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<strong>Spa</strong> &<br />

<strong>Wellness</strong><br />

<strong>Awards</strong><br />






Team<br />

Contents<br />

CEO<br />

Robert Bruce<br />

Editor-In-Chief<br />

Katherine Lozell<br />

Art Director<br />

Marcs Bacera<br />

<strong>Awards</strong> Director<br />

Brian Anson<br />

Criteria.............................................8<br />

Complete <strong>Spa</strong> Guide ................. 10<br />

Before Your Visit .........................12<br />

At The <strong>Spa</strong>.................................... 14<br />

Popular Treatments ................... 16<br />

Benefits..........................................17<br />

Where to Go?................................ 18<br />

Vitali Clinica <strong>Spa</strong>.........................20<br />

Amara <strong>Wellness</strong> Centre ............28<br />

Dolce Bella <strong>Spa</strong>...........................30<br />

TIL SPA - Castanheiro<br />

Boutique Hotel ...........................32<br />

The Appeal of Thai Massage34<br />

Muse Thai <strong>Wellness</strong>38<br />

Skincare42<br />

DrHair® | Beauty Product<br />

Of the Year 48<br />

Dr<strong>Spa</strong>® and DrHair®50<br />

Nourish <strong>Spa</strong> and Skin Clinic52<br />

Health & <strong>Wellness</strong><br />

Apps for <strong>2022</strong> 54<br />

RaskRask 56<br />

An Introduction to Ayurveda 58<br />

New York Ayurveda<br />

Panchakarma Center 60<br />

Unique Welness62<br />

Original Beer <strong>Spa</strong>64<br />

Massage. Which is<br />

right for you?66<br />

Grace Note Massage68<br />

Editorial Liaison Manager<br />

David Hyde<br />

Director Of Marketing<br />

Azim Aftab<br />

Social Media Manager<br />

Apple Gatus<br />

Senior Writers<br />

Tasmai Dave & Zavier Zulfqar<br />

Senior Designers<br />

Maria Fernandes & Ashwin Ramesh<br />

<strong>Awards</strong> Managers<br />

Adam Cole, Alice Smith, & Stanley Lucas<br />

Research Managers<br />

Peter Clement & Mukul<br />

Contributing Writers<br />

Joseph Malabanan, & Michael Popoola


The single most important criteria as this<br />

sets the tone and, in some cases, forms<br />

the foundation for the chance of any future<br />

business. Being friendly, open, professional,<br />

patient and caring are all conducive to good<br />

customer service. Staff and owners alike must<br />

set this tone from even before a customer<br />

walks through the door on mediums such as<br />

the telephone, email and social media.<br />

It’s not just customer service that is measured,<br />

it’s also service between businesses and here<br />

at TH awards we always make a note of our<br />

interaction between winners as reference point<br />

for the future should a company be nominated<br />

again.<br />

Being one of the few global independent award<br />

programs online feedback is key marker for our<br />

due diligence. We use a variety of platforms<br />

such as google, Facebook, Linkedin, booking.<br />

com and Tripadvisor, normally going back up<br />

to 12 months to help us establish an in-house<br />

score.<br />

Questions need to be answered such are these<br />

reviews consistently spread in terms of content,<br />

across platforms and date/time? The reason for<br />

any bad reviews?<br />

This criterion is a test of suitability in terms of the<br />

practitioner. In an ideal world the individual(s)<br />

running the treatment or practice should be<br />

both experienced and have all the relevant<br />

certification. However, with many emerging<br />

wellness trends certification may not be easy<br />

to come by or be non-existent, so we need<br />

to consider experience. On the other hand,<br />

individuals starting out may lack experience<br />

but have all the necessary certifications. For us<br />

it’s important to consider the context and find<br />

a balance.<br />

It is no question that the overall style and<br />

design of a place play an important part in<br />

selecting our award winner. Simply put, first<br />

impressions count, and nothing makes a better<br />

first impression than an aesthetically appealing<br />

setting. We’re certainly not partial to a period<br />

piece of architecture – but whether we’re<br />

judging a relaxing spa or a nature focused yoga<br />

retreat, the checklist remains the same. We<br />

consider factors such as architectural features,<br />

eco-friendly materials, use of spaces, décor<br />

and how the look of the property fits in relation<br />

to the brand.<br />

The health of the planet is one of the single<br />

biggest issues of our generation and it’s<br />

important for nominee’s understand this and<br />

attempt to do their bit. Practices such as energy<br />

conservation, a recycling program, energy<br />

efficient products, sustainable work policies<br />

and locally sourced natural materials are all key<br />

markers that we consider.<br />

In the modern age, a business cannot rely on<br />

word of mouth alone to get their message out<br />

into the world. Social media has become a vital<br />

part of everyday life, we like to see companies<br />

that go the extra mile to engage potential<br />

guests as well as those who visit regularly.<br />

Attractive and user-friendly websites, engaging<br />

social media accounts, brand management<br />

and informative content provide the basis for<br />

judging a company’s use of marketing.<br />

6Criteria<br />


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A day at the <strong>Spa</strong> can be a truly indulgent and wonderful<br />

experience, after all it’s a pastime centred on your<br />

enjoyment, needs, and, most importantly, your<br />

wellbeing. With the world now at the end stages of<br />

the Covid pandemic the importance of personal<br />

wellness has never been more apparent. The<br />

continuous lockdowns and restrictions over the<br />

past couple of years has meant that people are<br />

placing more value on “me time”, and one of the<br />

easiest ways to do this is a <strong>Spa</strong> Day.<br />

Whether you visit with friends, family, a romantic partner,<br />

co-workers, or by yourself, one thing is certain, a day at<br />

the spa will leave you refreshed, rejuvenated, and destressed.<br />

However, one misstep or awkward situation can<br />

derail the whole experience.<br />

For this reason, we’ve dedicated this piece to providing<br />

you with a comprehensive spa guide that includes our top<br />

tips, popular treatments, the benefits, and a summary of the<br />

some of the best spas in the world.<br />

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Make sure you do your research to find your ideal spa. For the<br />

most part, day spas tend to be consistent with services on<br />

offer, but you want to make sure you find one that suits you.<br />

Say a female only spa, or maybe you want a hotel spa so<br />

you can spend the night, or you may be interested in an<br />

innovative new treatment. Either way a good luck around is<br />

the place to start.<br />

BEFORE<br />


Reservations should be made as soon<br />

as you’ve decided on a date and found<br />

your perfect spa. You may not be sure on<br />

the exact treatments to go for so a quick<br />

call to make a reservation will no doubt<br />

help. Most spa receptionists are usually<br />

able to adequately explain what’s on<br />

offer, the benefits, and tailor packages.<br />

Arriving for your spa day with treatments<br />

and bookings in place mean the whole<br />

experience is likely to be stress-free.<br />

Be prepared by packing a bag.<br />

Most amenities, robes, towels, and<br />

refreshments are provided but you’ll still<br />

want to pack a few essentials. A change<br />

of clothes, swimwear, gym<br />

wear, comfy footwear, and<br />

a book/tablet are some of<br />

the items we recommend. We<br />

suggest approaching the day<br />

as if you’re staying overnight at a<br />

hotel, think about what items you’d<br />

need in this situation.<br />

Finally, arrive early, you want the whole<br />

day to be as relaxing as possible and<br />

getting there 20-30 minutes ahead<br />

of will only help. It’ll allow you to get<br />

acclimatised to the overall ambience and<br />

take advantage of any complimentary<br />

amenities on offer.<br />

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Now that you’ve stepped for inside, you’ll want to start by checking in. This may seem obvious but it’s<br />

a pivotal point, this is when you can ask for a tour of the facility and acquire any robes, slippers, towels<br />

etc. Any good spa will also ask you to fill in a health questionnaire when you first check-in. This is to<br />

understand if you have any medical conditions, are on any medication, or have any allergies which may<br />

determine the type of products used. If you aren’t asked to fill one in be sure to point out any, and we<br />

mean any, issues or concerns you have.<br />

AT THE SPA<br />

Trust the staff, especially if it’s your first time. You may not<br />

be sure on what the rules are or how to behave in particular<br />

situations, it’s always best to communicate with the staff on<br />

hand. They’ve probably heard it all, so no question will be<br />

deemed silly, and they’ll likely offer the best advice. You’re not<br />

expected to make friendly conversation but don’t be afraid to<br />

speak up if you’re uncomfortable or have questions about a<br />

procedure.<br />

Be mindful of other people during your time at the spa. If<br />

you’re in a group, it’s easy to get caught up in the fun but<br />

be aware other people are there to relax also. Discretion and<br />

modesty in the changing area is advised and make sure you<br />

leave this area how you’d like to find it.<br />

If you’re going to a large spa or one that’s part of a hotel, you’ll<br />

probably find a whole host of extra facilities and services<br />

to take advantage of such as a pool, gym, sauna, bar, or<br />

restaurant. Make the most of it, it’s not often you get to treat<br />

yourself to a spa day.<br />

Finally, at the end of it all, keep in mind the tip. This obviously<br />

varies from spa to spa and between countries, so to be safe<br />

check the spa gratuity policy. Some places may charge this<br />

anyway, if in doubt go with 20% of the total treatment cost.<br />

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If you’re unsure about which treatment to get<br />

or which is right for you then check out this<br />

handy rundown of the four most popular.<br />

Massage<br />

The quintessential spa treatment<br />

and by far the most common.<br />

Great for relaxing tired muscles,<br />

stimulating blood flow, and<br />

releasing endorphins. Massages<br />

come in many forms such as<br />

Swedish, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue,<br />

and Thai, to name but a few.<br />

Body Treatments<br />

Rejuvenating body treatments<br />

such as scrubs, wraps, and soaks,<br />

leave your skin feeling cleaner,<br />

fresher, and more radiant.<br />

Facial<br />

Our face is the most visible<br />

part of our body, and the first<br />

thing people see. It deserves<br />

p<strong>amp</strong>ering. Facial treatments<br />

include the combination of<br />

cleansing, extraction, and<br />

massage. They are designed to<br />

cleanse pores, exfoliate dead<br />

skin cells, and leave your face<br />

glowing.<br />

Manicure & Pedicures<br />

A mani-pedi is the perfect<br />

compliment to any one of the<br />

three treatments mentioned<br />

above. Having your hands and<br />

feet scrubbed, cleaned, and<br />

polished will leave you feeling<br />

great.<br />


De-Stress<br />

Regardless of treatment or<br />

procedure, a day at the spa will<br />

reduce stress and calm the mind.<br />

Treat Skin<br />

Facials, body treatments, and even<br />

massages all assist in enhancing<br />

skin quality.<br />

Enhanced Sleep<br />

You can expect better sleep quality<br />

with a calm mind and improved<br />

blood flow.<br />

Improve Blood Flow &<br />

Circulation<br />

Massages have been shown to<br />

improve blood flow and circulation<br />

thus helping the body to function<br />

more efficiently.<br />

Relieve Pain<br />

A good massage can relieve joint<br />

pain and aches. Just be sure<br />

to let the therapist know of any<br />

problem areas.<br />

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Dolce Bella <strong>Spa</strong> | Canada<br />

Luxury <strong>Spa</strong> of the Year<br />

Four Seasons <strong>Spa</strong> | Norway<br />

Luxury <strong>Spa</strong> of the Year<br />

Amooma <strong>Spa</strong> | Hong Kong<br />

Day <strong>Spa</strong> of the Year<br />

Amara <strong>Wellness</strong> | Australia<br />

<strong>Wellness</strong> Centre of the Year<br />

WHERE TO<br />

GO FOR YOU<br />

SPA DAY?<br />

Til <strong>Spa</strong> | Portugal<br />

Boutique <strong>Spa</strong> of the Year<br />

Our top picks from<br />

around the world.<br />

Vitali Clinica <strong>Spa</strong> | Mexico<br />

Holistic <strong>Spa</strong> of the Year<br />

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Vitali Clinica <strong>Spa</strong><br />

Mexico | Holistic <strong>Spa</strong><br />

“More Than Just a <strong>Spa</strong>, an Intra<strong>Spa</strong>”<br />

In the hustle and bustle of Mexico City the Vitalí Clinica <strong>Spa</strong> is a quiet,<br />

calming, and nurturing oasis, providing a wellbeing service like no<br />

other, and dedication to a craft that is unrivalled. Located in the<br />

Cuauhtémoc district, known as the heart of the city, the Vitalí<br />

Clinica <strong>Spa</strong> offers services that go beyond a spa, known as an<br />

Intra<strong>Spa</strong>.<br />

The ultimate goal of Vitalí is to bring together an immensely<br />

pleasant external experience with an internal journey, a<br />

notion named Intra<strong>Spa</strong>. Its philosophy is based on the<br />

idea that the real source of wellness comes from<br />

being able to listen to yourself. What Vitalí then<br />

aspires to, is to reduce the noise of your mind<br />

as well as relax your body.<br />

Therefore, key tenets such as creating a<br />

wonderful atmosphere, making you feel<br />

welcome, facilitating relaxation techniques,<br />

offering regular advice, motivational support,<br />

and providing reliable information play a key<br />

role in enabling you to achieve a quiet mind<br />

and a revitalized body. This is delivered at<br />

Vitalí through a mix of several high-quality<br />

services such as, all types of massage, yoga,<br />

meditations, Tai chi, ceremonies, detox advice,<br />

and workshops.<br />

On top of this, you will find a good collection<br />

of books, a detox bar with “live drinks” (such<br />

as kombucha) and a boutique where you can<br />

find different items to feed your mind and<br />

strengthen your body.<br />

Av Amsterdam 43,<br />

Hipódromo<br />

Cuáuhtemoc, 06100<br />

Mexico City, Mexico<br />

Tel +52 55 5211 6135<br />



Vitalí has been designed right down to every tiny detail,<br />

to get you to that internal trance-like state, whether<br />

it be through partaking in a meditation circuit after a<br />

rejuvenating deep tissue massage, or yoga before a hotstones<br />

treatment. You can even utilise the on-site virtual<br />

reality equipment, perfect for an awesome meditative<br />

experience anywhere in the world.<br />

The Deep Thinker<br />

A Catch Up with Alberto Cortina,<br />

<strong>Wellness</strong> Extraordinaire<br />

Alberto has been working in the <strong>Wellness</strong> Industry for over 15 years. He<br />

has a background in media communications and a Master of Business<br />

Administration from Sheffield University. Also, he is permanent student<br />

of a mix of disciplines such as yoga, reiki and tai chi and is passionate<br />

about reading about philosophy and psychology.<br />

He is the cocreator of “the intra movement “which aims to inspire<br />

governments, entrepreneurs, and architects to create spaces to pause<br />

and to do nothing more than listen to themselves. It also aims to make<br />

meditation (taking time for reflection or whichever terminology you<br />

prefer) a social norm in companies and public spaces in order to improve<br />

our mental health in a world that is just asking us to move and achieve<br />

without stopping.<br />

In line with the “intra movement” he has progressed his spa to an<br />

Intra<strong>Spa</strong> as an ex<strong>amp</strong>le of a space to pause to listen to yourself. He has<br />

also developed a Detox Bar which is a concept that offers an alternative<br />

to Starbucks for people who work more with their creative brain. The<br />

atmosphere is created to make your ideas flow plus you are able to<br />

consume healthy drinks.<br />

<strong>Wellness</strong> Boutique is a project which has also been designed by Alberto<br />

Cortina that aims to offer sensorial products to make spending time with<br />

yourself a ceremonial and mystic experience.<br />

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When did you open the <strong>Spa</strong> and why?<br />

It was 10 years ago. Back then, it was purely a business<br />

decision, it was offered to me, and I needed some money at<br />

the time.<br />

It started as a side business and of course it did not work<br />

like that, so I ended up leaving my main job to focus on it. I<br />

realized that there was so much meaning in interacting with<br />

people that are hoping to connect with something, people<br />

that are looking to have a break but also understanding that<br />

there is a great responsibility in dealing with hope.<br />

The range of services at the spa is very impressive,<br />

how did you go about selecting these specific<br />

treatments?<br />

It was a very natural process because we understand our<br />

business. We know that we are facilitators, and we are very<br />

conscious that our business is about recognising individuals<br />

therefore we need a broad range of vehicles on offer to get<br />

to the same place. For ex<strong>amp</strong>le, some people can naturally<br />

enjoy a meditation in the lotus position, there are others that<br />

will enjoy dancing more, but the intention is the same. That<br />

is the key, it does not matter if you go for a facial or you are<br />

more of a yogi, the point is you do it to love yourself more.<br />

What challenges did the Covid<br />

pandemic present?<br />

Financially there were many challenges, however<br />

that is just about numbers and so it was important<br />

to accept the circumstances as quick as possible,<br />

in order to start an adaptation process. However,<br />

the biggest challenge was to remain as wellness<br />

facilitators remotely when we were in lock down<br />

and now to improve all the time to respond to<br />

much higher levels of distress, anxiety, depression,<br />

loneliness, and low motivation.<br />

Can you tell us about Intra<strong>Spa</strong>?<br />

The real sanctuary is inside of us as well as the answers. We<br />

just need to go inside of ourselves and pose a couple of key<br />

questions: what do we really like and what do we really love? If<br />

we know the answers to these questions, we can do a massive<br />

internal clean out and focus less on the source of stress but<br />

instead feed the source we love.<br />

It sounds simple but everyone knows that it can be very<br />

threatening and complicated because we have personal and<br />

collective beliefs, social, family, and personal expectations,<br />

different traumas. We are afraid of being rejected so we protect<br />

ourselves and avoid questioning.<br />

The thing is, all of this is in our mind, so the option is to ground<br />

ourselves in reality, starting with our senses: touch; smell; taste;<br />

hearing, sight and being conscious of our whole body through<br />

breathing or balance exercises. All these with the aim of<br />

making you feel safe, welcome, unique, and inspired, setting up<br />

favourable conditions for you to have that internal conversation.<br />

If it doesn’t come to you straight away that is fine, it will come<br />

when you are ready. We like to call it the “intra moment”.<br />

So, an Intra<strong>Spa</strong> aims to inspire you to have a moment on your<br />

internal journey by helping you to quiet your mind and just feel.<br />

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In recent times Mexico has<br />

developed a reputation for<br />

being a premier wellness<br />

destination, why do you think<br />

this is?<br />

Mexico has got a great tradition<br />

of being connected with the<br />

earth, ceremonies, and rituals<br />

to heal the body and the soul.<br />

In my case one of the things<br />

that has inspired me is in the<br />

Mexican tradition of the Chaman<br />

who always personalized your<br />

medicine. In the modern world<br />

this is vital because we are seen<br />

just as data. Also in my opinion,<br />

Mexicans have that unique mix<br />

of warmth, ceremonial spirit, a<br />

willingness to help others and a<br />

dash of spice.<br />

What advice would you give to anyone interested<br />

in opening their own spa?<br />

To have as mantra the Beatles song “all you need is love”<br />

When you understand that to give love is the reason to<br />

open a spa you will find you way and your unique offering.<br />

Finally, what your favourite place to<br />

travel and why?<br />

I would have to say inside me, but I love it when I open my<br />

eyes and see mountains and lots of green, so my favourite<br />

place is Scotland.<br />

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Amara <strong>Wellness</strong> Centre<br />

Australia | <strong>Wellness</strong> Centre<br />

Founded by Dr Zara Celik, the Amara <strong>Wellness</strong> Centre is a culmination of experience,<br />

understanding, education, and tradition. The centre is focused on values of<br />

prevention, treatment, and true wellness, which when combined with Dr Zara Celik’s<br />

industry background and excellent level of service, ensures that Melbourne is in<br />

fact home to a world class wellness studio.<br />

The experience from start to finish is tailored to individual needs, not<br />

everyone is the same and as such no one therapy on its own will be<br />

effective. Ultimately, a holistic and integrative approach is required<br />

meaning all sessions are customised to address the mind, body,<br />

and soul. Whether you’re looking for reliable advice, a calming<br />

massage, rejuvenate your skin, revitalise your body, or simply<br />

enjoy a hot steam “hammam” then Amara is the perfect<br />

place for you.<br />

Visitors to the centre can expect a whole host of<br />

services and treatments. Most start with a wellness<br />

consultation, which is essentially a holistic review<br />

of an individual person’s health, the result of<br />

which normally forms a basis for a personalised<br />

treatment plan.<br />

On offer beyond this are a whole host of massages<br />

& endermotherapie treatment; to achieve a glowing<br />

complexion, facials, endermolifts, and LED light therapy<br />

available at the centre are brilliant. Or if you’re interested<br />

in slimming, then a lipo-massage is probably more your<br />

thing. With regards to strength and conditioning the centre<br />

is home to one of few state-of-the-art Huber Motion Labs,<br />

in the Asia-Pacific region. For recovery you can’t go too far<br />

wrong with endermosport massage, a favourite amongst<br />

world-leading athletes. Dr Zara Celik herself is an expert<br />

chiropractor and has a master’s in the field, so you can trust<br />

you’ll be good hands for this. The range on offer is extensive<br />

and too much to cover, so if you’re interested in full list of<br />

services then click here. Zara was chosen as a top health<br />

coach in Australia and is an executive contributor for Brainz<br />

magazine and a part of global 500.<br />

One practice worth mentioning however, is that the centre<br />

boasts Melbourne’s first Hammam. With the hammam<br />

playing a key role in Dr Zara’s early life growing up in Turkey,<br />

she was keen to bring this unique experience to Melbourne,<br />

it’s fair to this goal has been well and truly achieved!<br />


Level 1 Suite 3, 597-601 Sydney Road,<br />

Brunswick, Victoria 3056<br />

Australia<br />

Tel +61 406 998 998<br />


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Dolce Bella <strong>Spa</strong><br />

Canada | Luxury <strong>Spa</strong><br />

Opulence and variety are the order of the day at Ontario’s magnificent Dolce Bella <strong>Spa</strong>.<br />

A spa where history and luxury meet to create a unique one-stop spa experience.<br />

Established within a 19th Century Wooden Mill nestled on the tranquil waterfront of<br />

Ottawa’s famous River-Rideau Canal, the Dolce Bella <strong>Spa</strong> retains its historical charm<br />

while boasting an array of wellness services administered by expertly trained staff<br />

using only the highest quality products.<br />

To start, familiar and more conventional treatments are presented.<br />

There’s plenty to choose from, this includes facials, massages, body<br />

treatments (such as wraps and hydrotherapy), mani-pedi, makeup<br />

services (using Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup), and waxing. On top<br />

of this there is a healthy cuisine menu available, serving freshly<br />

prepared dishes, made using the finest ingredients. This<br />

services to enhance the whole wellness experience leaving<br />

your insides feeling as p<strong>amp</strong>ered as your exterior. To give<br />

gives guests the utmost in value Dolce Belle offers a<br />

range of packages designed for varying group sizes,<br />

events, and needs.<br />

A unique feature of the Dolce Bella <strong>Spa</strong> is the<br />

on-site hair salon. The salon offers a wide<br />

range of services to perfect complement<br />

to the beauty treatments that will no doubt<br />

leave you looking fresh as every for any<br />

occasion.<br />

The medical aesthetic treatments round off<br />

the excellent array of services at Dolce Bella<br />

<strong>Spa</strong>. Should you want healthy, glowing, and<br />

younger looking skin then these treatments<br />

maybe ideal for you. Skin rejuvenation<br />

therapies, acne treatment, permanent hair<br />

removal, and pigmented lesion remedy, are<br />

all available.<br />

8 Cataraqui Street,<br />

Kingston, Ontario,<br />

Canada<br />

Tel +1 877 424 4417<br />



TIL SPA - Castanheiro<br />

Boutique Hotel<br />

Portugal | Boutique <strong>Spa</strong><br />

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The sleepy island of Madeira is the perfect European getaway. In recent<br />

times the Island has developed a reputation for its world class spas<br />

and wellness retreats. Madeira’s exceptional location, connection<br />

with nature, peaceful setting, subtropical climate, and quality of<br />

living means its ideally suited to welcoming wellness seekers. For<br />

this we recommend none other than the luxurious Til <strong>Spa</strong> at<br />

the wonderful Castanheiro Boutique Hotel.<br />

The concept of the <strong>Spa</strong> is simple, it’s to connect with<br />

nature through wonderful sensations, smells, and<br />

touches. The experiences are immersive as they are<br />

rejuvenating and much of the treatments utilise<br />

natural organic ingredients. Seaweed wraps,<br />

nourishing body oils, eucalyptus aromatherapy,<br />

bamboo brushes, and volcanic hot stone<br />

massage are just some of the unique<br />

treatments you can expect delivered<br />

by experienced and knowledgeable<br />

professionals.<br />

On the whole the spa does much in the way of catering<br />

to most tastes, there are treatments offered for men<br />

that use purpose made essences; couples in the form<br />

full body and back massage aromatherapies; Even kids<br />

can enjoy a “make the children happy” or “modern youth”<br />

massage that are adjusted based on age. Facilities<br />

include an indoor pool with a hydrotherapy circuit, two<br />

massage booths, sauna, Turkish bath, relaxation room<br />

and a gym.<br />

Castanheiro Boutique Hotel<br />

R. do Castanheiro 31<br />

9000-081, Funchal<br />

Portugal<br />

Tel +351 969 149 279<br />



Enduringly popular all over the world and a UNESCO cultural heritage of humanity, Thai<br />

massage is a worldwide phenomenon. Practitioners, centres, and retreats specialising<br />

in the practice are common, in most big cities its relatively easy to get a Thai<br />

massage. For sure, it’s one you won’t regret!<br />

THAI<br />


Originating from the Kingdom of Thailand, historically known as Siam, Thai<br />

Massage has been practiced, developed, and honed over thousands of years.<br />

Combining acupressure, ayurvedic tenets, and yoga positions, Thai massage<br />

is unlike any western, Swedish or shiatsu massage techniques. The receiver<br />

in a Thai massage lies on the floor and actively participates in the massage<br />

as opposed to laying still on a bed or floor. Sessions can last up to two hours<br />

and may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, and walking<br />

on the receivers back.<br />

It is recommended that after a Thai massage you rest and drink plenty<br />

of water. Even though you may feel relaxed muscles have been worked,<br />

stretched and prodded. There are no guidelines on how often you should have<br />

a Thai massage. In fact, one of the appealing qualities is the customisability<br />

of Thai massage, therapists are open to working with receivers on specific<br />

problems areas. The use of essential oils, sounds, and aromatherapy, further<br />

enhances the whole experience and adds an extra dimension of relaxation.<br />

This is a relatively modern addition to Thai massage but one that has been<br />

encompassed to ensure ultimate satisfaction.<br />

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Thai massage has been shown to ease muscle<br />

soreness and joint pain. The use of pressure, stretching<br />

and kneading on the body is proven to release muscle<br />

tension and enhance flexibility. Other benefits include<br />

improved blood circulation, reduction in stress, anxiety<br />

relief, and an increase in energy levels.<br />

A Thai massage can be taken one step further with<br />

the use of Luk Pra Kob. Luk Pra Kob is the pressing<br />

of an herbal st<strong>amp</strong> on the body for the purpose<br />

alleviating muscular pain and exfoliating skin.<br />

The st<strong>amp</strong> is made up of a blend of herbs<br />

which are wrapped in unbleached cotton<br />

and heated in a steamer. The hot compress<br />

is then applied to the body. The heat releases<br />

the essential oils of the medicinal herbs<br />

inside the st<strong>amp</strong>, allowing them to penetrate<br />

the skin. It is recommended not to shower for<br />

a few hours after the treatment in order to fully<br />

maximise the benefits of the herbal oils.<br />

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Muse Thai <strong>Wellness</strong><br />

Germany | Thai Massage Centre<br />

In Thai culture wellness is a part of the tradition, rather than the “trend” we<br />

see today, it’s a practice that has been honed and refined over centuries<br />

to a point now where there is a huge global demand for Thai <strong>Spa</strong>’s, herbal<br />

treatments, and massages. It’s not easy to find a reputable and reliable<br />

practitioner however if you’d lucky enough to live in or visit Germany<br />

or Thurgau in Switzerland then we strongly recommend Muse Thai<br />

<strong>Wellness</strong>.<br />

A muse can best be described as a source of inspiration<br />

and creativity, a somewhat guiding light, and for visitors,<br />

Muses of traditional Thai massage await in the region<br />

of Konstanz. At Muse Thai <strong>Wellness</strong> knowledgeable,<br />

experienced, and intuitive masseurs are coupled with<br />

the appropriate décor, sounds, scents, and oils, to<br />

create the perfect atmosphere for a traditional<br />

Thai massage like no other.<br />

Thai Massage itself is broad and has been developed over<br />

centuries, it can help prevent or relieve several ailments as<br />

well as improve mental health. It’s for this reason the Thai<br />

<strong>Wellness</strong> massage can consist of several different stretches,<br />

movements, joint mobilizations, and pressure points, as well<br />

as the use of hand, thumbs, knees, elbows, and feet. At Muse<br />

Thai wellness you can expect all of this to be put into practice<br />

with a range of massages to choose from including a Hot<br />

Stone Massage, Problem Area Massage, Asian Foot Massage,<br />

KoNaSchu (specialised for head, neck, and shoulder), Nuad<br />

Thai Nammanh (ancient healing touch) and event massage<br />

(available on request).<br />

In addition to this a plethora of oils are also utilised to<br />

maximise the advantageous property of each relative to any<br />

ailment or need. Lavender, Coconut, Leelavadee, Rice, Rose,<br />

and Basic oils are all on hand.<br />

Overall, a Thai wellness massage is much deeper and more<br />

multifaceted than you’d expect so finding an accomplished<br />

practitioner may not be easy but for those who are willing<br />

Muse Thai <strong>Wellness</strong> awaits!<br />


Kanzleistraße 3, 78462<br />

Konstanz, Germany<br />

Tel +49 7531 9911677<br />

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1) What motivated you to open a Thai<br />

Massage <strong>Spa</strong> in Constance?<br />

Buppha: I love being by the water. Here in<br />

Konstanz you can live and work directly on<br />

the lake. Here I can best pursue my greatest<br />

passion, Thai massage.<br />

Frank: In addition, the people of Constance<br />

and the region appreciate Thai massage<br />

very much.<br />

3) What are the different types of Thai massage and which would you<br />

recommend for beginners?<br />

Buppha: First is the classic Thai massage,<br />

and then continue the Thai reflexology<br />

massage of the feet and Thai massage<br />

with herbal st<strong>amp</strong>.<br />

Frank: for people who can enjoy a<br />

Thai massage for the first time I would<br />

recommend the classic Thai massage<br />

with oil. The massage can be performed in<br />

various intensities.<br />

Buppha: whereby the masseuse can<br />

immediately respond to the customer’s<br />

reaction. The other two massages are<br />

intense massages that go into the depths<br />

of the body.<br />

6) Which wheel would you give someone who wants to open their<br />

own massage center?<br />

Frank: first I would say he should respond to customers. He should try to<br />

meet customer requirements and exceed expectations. He should see the<br />

customer as a personal guest with absolute passion.<br />

Buppha: We try to make our guest’s stay as pleasant as possible and always<br />

help them.<br />

7) How did Covid affect business and how did they deal with it?<br />

2) What are the advantages of Thai<br />

massage?<br />

Buppha: In my home country, Thai massage<br />

is part of the daily ritual and has already<br />

saved many people so many courses to the<br />

doctor due to their preventive effect.<br />

Thai massage can prevent many diseases<br />

and sufferings – while being a pleasant and<br />

beneficial method to get rid of everyday<br />

stress and relax properly.<br />

Frank: Thai massage with its healthpromoting<br />

effects on nature, body, mind,<br />

and soul of man makes it a particularly<br />

valuable and unique treatment. After all,<br />

Aristotle already knew: “The whole thing is<br />

more than the sum of its parts.<br />

4) How to compare Thai massage<br />

techniques with, for ex<strong>amp</strong>le, Swedish<br />

massage or shiatsu massage.<br />

Buppha: If the rubbing and kneading of<br />

the skin are essential elements, traditional<br />

Thai massages can also positively influence<br />

internal or distant organs by means of the<br />

remote effect.<br />

A Swedish massage is a form of massage in<br />

which, as with connective tissue massage,<br />

gentle striking and circular movements are<br />

combined with deeply effective kneading.<br />

Unlike other massage techniques such as Thai<br />

massage, the masseur practicesShiatsualways<br />

very gentle pressure. Pressure pain does not<br />

arise.<br />

5) in Thailand wellness is a valued<br />

‘’tradition. Why do they think that<br />

is so and they believe that the<br />

rest of the world can learn from it.<br />

Buppha: Traditional Thai massage is<br />

also associated with Buddhism in its<br />

current practice. It is used with Metta<br />

(the usual term for loving goodness).<br />

Masters are usually deeply religious<br />

people who perform the massage in<br />

a state of mindfulness, uniformity,<br />

compassion, and joy. This can be<br />

taken as a model of how to deal with<br />

each other in general.<br />

In today’s world, an indispensable<br />

point.<br />

Frank: Of course, customer<br />

frequency has been reduced by the<br />

measures of the Covid regulations,<br />

and we both had to think about<br />

how we could draw attention even<br />

more and respond even more to the<br />

wishes of our guests.<br />

We deal very openly with cleanliness<br />

and hygiene, i.e. for ex<strong>amp</strong>le, our<br />

guests can disinfect their hands<br />

automatically and without touching<br />

the device when entering our<br />

practice.<br />

Our guests immediately get a<br />

positive impression of all the senses<br />

when entering our rooms.<br />

Our guests should notice that we<br />

are preparing our massage rooms<br />

exclusively for them.<br />

Buppha: We make sure that we<br />

employ very well-trained staff and<br />

always train them to withstand<br />

everyone on the same knowledge.<br />

We all always want to be at our<br />

service.<br />

Frank : But we also want to point<br />

out that we want to expand and<br />

strengthen our presence on the<br />

Internet.<br />

8) Your favorite place to travel and why?<br />

Our favorite destination is of course Thailand<br />

Why? It is home to Buppha and people are very<br />

hospitable.<br />

We always go directly to the sea - we love the water.<br />

We enjoy every moment we can spend by the sea.<br />

The sea decelerates us and brings us to rest.<br />

It is a wonderful moment we were able to experience<br />

in Thailand.<br />

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Often times skincare is neglected in favour of focusing on other areas of the body. For most of us our<br />

skincare routine will never go beyond regular showering with use of gels or applying a little moisturiser.<br />

The skin is the largest organ of the body and is subject to both internal and external risk factors. The skin<br />

is responsible for releasing harmful toxins from the body while at the same protecting us from outside<br />

threats such as bacteria. Healthy skin can improve appearance, enhance mood, and keep wrinkles at<br />

bay. Changes in the skin can also highlight internal issues such as bad diet and stress.<br />

The good news is that it’s never too late to adopt a skincare routine and skin healthy habits. We’ve<br />

highlighted five key areas to consider when developing your routine.<br />

Products<br />

This is the most obvious place to start. There are plenty of products on the<br />

market that can leave you feeling a little daunted in terms of knowing where<br />

to begin, not all skin is the same so what may work for one person may<br />

not necessarily work for you. It’s always worth speaking to a professional<br />

to determine which product or ingredient is right for your skin. There<br />

maybe a little trial and error involved at the beginning but later you’ll<br />

determine which products are ideal for your skin type. Keep in mind<br />

however products can change based on season and climate.<br />

Cleanser, toner, moisturiser, sunscreen, exfoliator, and serums should<br />

be staples in any skincare routine.<br />

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<strong>Spa</strong> Treatments<br />

Regular trips to the spa will play a key role<br />

in any good skincare routine. Going to the<br />

professionals to get treatment is a great way<br />

to ensure a high-quality experience, get<br />

advice, and simply relax.<br />

The most common treatment is a facial, which<br />

despite the name, can be applied to most areas<br />

of the body. This is a beautifying treatment<br />

that cleanses pores, exfoliates dead skin cells,<br />

moisturises the skin, and relieve common<br />

skin ailments. Methods used include the use<br />

of steam, creams, lotions, peels, face masks,<br />

massage, and skin lasers.<br />

Other popular spa treatments to consider are<br />

body scrubs, aromatherapy massages, laser<br />

skin resurfacing, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)<br />

Therapy, or spending up to 15 minutes in<br />

sauna or steam room.<br />

Diet<br />

The famous saying goes “you are what you<br />

eat”, and this is especially true when it comes<br />

to your skin. Skin cells are constantly shed<br />

and replaced with younger ones that require<br />

a steady supply of essential nutrients. Eat the<br />

correct balance of foods and you’ll feed your<br />

skin the nutrients it needs to stay soft, supple,<br />

and blemish free.<br />

Fruits and vegetable are full of antioxidants<br />

and top of the list when it comes to foods that<br />

protect the skin. Selenium rich foods such as<br />

Brazil nuts, fish, wheatgerm, and tomatoes<br />

are also great. Remaining well hydrated<br />

throughout the day is imperative as even mild<br />

dehydration can cause you skin to look dry;<br />

8-10 glasses a day of water is a solid target.<br />

Omega-3 and Omega 6 fats found in oily fish,<br />

seeds, and walnuts produce anti inflammatory<br />

compounds which may help skin conditions<br />

such as eczema and psoriasis.<br />

It goes without saying that smoking and<br />

excessive alcohol consumption must be<br />

avoided as both can age the skin ahead of time.<br />

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Exercise<br />

The benefit of exercise is two-fold. Firstly,<br />

there is the improved blood flow during<br />

exercise that assists in nourishing skin<br />

cells and removing toxins. Then there is<br />

the de-stressing benefit of exercise. Stress<br />

triggers several physiological responses that<br />

negatively impact the skin. These can cause<br />

breakouts, inflammation, and discolouration.<br />

For the best workout for your skin, we<br />

recommend hitting the gym and staying<br />

indoors as you risk sun exposure outdoors<br />

especially in sunnier climates. Another skin<br />

issue that can arise is chafing which can<br />

cause rashes, we advise avoiding cotton and<br />

wearing activewear.<br />

Sleep<br />

The most inexpensive of all five, a good<br />

night’s sleep can go a long way in maintaining<br />

skin health. During sleep blood flow to your<br />

skin increases which aids in the rebuilding<br />

of collagen and repairing damage from UV<br />

exposure. A good night’s sleep (8-10 hours)<br />

will maximise the effectiveness of these<br />

processes. Whereas a lack of sleep raises<br />

your cortisol levels, a hormone which triggers<br />

inflammation, limits skin recovery from UV<br />

exposure, and ages skin faster.<br />

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DrHair ® | Beauty<br />

Product Of the Year<br />

Make Hair Loss a Thing of the Past!<br />

D rHair® is a line of flawless, award-winning hair and scalp treatments that<br />

have gone on to revolutionise the industry. Curated by the ingenious<br />

Dr Georgia Lee, DrHair ® is the natural companion to the DrGL ® line of<br />

products in keeping with the high quality of the brand, DrHair ®<br />

treatments tap onto the art of science, utilising only the finest<br />

ingredients to ensure the utmost effectiveness and efficacy.<br />

At DrHair ® you can expect no less than a premium service at<br />

the hands of experienced, knowledgeable, and well-trained<br />

professionals who specialise in hair and scalp treatments.<br />

DrHair ® treatments comprise of clinically proven hairloss<br />

prevention methods, deep cleanse and hair<br />

booster formulas for healthy scalp and hair.<br />

About DrGL ®<br />

Founded by Singaporean doctor Dr Georgia Lee,<br />

and named with her initials, DrGL ® is ultimately a<br />

reflection of her approach and attitude to skin and hair<br />

care. Designed for maximum efficacy and minimum<br />

fuss, the products and treatments are innovations of Dr<br />

Lee’s extensive expertise. Years of medical and aesthetic<br />

experience, thorough patient feedback, extensive clinical<br />

trials, and demanding standards have led to the curation<br />

and curation of unrivalled skin and scalp products. All<br />

our products and treatments are developed using only<br />

scientifically-driven research, and the finest ingredients.<br />

As a result, you’re always guaranteed products and<br />

services from DrGL ® that are effective, safe and crueltyfree.<br />

All products are assessed by independent certified<br />

toxicologists and tested at independent EU labs for quality<br />

in safety, stability, and compatibility with the packaging.<br />

Find our more - https:// drgl.com/drgl-brand-story/<br />

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Dr<strong>Spa</strong> ® and DrHair ®<br />

Singapore | Products & Skincare Treatment<br />

D r<strong>Spa</strong>® is uniquely focused on boutique doctorcurated<br />

treatments dedicated to Asian skin types<br />

and climates. Dr<strong>Spa</strong> ® is the natural accompaniment to<br />

the DrGL ® product range. Clinical solutions developed<br />

at Dr<strong>Spa</strong> ® are always customised, combined with, and<br />

to ultimately <strong>amp</strong>lify the DrGL ® skincare routine for<br />

optimal, long-lasting results. All treatments start with<br />

a professional skin analysis and a homecare routine,<br />

determined and recommended according to the<br />

individual’s needs and requirements.<br />

Highlights of Dr<strong>Spa</strong> ® include:<br />

– Glorious skin brightening solutions for a radiant complexion<br />

– Acne treatments that are gentle yet effective for a clear, blemish-free<br />

glow<br />

– Body solutions for slimming, firming and cellulite reduction<br />

– Treatments to slow down the skin aging process and reverse the look<br />

of fine lines<br />

– Specially curated treatments just for men.<br />

– Targeted facials to perfect the complexion<br />

Dr<strong>Spa</strong> ® | Skincare Treatment<br />


100H Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118524<br />

Tel +65 9178 3472<br />

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Nourish <strong>Spa</strong> and Skin Clinic<br />

Australia | <strong>Spa</strong> & Skincare Clinic<br />

Presenting a tranquil and calming space, the Nourish <strong>Spa</strong> & Skin Centre is a beacon<br />

of relaxation on Victoria’s trendy wellness scene. Located on the fashionable<br />

Fitzroy Street, the Nourish <strong>Spa</strong> specialises in massage and skin treatments. The spa<br />

perfectly blends a traditional approach to wellbeing with advanced cosmeceutical<br />

skin care and relaxation treatments, all bough together by expertly trained<br />

professionals providing a high-quality service. This stunning urban retreat is<br />

not one to be missed!<br />

Skin Treatments<br />

There is much on offer a Nourish <strong>Spa</strong> for skin treatments. You can<br />

choose from an array of facial remedies ranging from a simple<br />

spa facial ranging all the way up to LED light therapy and skin<br />

needling. Skins peels are a fantastic alternative and at Nourish<br />

you have 7 unique versions to choose from. You can also<br />

get a dry body brushing treatment or choose aromatic<br />

body scrubs to rejuvenate your skin. For something a<br />

little different we recommend trying Intense Pulsed<br />

Light (IPL) skin rejuvenation therapy.<br />

Massages<br />

In terms of massages, you can choose from Deep Tissue, Swedish<br />

Relaxation, and Prenatal as well as a unique treatment called <strong>Spa</strong> Rituals,<br />

for which there are four exceptional options to choose from. A <strong>Spa</strong> Ritual is<br />

a truly immersive experience that uses a combination of treatments design<br />

to help find serenity and inner balance. Of the four available our favourite<br />

has to be the Nourish journey that starts with a herbal tea and foot soak,<br />

followed an exfoliating scrub, relaxing massage and rejuvenating facial<br />

customised for skin type and condition.<br />

Beauty and Hair Removal Treatments<br />

Beauty treatments remain extremely popular at Nourish <strong>Spa</strong>, these include<br />

manicures and pedicures, eye lash touch up, and spray tanning using<br />

Tuscan Tan. Hair removal options are waxing, body sugaring, and Intense<br />

Pulsating Light (IPL) permanent hair reduction.<br />

Cosmetic Injectables<br />

Should you wish to go one step further then Nourish <strong>Spa</strong> provides antiwrinkle<br />

treatments, dermal fillers, and collagen injections for a range of<br />

aesthetic and cosmetic purposes<br />

Level 2, 157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda<br />

(Entrance via Astral Apartments),<br />

Victoria 3182 Australia<br />

Tel +61 395 342 122<br />



The stress of the pandemic has no doubt led to an increased awareness on the importance of individual<br />

wellbeing. However, making time for personal wellness is a different story especially when you consider<br />

safety restrictions, and costs. This means many of us have turned to the convenience of apps to assist.<br />

Here are four of the best for <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

HEALTH &<br />


APPS FOR<br />

<strong>2022</strong><br />

All Out Studio<br />

Your one-stop-shop for exclusive on<br />

demand workouts. Bought to you by<br />

several of the worlds most trusted health<br />

brands, All Out Studio makes working out<br />

at home a breeze. Hundreds of workouts<br />

are designed for specific body types,<br />

lifestyles, and goals, meaning finding<br />

one unique to yourself is easy enough.<br />

For full access subscription is required<br />

which can be paid for per month or for<br />

the whole year.<br />

Talkspace<br />

Access to a licenced mental health<br />

therapist through your phone is the<br />

simple yet powerful vision of Talkspace.<br />

A convenient and affordable way to<br />

improve your mental health, Talkspace is<br />

centred on matching individuals with an<br />

appropriate therapist for their needs with<br />

unlimited communication and regular<br />

feedback. The user interface is set up to<br />

measure progress, foster healthy habits,<br />

and measure long term goals.<br />

Glo<br />

One of the best yoga apps on the market<br />

for beginners, Glo is home to over 4000<br />

yoga classes. At sign up you’re asked<br />

three questions to determine the best<br />

yoga style to suit your goals, as well as<br />

access to content from some of the<br />

best instructors from all over the world.<br />

To further this, you can also access<br />

meditation, pilates, and fitness classes.<br />

<br />

RaskRask<br />

RaskRask sets the standard in<br />

convenience when it comes to finding<br />

a professional masseur, trainer, or<br />

hairdresser to suit your lifestyle. With<br />

hundreds of thoroughly vetted and<br />

highly knowledgeable professionals to<br />

choose from RaskRask undoubtedly<br />

offers wellness on your terms.<br />

To find out more check out the following<br />

page.<br />

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RaskRask<br />

Denmark | The Award for Excellence in Service<br />

Your Health. Your Terms<br />

A simply yet powerful platform, RaskRask is all about giving you freedom<br />

and control when it comes to your wellbeing. Never before in history has so<br />

much emphasis been placed on the importance of wellness at home and<br />

with RaskRask you get the perfect antidote to that unpleasant or tired<br />

feeling of not wanting to go out whether it be to the gym, yoga, spa,<br />

or salon.<br />

For a customer it works much like any other demand service, you<br />

simply create an account, login, and book for a professional<br />

to visit your home or office. Massage therapists, yoga<br />

instructors, personal trainers, and hairdressers are all<br />

available. This provides the ultimate convenience; you<br />

book when it’s feasible, pay a fair price, don’t have<br />

to travel, or worry about equipment, and you’re<br />

not committed to a set number of sessions or<br />

a monthly contract. Although should you<br />

wish you do have the option of multitrip<br />

cards but are still afforded to book<br />

sessions any time you want.<br />

All professionals are carefully selected based<br />

on experience and expertise, this includes<br />

background checked and thorough vetting<br />

procedure, so you know with RaskRask you’re<br />

in safe hands. Many of the massage therapists<br />

are trained in a variety of styles meaning you<br />

can book a sport’s, physiotherapy, wellness,<br />

prenatal, and even couple’s massage.<br />

For a therapist the benefits are fantastic, to<br />

start with there’s no need to worry about timeconsuming<br />

tasks such as marketing and admin.<br />

Then there is the added benefit of flexibility<br />

such as choosing when and where you work.<br />

Finally, there is the added layer of customer<br />

support & security with Tryg insurance offered<br />

to all therapists.<br />

So, the next time you think you’re too busy to<br />

have a massage or go to the gym, think again,<br />

think RaskRask!<br />

Universitetsbyen 7,<br />

8000 Aarhus C,<br />

Denmark<br />

Tel +45 93 88 00 63<br />



Ayurvedic healing or medicine is one of the oldest medicinal systems in world, with a history spanning<br />

over several millennia. Ayurveda’s historical roots are set on the Indian subcontinent, practiced mainly in<br />

India and Nepal, however in recent times the practice has gained worldwide interest and there are now<br />

centres specialising in the Ayurvedic healing all over the world.<br />

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Based on ancient text and knowledge, Ayurveda is a natural<br />

and holistic approach to wellness that centres on finding the<br />

balance between mind, body, and spirit.<br />

To understand and create balance you first need determine<br />

your individual constitution. Your constitution, much like<br />

a fingerprint, is unique to every individual. It’s made up of a<br />

set of physical, mental, and emotional characteristics, and<br />

is determined at conception by a number of circumstances<br />

that remain the same throughout life. When this balance is<br />

disturbed, it negatively impacts individual constitution. Stress,<br />

anxiety, diet, seasons, trauma, social strains are all factors that<br />

create an imbalance. Once this is understood, appropriate<br />

actions or treatments can be undertaken to restore balance<br />

and re-establish order.<br />

The evaluation and treatment of imbalances is best done via an<br />

Ayurvedic professional, who’ll normally start by observing and<br />

assessing signs and symptoms of illness (physical or mental)<br />

to determine the cause of an imbalance. Once a conclusion is<br />

reached, a treatment is prescribed. This can be any one of the<br />

following: herbal medicines, special diets, meditation, yoga,<br />

massage, laxatives, enemas, and medical oils.<br />

Ultimately however, Ayurveda is a complex system developed<br />

over thousands of years. To fully understand it requires much<br />

time and effort. To find out more check out - https://www.<br />

ayurveda.com/<br />

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New York Ayurveda<br />

Panchakarma Center<br />

USA | Ayurveda <strong>Spa</strong><br />

Ayurveda can best be described as an ancient form of healing with its<br />

roots in the Indian subcontinent and a system honed over millennia.<br />

Today it’s more popular than ever with thousands of practitioners,<br />

teachers, and centres all over the world. Those living or visiting New<br />

York are fortunate as the city is home to one of the best Ayurvedic<br />

<strong>Wellness</strong> Centres in North America, the aptly named “New York<br />

Ayurveda and Panchakarma Centre”. Founded by Ayurveda<br />

specialist Nisha Saini and home to several Ayurveda Doctors<br />

and Ayurveda therapists, the centre specialises in Ayurvedic<br />

constitutional evaluation, herbal treatments, Abhyanga<br />

massage, Merma (energy) therapy, Shirodhara (warm<br />

oil flow on forehead), Basti treatments (for balancing<br />

and nurturing Vata Dosha), facial treatments, body<br />

scrubs, and much more. If this wasn’t enough the<br />

centre is also one of the few on the east coast<br />

that’s able to administer Panchakarma, a very<br />

specialised Ayurvedic treatment designed<br />

to cleanse and rejuvenate the body using<br />

5 distinct therapies.<br />

The process at the centre is intended to be as simple as possible,<br />

starting with the dosha/constitution evaluation, followed by<br />

a carefully designed treatment plan to be incorporated into<br />

any schedule, budget, or lifestyle. The ultimate goal is to strike<br />

a perfect balance between health and harmony. A further<br />

innovation within the centre is the opportunity to purchase<br />

traditional Ayurvedic herbal formulations, refreshing and<br />

healing herbal teas, nourishing oils, tablets, and organic<br />

Ayurvedic skincare products. The online store means it’s not<br />

just New Yorkers who get to benefit from the centre’s expertise.<br />

Find out more - Ayurveda Plaza<br />

315 W 55th St<br />

Ground Floor<br />

New York, NY, 10019<br />

United States<br />

Tel +212 616 4127<br />



<strong>Wellness</strong> practices come in a variety of wonderful forms; some are more popular than others. Many of us<br />

are always on the lookout for the next alternative “trend” or something different to relieve our ailments.<br />

To assist in this endeavour, we’ve three of our favourites unique wellness practices that may just by<br />

about to take the world by storm.<br />

UNIQUE<br />


Chocolate Therapy<br />

For some of us gorging on chocolate after a tough day might be<br />

therapeutic enough, however simply consuming chocolate isn’t<br />

the only way to enjoy its benefits. Indulging in chocolate-based<br />

treatments such as cocoa body scrubs, whipped cocoa baths,<br />

chocolate lotion massages, and chocolate wraps, have been<br />

shown to be beneficial for the skin, joints, and circulation system<br />

For the ultimate chocolate spa experience, we recommend the<br />

After the Rain <strong>Spa</strong>, in Geneva <br />

Vipassana<br />

In today’s digital age we spend most of our time staring at screens,<br />

engaged in conversation, conducted business, browsing the<br />

web etc., we have little time for proper rest. This is the basis<br />

for Vipassana retreats that are designed to reduce stress and<br />

purify the mind through self-observation. To do these guests<br />

must observe a prolonged period (normally 10 days) of silence<br />

while living restrictively and attending meditation sessions.<br />

Participants who complete the 10 days tend to acknowledge the<br />

positive benefits it brings.<br />

Four your next Vipassana retreat we recommend Tushita<br />

Meditation Centre in India <br />

Beer <strong>Spa</strong><br />

A unique concept from the middle-ages that has well and<br />

truly stood the test of time. The hops and yeast within beer is<br />

beneficial to the skin in cleaning out pores, detoxifying, and<br />

improving blood circulation. It’s a great stress reliever, not least<br />

for the fact that most establishment offer unlimited beer on tap<br />

throughout your session.<br />

Check out the next page for our in-depth feature on the Original<br />

Beer <strong>Spa</strong> in Prague.<br />

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Original Beer <strong>Spa</strong><br />

Czech Republic | <strong>Spa</strong><br />

A<br />

trip to Prague isn’t complete without a visit to the award-winning<br />

ORIGINAL BEER SPA. Excellent service and unique treatments await in<br />

two locations. While this may seem innovative and new, the ingredients and<br />

approach are actually based on traditional and local medical procedures,<br />

with the added caveat of unlimited draft beer throughout!<br />

The journey begins upon entering a fully private chamber setup<br />

exclusively for you or your small group. You start by submerging<br />

yourself into a spectacular hand-made, thousand-litre, royal<br />

oak whirlpool tub filled with the natural extracts used to<br />

brew Czech Krušovice ® beer. Soaking in the hops and<br />

barley is reinvigorating as it is relaxing.<br />

The beer soak contains a plethora of nutrients,<br />

vitamins, proteins, and saccharides that have<br />

been proven to improve skin and muscle<br />

health. For ex<strong>amp</strong>le, the high hop oil<br />

content assists in opening up skin pores<br />

and releasing toxins. The high dose<br />

of vitamin B and active enzymes in<br />

the brewer’s yeast, add vitality and<br />

health to the skin.<br />

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Furthermore, this concoction has been shown to<br />

stimulate metabolism, help remove harmful substances<br />

from the body, reduce muscle tension, and ease fatigue.<br />

The wellbeing benefits go far beyond the physical as<br />

the beer spa environment is conducive to a relaxing<br />

experience that can help reduce stress, relieve anxiety,<br />

and improve mood.<br />

Following the soak, you can continue relaxing by getting<br />

into a traditional hop sauna quirkily built to resemble a<br />

beer barrel and/or spend a few moments laying down on<br />

a wheat straw bed the purpose of which is to absorb all<br />

the vitamins and extracts from the bath.<br />

If you’re feeling a bit peckish at this or any point, then you<br />

can feast on fresh homemade beer bread or continue<br />

to consume the draft beer. Everything is provided from<br />

cotton towels, bathrobes, sheets to linen blankets, and<br />

basswood slippers.<br />

Finally, should you want to take this experience home<br />

with you then why not check out the gift shop? On offer<br />

are several fantastic handmade beer cosmetics that<br />

replicate the positive effects beer has on skin.<br />

Tel + 420 252 544 849<br />

www.beerspa.com<br />

reception.zitna@beerspa.com<br />



MASSAGE.<br />



YOU?<br />

Massage is a popular wellness<br />

therapy that has roots in ancient<br />

civilisations. The practice itself is<br />

a simple one, it’s the manipulation<br />

of the bodies soft tissue using<br />

hands, elbows, knees, forearms,<br />

feet, or a device. The purpose is to<br />

treat muscle and joint pain as well<br />

relieve stress. Massage has been<br />

shown to effectively improve<br />

blood circulation, treat joint pain,<br />

improve flexibility, enhance sleep<br />

quality, relax the mind, aid muscle<br />

recovery, and reduce risk of injury<br />

through sports.<br />

Anyone can give you a massage<br />

but for more effective treatment<br />

you will want to use the services<br />

of a qualified practitioner. With so<br />

many techniques and variations<br />

of massage out there it can be<br />

tricky finding one that’s right for<br />

you. To help you make your choice<br />

we’ve put together a handy<br />

guide of a few popular types of<br />

massage.<br />

Swedish<br />

A common full body massage that tends to cover<br />

the whole body and lasts 60 to 90 minutes. It’s<br />

good for dealing with muscle soreness, knots,<br />

and stress. Ideal if you’re new to massage or<br />

have a lot of tension to release.<br />

Deep Tissue<br />

A much more pressure version of a Swedish<br />

massage, Deep Tissue is fantastic at treating<br />

chronic muscle pain, tightness, and joint aches.<br />

This is a good alternative to a Swedish massage<br />

as long as you’re not overly sensitive to muscle<br />

pressure.<br />

Aromatherapy<br />

This is the combination of soft pressure with the<br />

use of fragrant essential oils. Most therapists<br />

tend to pick the oil, but you can let them know<br />

your preference. The oil is added to a diffuser<br />

to be inhaled and absorbed through your skin<br />

via gentle rubbing. This type of massage is<br />

effective at reducing stress and anxiety. Ideal if<br />

you want to add a mental health component to<br />

the experience.<br />

Reflexology<br />

The focus of this massage is to target pressure<br />

points of the feet, hands, and ears, to restore<br />

natural energy levels. If you’re uncomfortable<br />

with exposing your entire body or have limited<br />

time, then this may work for you as you can take<br />

part fully clothed and be finished within half an<br />

hour.<br />

Shiatsu<br />

A Japanese type of massage that is particularly<br />

useful at honing on certain areas of the body<br />

that need attention. Therapists will use pulsing<br />

and rhythmic pressure as well as the thumbs<br />

to targets certain points. Shiatsu is brilliant for<br />

relaxing and reliving tension. Like reflexology it<br />

can be done fully clothed.<br />

Thai<br />

A more active form of massage that’s effective<br />

at reducing stress while enhancing circulation.<br />

A Thai massage involves working the entire<br />

body through stretches, movements, and firm<br />

pressure. This is another type of massage where<br />

you can remain fully clothed.<br />

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Grace Note Massage<br />

USA | Massage Therapist<br />

For many a massage is the opportunity to relax, de-stress, have a mental<br />

break, and a physical rejuvenation. It’s important to find the right<br />

therapist, someone dedicated, understanding, calming, and fluid. You want<br />

the massage to be a whole experience and for this we urge you to pay<br />

Grace Note Massage in Santa Fe a visit, if you’re travelling through the<br />

area or lucky enough to live nearby you won’t regret it.<br />

Founded by Irina and Tim C<strong>amp</strong>bell, a husband-and-wife super<br />

team, Grace Note Massage has a stellar reputation in the<br />

Santa Fe area for offering excellent massages in a nurturing<br />

and caring environment. They understand the value in<br />

a massage not just from a physical perspective but<br />

a mental and emotional aspect too. So guests can<br />

expect a calming and relaxing ambience where all<br />

the senses are perfectly catered to.<br />

It’s also why they are trained extensively to<br />

offer several different kinds of therapy. Guests<br />

can expect to find a pattern that suits them<br />

and their ailments. The traditional Therapeutic<br />

Massage tailored to specific needs performed<br />

with the intention to restore balance and<br />

improve energy flow. The Root to Crown<br />

treatment involves a nourishing massage and<br />

special care on feet, hands, and head with<br />

healing scrubs, warm oils, and salves. The<br />

Cranio Sacral therapy is unique in that you are<br />

fully clothed and treated to gentle touches<br />

to examine the joints of your head, ultimately<br />

leading to a restoration of imbalances. Finally,<br />

there’s the Traveller, a 90-minute soothing<br />

session that involves energy work, sound<br />

vibrations, aromatherapy, healing touch, and<br />

deep presence.<br />


201 Nambe street,<br />

Santa Fe,<br />

NM, 87505<br />

Tel +575 613 3133<br />

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