanted to seek professional advice to share with you We contacted Dr Alessi, a renowned facial plastic surgeon, based in Beverly Hills, CA.

In this interview Dr Alessi offers his views on procedures and what to look out for when choosing treatments and practitioners.

QUESTION: Non-surgical facelifts and facial rejuvenation procedures are increasingly popular in today’s vanity–focused social world. What would your advice be to those considering these procedures but are concerned about undesirable results?

ANSWER: My advice to those considering any kind of facial rejuvenation procedure, whether surgical or non-surgical would be to go to an expert. These procedures are becoming very common but also, the number of doctors doing them is increasing, and many of them are not well-trained. Always look for Board Certification and primarily in the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Surgery. Non-surgical procedures should always be done first (if at all possible) because the chance for a bad outcome would be lower with a non-surgical procedure. There are many non-surgical procedures that are great such as: Profound that can tighten the skin, fillers such as Voluma to fill in the sunken look that occurs with the aging process. In terms of invasive procedures those that are the least invasive should always be done first. Everybody is an individual and no surgeon should use a cookie-cutter approach to every patient. It depends on what the patients concerns are, the surgeons to listen to the patient and come up with a surgical plan, or a non-surgical plan that the patient agrees with and fully understands.

QUESTION:  You are renowned for your “natural looking” results. How do you achieve this? Does this stem mainly from your technique, experience and products you use?

ANSWER: In terms of obtaining ‘natural results’ it’s mainly by understanding anatomy and beauty, and not cutting corners. For example: when doing a neck lift or a face-lift, many surgeons will cut corners by only pulling back the skin. That will give a ‘too-tight’ appearance and an Old Hollywood Actress appearance to their look. For facial rejuvenation surgically, as somebody ages not only does their skin sag but also their fat and muscle will sag at the same time. These all need to be put back into place to achieve a very natural look. Also understanding the aging process and putting things back to where they were when the individual was younger is very important. It’s not just about tightening skin but also to reconstruct the underlying structures.

QUESTION: Botox v fillers: What are your views on these procedures? How long do the results last and is there any medical research to indicate that repeated treatments can be detrimental to health?

ANSWER: These are both very safe procedures and they do different things. Botox is for lines that are there part of the time, such as the lines in between the brows and the forehead that contract with muscular movement. The best uses for Botox would be forehead lines, the lines in between the eyes, and crow’s feet. We also use Botox to make the eyes a little bit bigger, and also to help keep somebody’s mouth look like its slightly smiling rather than looking like a fish mouth. There is no evidence to suggest that any repeated use of Botox or fillers can be detrimental to health. There is no incidents of cancers, or other medical problems occurring because of these fillers, assuming the individual does not have an allergy to the fillers or the Botox. Fillers are used for filling in lines that are there all the time such as the lines by the nose that go to the corner of the mouth, called the nasolabial folds, or for noses that have a defect in the bridge that needs to be filled out a little bit. It can also be used for the Tear Trough that is underneath the eyes (which gives a hollowness to the eyes), to fill out lips, or it can be used to make hands look younger, and there’s multiple other uses. Most of the fillers used nowadays are made out of a Hyaluronic acid. The neat thing about these fillers is that if the result isn’t exactly what the patient wants then it can be dissolved easily. There are different types of Hyaluronic acid depending on how cross-linked they are, and will change how long the substance will be in there. It also changes the consistency as to whether or not it’s thick or thin. Thicker fillers are used for deeper correction such as giving new cheekbones, and nasolabial folds. Thinner fillers are used for underneath the eyes and for the lips. These are done very frequently and an expert of hands can be a wonderful result for patients. In terms of fillers we actually do a lot of fat injections. Fat will function just as any other filler except the only issue with fat is that sometimes the fat can go away. However with better processing of the fat, the chance of the fat surviving for a long-term or forever, is much higher.

QUESTION: Being at the forefront of this area of the medical profession, can you provide any insight on new developments?

ANSWER: In terms of any new developments in medic procedures, there are better and longer lasting fillers. There is still the search for the perfect filler that is one that will last forever but can be dissolved very easily. Also, there is research in terms of neurotypes of Botox-like substances that will last for longer periods of time. There is research on topical Botox that will avoid the use of needles. Additionally, there is more research on better types of radio frequency that can tighten the skin non-invasively.

QUESTION: We all want to keep our skin looking as young as possible for as long as possible – what is essential for our daily skin regime.

ANSWER: In terms of keeping your skin looking as young as possible, for as long as possible, the four things you need to do are: 1) moisturize; 2) stay out of the sun; 3) avoid stress and; 4) don’t smoke. Also hormonal changes especially pre-menopause or menopause can have a detrimental effect on the skin. Hormonal replacement therapy is a wonderful treatment to keep your skin looking as young as possible for as long as possible. Basically, if somebody follows the four main points above, then the skin will look great for a long time. In terms of moisturizers there are many different types. Our studies show that our skincare line performs very well however the main factor is not the cream itself, but the fact that the skin is staying moist. Antioxidants can be very useful in helping to inhibit sun damage and free-radical damage, and that is what we have in our creams as well as in other creams.

QUESTION: I note that you have a residency at Niyama Private Islands Maldives, from 25 March – 5 April 2018, can you tell us why you have chosen this location?

ANSWER: We have chosen a residency at Niyama Private Islands because we have been to the Maldives several times and in fact this will be our 10th time there. The owner of the hotel discussed the opportunity of me performing more simple procedures such as Botox; fillers, Kybella at the resort. We are exploring the possibility of doing this on a bigger scale where we can even do surgeries and have this as a destination resort for recovery, not only from surgery and cosmetic procedures but also for overall health and wellness. The Maldives is one of the most spectacular creations in the world that we have been to, and given that we travel everywhere for a hobby, I think this means something.

QUESTION: Do you have a Practice in London or plan to in the future?

ANSWER: This has always been a consideration. My wife is British, being from the Highlands in Scotland, so ideally we would love to do this. Although practically to run an office in Beverly Hills, as well as in Dubai, with the periodic residency in the Maldives, this takes up a considerable amount of time. So we will have to see how we could possibly fit this into our schedule.

QUESTION: Would you provide a general quote on the key benefits of non-surgical facelifts for those seeking age-defying procedures?

ANSWER: Our preferences is the Profound RF. Procedures such as Ulthera and Thermage help somewhat with many patients noticing a subtle result, very few noticing the home run, and several patients, especially with Ulthera, not noticing any results at all. The Profound (in our opinion) is the best way to tighten the skin non-surgically. Everybody seems to have a result, and sometimes the results are spectacular. Combining this with Botox, resurfacing the face with a fractionated CO2 Laser, and fillers, can completely rejuvenate ones appearance without surgery. The results can be remarkable.

QUESTION: And finally, you are described as a “beauty whisperer to the stars”. We would like to hear more about this!

ANSWER: It’s basically because of where I’m located. I feel I do very good work and since I work in Beverly Hills where all of these stars seem to live, they come to trust me to give them advice in terms of beauty, and maintaining their beauty. It’s a special niche in terms of that they need to look natural and normal on television, without looking like they’ve had anything done. We will often adjust our Botox so that it will not affect the roles that they are doing. For example, comedians need to have more action in their eyebrows than perhaps for someone who is doing more dramatic work. In addition we will consult with their managers and casting directors to see if any of the changes we are considering will have any impact on the types of roles they may be getting.

A revival of the Ancient Hamman Ritual

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In times gone by hammams were used by Kings and Queens of the Ottoman Empire who would host their key social engagements within these ornate bathhouses.

Today, hammams are back in fashion with many resorts adding them to their wellness offerings and treatment menus.
Also known as a Turkish bath, a hammam is the Middle Eastern variant of a steam bath, or a wet relative of the sauna. Although the first ones originated in Arabia, bath culture was a central part of Roman life, Turkey popularized the tradition by making hammams available to people of all statuses.

The advent of the modern spa and the convenience of baths at home have defeated this old concept. Modern-day hammams often reflect the rich design features of the original bathhouses and continue the tradition of water, air and heat-based body treatments. The treatment benefits include removing dead skin cells, deeply cleansing the skin, ridding it of impurities while stimulating blood circulation and the lymphatic system in remedial heat.

Various resorts and hotels such as The Anantara Spa group offer a number of hammams in various destinations with treatments that follow the traditional ritual procedure.

The Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, located in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s Liwa Desert, houses the Royal Moroccan Hammam and offers the traditional journey in the ritual experiences – first steam which purifies the skin, followed by lying on a heated marble bed for a cleansing and polishing ritual using traditional black olive soap and a kessa mitt. The skin soaks up the natural goodness of a mineral-rich rhassoul mask, followed by a hair treatment and mini facial. After time in the heated jacuzzi and ice room, a back massage completes the ritual.

Other hammams include Banana Island Resort in Doha and the Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa close to Abu Dhabi City which offers both Turkish and Moroccan Hammam Experiences.

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas www.anantara.com.

Lanserhof, Waakirchen and Hamburg

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With two locations in Germany, Resort Tegernsee and Lans Medicum Hamburg, Lanserhof is Europe’s leader in modern medicine. By acknowledging the healing powers of medical treatments, this designation uses a holistic medical approach to prevent pain and restore the body. Doctors and medical specialists tailor the wellness experience to fit the needs of the individual, which makes the holiday a worthwhile health excursion. Lanserhof’s utilization of medicine empowers individuals to develop a healthier and happier lifestyle. From Resort Tegernsee’s beautiful architecture and glorious natural surroundings to Lans Medicum Hamburg’s natural healing processes and reliance on sports medicine, both destinations use the latest methods for a holiday that guarantees results — both mental and physical.

http://www.lanserhof.com/tegernsee

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Heiligendamm, Bad Doberan, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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Situated within the town of Bad Doberan in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Heiligendamm is an ideal wellness destination for its revitalizing weather and stunning surroundings. Sitting along the Baltic coast, this resort uses seawater for therapeutic treatments while the mild temperatures, moist air and low dust levels provide prescriptive conditions for those with respiratory illnesses and allergies.

It is the oldest seaside resort in Germany and has been hosting prominent figures, such as Duke Friedrich Franz, for over 200 years.

https://www.grandhotel-heiligendamm.de

Absolute Sanctuary unveils Fitness Wellness in Asia

TravMedia_United_Kingdom_medium-sized_1233849_ABSOLUTE SANCTUARY RESORT PHOTOAbsolute Sanctuary in Koh Samui  is Asia’s first Fitness Wellness resort.

This new Fitness Wellness concept combines physical and mental well-being to promote long lasting health. Through its affiliation with Absolute You, Absolute Sanctuary has integrated designed exercise programs including Yoga, Pilates Reformer, Core suspend, rhythm cycling and food programs with world- class Detox programs , emotional and healing  spa therapies to offer cutting edge fitness wellness programs, the benefits of which will last a life-time.

Executive Director, Claire Bostock, explains that over the last decade there has been a growing market of niche travellers looking for a holiday experience where they can immerse themselves in their passion for fitness.  Absolute Sanctuary sees itself as a perfect fit for these travellers seeking a holiday to unplug from the world and reboot themselves with a getaway that promotes good energy and well-being. With our new Fitness Wellness positioning, it is also timely to revamp our look and feel to exude what we stand for – a place for people to Reconnect with themselves, Recharge their mind, body and soul, Revitalize their inner being and Re-energize their life,”

The 38-room boutique resort has launched 2 new wellness programs: Lifestyle Change and Meaningful Holidays. The lifestyle change program is a structured 30 or 60-days program for people looking to completely transform themselves and committed to achieving the best that they can be with the support of our program. The meaningful holiday is a short 3-day getaway that moves away from packaged programs to a more relaxed getaway leaving guests free to design their own dedicated wellbeing experience.

www.absolutesanctuary.com