GERMANY | THAI MASSAGE CENTRE
TRAVEL & HOSPITALITY
Complete Spa Guide ................. 10
Before Your Visit .........................12
At The Spa.................................... 14
Popular Treatments ................... 16
Where to Go?................................ 18
Vitali Clinica Spa.........................20
Amara Wellness Centre ............28
Dolce Bella Spa...........................30
TIL SPA - Castanheiro
Boutique Hotel ...........................32
The Appeal of Thai Massage34
Muse Thai Wellness38
DrHair® | Beauty Product
Of the Year 48
DrSpa® and DrHair®50
Nourish Spa and Skin Clinic52
Health & Wellness
Apps for 2022 54
An Introduction to Ayurveda 58
New York Ayurveda
Panchakarma Center 60
Original Beer Spa64
Massage. Which is
right for you?66
Grace Note Massage68
Editorial Liaison Manager
Director Of Marketing
Social Media Manager
Tasmai Dave & Zavier Zulfqar
Maria Fernandes & Ashwin Ramesh
Adam Cole, Alice Smith, & Stanley Lucas
Peter Clement & Mukul
Joseph Malabanan, & Michael Popoola
SERVICE EXCELLENCE ONLINE FEEDBACK CERTIFICATION & EXPERIENCE STYLE AND DESIGN SUSTAINABILITY AND ECO-FRIENDLINESS MARKETING
The single most important criteria as this
sets the tone and, in some cases, forms
the foundation for the chance of any future
business. Being friendly, open, professional,
patient and caring are all conducive to good
customer service. Staff and owners alike must
set this tone from even before a customer
walks through the door on mediums such as
the telephone, email and social media.
It’s not just customer service that is measured,
it’s also service between businesses and here
at TH awards we always make a note of our
interaction between winners as reference point
for the future should a company be nominated
Being one of the few global independent award
programs online feedback is key marker for our
due diligence. We use a variety of platforms
such as google, Facebook, Linkedin, booking.
com and Tripadvisor, normally going back up
to 12 months to help us establish an in-house
Questions need to be answered such are these
reviews consistently spread in terms of content,
across platforms and date/time? The reason for
any bad reviews?
This criterion is a test of suitability in terms of the
practitioner. In an ideal world the individual(s)
running the treatment or practice should be
both experienced and have all the relevant
certification. However, with many emerging
wellness trends certification may not be easy
to come by or be non-existent, so we need
to consider experience. On the other hand,
individuals starting out may lack experience
but have all the necessary certifications. For us
it’s important to consider the context and find
It is no question that the overall style and
design of a place play an important part in
selecting our award winner. Simply put, first
impressions count, and nothing makes a better
first impression than an aesthetically appealing
setting. We’re certainly not partial to a period
piece of architecture – but whether we’re
judging a relaxing spa or a nature focused yoga
retreat, the checklist remains the same. We
consider factors such as architectural features,
eco-friendly materials, use of spaces, décor
and how the look of the property fits in relation
to the brand.
The health of the planet is one of the single
biggest issues of our generation and it’s
important for nominee’s understand this and
attempt to do their bit. Practices such as energy
conservation, a recycling program, energy
efficient products, sustainable work policies
and locally sourced natural materials are all key
markers that we consider.
In the modern age, a business cannot rely on
word of mouth alone to get their message out
into the world. Social media has become a vital
part of everyday life, we like to see companies
that go the extra mile to engage potential
guests as well as those who visit regularly.
Attractive and user-friendly websites, engaging
social media accounts, brand management
and informative content provide the basis for
judging a company’s use of marketing.
A day at the Spa can be a truly indulgent and wonderful
experience, after all it’s a pastime centred on your
enjoyment, needs, and, most importantly, your
wellbeing. With the world now at the end stages of
the Covid pandemic the importance of personal
wellness has never been more apparent. The
continuous lockdowns and restrictions over the
past couple of years has meant that people are
placing more value on “me time”, and one of the
easiest ways to do this is a Spa Day.
Whether you visit with friends, family, a romantic partner,
co-workers, or by yourself, one thing is certain, a day at
the spa will leave you refreshed, rejuvenated, and destressed.
However, one misstep or awkward situation can
derail the whole experience.
For this reason, we’ve dedicated this piece to providing
you with a comprehensive spa guide that includes our top
tips, popular treatments, the benefits, and a summary of the
some of the best spas in the world.
Make sure you do your research to find your ideal spa. For the
most part, day spas tend to be consistent with services on
offer, but you want to make sure you find one that suits you.
Say a female only spa, or maybe you want a hotel spa so
you can spend the night, or you may be interested in an
innovative new treatment. Either way a good luck around is
the place to start.
Reservations should be made as soon
as you’ve decided on a date and found
your perfect spa. You may not be sure on
the exact treatments to go for so a quick
call to make a reservation will no doubt
help. Most spa receptionists are usually
able to adequately explain what’s on
offer, the benefits, and tailor packages.
Arriving for your spa day with treatments
and bookings in place mean the whole
experience is likely to be stress-free.
Be prepared by packing a bag.
Most amenities, robes, towels, and
refreshments are provided but you’ll still
want to pack a few essentials. A change
of clothes, swimwear, gym
wear, comfy footwear, and
a book/tablet are some of
the items we recommend. We
suggest approaching the day
as if you’re staying overnight at a
hotel, think about what items you’d
need in this situation.
Finally, arrive early, you want the whole
day to be as relaxing as possible and
getting there 20-30 minutes ahead
of will only help. It’ll allow you to get
acclimatised to the overall ambience and
take advantage of any complimentary
amenities on offer.
Now that you’ve stepped for inside, you’ll want to start by checking in. This may seem obvious but it’s
a pivotal point, this is when you can ask for a tour of the facility and acquire any robes, slippers, towels
etc. Any good spa will also ask you to fill in a health questionnaire when you first check-in. This is to
understand if you have any medical conditions, are on any medication, or have any allergies which may
determine the type of products used. If you aren’t asked to fill one in be sure to point out any, and we
mean any, issues or concerns you have.
AT THE SPA
Trust the staff, especially if it’s your first time. You may not
be sure on what the rules are or how to behave in particular
situations, it’s always best to communicate with the staff on
hand. They’ve probably heard it all, so no question will be
deemed silly, and they’ll likely offer the best advice. You’re not
expected to make friendly conversation but don’t be afraid to
speak up if you’re uncomfortable or have questions about a
Be mindful of other people during your time at the spa. If
you’re in a group, it’s easy to get caught up in the fun but
be aware other people are there to relax also. Discretion and
modesty in the changing area is advised and make sure you
leave this area how you’d like to find it.
If you’re going to a large spa or one that’s part of a hotel, you’ll
probably find a whole host of extra facilities and services
to take advantage of such as a pool, gym, sauna, bar, or
restaurant. Make the most of it, it’s not often you get to treat
yourself to a spa day.
Finally, at the end of it all, keep in mind the tip. This obviously
varies from spa to spa and between countries, so to be safe
check the spa gratuity policy. Some places may charge this
anyway, if in doubt go with 20% of the total treatment cost.
If you’re unsure about which treatment to get
or which is right for you then check out this
handy rundown of the four most popular.
The quintessential spa treatment
and by far the most common.
Great for relaxing tired muscles,
stimulating blood flow, and
releasing endorphins. Massages
come in many forms such as
Swedish, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue,
and Thai, to name but a few.
Rejuvenating body treatments
such as scrubs, wraps, and soaks,
leave your skin feeling cleaner,
fresher, and more radiant.
Our face is the most visible
part of our body, and the first
thing people see. It deserves
pampering. Facial treatments
include the combination of
cleansing, extraction, and
massage. They are designed to
cleanse pores, exfoliate dead
skin cells, and leave your face
Manicure & Pedicures
A mani-pedi is the perfect
compliment to any one of the
three treatments mentioned
above. Having your hands and
feet scrubbed, cleaned, and
polished will leave you feeling
Regardless of treatment or
procedure, a day at the spa will
reduce stress and calm the mind.
Facials, body treatments, and even
massages all assist in enhancing
You can expect better sleep quality
with a calm mind and improved
Improve Blood Flow &
Massages have been shown to
improve blood flow and circulation
thus helping the body to function
A good massage can relieve joint
pain and aches. Just be sure
to let the therapist know of any
Dolce Bella Spa | Canada
Luxury Spa of the Year
Four Seasons Spa | Norway
Luxury Spa of the Year
Amooma Spa | Hong Kong
Day Spa of the Year
Amara Wellness | Australia
Wellness Centre of the Year
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Til Spa | Portugal
Boutique Spa of the Year
Our top picks from
around the world.
Vitali Clinica Spa | Mexico
Holistic Spa of the Year
Vitali Clinica Spa
Mexico | Holistic Spa
“More Than Just a Spa, an IntraSpa”
In the hustle and bustle of Mexico City the Vitalí Clinica Spa is a quiet,
calming, and nurturing oasis, providing a wellbeing service like no
other, and dedication to a craft that is unrivalled. Located in the
Cuauhtémoc district, known as the heart of the city, the Vitalí
Clinica Spa offers services that go beyond a spa, known as an
The ultimate goal of Vitalí is to bring together an immensely
pleasant external experience with an internal journey, a
notion named IntraSpa. Its philosophy is based on the
idea that the real source of wellness comes from
being able to listen to yourself. What Vitalí then
aspires to, is to reduce the noise of your mind
as well as relax your body.
Therefore, key tenets such as creating a
wonderful atmosphere, making you feel
welcome, facilitating relaxation techniques,
offering regular advice, motivational support,
and providing reliable information play a key
role in enabling you to achieve a quiet mind
and a revitalized body. This is delivered at
Vitalí through a mix of several high-quality
services such as, all types of massage, yoga,
meditations, Tai chi, ceremonies, detox advice,
On top of this, you will find a good collection
of books, a detox bar with “live drinks” (such
as kombucha) and a boutique where you can
find different items to feed your mind and
strengthen your body.
Av Amsterdam 43,
Mexico City, Mexico
Tel +52 55 5211 6135
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Vitalí has been designed right down to every tiny detail,
to get you to that internal trance-like state, whether
it be through partaking in a meditation circuit after a
rejuvenating deep tissue massage, or yoga before a hotstones
treatment. You can even utilise the on-site virtual
reality equipment, perfect for an awesome meditative
experience anywhere in the world.
The Deep Thinker
A Catch Up with Alberto Cortina,
Alberto has been working in the Wellness Industry for over 15 years. He
has a background in media communications and a Master of Business
Administration from Sheffield University. Also, he is permanent student
of a mix of disciplines such as yoga, reiki and tai chi and is passionate
about reading about philosophy and psychology.
He is the cocreator of “the intra movement “which aims to inspire
governments, entrepreneurs, and architects to create spaces to pause
and to do nothing more than listen to themselves. It also aims to make
meditation (taking time for reflection or whichever terminology you
prefer) a social norm in companies and public spaces in order to improve
our mental health in a world that is just asking us to move and achieve
In line with the “intra movement” he has progressed his spa to an
IntraSpa as an example of a space to pause to listen to yourself. He has
also developed a Detox Bar which is a concept that offers an alternative
to Starbucks for people who work more with their creative brain. The
atmosphere is created to make your ideas flow plus you are able to
consume healthy drinks.
Wellness Boutique is a project which has also been designed by Alberto
Cortina that aims to offer sensorial products to make spending time with
yourself a ceremonial and mystic experience.
When did you open the Spa and why?
It was 10 years ago. Back then, it was purely a business
decision, it was offered to me, and I needed some money at
It started as a side business and of course it did not work
like that, so I ended up leaving my main job to focus on it. I
realized that there was so much meaning in interacting with
people that are hoping to connect with something, people
that are looking to have a break but also understanding that
there is a great responsibility in dealing with hope.
The range of services at the spa is very impressive,
how did you go about selecting these specific
It was a very natural process because we understand our
business. We know that we are facilitators, and we are very
conscious that our business is about recognising individuals
therefore we need a broad range of vehicles on offer to get
to the same place. For example, some people can naturally
enjoy a meditation in the lotus position, there are others that
will enjoy dancing more, but the intention is the same. That
is the key, it does not matter if you go for a facial or you are
more of a yogi, the point is you do it to love yourself more.
What challenges did the Covid
Financially there were many challenges, however
that is just about numbers and so it was important
to accept the circumstances as quick as possible,
in order to start an adaptation process. However,
the biggest challenge was to remain as wellness
facilitators remotely when we were in lock down
and now to improve all the time to respond to
much higher levels of distress, anxiety, depression,
loneliness, and low motivation.
Can you tell us about IntraSpa?
The real sanctuary is inside of us as well as the answers. We
just need to go inside of ourselves and pose a couple of key
questions: what do we really like and what do we really love? If
we know the answers to these questions, we can do a massive
internal clean out and focus less on the source of stress but
instead feed the source we love.
It sounds simple but everyone knows that it can be very
threatening and complicated because we have personal and
collective beliefs, social, family, and personal expectations,
different traumas. We are afraid of being rejected so we protect
ourselves and avoid questioning.
The thing is, all of this is in our mind, so the option is to ground
ourselves in reality, starting with our senses: touch; smell; taste;
hearing, sight and being conscious of our whole body through
breathing or balance exercises. All these with the aim of
making you feel safe, welcome, unique, and inspired, setting up
favourable conditions for you to have that internal conversation.
If it doesn’t come to you straight away that is fine, it will come
when you are ready. We like to call it the “intra moment”.
So, an IntraSpa aims to inspire you to have a moment on your
internal journey by helping you to quiet your mind and just feel.
In recent times Mexico has
developed a reputation for
being a premier wellness
destination, why do you think
Mexico has got a great tradition
of being connected with the
earth, ceremonies, and rituals
to heal the body and the soul.
In my case one of the things
that has inspired me is in the
Mexican tradition of the Chaman
who always personalized your
medicine. In the modern world
this is vital because we are seen
just as data. Also in my opinion,
Mexicans have that unique mix
of warmth, ceremonial spirit, a
willingness to help others and a
dash of spice.
What advice would you give to anyone interested
in opening their own spa?
To have as mantra the Beatles song “all you need is love”
When you understand that to give love is the reason to
open a spa you will find you way and your unique offering.
Finally, what your favourite place to
travel and why?
I would have to say inside me, but I love it when I open my
eyes and see mountains and lots of green, so my favourite
place is Scotland.
Amara Wellness Centre
Australia | Wellness Centre
Founded by Dr Zara Celik, the Amara Wellness Centre is a culmination of experience,
understanding, education, and tradition. The centre is focused on values of
prevention, treatment, and true wellness, which when combined with Dr Zara Celik’s
industry background and excellent level of service, ensures that Melbourne is in
fact home to a world class wellness studio.
The experience from start to finish is tailored to individual needs, not
everyone is the same and as such no one therapy on its own will be
effective. Ultimately, a holistic and integrative approach is required
meaning all sessions are customised to address the mind, body,
and soul. Whether you’re looking for reliable advice, a calming
massage, rejuvenate your skin, revitalise your body, or simply
enjoy a hot steam “hammam” then Amara is the perfect
place for you.
Visitors to the centre can expect a whole host of
services and treatments. Most start with a wellness
consultation, which is essentially a holistic review
of an individual person’s health, the result of
which normally forms a basis for a personalised
On offer beyond this are a whole host of massages
& endermotherapie treatment; to achieve a glowing
complexion, facials, endermolifts, and LED light therapy
available at the centre are brilliant. Or if you’re interested
in slimming, then a lipo-massage is probably more your
thing. With regards to strength and conditioning the centre
is home to one of few state-of-the-art Huber Motion Labs,
in the Asia-Pacific region. For recovery you can’t go too far
wrong with endermosport massage, a favourite amongst
world-leading athletes. Dr Zara Celik herself is an expert
chiropractor and has a master’s in the field, so you can trust
you’ll be good hands for this. The range on offer is extensive
and too much to cover, so if you’re interested in full list of
services then click here. Zara was chosen as a top health
coach in Australia and is an executive contributor for Brainz
magazine and a part of global 500.
One practice worth mentioning however, is that the centre
boasts Melbourne’s first Hammam. With the hammam
playing a key role in Dr Zara’s early life growing up in Turkey,
she was keen to bring this unique experience to Melbourne,
it’s fair to this goal has been well and truly achieved!
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Level 1 Suite 3, 597-601 Sydney Road,
Brunswick, Victoria 3056
Tel +61 406 998 998
Dolce Bella Spa
Canada | Luxury Spa
Opulence and variety are the order of the day at Ontario’s magnificent Dolce Bella Spa.
A spa where history and luxury meet to create a unique one-stop spa experience.
Established within a 19th Century Wooden Mill nestled on the tranquil waterfront of
Ottawa’s famous River-Rideau Canal, the Dolce Bella Spa retains its historical charm
while boasting an array of wellness services administered by expertly trained staff
using only the highest quality products.
To start, familiar and more conventional treatments are presented.
There’s plenty to choose from, this includes facials, massages, body
treatments (such as wraps and hydrotherapy), mani-pedi, makeup
services (using Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup), and waxing. On top
of this there is a healthy cuisine menu available, serving freshly
prepared dishes, made using the finest ingredients. This
services to enhance the whole wellness experience leaving
your insides feeling as pampered as your exterior. To give
gives guests the utmost in value Dolce Belle offers a
range of packages designed for varying group sizes,
events, and needs.
A unique feature of the Dolce Bella Spa is the
on-site hair salon. The salon offers a wide
range of services to perfect complement
to the beauty treatments that will no doubt
leave you looking fresh as every for any
The medical aesthetic treatments round off
the excellent array of services at Dolce Bella
Spa. Should you want healthy, glowing, and
younger looking skin then these treatments
maybe ideal for you. Skin rejuvenation
therapies, acne treatment, permanent hair
removal, and pigmented lesion remedy, are
8 Cataraqui Street,
Tel +1 877 424 4417
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TIL SPA - Castanheiro
Portugal | Boutique Spa
The sleepy island of Madeira is the perfect European getaway. In recent
times the Island has developed a reputation for its world class spas
and wellness retreats. Madeira’s exceptional location, connection
with nature, peaceful setting, subtropical climate, and quality of
living means its ideally suited to welcoming wellness seekers. For
this we recommend none other than the luxurious Til Spa at
the wonderful Castanheiro Boutique Hotel.
The concept of the Spa is simple, it’s to connect with
nature through wonderful sensations, smells, and
touches. The experiences are immersive as they are
rejuvenating and much of the treatments utilise
natural organic ingredients. Seaweed wraps,
nourishing body oils, eucalyptus aromatherapy,
bamboo brushes, and volcanic hot stone
massage are just some of the unique
treatments you can expect delivered
by experienced and knowledgeable
On the whole the spa does much in the way of catering
to most tastes, there are treatments offered for men
that use purpose made essences; couples in the form
full body and back massage aromatherapies; Even kids
can enjoy a “make the children happy” or “modern youth”
massage that are adjusted based on age. Facilities
include an indoor pool with a hydrotherapy circuit, two
massage booths, sauna, Turkish bath, relaxation room
and a gym.
Castanheiro Boutique Hotel
R. do Castanheiro 31
Tel +351 969 149 279
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Enduringly popular all over the world and a UNESCO cultural heritage of humanity, Thai
massage is a worldwide phenomenon. Practitioners, centres, and retreats specialising
in the practice are common, in most big cities its relatively easy to get a Thai
massage. For sure, it’s one you won’t regret!
Originating from the Kingdom of Thailand, historically known as Siam, Thai
Massage has been practiced, developed, and honed over thousands of years.
Combining acupressure, ayurvedic tenets, and yoga positions, Thai massage
is unlike any western, Swedish or shiatsu massage techniques. The receiver
in a Thai massage lies on the floor and actively participates in the massage
as opposed to laying still on a bed or floor. Sessions can last up to two hours
and may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, and walking
on the receivers back.
It is recommended that after a Thai massage you rest and drink plenty
of water. Even though you may feel relaxed muscles have been worked,
stretched and prodded. There are no guidelines on how often you should have
a Thai massage. In fact, one of the appealing qualities is the customisability
of Thai massage, therapists are open to working with receivers on specific
problems areas. The use of essential oils, sounds, and aromatherapy, further
enhances the whole experience and adds an extra dimension of relaxation.
This is a relatively modern addition to Thai massage but one that has been
encompassed to ensure ultimate satisfaction.
Thai massage has been shown to ease muscle
soreness and joint pain. The use of pressure, stretching
and kneading on the body is proven to release muscle
tension and enhance flexibility. Other benefits include
improved blood circulation, reduction in stress, anxiety
relief, and an increase in energy levels.
A Thai massage can be taken one step further with
the use of Luk Pra Kob. Luk Pra Kob is the pressing
of an herbal stamp on the body for the purpose
alleviating muscular pain and exfoliating skin.
The stamp is made up of a blend of herbs
which are wrapped in unbleached cotton
and heated in a steamer. The hot compress
is then applied to the body. The heat releases
the essential oils of the medicinal herbs
inside the stamp, allowing them to penetrate
the skin. It is recommended not to shower for
a few hours after the treatment in order to fully
maximise the benefits of the herbal oils.
Muse Thai Wellness
Germany | Thai Massage Centre
In Thai culture wellness is a part of the tradition, rather than the “trend” we
see today, it’s a practice that has been honed and refined over centuries
to a point now where there is a huge global demand for Thai Spa’s, herbal
treatments, and massages. It’s not easy to find a reputable and reliable
practitioner however if you’d lucky enough to live in or visit Germany
or Thurgau in Switzerland then we strongly recommend Muse Thai
A muse can best be described as a source of inspiration
and creativity, a somewhat guiding light, and for visitors,
Muses of traditional Thai massage await in the region
of Konstanz. At Muse Thai Wellness knowledgeable,
experienced, and intuitive masseurs are coupled with
the appropriate décor, sounds, scents, and oils, to
create the perfect atmosphere for a traditional
Thai massage like no other.
Thai Massage itself is broad and has been developed over
centuries, it can help prevent or relieve several ailments as
well as improve mental health. It’s for this reason the Thai
Wellness massage can consist of several different stretches,
movements, joint mobilizations, and pressure points, as well
as the use of hand, thumbs, knees, elbows, and feet. At Muse
Thai wellness you can expect all of this to be put into practice
with a range of massages to choose from including a Hot
Stone Massage, Problem Area Massage, Asian Foot Massage,
KoNaSchu (specialised for head, neck, and shoulder), Nuad
Thai Nammanh (ancient healing touch) and event massage
(available on request).
In addition to this a plethora of oils are also utilised to
maximise the advantageous property of each relative to any
ailment or need. Lavender, Coconut, Leelavadee, Rice, Rose,
and Basic oils are all on hand.
Overall, a Thai wellness massage is much deeper and more
multifaceted than you’d expect so finding an accomplished
practitioner may not be easy but for those who are willing
Muse Thai Wellness awaits!
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Kanzleistraße 3, 78462
Tel +49 7531 9911677
1) What motivated you to open a Thai
Massage Spa in Constance?
Buppha: I love being by the water. Here in
Konstanz you can live and work directly on
the lake. Here I can best pursue my greatest
passion, Thai massage.
Frank: In addition, the people of Constance
and the region appreciate Thai massage
3) What are the different types of Thai massage and which would you
recommend for beginners?
Buppha: First is the classic Thai massage,
and then continue the Thai reflexology
massage of the feet and Thai massage
with herbal stamp.
Frank: for people who can enjoy a
Thai massage for the first time I would
recommend the classic Thai massage
with oil. The massage can be performed in
Buppha: whereby the masseuse can
immediately respond to the customer’s
reaction. The other two massages are
intense massages that go into the depths
of the body.
6) Which wheel would you give someone who wants to open their
own massage center?
Frank: first I would say he should respond to customers. He should try to
meet customer requirements and exceed expectations. He should see the
customer as a personal guest with absolute passion.
Buppha: We try to make our guest’s stay as pleasant as possible and always
7) How did Covid affect business and how did they deal with it?
2) What are the advantages of Thai
Buppha: In my home country, Thai massage
is part of the daily ritual and has already
saved many people so many courses to the
doctor due to their preventive effect.
Thai massage can prevent many diseases
and sufferings – while being a pleasant and
beneficial method to get rid of everyday
stress and relax properly.
Frank: Thai massage with its healthpromoting
effects on nature, body, mind,
and soul of man makes it a particularly
valuable and unique treatment. After all,
Aristotle already knew: “The whole thing is
more than the sum of its parts.
4) How to compare Thai massage
techniques with, for example, Swedish
massage or shiatsu massage.
Buppha: If the rubbing and kneading of
the skin are essential elements, traditional
Thai massages can also positively influence
internal or distant organs by means of the
A Swedish massage is a form of massage in
which, as with connective tissue massage,
gentle striking and circular movements are
combined with deeply effective kneading.
Unlike other massage techniques such as Thai
massage, the masseur practicesShiatsualways
very gentle pressure. Pressure pain does not
5) in Thailand wellness is a valued
‘’tradition. Why do they think that
is so and they believe that the
rest of the world can learn from it.
Buppha: Traditional Thai massage is
also associated with Buddhism in its
current practice. It is used with Metta
(the usual term for loving goodness).
Masters are usually deeply religious
people who perform the massage in
a state of mindfulness, uniformity,
compassion, and joy. This can be
taken as a model of how to deal with
each other in general.
In today’s world, an indispensable
Frank: Of course, customer
frequency has been reduced by the
measures of the Covid regulations,
and we both had to think about
how we could draw attention even
more and respond even more to the
wishes of our guests.
We deal very openly with cleanliness
and hygiene, i.e. for example, our
guests can disinfect their hands
automatically and without touching
the device when entering our
Our guests immediately get a
positive impression of all the senses
when entering our rooms.
Our guests should notice that we
are preparing our massage rooms
exclusively for them.
Buppha: We make sure that we
employ very well-trained staff and
always train them to withstand
everyone on the same knowledge.
We all always want to be at our
Frank : But we also want to point
out that we want to expand and
strengthen our presence on the
8) Your favorite place to travel and why?
Our favorite destination is of course Thailand
Why? It is home to Buppha and people are very
We always go directly to the sea - we love the water.
We enjoy every moment we can spend by the sea.
The sea decelerates us and brings us to rest.
It is a wonderful moment we were able to experience
Often times skincare is neglected in favour of focusing on other areas of the body. For most of us our
skincare routine will never go beyond regular showering with use of gels or applying a little moisturiser.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and is subject to both internal and external risk factors. The skin
is responsible for releasing harmful toxins from the body while at the same protecting us from outside
threats such as bacteria. Healthy skin can improve appearance, enhance mood, and keep wrinkles at
bay. Changes in the skin can also highlight internal issues such as bad diet and stress.
The good news is that it’s never too late to adopt a skincare routine and skin healthy habits. We’ve
highlighted five key areas to consider when developing your routine.
This is the most obvious place to start. There are plenty of products on the
market that can leave you feeling a little daunted in terms of knowing where
to begin, not all skin is the same so what may work for one person may
not necessarily work for you. It’s always worth speaking to a professional
to determine which product or ingredient is right for your skin. There
maybe a little trial and error involved at the beginning but later you’ll
determine which products are ideal for your skin type. Keep in mind
however products can change based on season and climate.
Cleanser, toner, moisturiser, sunscreen, exfoliator, and serums should
be staples in any skincare routine.
Regular trips to the spa will play a key role
in any good skincare routine. Going to the
professionals to get treatment is a great way
to ensure a high-quality experience, get
advice, and simply relax.
The most common treatment is a facial, which
despite the name, can be applied to most areas
of the body. This is a beautifying treatment
that cleanses pores, exfoliates dead skin cells,
moisturises the skin, and relieve common
skin ailments. Methods used include the use
of steam, creams, lotions, peels, face masks,
massage, and skin lasers.
Other popular spa treatments to consider are
body scrubs, aromatherapy massages, laser
skin resurfacing, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Therapy, or spending up to 15 minutes in
sauna or steam room.
The famous saying goes “you are what you
eat”, and this is especially true when it comes
to your skin. Skin cells are constantly shed
and replaced with younger ones that require
a steady supply of essential nutrients. Eat the
correct balance of foods and you’ll feed your
skin the nutrients it needs to stay soft, supple,
and blemish free.
Fruits and vegetable are full of antioxidants
and top of the list when it comes to foods that
protect the skin. Selenium rich foods such as
Brazil nuts, fish, wheatgerm, and tomatoes
are also great. Remaining well hydrated
throughout the day is imperative as even mild
dehydration can cause you skin to look dry;
8-10 glasses a day of water is a solid target.
Omega-3 and Omega 6 fats found in oily fish,
seeds, and walnuts produce anti inflammatory
compounds which may help skin conditions
such as eczema and psoriasis.
It goes without saying that smoking and
excessive alcohol consumption must be
avoided as both can age the skin ahead of time.
The benefit of exercise is two-fold. Firstly,
there is the improved blood flow during
exercise that assists in nourishing skin
cells and removing toxins. Then there is
the de-stressing benefit of exercise. Stress
triggers several physiological responses that
negatively impact the skin. These can cause
breakouts, inflammation, and discolouration.
For the best workout for your skin, we
recommend hitting the gym and staying
indoors as you risk sun exposure outdoors
especially in sunnier climates. Another skin
issue that can arise is chafing which can
cause rashes, we advise avoiding cotton and
The most inexpensive of all five, a good
night’s sleep can go a long way in maintaining
skin health. During sleep blood flow to your
skin increases which aids in the rebuilding
of collagen and repairing damage from UV
exposure. A good night’s sleep (8-10 hours)
will maximise the effectiveness of these
processes. Whereas a lack of sleep raises
your cortisol levels, a hormone which triggers
inflammation, limits skin recovery from UV
exposure, and ages skin faster.
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D rHair® is a line of flawless, award-winning hair and scalp treatments that
have gone on to revolutionise the industry. Curated by the ingenious
Dr Georgia Lee, DrHair ® is the natural companion to the DrGL ® line of
products in keeping with the high quality of the brand, DrHair ®
treatments tap onto the art of science, utilising only the finest
ingredients to ensure the utmost effectiveness and efficacy.
At DrHair ® you can expect no less than a premium service at
the hands of experienced, knowledgeable, and well-trained
professionals who specialise in hair and scalp treatments.
DrHair ® treatments comprise of clinically proven hairloss
prevention methods, deep cleanse and hair
booster formulas for healthy scalp and hair.
About DrGL ®
Founded by Singaporean doctor Dr Georgia Lee,
and named with her initials, DrGL ® is ultimately a
reflection of her approach and attitude to skin and hair
care. Designed for maximum efficacy and minimum
fuss, the products and treatments are innovations of Dr
Lee’s extensive expertise. Years of medical and aesthetic
experience, thorough patient feedback, extensive clinical
trials, and demanding standards have led to the curation
and curation of unrivalled skin and scalp products. All
our products and treatments are developed using only
scientifically-driven research, and the finest ingredients.
As a result, you’re always guaranteed products and
services from DrGL ® that are effective, safe and crueltyfree.
All products are assessed by independent certified
toxicologists and tested at independent EU labs for quality
in safety, stability, and compatibility with the packaging.
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DrSpa ® and DrHair ®
Singapore | Products & Skincare Treatment
D rSpa® is uniquely focused on boutique doctorcurated
treatments dedicated to Asian skin types
and climates. DrSpa ® is the natural accompaniment to
the DrGL ® product range. Clinical solutions developed
at DrSpa ® are always customised, combined with, and
to ultimately amplify the DrGL ® skincare routine for
optimal, long-lasting results. All treatments start with
a professional skin analysis and a homecare routine,
determined and recommended according to the
individual’s needs and requirements.
Highlights of DrSpa ® include:
– Glorious skin brightening solutions for a radiant complexion
– Acne treatments that are gentle yet effective for a clear, blemish-free
– Body solutions for slimming, firming and cellulite reduction
– Treatments to slow down the skin aging process and reverse the look
of fine lines
– Specially curated treatments just for men.
– Targeted facials to perfect the complexion
DrSpa ® | Skincare Treatment
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Tel +65 9178 3472
Nourish Spa and Skin Clinic
Australia | Spa & Skincare Clinic
Presenting a tranquil and calming space, the Nourish Spa & Skin Centre is a beacon
of relaxation on Victoria’s trendy wellness scene. Located on the fashionable
Fitzroy Street, the Nourish Spa specialises in massage and skin treatments. The spa
perfectly blends a traditional approach to wellbeing with advanced cosmeceutical
skin care and relaxation treatments, all bough together by expertly trained
professionals providing a high-quality service. This stunning urban retreat is
not one to be missed!
There is much on offer a Nourish Spa for skin treatments. You can
choose from an array of facial remedies ranging from a simple
spa facial ranging all the way up to LED light therapy and skin
needling. Skins peels are a fantastic alternative and at Nourish
you have 7 unique versions to choose from. You can also
get a dry body brushing treatment or choose aromatic
body scrubs to rejuvenate your skin. For something a
little different we recommend trying Intense Pulsed
Light (IPL) skin rejuvenation therapy.
In terms of massages, you can choose from Deep Tissue, Swedish
Relaxation, and Prenatal as well as a unique treatment called Spa Rituals,
for which there are four exceptional options to choose from. A Spa Ritual is
a truly immersive experience that uses a combination of treatments design
to help find serenity and inner balance. Of the four available our favourite
has to be the Nourish journey that starts with a herbal tea and foot soak,
followed an exfoliating scrub, relaxing massage and rejuvenating facial
customised for skin type and condition.
Beauty and Hair Removal Treatments
Beauty treatments remain extremely popular at Nourish Spa, these include
manicures and pedicures, eye lash touch up, and spray tanning using
Tuscan Tan. Hair removal options are waxing, body sugaring, and Intense
Pulsating Light (IPL) permanent hair reduction.
Should you wish to go one step further then Nourish Spa provides antiwrinkle
treatments, dermal fillers, and collagen injections for a range of
aesthetic and cosmetic purposes
Level 2, 157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
(Entrance via Astral Apartments),
Victoria 3182 Australia
Tel +61 395 342 122
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The stress of the pandemic has no doubt led to an increased awareness on the importance of individual
wellbeing. However, making time for personal wellness is a different story especially when you consider
safety restrictions, and costs. This means many of us have turned to the convenience of apps to assist.
Here are four of the best for 2022.
All Out Studio
Your one-stop-shop for exclusive on
demand workouts. Bought to you by
several of the worlds most trusted health
brands, All Out Studio makes working out
at home a breeze. Hundreds of workouts
are designed for specific body types,
lifestyles, and goals, meaning finding
one unique to yourself is easy enough.
For full access subscription is required
which can be paid for per month or for
the whole year.
Access to a licenced mental health
therapist through your phone is the
simple yet powerful vision of Talkspace.
A convenient and affordable way to
improve your mental health, Talkspace is
centred on matching individuals with an
appropriate therapist for their needs with
unlimited communication and regular
feedback. The user interface is set up to
measure progress, foster healthy habits,
and measure long term goals.
One of the best yoga apps on the market
for beginners, Glo is home to over 4000
yoga classes. At sign up you’re asked
three questions to determine the best
yoga style to suit your goals, as well as
access to content from some of the
best instructors from all over the world.
To further this, you can also access
meditation, pilates, and fitness classes.
RaskRask sets the standard in
convenience when it comes to finding
a professional masseur, trainer, or
hairdresser to suit your lifestyle. With
hundreds of thoroughly vetted and
highly knowledgeable professionals to
choose from RaskRask undoubtedly
offers wellness on your terms.
To find out more check out the following
Denmark | The Award for Excellence in Service
Your Health. Your Terms
A simply yet powerful platform, RaskRask is all about giving you freedom
and control when it comes to your wellbeing. Never before in history has so
much emphasis been placed on the importance of wellness at home and
with RaskRask you get the perfect antidote to that unpleasant or tired
feeling of not wanting to go out whether it be to the gym, yoga, spa,
For a customer it works much like any other demand service, you
simply create an account, login, and book for a professional
to visit your home or office. Massage therapists, yoga
instructors, personal trainers, and hairdressers are all
available. This provides the ultimate convenience; you
book when it’s feasible, pay a fair price, don’t have
to travel, or worry about equipment, and you’re
not committed to a set number of sessions or
a monthly contract. Although should you
wish you do have the option of multitrip
cards but are still afforded to book
sessions any time you want.
All professionals are carefully selected based
on experience and expertise, this includes
background checked and thorough vetting
procedure, so you know with RaskRask you’re
in safe hands. Many of the massage therapists
are trained in a variety of styles meaning you
can book a sport’s, physiotherapy, wellness,
prenatal, and even couple’s massage.
For a therapist the benefits are fantastic, to
start with there’s no need to worry about timeconsuming
tasks such as marketing and admin.
Then there is the added benefit of flexibility
such as choosing when and where you work.
Finally, there is the added layer of customer
support & security with Tryg insurance offered
to all therapists.
So, the next time you think you’re too busy to
have a massage or go to the gym, think again,
8000 Aarhus C,
Tel +45 93 88 00 63
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Ayurvedic healing or medicine is one of the oldest medicinal systems in world, with a history spanning
over several millennia. Ayurveda’s historical roots are set on the Indian subcontinent, practiced mainly in
India and Nepal, however in recent times the practice has gained worldwide interest and there are now
centres specialising in the Ayurvedic healing all over the world.
Based on ancient text and knowledge, Ayurveda is a natural
and holistic approach to wellness that centres on finding the
balance between mind, body, and spirit.
To understand and create balance you first need determine
your individual constitution. Your constitution, much like
a fingerprint, is unique to every individual. It’s made up of a
set of physical, mental, and emotional characteristics, and
is determined at conception by a number of circumstances
that remain the same throughout life. When this balance is
disturbed, it negatively impacts individual constitution. Stress,
anxiety, diet, seasons, trauma, social strains are all factors that
create an imbalance. Once this is understood, appropriate
actions or treatments can be undertaken to restore balance
and re-establish order.
The evaluation and treatment of imbalances is best done via an
Ayurvedic professional, who’ll normally start by observing and
assessing signs and symptoms of illness (physical or mental)
to determine the cause of an imbalance. Once a conclusion is
reached, a treatment is prescribed. This can be any one of the
following: herbal medicines, special diets, meditation, yoga,
massage, laxatives, enemas, and medical oils.
Ultimately however, Ayurveda is a complex system developed
over thousands of years. To fully understand it requires much
time and effort. To find out more check out - https://www.
New York Ayurveda
USA | Ayurveda Spa
Ayurveda can best be described as an ancient form of healing with its
roots in the Indian subcontinent and a system honed over millennia.
Today it’s more popular than ever with thousands of practitioners,
teachers, and centres all over the world. Those living or visiting New
York are fortunate as the city is home to one of the best Ayurvedic
Wellness Centres in North America, the aptly named “New York
Ayurveda and Panchakarma Centre”. Founded by Ayurveda
specialist Nisha Saini and home to several Ayurveda Doctors
and Ayurveda therapists, the centre specialises in Ayurvedic
constitutional evaluation, herbal treatments, Abhyanga
massage, Merma (energy) therapy, Shirodhara (warm
oil flow on forehead), Basti treatments (for balancing
and nurturing Vata Dosha), facial treatments, body
scrubs, and much more. If this wasn’t enough the
centre is also one of the few on the east coast
that’s able to administer Panchakarma, a very
specialised Ayurvedic treatment designed
to cleanse and rejuvenate the body using
5 distinct therapies.
The process at the centre is intended to be as simple as possible,
starting with the dosha/constitution evaluation, followed by
a carefully designed treatment plan to be incorporated into
any schedule, budget, or lifestyle. The ultimate goal is to strike
a perfect balance between health and harmony. A further
innovation within the centre is the opportunity to purchase
traditional Ayurvedic herbal formulations, refreshing and
healing herbal teas, nourishing oils, tablets, and organic
Ayurvedic skincare products. The online store means it’s not
just New Yorkers who get to benefit from the centre’s expertise.
Find out more - Ayurveda Plaza
315 W 55th St
New York, NY, 10019
Tel +212 616 4127
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Wellness practices come in a variety of wonderful forms; some are more popular than others. Many of us
are always on the lookout for the next alternative “trend” or something different to relieve our ailments.
To assist in this endeavour, we’ve three of our favourites unique wellness practices that may just by
about to take the world by storm.
For some of us gorging on chocolate after a tough day might be
therapeutic enough, however simply consuming chocolate isn’t
the only way to enjoy its benefits. Indulging in chocolate-based
treatments such as cocoa body scrubs, whipped cocoa baths,
chocolate lotion massages, and chocolate wraps, have been
shown to be beneficial for the skin, joints, and circulation system
For the ultimate chocolate spa experience, we recommend the
After the Rain Spa, in Geneva
In today’s digital age we spend most of our time staring at screens,
engaged in conversation, conducted business, browsing the
web etc., we have little time for proper rest. This is the basis
for Vipassana retreats that are designed to reduce stress and
purify the mind through self-observation. To do these guests
must observe a prolonged period (normally 10 days) of silence
while living restrictively and attending meditation sessions.
Participants who complete the 10 days tend to acknowledge the
positive benefits it brings.
Four your next Vipassana retreat we recommend Tushita
Meditation Centre in India
A unique concept from the middle-ages that has well and
truly stood the test of time. The hops and yeast within beer is
beneficial to the skin in cleaning out pores, detoxifying, and
improving blood circulation. It’s a great stress reliever, not least
for the fact that most establishment offer unlimited beer on tap
throughout your session.
Check out the next page for our in-depth feature on the Original
Beer Spa in Prague.
Original Beer Spa
Czech Republic | Spa
trip to Prague isn’t complete without a visit to the award-winning
ORIGINAL BEER SPA. Excellent service and unique treatments await in
two locations. While this may seem innovative and new, the ingredients and
approach are actually based on traditional and local medical procedures,
with the added caveat of unlimited draft beer throughout!
The journey begins upon entering a fully private chamber setup
exclusively for you or your small group. You start by submerging
yourself into a spectacular hand-made, thousand-litre, royal
oak whirlpool tub filled with the natural extracts used to
brew Czech Krušovice ® beer. Soaking in the hops and
barley is reinvigorating as it is relaxing.
The beer soak contains a plethora of nutrients,
vitamins, proteins, and saccharides that have
been proven to improve skin and muscle
health. For example, the high hop oil
content assists in opening up skin pores
and releasing toxins. The high dose
of vitamin B and active enzymes in
the brewer’s yeast, add vitality and
health to the skin.
Furthermore, this concoction has been shown to
stimulate metabolism, help remove harmful substances
from the body, reduce muscle tension, and ease fatigue.
The wellbeing benefits go far beyond the physical as
the beer spa environment is conducive to a relaxing
experience that can help reduce stress, relieve anxiety,
and improve mood.
Following the soak, you can continue relaxing by getting
into a traditional hop sauna quirkily built to resemble a
beer barrel and/or spend a few moments laying down on
a wheat straw bed the purpose of which is to absorb all
the vitamins and extracts from the bath.
If you’re feeling a bit peckish at this or any point, then you
can feast on fresh homemade beer bread or continue
to consume the draft beer. Everything is provided from
cotton towels, bathrobes, sheets to linen blankets, and
Finally, should you want to take this experience home
with you then why not check out the gift shop? On offer
are several fantastic handmade beer cosmetics that
replicate the positive effects beer has on skin.
Tel + 420 252 544 849
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IS RIGHT FOR
Massage is a popular wellness
therapy that has roots in ancient
civilisations. The practice itself is
a simple one, it’s the manipulation
of the bodies soft tissue using
hands, elbows, knees, forearms,
feet, or a device. The purpose is to
treat muscle and joint pain as well
relieve stress. Massage has been
shown to effectively improve
blood circulation, treat joint pain,
improve flexibility, enhance sleep
quality, relax the mind, aid muscle
recovery, and reduce risk of injury
Anyone can give you a massage
but for more effective treatment
you will want to use the services
of a qualified practitioner. With so
many techniques and variations
of massage out there it can be
tricky finding one that’s right for
you. To help you make your choice
we’ve put together a handy
guide of a few popular types of
A common full body massage that tends to cover
the whole body and lasts 60 to 90 minutes. It’s
good for dealing with muscle soreness, knots,
and stress. Ideal if you’re new to massage or
have a lot of tension to release.
A much more pressure version of a Swedish
massage, Deep Tissue is fantastic at treating
chronic muscle pain, tightness, and joint aches.
This is a good alternative to a Swedish massage
as long as you’re not overly sensitive to muscle
This is the combination of soft pressure with the
use of fragrant essential oils. Most therapists
tend to pick the oil, but you can let them know
your preference. The oil is added to a diffuser
to be inhaled and absorbed through your skin
via gentle rubbing. This type of massage is
effective at reducing stress and anxiety. Ideal if
you want to add a mental health component to
The focus of this massage is to target pressure
points of the feet, hands, and ears, to restore
natural energy levels. If you’re uncomfortable
with exposing your entire body or have limited
time, then this may work for you as you can take
part fully clothed and be finished within half an
A Japanese type of massage that is particularly
useful at honing on certain areas of the body
that need attention. Therapists will use pulsing
and rhythmic pressure as well as the thumbs
to targets certain points. Shiatsu is brilliant for
relaxing and reliving tension. Like reflexology it
can be done fully clothed.
A more active form of massage that’s effective
at reducing stress while enhancing circulation.
A Thai massage involves working the entire
body through stretches, movements, and firm
pressure. This is another type of massage where
you can remain fully clothed.
Grace Note Massage
USA | Massage Therapist
For many a massage is the opportunity to relax, de-stress, have a mental
break, and a physical rejuvenation. It’s important to find the right
therapist, someone dedicated, understanding, calming, and fluid. You want
the massage to be a whole experience and for this we urge you to pay
Grace Note Massage in Santa Fe a visit, if you’re travelling through the
area or lucky enough to live nearby you won’t regret it.
Founded by Irina and Tim Campbell, a husband-and-wife super
team, Grace Note Massage has a stellar reputation in the
Santa Fe area for offering excellent massages in a nurturing
and caring environment. They understand the value in
a massage not just from a physical perspective but
a mental and emotional aspect too. So guests can
expect a calming and relaxing ambience where all
the senses are perfectly catered to.
It’s also why they are trained extensively to
offer several different kinds of therapy. Guests
can expect to find a pattern that suits them
and their ailments. The traditional Therapeutic
Massage tailored to specific needs performed
with the intention to restore balance and
improve energy flow. The Root to Crown
treatment involves a nourishing massage and
special care on feet, hands, and head with
healing scrubs, warm oils, and salves. The
Cranio Sacral therapy is unique in that you are
fully clothed and treated to gentle touches
to examine the joints of your head, ultimately
leading to a restoration of imbalances. Finally,
there’s the Traveller, a 90-minute soothing
session that involves energy work, sound
vibrations, aromatherapy, healing touch, and
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Tel +575 613 3133
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