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New Programs At Wellness Retreats To Banish 2020’s Bad Vibes – Forbes

Posted: November 25, 2020 at 12:55 am


Sunrise yoga on the beach at Six Senses Con Dao in Vietnam

The wellness retreat Schloss Elmau with its storybook setting in the midst of the Bavarian Alps would be a soothing, restorative enough destination on its own. But this year, according to owner Dietmar Mueller-Elmau, they have seen an unusually high number of requests for wellness programs and activities to help cleanse 2020 from their systems. As a result, they have increased their number of yoga, sports and Taiji (Tai Chi) retreats for late this year and early 2021 while continuing their practice of offering musical performances by international artists. The experience of untouched nature, great music and literature has always been and will continue to be the most effective way to banish bad vibes! he says.

The spa at Schloss Elmau in Germany's Bavaria region

The request to banish those vibes is a request that other resorts and retreats have been receiving as well as the desire to recharge for a new year takes on an extra urgency due to the unparalleled COVID-19, political and economic stresses of 2020. And many are putting programs into practice to try and drain away that negative energy and get their guests ready for what all hope will be a better year next year.

An overwater spa villa at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has a location that induces serenity on its own, a private island surrounded by that countrys famous electric blue water. But according to general manager Etienne Dalancon, the resort is adding other elements to supplement their usual services. A new hydrotonic therapy pool with different stations of water jet pressure and massage to target different parts of the body has just opened; the results are meant to include muscle relaxation, boost of the immune system, increased blood circulation, speeded up metabolism and improved deep sleep quality. Starting this month and extending through April, a rotating group of seven wellness gurus such as Ukrainian yoga and meditation expert Yulia Andriushchenko, holistic medicine specialist Holistic medicine expert Dr. Igor Roganin and traditional Ayurvedic master Vipin Raj who specializes in mental healing will be on property. A new healthy menu has also just been introduced at the resorts poolside restaurant The Ledge but it is hardly spartan: there are definitely raw vegetables but also Kristal caviar.

Yoga by the pool at Six Senses Con Dao in Vietnam

Any of the Six Senses group of wellness retreats would be viable options for a recharge but Six Senses Con Dao, the groups resort on an island in southern Vietnam, has a special two day program geared to this year. Upon arrival, a guest has a session with the Ayurvedic practitioner to ascertain what energy is out of balance or missing. The program then assembled includes Holistic Therapy, Indian Head Massage and Discover Yogic Sleep combining yoga and meditation to reduce stress, encourage mental clarity and a sense of peace and achieve restorative sleep. Singing Bowl Therapy ends the program, a series of deep tones and vibrations to clear negative energy and free up the mind.

The entrance to the spa at Miraval Berkshires

At Miraval Berkshires, the new Lenox, Massachusetts outpost of the original 25 year old retreat near Tucson now known as Miraval Arizona, Simon Marxer, the groups Director of Spa and Wellbeinghas devised a multi-step plan, The Power of Positivity: Emerging from the Pandemic, drawing from some of the groups trademark practices. The components include changing the narrative with Breathe Your Stress Away- learning a series of take home breathing exercises to use daily for a more centered life- Face Your Fears in The Falcon Course- a set of seven elements in a challenge course 50 feet off the ground- calming the mind towards positivity with slow flow yoga and meditation, creating forgiveness as a step toward positivity with The Healing Herd- interaction with and understanding of the retreats group of rescue horses- and Bowl of Light Meditation- discovering your inner container and breaking out of patterns to move forward.

The pool at Chabl Yucatan

Chable Maroma and Chable Yucatan, the Mexican wellness retreats based on Mayan healing located beachfront on the Riviera Maya and in the heart of the Mayan forest near Merida, just introduced three new programs to address the increased needs theyve seen in guests due to the pandemic. The immune boosting program involves daily exercise, meditation and nutrition including meals utilizing vitamin rich and superfood ingredients such as ginger, turmeric and Vitamin C, all known for boosting immunity, fighting pathogens and combatting cellular damage. A Harmonization ritual kicks off the retreat in which Mayan healers ascertain a guests energy field and blockages to determine the correct course of treatment. A guided water ceremony which exposes the body to different temperatures to increase blood circulation and an antioxidant rich skin treatment follow, concluding with turmeric tea with lemongrass, ginger and local honey to detox.

The pool at Chabl Maroma

The second program, created to reduce stress and anxiety, consists of flotation therapy at the Yucatan property and a Tree of Life massage to soothe the nervous system followed by a bio-energy remineralising facial to accelerate cellular respiration at Maroma. Both properties then offer a stress relief treatment, a massage to relieve tension where it is most actively held. Morning breathing classes, yoga, meditation and a full digital detox round out the activities.

The Temazcal lodge at Chabl Maroma

The third program, Healing Heartache, is specifically designed to deal with loss of a relationship but could be applied to other losses experienced this year; guests will learn to put themselves first, treat themselves and experience new things. The program is inspired by the ocean, by the constant motion of washing away and starting again. Treatments include a seaweed wrap and warming sea fennel massage and Chabl Janzu Water Massage in which the guest is immersed in the outdoor pool overlooking a cenote while the therapist works to release blocked energy. At both properties, the program concludes with a Temazcal ceremony, a Mayan ritual led by a shaman in a steam house intended as a spiritual cleansing and rebirth, reconnecting participants on a positive life path that will hopefully extend into 2021.

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