(8) Farm-to-facial in Italy: Borgo Egnazia Spa A million miles from the swarming rush hour in the untouched region of Puglia, this wellness haven takes relaxation to another level. A tantalising menu of spa treatments awaits, including their signature “Abbel Bel” treatment (translating to “slowly slowly”), that features fresh herbs harvested in Borgo’s kitchen garden, making it an ideal destination for an eco-friendly spa holiday. With an ingredients list that reads more like a salad dressing, this “sentimental” treatment for the face combines lemon, mint, sage, rosemary, lavender, almond milk, camellia oil and olive oil to create a facial treatment that nurtures the skin, relaxes the senses, and promotes an overall sense of wellbeing. (9) Eye therapy in Nepal: Ananda Rejuvenation Based at the Himalayan foothills, the spa at Ananda integrates the traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda with contemporary western approaches, ensuring a truly unique spa experience. For a real eye-opener, try “Akshi Tarpana”, an ayurvedic spa treatment that involves applying ghee to the eyes to treat eye disorders or simply revive tired office eyes. Whilst lying down, a “ring” of flour paste is formed around the eyes into which medicated ghee is then gently poured, followed by intermittent opening and closing of the eyes. After treating the windows to your soul, turn your attention inwards with a variety of holistic wellness activities available at this spa retreat, including Yoga, Pranayama and meditation. (10) Anja light therapy in Thailand: Phuket Cleanse For a life-changing wellness holiday, look no further than Phuket Cleanse on the tropical island of Phuket, where you’ll find a range of spa therapies to detox the body and relax the mind. Anja Light Therapy uses dynamic neural stimulating brainwave technology to induce deep meditative states; a state usually only obtained by meditative experts such as Buddhist monks and Shamans. As you explore the depths of your perception, develop clarity and direction, reduce stress and anxiety, and cultivate a more profound connection with a broader reality. You might even be lucky enough to experience out-of-body and astral projections. Paul Joseph is the co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel
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