There's nothing like being pampered on a cruise. Particularly if you're sailing on a super luxurious ship such as one of many spiffy vessels of Seabourn.
I'm talking massages such as side-by-side treatments for couples, anti-aging treatments, jet-leg defying facials, body scrubs, wraps, manicures/pedicures and other spa treatments that feel so wonderfully indulgent during days at sea.
After all, it's not like you should be working or doing household chores — you're on vacation!
And now comes word that Seabourn is amping up its health and fitness offerings with a special wellness program designed to reduce stress, a major malady in these trying times.
The new concept was developed in partnership with its Spa by Steiner, a fleet-wide mindful living facility that gives passengers a holistic approach to wellness that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being.
Wellness Guide to lead each program on board
The new Spa and Wellness program with the famous Dr. Andrew Weil, the father of integrative medicine, will be the first-ever of its kind at sea. It will be led by a Wellness Guide who will also be a certified yoga and meditation practitioner.
"This new wellness program will offer our guests an experience they simply won't find anywhere else in the industry," said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. "By partnering with Dr. Weil, a pioneer in integrative medicine, we will deliver an even greater degree of mind and body programs that ensure you can break away, relax and rejuvenate while you travel with us."
The new road to wellness offerings (perhaps ‘‘sea lane’’ to wellness would be a more apt term) kicks off with Dr. Weil aboard Seabourn Encore followed by its introduction on other ships, including Seabourn Ovation. Dr. Weil will be on board various voyages each year, giving hourlong talks for guests and taking part in smaller informal group discussions. A separate team of wellness experts will also make regular visits to spa facilities throughout the Seabourn fleet.
Wellness seminars on Seabourn sailings
Now for your moment of Zen. Daily meditation and yoga classes are already offered on Seabourn sailings free of charge. The enhanced Spa and Wellness program will introduce Mindful Meditation, which will focus on positive affirmations and mantras and restorative yoga classes, which will keeps those mantras moving.
Look for new onboard seminars such as:
- Spontaneous Happiness and Spontaneous Healing, adapted from Dr. Andrew Weil's best-selling books.
- Anti-inflammatory foods, adapted from Dr. Weil's nutritional guidance.
- Healthy Aging, adapted from Dr. Weil's research in this area.
- Introduction to Mindful Meditation: Learn what happens to the body and mind during meditation.
While all of the above is complimentary, individualized one-on-one wellness sessions on select topics will also be available for a fee.
Seabourn will add some special spa treatments to complement the wellness program such as the powerfully aromatic Thai Poultice massages that use traditionally prepared steamed herbs of camphor, kaffir lime, Prai, turmeric and lemongrass in muslin poultices to melt away stress and tension, or nourishing desecrated coconut that nurtures the body with soothing fats and lipids. Passengers can also opt for other salubrious sessions such as the Deeper than Deep Hot Stone Massage, Bamboo Massage and Freestyle Massage.
Trust me, you'll be in relaxation heaven.
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