Post Archive - August, 2017

Posts category "Luxury Wellness Retreats"

Feeling ‘Not Enough’

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Self healing; how do you go about it?

Lately I’ve been feeling like I have a gaping hole inside of me that needs to be filled. I can verbally give myself a talking to and say that all is well, but the feeling of impending doom or something missing remains. Have you ever felt the same way? Let’s explore this together.

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Bali Spiritual Healer offers wises words

Spiritual Healer

Today we are going deep and spiritual with my dear friend and Bali Spiritual Healer Annick, otherwise known as The Bali Oracle. She’s guided me through many a challenge with her huge open heart and gentle, empathetic nature. How cool is it that I now get to share her infinite wisdom with you…
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COMO Shambhala Fitness Expert Amy Buck

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Recently singer John Legend and Chrissy Teigen enjoyed getting their fit bodies back with Fitness Expert Amy Buck, when they stayed at one of our favourites luxury wellness retreats COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. Teigen called Amy “The most patient human in the world”..

“We had the most beautiful, wonderful time in Bali. Como Shambhala, my body and mind have never felt so clear. Thank you for getting me to move again (first time since I was 8 months pregnant and Luna is ummmm 15 months old) and giving me some much-needed body and nutrition schooling!” said Teigen in an Instagram post.

Yeap, we’d agree. We interviewed Amy to find out what expert tips she’s dishing out.
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Balinese Healing Ceremonies

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Thanks to ‘Eat,Pray,Love’, everyone has now heard of Balinese Healing. They all imagine queuing for ‘Ketut’ to show them the path to enlightenment. Or you might think it’s all a load of baloney.

Well think again.

I lived in Bali for over a decade and I’ve experienced and witnessed some things that do not fit into our regular view of the world. If our clients are interested in experiencing Balinese Healing, whilst on a luxury wellness vacation with us, I usually ask them to put aside their Western viewpoint for a few hours and immerse themselves in mysticism and ritual.

Here are some images of a recent Agni Hotra Fire Ceremony, attended by a dear friend and healer Annick with explanation of it’s origins and meaning.
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Sugarless Soul; A week sugar free round-up

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Soul Sanctuaries offer luxury healthy holidays across Asia and we practice what we preach. That said, I was too many chocolate biscuits in and that needed to stop. I’ve made it one week sugar free and caffeine free and do you know what, I’m going to another week too. I honestly did not think that I would feel more energised immediately, but a few days in and I was waking up feeling more rested and clearer. Thank you so much to the fantastic expert tips from Paul Emery, founder of QEPR, a science based mind and body healing technique. We also had some superb advice from Dietician Eve Persak MS RDN CNSC CSSD. Here they are again inside for anyone that missed the blogs.

For anyone thinking of cutting back on sugar my personal tips would be;

Shop well in advance (I didn’t!) to stop you being tempted to cheat

If you’re a tea or coffee drinker and are going caffeine free too, think about what you are replacing it with. I always drink heaps of water and I had homemade smoothies and herbal teas

Think about your work schedule if you can. I had some aches and pains mid-week and over did it.
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Women’s Health Expert Nancy Kim

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Today at Soul Sanctuaries we had the pleasure to chat to Women’s Health Expert Nancy Kim, MSTOM, DIPL. OM, Oriental Medicine Consultant at the wonderful COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. I really think Nancy sums up the major issues facing our female clients, which is why we love to send our clients to her. Taking that well deserved time out, beginning to care for the self and healing in a holistic way is what you can expect from your personalised stay.
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Bio Identical Hormone Balance

 

 

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Swollen tummy, husband driving you crazy, trouble sleeping… how many things have you put down to your hormones? I know I have! My own personal journey into insanity led me to eventually reclaim my health and balance through bio-identical hormones. A year or so after the birth of my son, I was experiencing some pretty severe symptoms such as headaches like a tight headband, the water retention of a whale and foul moods leading up to my cycle. I just thought it was a woman’s ‘lot’ post pregnancy. It wasn’t until I took my son to our local homeopath and happened to mention to her how rotten I felt. She explained (with a massive dollop of empathy) that life didn’t have to be that way. Several simple tests later, it was confirmed that my hormones were off the richter scale. It all started to make a lot of sense!

I wasn’t convinced at first that a cream could restore order to my world but after around six weeks, I was already feeling the benefits. I didn’t realize how unwell, both physically and mentally, I had become, until I was on the road to recovery. In honor of all those women out there currently suffering from the symptoms of hormonal imbalance, we bring you an interview with Dr. Jan Toledano of The Marion Gluck Clinic, World Leading Specialists in Hormone and Sexual Health (his and hers).

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New Year Detox for the Soul

Emotional Well-being Programs in Luxury Asian Health Resorts

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At this time of year we have lots of inquiries from guests anticipating the need for a New Year Detox Holiday. After a festive season of guaranteed indulgence, it’s common to offset any guilty feelings by booking in for a luxury cleanse program. Best foot forward in 2016 and all that.

This year however, we’re receiving requests from guests who aren’t simply satisfied with a healthy diet and exercise regime. They are looking for a detox for the soul.

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Are you drinking your own poison?

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Are your expectations of others stressing you out?

I recently underwent a huge life change, returning back to my roots in the UK after 15 years in Asia. It’s been a huge transition and I’m feeling quite ‘out of body’ most the time.

I’m noticing a lot of emotional pain in the people around me (myself included). I see this coming from people’s expectations of how others ‘should’ behave. I’ve noticed this is causing the person who’s having these expectations the most pain. It’s like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die from it. How others behave is simply out of our own control.

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Digital Stress – Digital Detox

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Arianna Huffington caused a bit of a stir on Facebook this week when she announced that she would be taking an ‘Email Detox’. Nothing wrong with that I thought, I’m a firm believer in disconnecting to reconnect. It wasn’t until I actually read her intention that I understood what all the fuss what about;

For the first time in my life, I have gone on an email detox, courtesy of HuffPost’s new vacation email tool. Anyone who emails me will receive a response explaining that the email will be deleted. If it is urgent they are invited to reach out to an alternative contact. If it is not, they can reach out when I’m back.” (Arianna Huffington Facebook 29th July 2015)

Never one to sit on the fence when it comes to wellness issues, I posted a comment in reply;

I think that whilst many would agree that a disconnect from technology is a beneficial thing, the ‘delete’ comes across as a disregard of others and what they wish to communicate. I’m sure a delayed response message would allow you personal freedom whilst respecting the views of those who are reaching out to you.”

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