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.
Rudding Park Spa is introducing the UK’s first Art of Aufguss Workshops under the tuition of Sauna Meister, Lay Pang Ong.
Recognised as a leading wellness practice across Europe, it involves a Master of Aufguss using essential oils to create a stimulating environment and circulating the aromatic air using a towel-waving technique within a sauna. The ritual leaves the participants both mentally and physically revived. Benefits of the practice range from a meditative state of mind to improving cardiovascular strength, boosting the immune system, as well as alleviating stress and pain.
Three workshops are scheduled for Thursday 1 February, Friday 2 February and Saturday 3 February, hosted by Art of Aufguss Champion Lay Pang Ong, well-regarded as a pioneer of sauna reinvention. Guests will experience a classic Aufguss performance by Pang, a theory session on the principals and benefits of the ritual and a practical session with coaching to develop their skills, before performing a ceremony, bringing a sense of theatre to the sauna.
Each workshop includes dinner, lunch or afternoon tea hosted by Pang providing an opportunity to gain further insight into this fascinating ritual.
The Art of Aufguss is performed in the Panoramic Sauna in the Roof Top Spa, the UK’s first Roof Top Spa which reflects the underlying ethos of the spa, bringing the best of the outside indoors.
Art of Aufguss Workshop Prices:
One person – £75
Two people – £140
Subject to availability and pre-booking is recommended.
The five star Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is regarded as one of the top medical health and wellbeing resorts in Europe. Hiding in the Heidiland area of the Swiss Alps, with memorable views, a tranquil setting and thermal pools, it provides the ideal place for recuperation and recharging.
The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz offers a wide range of wellness treatments ranging from caviar skin treatments, magnesium-centered therapies, signature stress treatments and a therapy inspired by redwood trees.
The Caviar Spectaculaire treatment utilizes La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Collection and takes advantage of the Skin Caviar Luxe Cream specifically to enhance the tone, elasticity, and suppleness of skin.
The Transdermal Magnesium Ritual focuses on releasing muscle and joint tension to reduce stress levels. This 90 minute treatment combines a detoxifying magnesium massage and a rejuvenating, aromatic bath to stimulate the limbic system.
Integrating the local resources, The Sequoia Ceremony, is inspired by the redwood tree, found in the Resort’s own grounds. This signature treatment starts with a foot bath and reflexology followed by a full-body massage using local herb-filled massage stamps dipped in warm oil.
The latest additional to the extensive therapy list is the new Haki Flow Deluxe treatment which aims to relieve stress by creating pressure in the head and feet, either in thermal water or on the massage table. (This treatment was developed by Harald Kitz, a musician and therapist and recognised by the European Health & Spa Awards).
The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is just one hour from Zurich.
London’s Corinthia Hotel is offering new lifestyle programmes, incorporating complementary and alternative medicine and targeted fitness and rehabilitation services that focus on sports training, detox, sleep, weight loss and general vitality.
ESPA Life at Corinthia is the first UK spa to launch a suite of six unique mindfulness therapies, all under one roof.
Mindfulness can bring about long-term benefits and positively affects levels of happiness and well-being. Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness not only prevents depression but that it also directly impacts the brain patterns underlying day-to-day anxiety, stress, depression and irritability.
The six mindfulness therapies are offered in the form of massage, facial, sleep, breathing & meditation.. Mindful Fitness includes guided exercise through St. James Park or along the River on South Bank
Spread over four floors, ESPA Life at Corinthia features 17 treatment rooms, a private spa suite, nail studio, indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna, ice fountain, marble heated loungers and private sleep pods. Revolutionary lifestyle programmes have been developed, incorporating complementary and alternative medicine and targeted fitness and rehabilitation services that focus on sports training, detox, sleep, weight loss and general vitality.
Designed for those seeking a more holistic holiday. The Four Season Sayan, is located just minutes away from the artistic capital of Ubud. The resort offers a unique opportunity to discuss your own health practices with the resident wellness mentor who is a former Buddhist monk.
Here, experience traditional healing sessions as well as an encounter with a Balinese high priestess in a water purification ceremony. The traditional Balinese healing rituals aim to re-establish balance and wholeness, while the surroundings of beautiful hillsides and rice paddies have been planted to relax the mind.
Intuitive Horse Therapy is Equine Assisted Personal Development through experiential learning.
This unique therapy works with people of all types to help them gain a deeper insight and understanding of themselves and horses. They learn how to work with emotional awareness with a particular emphasis on learning how to “quieten” the mind and “be’” in a present moment state. It is believed that a horses’ behaviour changes from person to person and tends to respond directly to a persons’ emotional state, regardless of riding ability.
Having witnessed the positive impact horses can have a range of Intuitive Horse programmes including private one on one sessions, workshops and 3 & 5 day retreats are offered. All work with the horses is done from the ground and nor riding experience is required.
Intuitive Horse is based at New Coghurst Farm near Hastings East Sussex, Southern England. It is a family run farm.
Complete with Tibetan & crystal singing bowls and harps, Thailand’s Chiva-Som has introduced Sound Bath Therapy amongst it’s menu of over 200 treatments. This non-invasive treatment uses vibrational healing techniques to restore the body to its equilibrium.
The vibrations of the body can easily become out of balance when a person experiences physical or emotional stress, while slow vibrations can result in disease or illness. Vibrational healing is a process where vibrations are introduced or transferred into an individual’s physical and energetic bodies, to adjust and rebalance to create harmony.
Administered by meditation expert Danchai Chernprateep, Chiva-Som’s Sound Bath Therapy uses a combination of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, along with soothing harp music to promote deep relaxation and an opportunity to release mental and emotional blockages. Other benefits include improved resistance to stress, alleviation of psychosomatic pain, increased energy levels, balanced brain activity, and improved digestion. The treatment can also help to diminish symptoms of depression due to the effect of re-balancing the autonomic nervous system.
Chiva-Som is a beachfront health resort set within seven acres of tropical gardens located on the Gulf of Thailand, 185 kilometres south of Bangkok.