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Announcing IMTEC 2019

 

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The 2019 International Medical Tourism & Healthcare Exhibition & Conference (IMTEC Oman) .

This annual exhibition provides a platform for hospital groups, medical travel organizations and health services companies to increase their global presence and international patient network.

It serves as a platform for companies, buyers and suppliers, to source locally the newest health products, services and technologies, create leads, attract potential investors, re-establish partnerships and attract investment to the Sultanate and the region.

Taking place from 22nd– 24thApril at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Muscat,  Sultanate of Oman, IMTEC 2019 is the only exhibition in Oman for the medical travel organization, hospitals and healthcare services and products.

For further information, please visit our website www.medicaltourismfair.com

For enquiries, contact  imtec@medicaltourismfair.com or call +968-9829440

 

Cocooned in comfort at Rudding Park & Spa

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There are cloisters and cobbled streets, a castle and listed Church, leafy Georgian avenues and Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms, according to my online research. Harrogate, is a Victorian Spa town and in its heyday a sought-after fashionable resort with curative spring waters. And a Yorkshire must-see. Sadly, however, I didn’t quite manage the short journey from my country house hideaway. I was, instead, cushioned in the comfort embrace of Rudding Park & Spa which sits proudly on the outskirts, perched amid 300 acres of undulating countryside.

Harrogate’s Royal Pump Room was built in1842 to provide shelter for the town’s affluent visitors as they took the famous waters. My surroundings, in contrast, are somewhat different. Contemporary styling, flashes of zany designs in bold colours hold court while individual art structures are dotted around bringing interest to corners and entrances of this 90-room hotel with a signature spa area that flows over three floors that can only be described as modern, airy, high-tech, cool and glitzy.

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And moody….each level of the spa exudes a defined ambience amid a creative mix of hydrotherapy and thermotherapy experiences. On the uppermost level, an air of excitement emanates from the roof-top heated pool which overlooks mature garden areas.  Guests giggle with sheer delight sipping a glass of bubbly with water splashing from jets into fine layers of mist lacing the surface creating an atmosphere more like Iceland than England. Come rain or shine, the cabanas extend the refreshing outdoor experiences or the garden sauna cabin for a little heat. Back inside, the focus moves first to the feet with a row of individual foot spas and then to the whole-body warmth of the herbal bath and luxury steam rooms.

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Next level down boasts a tempting indoor swimming pool in a light, elegant space with a juniper log sauna on standby as well as a room set up for mud rasul rituals.  It’s all peace and tranquillity below with a number of treatment rooms and relaxation areas. Here you can snuggle up on squishy sofa chairs against the backdrop of scenic video footage on an oversized screen. Serenity flows into a twinkling-lit room with reclined beds, an audio room to meditate or a lounge for a little colouring therapy to reset the mind. Quiet, still, calm.

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The menu of treatments is wide ranging and varied from Carita Cinetic Lift Facials, a Pearl & Jasmine Body Renewal which uses mineral-rich Himalayan salt crystals, a chakra wellbeing massage, or for those living with and beyond cancer, a range of Jennifer Young treatments.

I chose the thermal detox wrap and suffice to say, it was both relaxing and effective. The Spa has won a number of awards and has cleverly combined treatments with dining options in an array of packages to suit individuals and groups alike.

All this relaxation and revitalisation whets the appetite especially for a dish or two of fine dining. The Horte Restaurant serves up artistic displays in delicate portions oozing with flavours in its chef’s 7-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings.

Once relaxed, the gym is available to tone the muscles while a private cinema room offers a little distraction. With two restaurants, tastefully furnished guest rooms with all the facilities you need, a stay here will keep you occupied in unhurried relaxation.

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Back in 1571, the first mineral spring was discovered christening Harrogate as the place of healing waters. Today, the privately-owned Rudding Park & Spa has stolen the title for restoring the mind and revitalising the body but that’s no excuse for not visiting this Victorian Spa town – I will next time.

Visit: https://www.ruddingpark.co.uk

 

 

The Healthy Shores of Majorca & Ibiza

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Against a backdrop of sunshine, beaches, culture and gastronomy, the Balearic islands are prescribing medicinal additives to visitor experiences. From sports physiotherapy, fertility, dentistry, ophthalmology, preventive medicine, to dialysis facilities and increased private medical services, the islands have plans to open windows to wellness and health tourism.

The islands, favoured by many British holidaymakers, are forecasting a healthy future with a range of health and wellness treatments, activities and services with new well-equipped private clinics and hospitals, multi-lingual staff and medical service companies designed to take care of international visitors of all ages and needs.

Tennis star, Rafal Nadal is leading the way with sports rehabilitation as well as a champion training academy with an impressive centre on the eastern side of Majorca. As a native resident he opened the centre in June 2016, designed for aspiring young players as well as adults offering stylish accommodation for its range of residential programmes. His museum is also well worth a visit.

Private hospitals on the islands include The Hospital de Llevant in Porto Cristo, the only private hospital on the eastern side, with multi-lingual staff and a range of specialists to meet seasonal demands. Here there is a separate building for the new Porto Cristo Dialysis Centre while the aesthetic unit offers treatments for hair loss, weight problems and cosmetic procedures. Built originally as a retirement residence, the rooms are generous in space, complete with sea views and balcony. The Clínica Rotger, part of the Quironsalud group, is modern and well-equipped with six consulting rooms located around the island. The hospital recently introduced new services in oncology, dermatology, and dermo aesthetic treatments and has a fifth floor to make any patient feel better with views over Palma and contemporary art dotted around.  Clinica Juaneda is a multi-service hospital with 90 specialised doctors covering all medical specialties and a dedicated international medical centre. And with the increasing international demand for assisted reproduction, Majorca has a modern IVI clinic.

Specialised, well-equipped dialysis clinics with professional medical teams are encouraging patients to travel to Majorca for that well-needed break where scheduled treatments can be combined with interesting, cultured itineraries in a sunny climate.

On the island of Ibiza, the Policlinica Nuestra Señora Del Rosario has 70 rooms, an intensive care unit, emergency room and three outpatient centres on the island with more than 40 medical specialties and two physiotherapy and rehabilitation centres.  Its VIP area is independent from the hospital and benefits from a private entrance.

Trendy destinations attract the fashionable & health conscious travellers who wants to look good all year round. Private, certified aesthetic clinics, managed by registered professionals are catering for this growing market so the health tourists can feel assured they are in safe hands. On the island of Ibiza, Eiviluxury, a small, compact clinic is apace with the latest, fashionable treatments for its party-going stylish clientele who frequent the island’s rhythms especially in high season or reside in their second homes. Led by Dr. María Bufí, the variety of treatments include heavy metal body checks, ozone therapies, gynaecological treatments, hair implants and varicose vein removal using the latest technology performed by visiting doctors who are experts in their field.  The Eiviestetic plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine centre, part of Policlinica Nuestra Señora Rosario, also offers a safe answer to aesthetic treatments ranging from tattoo removal by laser, intimate wellness and the new Profound System,a one off non-invasive lifting treatment.

Health blended with a generous dose of tourism makes for a good holiday remedy while regional colourful cuisine serves up healthy Mediterranean flavours. Restaurants in Palma such as Cuit and Fabiola Gastronomic Garden are fine examples while Can March in Manacor is a rustic family inn, popular with the locals.  On Ibiza, you can dine in one of the oldest restaurants at Restaurante Ca N’Alfredo in its centre or at Calma which enjoys views over the marina. There is a good choice of accommodation in season such as the Valparaiso Palace and Spa which commands enviable views over Palma Bay.

Majorca is the largest of the Balearic islands with Palma as its heart. Here you can delve into its history by strolling along cobbled lanes, passing hidden courtyards with glimpses to imperial staircases and buildings proudly displaying their signature coat of arms.  Overlooking the sea is the imposing ornate Gothic Cathedral  with a vast rose window and wrought iron canopy by Gaudi. Away from Palma is the pretty village of Valldemossa set in the Tramuntana mountains and worth the short drive to enjoy the alley ways, stone houses dressed with hanging flower baskets and the 13thcentury monastery where the musician Chopin stayed.  A trip to Porto Cristo leads to an enchanting harbour with coves and caves and the world’s largest underground lake system.

The depth of history on the island of Ibiza is cloaked within the fortified city walls of Dalt Vila, a world heritage site. Its muscular gates lead to uneven pathways, interrupted by bastions, and commemorative plaques revealing past tales and factual statements. Routes climb to the top to admire the views of modern Ibiza, a strong contrast from the old stone walls to the glitzy marina developments and the cosmopolitan retail world of Zara, Rolex watches and new boutique hotels such as the Gran Hotel, Montesol, renovated within a neo-colonial building

As the trend increases in health and wellness tourism, watch out for the healthy glow around these islands and the added restorative and medicinal tonics to holiday experiences. There’s more than fiestas and siestas in the Balearics.

https://illesbalears.travel/en/baleares/health-and-wellnes/

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A new wave of active lifestyle cruising on the horizon

 

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Blue World Voyages is carving a new niche within the global cruise industry to promote “Active Lifestyle Cruising”. Scheduled for a summer 2019 launch in the Mediterranean, the inaugural ship will break from conventional cruising, with one entire deck designated to sports, exercise and wellness, and a second dedicated to spa and rejuvenation. With locally-sourced farm-to-table cuisine, active shore excursions, partnerships with experts and leading brands, this is planned as a dedicated cruise experience for wellness-minded adults.

The bow to stern Sports Deck is outfitted with golf and football simulators; batting cages; a functional training centre; yoga, spinning and TRX studios. There are three pools, including a sea water “lap pool” for open water swim training. On the Spa deck, guests can enjoy a relaxing therapy tub, indoor and outdoor treatment rooms and solarium.

For a virtual tour of the ship, click here:  http://www.blueworldvoyages.com/tour

Three 350-passenger, 5-Star ‘casual’ ships are planned for the Blue World Voyage fleet. They will roam the world, with ports of call selected, based on the availability of activities such as cycling, hiking, golf and watersports; access to areas conducive to yoga and meditation, and opportunities for cultural and learning experiences. “People want to take ownership of their health, even when on holiday,” said CEO Gene Meehan.

Blue World Voyages is also set to become the first cruise line to invite passengers to become business partners, participating in the formation of the company through its Owners Club and Founders Club. For the Owners Club, Blue World is introducing a unique ship configuration for a new cruise line, with 26 luxury one- and two-bedroom residences.  These units will be sold under the direction of co-founder, Fredy Dellis, former President/CEO of the World at ResidenSea. The Founders Club is open to the first 500 individuals investing in the company’s crowdfunding campaign via a UK platform soon to be announced.

The revolutionary new cruise meets the growing demand from travellers who are keen to stay healthy and active whilst on holiday. This trend reflects the annual growth of 6.5% in wellness tourism, more than double the growth rate for overall tourism overall.

www.blueworldvoyages.co.uk

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How to beat those Winter Blues

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As the summer months retire, cooler weather and shorter days can blow in those winter blues.

To enhance moods and wellbeing during the colder months,  Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel in Scotland has launched a range of bathing treatments designed to increase mood and boost energy levels.

Research consistently demonstrates that hydrotherapy has a significant impact on mood enhancement by releasing elevated levels of endorphins, the body’s natural anxiety and stress busters. The use of therapeutic bathing also promotes a deep meditative state.

Guests at Kohler Waters Spa can achieve this heightened state of wellbeing through a range of inimitable Kohler bathing experiences employing marine-based ingredients, such as seaweed, that treat skin conditions and relieve muscle aches and stiffness, therefore improving overall state of mind.

Treatments include a relaxing, 90-minute Soak Overflowing Bath, which involves floating in a continually over-flowing bath tub filled with seaweed. The heat from the bath aids the body’s natural detoxifying process whilst the mineral rich Voya seaweed, harvested off the coast of Ireland, relieves muscle aches and joint stiffness, including rheumatism and arthritis.

The spa’s signature treatment, Lavender Rain involves warm rain pours down from the Kohler Custom Vichy shower whilst guests are treated to a nourishing body scrub using fresh lavender, marine salt crystals and eucalyptus. Lavender also works as a natural mood booster by relieving stress and helping achieve a good night’s sleep.

Guests can also make use of Kohler Waters Spa’s extensive hydrotherapy facilities including the invigorating cold plunge pool, the heated hydrotherapy pool providing therapeutic bathing and the refreshing ice fountain. There is also a steam room for deep muscular relaxation and detoxification, a Finnish sauna and a rooftop garden with hot tub.

Situated just metres away from West Sands Beach with commanding views of the Scottish coastline, the Old Course Hotel is situated in an idyllic location from which to enjoy some mind-calming walks in the fresh sea air, another natural mood enhancer. The Fife coastal path takes in 135 kilometres of stunning coastline, or guests can simply enjoy a gentle stroll along West Sands Beach. The hotel also has a fleet of bikes for hire, complete with chunky tyres ideal for a ride on the beach or the coastal path.

The Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel is the first Kohler spa experience outside the USA. With a focus on the therapeutic benefits of water, Kohler Waters Spa offers replenishing experiences that re-create the healing properties of Earth’s natural mineral-rich waters.

For further information on the Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel please visit www.oldcoursehotel.co.uk/spa/kohler-waters-spa or call 01334 474 371.

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Mountains bring a breath of fresh air for asthma sufferers

 

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With around 5 million people in the UK suffering from asthma and a startling rising death rate of 20 per cent in five years, cures and relief therapies are vital, especially after the 2018 summer with its heatwave, hay fever and high pollen counts.

Air pollution causes the inside of lungs to become inflamed which makes it difficult for those with asthma to breathe.  Less pollution means less inflammation making breathing easier.

Zero pollution, clean air, low levels of humidity and natural breath-taking scenery are the ideal environmental conditions for asthma suffers. And these vital statistics can be found in mountain terrains such as the Southern French Alps which offers 12,000-km² of pollution-free purity. The air in the Southern French Alps has more benefits than other Alpine areas due to its unique low humidity and lack of heavy industry and benefits from 300 days of sunshine per year, topping up vital Vitamin D.

There have also been multiple studies over the years into the effectiveness of high altitude treatment for  those suffering with lung diseases.  High altitudes allow for clearer air and are mostly free from bugs such as dust mites which can cause asthma symptoms to worsen.

High-altitude treatment for asthma sufferers is not a new concept. People with lung diseases have been sent to the mountains as treatment for over a century.

 

For information on mountain escapes ideal for asthma sufferers, www.undiscoveredmountains.com

 

 

A-list treatments at the Kenshō Psarou Spa

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Beach treatments, a yacht menu or a Quartz Sand Bed, the new kid in town is the Psarou Beach Spa in Mykonos, offering spa indulgences powered by French luxury skincare brand CODAGE.

First up is one of their signature treatments, the Kenshō Travel Detox Indulgence Treatment – a 60 minute facial treatment, combined with a leg, back and neck massage – a welcome therapy after a long flight.

The Kenshō ‘Psammo’ spa experience is a unique practice which relies on the power of the Beach Spa’s patented Quartz Sand Bed. Here the warm sand helps to alleviate pain and promote comfort.

Head over to the high-tech spa corner for futuristic treatments used by the world’s elite. The Déesse Pro LED Mask uses a total of 770 LED lights to expose the skin to five clinically proven wavelengths of light, stimulating natural responses that lead to skin-rejuvenation and generating the healthiest glow possible.

There are two further menus. These include a custom menu for beach treatments where guests pitch up on Psarou Beach and have personal therapists deliver relaxing head, hand, foot and neck massages just metres from the sea. Or, for those arriving at the hotel by yacht, a decadent yacht menu offers signature treatments onboard.

The Spa Verandah serves a  specially crafted menu that includes detoxing drinks and bites and a Water Pod Experience – their pinnacle of luxury spa options.

https://www.kenshomykonos.com/kensho-psarou/

Are you a snorer or snuggler? Learn the tricks for a better night’s sleep at Somnex

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From yoga and meditation classes to napping workshops, private sleep consultations and talks from leading sleep experts, the first dedicated sleep show, SOMNEX, is on hand to help even the most troubled sleepers learn how to get a better night’s rest.

People spend an average of about one-third of their life sleeping which is essential for growth, development and psychological processing. The quality and quantity of sleep we receive impacts on our health, relationships and work. Yet, according to the UK Sleep Council the problem of poor sleep is one many of us struggle with.

Sleep Advisor at the Sleep Council, Lisa Artis, will be sharing some of her knowledge, hints and tips at SOMNEX. “Findings from a recent survey show that over 30% of the UK population suffer from poor sleep most nights. Our aim is to help the public get a better understanding of how they can improve their sleep and that’s why we will be presenting seminars and workshops at the show on life hacks designed to improve sleep.”

SOMNEX will offer practical advice on how to get a better night’s sleep so visitors can walk away from the show better equipped to help themselves and their families.

A dedicated parenting stage will feature seminars on the importance of sleep for children and how to help babies, toddlers and teens. The link between sleep and fitness & performance on the sports field as well as in the workplace will also be explored, with talks from leading specialists including those from the elite sporting world and multinational corporations.

Visitors can look forward to picking up sleep tips and guidance on all aspects of sleep, from how to reduce snoring to creating the perfect bedroom and bedtime routine. Those with more serious sleep issues can head to the sleep conditions stage where problems such as sleep apnoea and insomnia will be addressed. Visitors can also pre-book one-to-one private consultations with expert sleep practitioners to get individual, tailored advice.

A full schedule of classes will be on offer throughout SOMNEX including yoga, meditation, mindfulness, sound bath, napping and active dreaming. Treatment & therapy workshps and a spa & beauty bar will also be on hand for visitors to test out innovate products and treatments, from specialist massage to skincare solutions, designed to help get that all-important beauty sleep.

SOMNEX will feature more than 120 companies displaying their innovative products and technology, many of which will be on show at the Demo Zone. Visitors can try and buy these products, which range from bracelets that monitor sleep patterns, temperature-controlled beds, a sleep robot and even devices to stop partners hogging the bedsheets!

Sleep plays a crucial part in today’s busy world and without it we run the risk of suffering long term health problems.

SOMNEX tickets are £15 per person. For more information and to book visit www.somnexshow.com*On Friday 12th October SOMNEX is reserved for trade, corporate and press attendees only. On Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October all are welcome.

 

An Expert’s View into Insomnia

 

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Having a good night’s sleep is dependent on our own individual sleep architecture but the amount and quality of our sleep is affected by a host of internal and external factors.

The Healthcare Holiday interviewed Insomnia Expert & Sleep Consultant Birgit Buenger

Is Insomnia a growing malaise?

Sleeplessness has been declared an epidemic and an unmet health problem. Based on a representative survey in the US between 1993 and 2007, the number of help seekers complaining of sleep issues was close to double. Over that same period, insomnia diagnosis increased more than 7-fold. These numbers are a good indicator to the scale of growth we are facing.

Sleeplessness can occur at any age, especially affecting women and adults from 65 years old Interestingly, those aged 18 to 44 and 45 to 64 seem to be the main groups stating sleeplessness as a health problem or who receive an insomnia diagnosis.

What are the major causes of Insomnia today?

The factors playing into Insomnia are more varied than we realise. These include:

  • Personality traits
  • Stress levels
  • Sleep environment
  • Behaviour
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Medication & supplements
  • Stimulants

Which specific lifestyles are more liable to Insomnia?

Age related natural changes which include menopause, lighter sleep patterns, health issues and increased medication

Those exposed to the “24/7″ society life are prone to psychosocial stress, an unbalanced diet, eating on the go, lack of physical activity and an excessive use of electronics

Lifestyle factors, namely smoking, drinking, weight, mental health, consistent late nights and sleeping with stress

Personal and socio-demographic factors such as income, family & financial concerns

Workplace factors which include shift work and change of time zones

What about “power napping” during the day?

Those with a healthy sleep architecture will benefit, others may suffer as it can confuse the natural sleep pattern.  A power nap should be a maximum of 20 minutes

How much sleep is enough?

To define how much sleep is enough it is important to determine daytime functioning and sleep quality. Four weeks assessment will help to get an understanding of how much sleep is needed and if corrections in the process are required.

However, ideally it is between 7 and 9 hours but this depends of an individual’s sleep architecture. There are tests which evaluate what “ideal” means to them.

Two useful resources can help:

The Stanford Sleepiness Scale helps to define day time functioning https://web.stanford.edu/~dement/sss.html to capture every day.

The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) will help analysing sleep – a GP will assist reading the results

http://uacc.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/psqi_sleep_questionnaire_1_pg.pdf

Can you sleep too much?

Yes. You tend to know if you have exceeded your limit if you feel groggy or suffer with a headache.

About Birgit Buenger

Birgit has made it her mission to change the way Insomnia is addressed through the healthcare system, medical professionals, corporations and individuals.  She has spent years working her way out of chronic insomnia and into a place of knowledge and actionable steps.

She will be speaking at Somnex, a Sleep Exhibition in London in October, addressing medical professionals as well as the public.

SOMNEX | The Sleep Showis taking place at The Old Truman Brewery in London from 12th – 14th October 2018. For further information please visit https://www.somnexshow.com/

 

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Holistic Hong Kong at the Four Seasons Hotels

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In sync with the changing world of wellness, the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong is has launched its own Well Feeling initiative. Recognizing that the guests of today are increasingly mindful of their mental and physical wellbeing, the Hotel is taking a new approach to the guest journey, offering wellness options that holistically integrate into all phases of a stay to achieve a more nutritious, physically stronger and mentally fit lifestyle.

There was a time in hotels where wellness was something found on a massage table or treadmill. Healthy eating was relegated to a few items on a menu with vague definitions of nutrition. The traveller of today, however, is well informed and open to new experiences, making more deliberate choices in search of a healthy, balanced life.  Four Seasons recognizes the unique needs of these guests and aims to provide them with tools and expertise to achieve total wellbeing.

Well Feeling Menus: Working with the respected Nutritionist and Functional Medicine specialist Miles Price of the Life Clinic in Hong Kong, Executive Chef Andrea Accordi is helping guests to go beyond granola and rethink their definition of healthy food. Guests can follow the green leaves on all restaurant menus to easily discover tasty new creations and old favourites, nutritionist approved. From Roasted Organic Welsh Rack of Lamb to authentic Thai Blue Prawn Curry, hungry guests are spoiled for healthy choices. For guests who wish to go deeper, detailed information on key vitamins, minerals and phyto nutrients for each Well Feeling dish is also available. Well Feeling options can also be found in the Hotel’s Michelin-starred Lung King Heen and Caprice.

Mindfulness: Guests can find peace of mind anytime with a variety of mindfulness practices. The Spa helps guests to meditate at their own pace using iPad’s loaded with meditation apps and noise cancelling headphones. For those who would like to extend their mindfulness practice to a community setting, monthly Full Moon mediations led by Director of Spa Shoshana Weinberg have become a popular gathering for likeminded wellness seekers. Those who wish can tap into the creative side of mindfulness can with art therapy- adult colouring pages available to enjoy throughout the Spa or to take back to the room.

Masters of Wellness: Guests at all phases of their personal wellness journeys will have the opportunity to explore new frontiers of wellbeing with the Masters of Wellness series- a selection of visiting experts practicing a range of specialties from reiki to yoga, all curated by Director of Spa, Shoshana Weinberg.

Fit Life: In addition to the world-class gym with panoramic Harbour views and two full sized outdoor pools open year round, the Hotel helps guests to explore new fitness territories. Every weekend by the Pool, guests can explore the yin and yang balancing art of tai chi with Master Angela. For those seeking a higher-octane workout, Four Seasons has collaborated with local fitness experts Joint Dynamics to offer a new Circuit Training class.

www.fourseasons.com/hongkong


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