Post Archive - July, 2017

Posts tagged "luxury self healing retreats"

COMO Shambhala Bali Healthy Lifestyle

Health Expert COMO Shambhala

Our mission with Soul Sanctuaries is to help busy people live a healthy lifestyle, full of vitality, balance and joy. In a world where people juggle work and home life, it’s important to take a moment and consider what it’s all about and how to maintain a healthy perspective.

We work with Asia’s leading Wellness Sanctuaries and Holistic Health Experts to personalise your experiences. We’re always seeking advice for you too and today we’re interviewing COMO Shambhala Estate’s leading Naturopathic Consultant Dr. Vinod Kumar, on his tips for a healthy daily life. Let’s dive in…
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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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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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Jumping into the unknown

Making decisions which lead to transformation

Joanne McFarlane

I want to apologize for not being my usual chatty, communicative self but I’ve been through a major life transformation. After 15 years of living in Asia and 25 years of living away from my town of origin and family, I made the decision to move back to the UK. Major changes!

I couldn’t have anticipated what a rollercoaster this experience would be and here I want to share my experience, strength and hope with you all. I adore Soul Sanctuaries; I put my heart and soul into the company and really love to help others on the journey to physical health and emotional wellness. With each experience I personally undergo, I add to my ability to help others.

Have you ever felt like you’re bashing against closed doors?

Whatever you’re trying in life and relationships simply isn’t working?

This was my life over the last year. On the surface, I had a fantastic life in Asia; a beautiful villa, great weather and beaches nearby, a fantastic son and friends whom I adore. Yet I seemed to be constantly facing hardships on all fronts; health, finances and relationships. Some days I found life incredibly difficult and although I was helping others find their balance, my own life was getting more painful by the day. On that note, whenever I felt really low, I allowed myself to feel like that, forgave myself and held on to the thought that tomorrow might just be brighter. Sometimes it wasn’t but I gained small comfort knowing that I’d made it through the previous day with love, support and my dignity intact. I also found it extremely gratifying to still be able to listen to others hardships and maintain a place of healing for others.

I felt like I was being drawn back to the UK, but since I love to procrastinate, I kept putting it off. The universe has a way of forcing the issue and my life became so uncomfortable, I had to make a decision. Sitting outside a bank in Bali, I sat with cash in my hand debating “school fees or plane ticket”. I called friends and mentors, desperately trying to pass the decision making onto somebody else. Eventually I made a decision and plumped for school fees, ensuring my son’s further education abroad. It then became apparent over the following week that I felt like I’d made the wrong decision, that it was time to head back to my roots, to reconnect with family and start afresh.

I’d been told that when the path you decide to walk down feels right, the waters part and doors open. I went to my son’s school and told them I’d made a mistake. They graciously refunded my money. The flight ticket to the UK just got cheaper and cheaper. My villa rented out to a beautiful family with ease. They even adopted our beloved cat Lili.

On arrival I had a bumpy start, I’ll not kid you. Being around family after so long, isn’t without its moments. A lot of my old behaviour’s resurfaced. Luckily I have consciously caught myself people pleasing, becoming overwhelmed and trying to fit into others vision of how I should be.

Within two week’s I’d found a beautiful little house and just the perfect school nearby for my son. I have experienced the milk of human kindness. Family members gave their houses and time. People I didn’t even know gave things for the new house. I’ve had positive signs along the way that this was the right thing to do.

Now I’m asking for guidance in how to develop my beloved company Soul Sanctuaries further and spread it’s European wings. With the possibility of offices in both Asia and Europe, I’m feeling like the future of the company is bright.

What have I gained from this whole experience? To follow my heart. I listened to my inner voice, I overcame the fear of making the decision and I leapt into the unknown. And I am supported. I’m still here and I feel like I’m getting back the positive energy I put into life. It’s not always easy, but if you can find small gratitudes on a daily basis, the sun can shine through the darkest cloud.

I want to take a moment to thank all those beautiful souls who helped me personally through this transformation. I love you all. I also want to thank all those fantastic soul seekers who booked a healthy holiday through Soul Sanctuaries. I love what I do and you blessed me with the ability to help you on a journey of health and wellness.

In Gratitude and with a lot of Soul

Joanne

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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Ask the Experts : Oriental Medicine

Qigong at Como Bali

I’ve been feeling the stress of running a business, being a single Mum of a six year old and going back to business school lately. I knew that my body was out of sync, but I didn’t ‘have time’ to do anything about it. Screech and rewind!

I run a luxury wellness travel company for goodness sake. How am I supposed to inspire others if I can’t keep myself balanced and healthy?  Without further ado, I booked a private consultation in with David Melladew, Oriental Medicine Consultant at one of our favourite wellness sanctuary partners, COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali.

David Melladew at Como

He began the session with a divine tea ceremony. I love people who are passionate about what they do and that shone through with David. Like myself, he has a genuine drive to help others live in health and vitality and by the end of my consultation I had a accurate diagnosis, an action plan of what to do about it which included some easy steps to do at home and he’d inspired me so much on Traditional Chinese Medicine, that I felt like going to college again!

In this Ask the Experts Health Blog I ask David about Stress and how Oriental Medicine can play a part in finding that essential life balance. Chill out and read on…

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In sickness and in Healthy Holidays

‘Newsflash: Wellness Entrepreneur gets bronchitis.’

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Me, luxury Sanctuary Supplier feeling yuk (unfortunately not photoshopped)

It’s time to fess up. I’ve been dragging myself to meetings with wellness gurus the last few days, posting pics to social media looking ‘all that’, when all the time I’ve been suffering from a chest infection which turned ugly and into bronchitis.

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4 simple self healing life sessions

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Some of the best lessons in life are often delivered in a simple format, so subtle that we often almost discount them, our mind demanding something more complicated and mysterious. I’ve just finished an amazing book by Don Miguel Ruiz called The Four Agreements. How had this book passed me by in amongst the miriad of spiritual and self healing books I’ve ingested over the years?

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Staying healthy after 40

healthy40“We don’t stop playing because we grow old;we grow old because we stop playing” – George Berhard Shaw

I was recently given some research to review by an interesting physician come philanthropist Dr Dave Jenkins on staying healthy. We were discussing the latest thoughts on how to live a long and strong life and he presented me with some fascinating research by Keith Scott Mumby MD, PHD entitled ‘Get Healthy for your next 100 years.’  Here I’m sharing some health and wellness tips which make common sense and are pretty easy to practice in your life now (not when you feel good!).

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