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Healing Through Horses

Equine therapy  is taking the reins in the world of wellness.

This transformational experience is becoming increasingly popular in the UK and worldwide. Even Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and singer Selina Gomez are among those who have sought equine therapy as part of a wider treatment programme.

Combining the power of healing through horses with the luxury, spacious setting of Casa de Campo Resort and Villas in the Dominican Republic, a unique and aptly named “Unbridled Retreat” will take place in April this year.

Equine gestalt coach and authentic horse listener, Devon Combs, has partnered with the Caribbean resort to offer a retreat for up to 12 women. Her aim is to help women find clarity and purpose through the healing power of horses in an environment designed to promote wellness, self-discovery and healing.  “I’ve experienced the healing power of horses first-hand. Now I bring women and horses together in a safe space where I teach people how to let go of self-sabotage and pick up the reins of their lives. I specialise in helping them get clear on where they’re headed, and find the courage to move forward in their lives.”

The Unbridled Retreat at Casa de Campo provides the ideal setting for the equestrian centre within its 7,000-acre resort. Dripping in Hollywood legacy and Hamptons luxury, Casa de Campo and its mansion villa homes have attracted A-list celebrities, politicians and royals for decades, recently including Jay-Z and Beyonce, the Kardashians, Drake, Alycia Keys and Bill Clinton.

The Unbridled Retreat takes place in April 2020.

For details on this equine therapy retreat: https://www.casadecampo.com.do/experiences/sports/equestrian/unbridled-equine-retreat/

Healthy Highlights in the World Of Health & Wellness Tourism

Health Highlights

Chocolate Coated Wellness

The True Blue Bay Boutique Resort in Grenada is offering packages which combine yoga, spa treatments and healthy, locally sourced food. For the ultimate combination, try the chocolate treatments on offer in the form of body wraps, facials and cocoa infused baths. The main ingredient is organic Grenadian chocolate full of antioxidants.

In the morning and evening, yoga choices include Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa and Reiki infused yoga as well as Tai Chi.

www.truebluebay.com

 A Great Wellness Retreat

Antigua’s newest historic hotel, The Great House, is a 350 year-old former plantation house featuring a preserved sugar mill, exercise and meditation deck and pool, all set in 26 acres of gardens. It’s ideal as a fitness retreat, to hike around the island. This boutique property with just eight bedrooms is a perfect wellness choice for yoga, guided meditation, natural pools and nature hikes to explore the surrounding area as well as indulging in the in-house spa.

www.thegreathouseantigua.com

India’s Wellness Made More Accessible

India, the Land of Gandhi, has increased the number of flights from the UK and improved its e-visa system for both leisure and medical travellers to make this experiential destination more accessible. With a kaleidoscope of culture and heritage as well as its ancient systems of healing such as Ayurveda, Unani, Siddhua and Naturopathy, India is attracting more health and wellness travellers.

Lonely Planet has rated the southern city of Kochi as one of the top 10 cities and Madhya Pradesh as one of the top 3 regions to visit in 2020.

www.incredibleindia.org

3D Revolutionary Health

Nourished is a new revolutionary nutrition company. It uses a 3D printed method and a vegan encapsulated formula to combine seven active ingredients to create a chewable vitamin stack tailored to an individual’s nutritional needs.

After completing an online questionnaire, Nourished creates a bespoke vitamin and supplement recommendation which is made through 3D printing a month’s supply delivered directly to the customer. Of note, 98%  of the active ingredients in Nourished are from UK based wholefood sources and are encapsulated in their patented vegan gel formula. The company claims that the nutrients are higher in efficacy and more readily absorbed by the body than most traditional options on the market.

Nourished is now available in the UK.

http://www.get-nourished.com/

New Wellness Sanctuary in Sri Lanka

Sen Wellness Clinic, an established holistic clinic in the heart of London, has opened its doors to Sen Wellness Sanctuary in Sri Lanka.  Recognising the need for a place to self-heal and nourish, founder and osteopath, Dr Sam Kankanamge, with the help of his brother Sudheera and colleagues have lovingly created a special haven in their home country offering life-enhancing retreats. In keeping with their philosophy that nature is the best healer, the Sen Wellness Sanctuary has been designed to function in harmony with its surroundings. It is located in a pristine National Park, with a protected turtle nesting beach as part of the premises. Safe and nurtured.

https://senwellnesssanctuary.com/

Check-in to Czech Medical Spas

The Czech Republic is promoting its strong tradition in natural healing as it raises awareness as a key destination in health & medical tourism. With more than 30 spas, the Czech Republic has one of the longest spa traditions in Europe, boasting the highest number of certificate holders among EU member states.

Rich in natural resources, it is welcoming an increasing number of medical and wellness travellers taking advantage of the wide range of treatments, renowned medical spas and the rehabilitation programmes tailored to individual care.

https://www.czechtourism.com/a/medical-spas/

 

 

 

Eco Wellness In A UNESCO World Heritage Setting

 

….Wellbeing in tune with nature’s life forces….

Ecological Wellness can be found in the heart of the majestic Sahyadris mountain range in the Western Ghats of Maharastra: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering holistic rejuvenation of mind, body and soul according to ancient Ayurvedic principles.

Dharana at Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa  is an eco-wellness retreat, three hours south east of Mumbai or just over two hours from Pune. It sweeps over 3,000 acres of its own fertile valley, scattered with ecologically-designed luxurious villas, with a focus on environmental sustainability. Guests are encouraged to take short excursions, hikes and nature walks through the rice fields, bamboo plantations, lush fields and organic garden which all nurture a thriving flora and fauna eco system.

At the heart of the retreat is a philosophy of ‘Dharana’ (pronounced Dah-na) – a way of life that promotes health and wellbeing in line with the life forces of nature.  Dharana is the sacred sense of stability achieved when one aligns the inner core to the outer environment, the starting point for any form of healing.

The Dharana way of life aims to help achieve long-term internal and external wellbeing through tailor-made programmes, helping guests to choose lifestyle options that balance energies and focused on achieving calmness and contentedness.

Shillim’s extensive range of wellness programmes are all designed to help guests establish healthy habits for life. Dharana wellness experts integrate the essential philosophical, spiritual and artistic wisdom of past civilizations with contemporary, life-enhancing practices and modern diagnostics.

Dharana Life Science Programs offer a comprehensive, bespoke healing regime with deliberate attention to key issues including conflict resolution, stress management, anti-aging, weight management which focusing on fitness through wellness activities and cognitive stimulation, mindfulness through meditation and nourishment through sustainability. A consultation is offered to every guest by resident Dr. Arun Pillai, who curates a bespoke programme dependent on guest’s needs – ranging from three to 27-day schedules. The itinerary encompasses Dharana traditions including Acupressure, Acupuncture, Reiki, Pranic Healing, Ayurveda, Yoga, Chakra Cleansing, Shamanism, Meditation, Naturopathy, Hydro Therapy, Ozone Therapy, Fire Healing, Music, Dance and Body Work.

Dr. Arun Pillai, Director of Wellness says, “We focus on the five core elements (earth, fire, water, air and sky) to design the Dharana programme.  The programme starts with a full body composition analysis to determine the prakruti (nature/issues) and identify the doshas (the three energies that define every person’s makeup) of our guests. We aim to make Dharana as a way of life and not just a programme so that all our guests can sustain a healthy lifestyle and lead the ideal wellness path within and outside the retreat” 

Nourishment through Sustainability: The holistic approach of the Dharana programme is folded into every aspect of the retreat, especially at the wellness restaurant – The Green Table – which takes inspiration from a planetary diet, incorporating the five elements of Ayurveda (Water, Air, Fire, Ether and Wind), with special emphasis on organic ingredients.  The menu is a 100% forest-to-table concept with all ingredients sourced from the Shillim forest and farm. The Chef’s commitment in using organic, locally-sourced and sustainably-grown ingredients of the highest quality is apparent in every dish served from the Ayurveda Thali to the à la carte selection. Healthy offerings at The Green Table can be complimented with an aromatic treat at the Tea Room, emphasizing the medicinal properties of different ingredients and illustrating the ancient Asian culture of healing.

Getting there from the UK

Direct flights go from both London and Manchester to Mumbai approx. 9 hours, plus 3.25 hour road transfer, or indirect flight to Pune, approximately 12.5 hours with a stop-over in Delhi or Abu Dhabi followed by a 2.5 hour road transfer.

https://www.shillim.in/

 

 

 

 

Connect with the cosmic energy of ancient Peru

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From healing spa treatments using indigenous Andean plants and herbs, to cleansing ceremonies bathed in nature and mystical culture, the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is offering its guests the opportunity to awaken and nourish mind, body and soul.

The hotel’s Aqlla spa uses treatments using local ingredients and curative Peruvian traditions. These include the Sabai Massage for Body & Face; a 60-minute pinda-style massage that uses warmed compresses loaded with 32 natural medicinal herbs. The Incas have used pink salt from Maras, a town near Cusco, for centuries for its energy boosting, high-mineral content and is used in the Maras Body Massage as a therapeutic natural scrub. The 90-minute treatment begins with an exfoliating salt scrub, followed by a body mask of papaya, lemon and lettuce that leaves a prolonged refreshing sensation. The treatment concludes with a relaxing massage with Andean herbal oils with medicinal attributes, including chamomile, eucalyptus and lemon grass.

Other treatments using indigenous ingredients include the Body Massage with Coca and Muña Essential Oils, which uses two time-honoured healing plants of Peru’s ancient Inca culture; Muña, renowned for being a digestive aid, as well as its soothing and calming effects on aches, pains and arthritis; and Coca leaves, loaded with vitamins, protein, calcium, iron and fibre that help to counter the effects of high altitude in the Andes. The Deep-Hydration Cleansing Facial with Quinoa taps the nutritional benefits of the quinoa to prevent premature aging of sensitive and dehydrated skin.

Beyond the spa, the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel offers spiritual and wellness experiences that connect with the cosmic energy of ancient Peruvian civilisations, while touring nearby natural and cultural sites. During the full day Machu Picchu Mystical Tour, guests can visit the historic sanctuary with a local shaman who uses his natural gifts to help them discover the spiritual and natural energy side of Machu Picchu, as well as its magical connections to Pachamama or Mother Earth. During the visit, the shaman will lead a cleansing session, while back at the hotel in the evening; travellers will participate in a private coca leaf reading.

Guests can participate in a one-hour Payment to the Earth Ritual on the hotel’s private terrace. 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. Coca, which is a traditional Peruvian symbol of community and respect, plays a significant role in the ceremony.

Rooms at the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel start from USD 602.80 per room per night (from GBP 427) based on double occupancy and including buffet breakfast, lunch or dinner, luggage assistance between the hotel and Aguas Calientes train station

The Medicine of the Forest

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Walking on stones, smelling the trees, lying on log beds and gazing at leaves- this is Shinrinyoku, meaning “forest bathing”, a medicine derived from simply being in the forest.

The concept was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.

With many forests coating a green landscape, walking tours in designated forests are popular in Japan. And with the growth in healthier lifestyle attitudes and natural therapies, Shinrin-yoku has taken root with walking tours for groups led by specialist forest therapists. These tread along ancient pilgrim routes such as the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama, home to the Kumano Kodo and its network of Unesco-protected pilgrim routes dating back thousands of years.

Forest Bathing involves gazing at trees, deep green breathing, mindful walks through lush green valleys, listening to birdsong and the appreciation of the beauty of a wild flower. This sensory immersion in a natural healing environment promises mental and physical rejuvenation.

Researchers, primarily in Japan and South Korea, have conducted studies on the health benefits of spending time amongst the trees, demonstrating that forest bathing positively creates calming neuro-psychological effects through changes in the nervous system, reducing the stress hormone cortisol and boosting the immune system.

Japan is also renowned for other natural therapies:

Hot spring bathing in a natural hot spring onsen in Japan. Here it is the tradition to bathe naked in these popular springs. Japan is home to 10% of the worlds active volcanos

Rui-katsu (tear seeking) involves groups of people watching sad movies and crying together to release stress.

Moss Meditation (philosophical meditation) involves staring at green moss for positive mantras.

Alternatively, closer to home in the UK, the New Forest is following the same path. From your base in a luxury forest cabin or tree house you can sample this ancient art of re-connecting with nature.

Forest Bathing sessions will start in September 2017, http://www.forestholidays.co.uk/things-todo

Or you can practice Shinrin-Yoku in your local park. Here are a few tips to help you bathe in the forest…..

If you have to take your phone, put it on silent and hide it in a pocket – you need to be completely present in the moment.

Wear low shoes or preferably bare feet to feel “at one” with the earth – you will be more aware of the earth and nature beneath you.

Walk aimlessly, don’t plan your journey – this will help to empty your mind and appreciate what’s around you.

Don’t rush, use all your senses – breathe slowly, notice the aromas around you,  the colours, shapes of leaves, flowers and trees. Look and see in all directions, hear the sounds. Pause to hear your heart beat and feel at peace.  Enjoy!

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