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Leading spa therapists head to Australia’s Gold Coast

18th August 2008 Print
Chiva-Som International Health Resort and Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat have announced three fantastic retreats as part of the exclusive ‘Essence of Chiva-Som at Gwinganna’ promotion taking place at the Gold Coast retreat.

From 14-28 September 2008, three leading therapists from the award winning Thailand based resort will be providing signature treatments at Gwinganna, which is nestled on 200 hectares in the Tallebudgera Valley of the Gold Coast. The visiting therapists will be delivering spa therapies, meditation and meridian tapping sessions amongst an array of other treatments.

To celebrate, Gwinganna has unveiled three retreat programs which will be available to the general public during the special two-week promotion:

• 7 day Gwinganna Detox retreat (available from 14-21 September) provides the ideal environment for internal cleansing, regeneration and renewal. Highlights of this retreat include daily lifestyle workshops, four spa treatments, diverse activities, health and well-being analysis and gourmet veg-aquarian organic meals.

• 5 day Optimum Wellbeing retreat (available from 21-26 September) focuses on cleansing the body and discovering solutions to improve the quality of life. Using integrative health techniques, this retreat offers four sensational spa treatments, a range of activities and four motivational lifestyle workshops, allowing guests to experience lasting rejuvenation.

• 2 day Gwinganna Weekend retreat (available from 26-28 September) is the perfect weekend escape from the stress of everyday life. This retreat combines delicious gourmet organic meals, all activities including specialty Chiva-Som sessions, an organic cooking demonstration and a $100 spa credit.

In addition to the extensive range of holistic and spa treatments offered at Gwinganna, the visiting Chiva-Som therapists will provide guests with an entrée into Chiva-Som with such signature treatments as Thai massage and meridian tapping. Treatments will be available as one-on-one experiences and some will also be available as group sessions.

Chiva-Som Therapists at Gwinganna

Paul Emery – Holistic Practitioner and EFT specialist (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

Paul is an internationally acclaimed therapist who offers a unique combination of methods such as NLP (Neuro-Linguistic programming), Energy Medicine and the Sedona method.

He uses EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) to focus on the emotional or physical problem – such as weight loss or anxiety - whilst tapping specific and powerful meridian energy release points. His treatments are effective for instant behavioral and emotional changes and he has worked successfully with international models and celebrities as well as athletes, politicians, CEOs and royalty. He is a regular on the international media circuit appearing on BBC Radio and in the world’s leading spa magazines. Australians may recall him from his appearances on Channel Nine’s ‘Celebrity Overhaul’ program.

Paul is an accredited Meridian Techniques (EFT) Advanced Practitioner and Trainer and an NLP Master Practitioner (trained by celebrity therapist Paul McKenna). He holds memberships to the ‘Society of NLP’, ‘Association for the Advancement of Meridian Therapies’ and the ‘Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology’.

Gullatida Puttadacha – Spa Therapist

Gullatida specialises in Thai Massage and Chiva-Som’s Signature Massage, a classic massage that promotes a sense of wellbeing by increasing blood circulation and lymphatic flow and improving muscle tone, skin texture and total relaxation. She is very popular with Chiva-Som’s guests, with some claiming that her massages are the best they have experienced in the world.

Gullatida delivers a wide range of spa therapies at Chiva-Som including Invigorating and Five Elements Massage, Chiva-Som Body Scrub and Cocoon, Desensitizing facial, Oriental Scalp, Oriental Foot ritual massage and Pure Source body mask / wrap.

Danchai Chernrateep – Meditation Practitioner

Danchai is Chiva-Som’s expert in meditation, and does spiritual counselling and healing meditation with music. He practiced with the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University for almost 20 years and held the international retreat program for mind and body in Chiang Mai. He was also the organisational trainer for spirituality in leadership and stress management at Toyota Motors, Thailand; and has worked as a meditation consultant in strengthening the mental power and detoxification of negative emotions in people with HIV and drug addictions.

He runs classes in Healing Sound Meditation, Healing Power of Mind, Qi Dynamic Meditation, Raj Yoga Meditation and Har Vibro Meditation. His qualifications include Mind and Body Movement, Healing in Movement, Taichi and Yogo, Sound Therapy, Self Acupressure / Massage and Nature Healing Energy. He is also a certified trainer of Interactive Management from DDI (Development Dimension Institute, USA) and has participated in Positive Thinking and Stress Management, UK.

Pricing and Bookings

Spiritual Spa Collection UK offers the 7 day Gwinganna Detox Retreat in a Heritage twin or double room from £2,050 per person. Includes return flights with Air New Zealand from the UK to Brisbane. Prices based on travel in September 2008. Subject to availability.

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Package price is inclusive of accommodation, all organic meals, all activities and lifestyle seminars, use of all facilities and selected spa inclusions. Additional treatments, including Chiva-Som treatments and therapies are additional to the package price.