Wellness destinations and retreats all over the world are increasingly focusing on a holistic health approach. Gone are the days of ‘just’ massages and facials, what most people want now is a transformative experience that goes further than just skin-deep. Cue, Six Senses, who are launching their groundbreaking ‘Grow a New Body’ program, which lays the foundation for a healthy body that ages slowly and joyfully.
The aim is to help guests discover how their health span can equal their life span. Benefits include detoxifying the body, turning on the genes for health, protecting and upgrading the brain, resetting fight-or-flight and turning on the production of the bliss-creating molecules, while shedding the years of old programming.
Whereas many spa programs focus on physical or mental wellbeing, or a combination of both, Grow a New Body pushes the boundaries into less visible fields such as sacred energy and reconnection. It brings together cutting-edge neuroscience and biology with ancient wisdom of shamans who recognised many millennia ago that the body is one system, not a collection of parts that can be medicated and replaced when they go wrong. Shamans are masters of prevention and believe that it takes the power of Spirit to renew the body. This is One Spirit Medicine that states that the best way to heal and maintain health is to grow a new body on a regular basis.
Intermittent fasting (abstaining from food for short periods of time) is used as a way to turn on the fat-burning systems and repair mechanisms, while bringing about detoxification at a cellular level. It triggers the production of stems cells in the brain and in every organ of the body, while awaking the higher neural networks that allow guests to have an experience of Spirit and connection.
Daily hikes and immersion in nature, yoga, oxygen altitude-training sessions, LED therapy and IV drips, combined with detoxification, fasting and a diet high in phytonutrients, switch on the antioxidant systems inside the cell that repair mitochondria (the ‘power plants’ in the cell) and support the repair and regeneration of brain cells. Within a few days, the brain fog will clear, sleeping becomes sounder, skin tone improves, and energy levels increase.
During the retreat, guests are invited to explore shamanic energy medicine practices that let go of the emotional dramas that run in the family and discover original and creative life stories. As they release the imprints for physical disease and erase the dramatic stories stored in the luminous energy field, the body and emotions can start to repair.
The series of retreats is launched in collaboration with Dr. Alberto Villoldo, a best-selling author and medical anthropologist with a Ph.D. in psychology, a teacher and healer, who studied the shamanic healing practices of the Amazon and the Andes for more than 25 years. They will be available at Six Senses Kaplankaya in Turkey, Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal and Six Senses Krabey Island in Cambodia on special dates from June to November 2019.