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 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 Temple, the 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
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.
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.
Schloss Elmau provides a peaceful sanctuary to restore mind and body within the calm surrounds of the Bavarian Alps. Located 100 kilometers south of Munich, this destination offers a number of healthy gourmet restaurants, six spas and pools, various fitness and yoga classes, aimed for guests to discover mental clarity and physical wellness within a relaxing environment. In addition, over 170 concerts with contemporary artists and talks with current authors are offered each year to cultivate a better mind-body relationship.
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.
Hugging a tree could seriously improve the quality of your life as demonstrated by a new package offered by Adler Dolomiti’s “Yoga & The Healing Power of Trees”
This three-night half-board package includes two sessions of outdoor yoga amid the natural beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Italian Dolomites that will help to re-charge guests’ batteries, while helping to establish inner harmony and peace. During the walk guests will be introduced to the theory of silvotherapy (the art of healing the body by harnessing the energy of the trees). It also includes access to the hotel’s spa and wellness programmes. This is available for one weekend only, from 21 to 24 September. To book this unique package, visit:www.adler-resorts.com/en
Adler Dolomiti is accessible by flying to either Innsbruck or Verona, then to Ortisei by private transfer, rail or airport coach.
In the early 1980s, Japanese scientists discovered that simply inhaling the aromas produced by trees could immunise the body against disease. Phytonicides, which trees emit to protect themselves from harmful insects and germs, have strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities when inhaled by humans. American medical research has also proved that just being among trees is good for well-being, with stress levels and blood pressure lowered within three minutes of being in a green space.
Touching, stroking, leaning on and, above all, hugging a tree is beneficial to your health, with individual tree species having different effects on people. Among the trees that are prevalent in the Dolomites, beech improves concentration and well-being, will help ease a sore throat and improves kidney function, while pine is good for the respiratory system, helps to treat depression and restores balance, while reducing fatigue.
Many pharmaceuticals are derived from trees: aspirin comes from willow bark and Pycnogenol, which protects against deep vein thrombosis, is made from pine tree bark.
Absolute 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.
This natural thermal spa lies in the heart of Bath, a World Heritage Site.
The Thermae Bath Spa is an award winning facility flowing with warm, mineral-rich thermal waters. Combining the old with the new, this historical spa building blends with the contemporary design of the New Royal Bath.
Following in the bathing traditions of the Celts and Romans, dating back 2000 years ago, here you can enjoy bathing in the Minerva Bath or the open-air rooftop pool with views over the city and countryside.
A dedicated Wellness Suite has been designed to offer a range of multi-sensory facilities. Guests are invited to experience a thermal journey which includes an infrared sauna, an astral relaxation room, a series of aroma steam rooms and an ice chamber. Creative displays and features reflect the spa traditions of the Romans and Georgians.
For light refreshment, the Springs Cafe Restaurant serves freshly prepared meals and drinks.
Originally built in the 1800s, The Gainsborough Bath Spa occupies two Grade II Listed buildings with distinguished Georgian and Victorian façades. Named after the artist, Sir Thomas Gainsborough, the luxury hotel is centred around its own Spa facility, (Spa Village), which, uniquely in the UK, has the exclusive privilege of having access to the natural thermal, mineral-rich waters.
The hotel is located in Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was built around a thermal spring bringing waters that once healed a swineherd prince as well as providing a Georgian playground for both aristocracy and commoners alike. Bath’s legendary reputation has endorsed it as a leisure and wellness destination.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel offers a range of tastefully decorated rooms and suites which fuse period furniture pieces with contemporary styling. Each guest room has complimentary wi-fi, flat screen TVs and luxury amenities.
The Dan Moon at the Gainsborough Restaurant offers fine dining with a comfortable, sophisticated ambience. This popular venue features Georgian architecture, original artwork and an impressive wine wall.
Guests are offered a complimentary Bath House experience at the hotel’s Spa Village, with access to the natural thermal pools from 7am to 9am and 8pm to 10pm