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5 Best Stress Relief Programmes

Everyone experiences stress from time to time whether from daily nuisances or big life changes; yet despite its prevalence it is not something that’s always taken as seriously as it should be. It affects everyone differently, from sleepless nights and fatigue, to general poor health, but it needn’t be something that is put up with, especially when retreats all over the world offer amazing stress relief programmes.

The wellness world has seen a big increase in people travelling to spas seeking stress relief or stress management. We’ve compiled a list of 5 of the best anti-stress retreats on offer, each of which has a unique approach to dealing with stress that will ensure you’re left feeling refreshed and rebalanced long after you’ve returned home.

1) Chiva-Som

Located within acres of serene gardens in Hua Hin, Chiva Som is the perfect place to escape the troubles of your everyday life. With the Emotional Wellbeing programme specifically targeting physical and emotional stress you can rest assured that the specialists’ expertise will offer you the respite you need. You’ll receive a health and wellness consultation upon arrival before beginning the programme which includes treatments such as physiotherapy, acupuncture, and stress release therapy to address the different aspects of stress. The combination of the treatments and complimentary use of the spa’s facilities and activities ensures that by the end of the 5 night programme you’ll be left feeling thoroughly de-stressed.

2) Absolute Sanctuary

Found on the peaceful island of Koh Samui, Absolute Sanctuary uses a combination of fitness and detox in their Anti-Stress and Burnout programme. With yoga classes, massages, and other fitness activities targeting the physical symptoms of stress, and therapy and meditation sessions focusing on the more emotional side of stress, the retreat has an all-encompassing approach to stress relief. With an expertly crafted menu to go along with your programme, the spa ensures that you are nourished from within so that you can leave feeling healthier, recharged, and ready to deal with whatever life throws at you.

3) Kamalaya

The beauty of Kamalaya is almost enough in itself to melt away stress, with beautiful views of the coast and lush green gardens. However, beyond its beauty it’s Kamalaya’s spiritual approach that makes it an ideal retreat for stress relief. The Embracing Change programme is especially effective at giving you the support you need to deal with emotional stresses, particularly those which are brought about by changes in your life. Treatments include massage, Chinese medicine, and sessions aimed at embracing change to restore your emotional balance and equip you with the ability to accept change as a positive thing, not a cause for stress.

4) SHA Wellness Clinic

At SHA Wellness Clinic, stress is combated through a combination of exercise, medicine, and diet. The spa’s SHA Anti-Stress programme combines cutting edge technology and expert knowledge to ensure that stress is reduced and subsequently your quality of life is improved. Upon arrival you’ll receive a general medical consultation, laboratory test, and evaluation from a personal trainer before beginning a programme consisting of psychotherapy, therapeutic treatments, a prescribed diet and more. You’ll leave with a personalised health plan so that you can continue to reap the benefits of your stay long after you’ve left.

5) Vana Malsi Estate

At Vana Malsi Estate there isn’t a standard stress relief programme, rather upon arrival you’ll be assessed so that your individual problems and needs can be addressed on a personalised programme, making it a much more tailor-made solution to stress. The retreat explores all aspects of wellness, ensuring that your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health are all taken into consideration. After an initial consultation with one of the retreat’s specialists, you’ll begin a bespoke programme which may consist of treatments and activities such as acupuncture, spa therapies, yoga, and meditation. The aim of the retreat is to get to the root causes of your stress so you can find positive ways to deal with them.

For more information on retreats to help with stress, contact our wellness consultants on 020 7843 3597 or click here.


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