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A positive contribution

John Stewart, co-founder and chairman of wellness destination Kamalaya in Koh Samui, Thailand, discusses the growing need for life-changing retreat

“Wellness is a way of life, making positive choices that enhance your body, mind and spirit.

It is about healthy food and exercise, which benefit both you and the world around you. It is about taking time to breathe, to feel your heart beat and to find emotional balance and vitality when modern life entices us to do the opposite. At Kamalaya, which we regard as a holistic wellness retreat, we invite you to take a pause from your busy life, to disconnect from your habitual patterns and reconnect to a deeper part of yourself.

I learned from very early on that true happiness comes from serving others. I spent 25 years in the Himalayas, 16 of them as a Yogi monk – a disciple of a great Himalayan master, Babaji – learning to serve and practice ancient traditions and integrate them into grounded, practical reality.I learned that whatever we decide to do, we can make a difference and positively influence the world around us. This was the reason my wife, Karina, and I built Kamalaya.

Kamalaya makes a positive contribution to everyone who comes into contact with it.”

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An organic evolution

Emma Roberts, VOYA’s head of sales and business development, discusses how the award-winning luxury spa brand’s products and treatments are formulated with wellness at their core

“We’re one of the global leaders for organic products in the spa industry. Organic is much more popular now as spa guests are better educated about what they’re using. However, people still want a luxury feel, so we’re really pushing boundaries when it comes to getting the very best organic options available.

We are what we say we are: we’re authentic and have absolute integrity in everything we do. Everyone in the company really performs from the heart – from Mark and Kira to the sales and training teams on the road, the office staff and our warehouse team.

Everything we do relates back to the sea. Our massages incorporate wave-like movements and ingredients, such as raw seaweed, are used in their most organic form. We always keep the therapist in mind, in terms of flowing techniques and reducing strain. We aim to instil in them a deep confidence in what they do.”

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A director of diverse disciplines

European Spa talks to Dr. Katharina Sandtner, who grew up a stone’s throw from Austria’s Lanserhof Lans resort and has now become its new medical director

“At Lanserhof, we combine state-of-the-art medicine with naturopathic and holistic methods including TCM, acupuncture, mesotherapy, neural therapy and homeopathy. Our detox programme is based on the LANS Med Concept, which primarily leads to regeneration of the gastrointestinal tract.

In healing, it is important to bring soul, psyche and body into harmony, so energetic treatments and mental coaching contribute significantly to the recovery process. In addition, we offer a professional, preventive programme with specialist doctors as well as diagnostics and tests.

Our doctors and therapists all have unique personalities paired with great training and deep empathy, so treatments such as craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, Nuad Thai, Aqua Relax, cryotherapy and lymphatic drainage become a special experience.

One of the perks of working as a doctor at Lanserhof is being able to think outside the box. I know of no other place where conventional medicine and complementary medicine can coexist in such a way, and the patient benefits greatly from a network of different disciplines. Our guests come from all over the world to this special place to heal, and to be allowed to accompany this process is very satisfying.”

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A desire to drive change

Spabreaks.com founder Abi Wright discusses her mission to revolutionise the spa industry for operators and guests alike via the highly successful online booking platform

“Our belief that there is a spa for everybody is what drives me on a daily basis. As we are a dynamic marketing platform, we work with the spas. We’re not a third party that’s hungry for commission, we’re not an agency, we’re far more than that. The very essence of who we are and what we do has been set up in a way that complements, not compromises, their business strategies.

Connectivity is massive for me. We are a hybrid model so £6 million of our turnover this year will be booked through our online portal. In excess of 1,400 people per week book through this. Customers are booking from live availability, without having to speak to someone in a call centre.

For the last four years, I’ve also been working exclusively with Premier Software in creating an API (application programming interface) that allows my sales agents to book directly into a spa’s treatment diary. We have 80 spas working with us this way. It means we’re not having to call them and draining resources away from getting their own business directly.

I’m freeing up the spas to do what they do best with their membership and local guests, while sending them complementary, top-up business and closing out the dates they have asked us to sell. As a result, our customers are getting some fantastic pricing and packages because we’re working exclusively with them.”

A history of holistic design

Sommerhuber’s CEO, Christian Sommerhuber, reveals what’s next for the ceramic specialist

“We have a long heritage as Sommerhuber has been manufacturing and creating ceramics since 1491. Our products have a unique ability to store warmth and to emit it as pure, soft infrared heat.

As a family-run business, we have been able to hone and perfect our knowledge over decades. Our expertise is in the production of large-area, ergonomically shaped ceramics for two business areas – tiled fireplaces and spa ceramics for use in heat experiences.

We manufacture a unique type of ceramic called Heat Storing Ceramics, which has the ability to store warmth and gently emit this energy in the form of long infrared heat. This gentle, radiant warmth has a soothing effect on the human body via the autonomic nervous system. It stimulates the circulation, reduces muscle tension and has a positive effect on the user’s immune system.

For centuries, people in Alpine areas have been enjoying this special type of warmth for their personal comfort and wellbeing. Having built on our enduring reputation for quality and innovation in Heat Storing Ceramics, we supply our products and equipment to a wide range of leading spa projects across the globe.”

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Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

European Spa Magazine is published by Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

 

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

A positive contribution

John Stewart, co-founder and chairman of wellness destination Kamalaya in Koh Samui, Thailand, discusses the growing need for life-changing retreat

“Wellness is a way of life, making positive choices that enhance your body, mind and spirit.

It is about healthy food and exercise, which benefit both you and the world around you. It is about taking time to breathe, to feel your heart beat and to find emotional balance and vitality when modern life entices us to do the opposite. At Kamalaya, which we regard as a holistic wellness retreat, we invite you to take a pause from your busy life, to disconnect from your habitual patterns and reconnect to a deeper part of yourself.

I learned from very early on that true happiness comes from serving others. I spent 25 years in the Himalayas, 16 of them as a Yogi monk – a disciple of a great Himalayan master, Babaji – learning to serve and practice ancient traditions and integrate them into grounded, practical reality. I learned that whatever we decide to do, we can make a difference and positively influence the world around us. This was the reason my wife, Karina, and I built Kamalaya.

Kamalaya makes a positive contribution to everyone who comes into contact with it.

An organic evolution

Emma Roberts, VOYA’s head of sales and business development, discusses how the award-winning luxury spa brand’s products and treatments are formulated with wellness at their core

“We’re one of the global leaders for organic products in the spa industry. Organic is much more popular now as spa guests are better educated about what they’re using. However, people still want a luxury feel, so we’re really pushing boundaries when it comes to getting the very best organic options available.

We are what we say we are: we’re authentic and have absolute integrity in everything we do. Everyone in the company really performs from the heart – from Mark and Kira to the sales and training teams on the road, the office staff and our warehouse team.

Everything we do relates back to the sea. Our massages incorporate wave-like movements and ingredients, such as raw seaweed, are used in their most organic form. We always keep the therapist in mind, in terms of flowing techniques and reducing strain. We aim to instil in them a deep confidence in what they do."

A director of diverse disciplines

European Spa talks to Dr. Katharina Sandtner, who grew up a stone’s throw from Austria’s Lanserhof Lans resort and has now become its new medical director

At Lanserhof, we combine state-of-the-art medicine with naturopathic and holistic methods including TCM, acupuncture, mesotherapy, neural therapy and homeopathy. Our detox programme is based on the LANS Med Concept, which primarily leads to regeneration of the gastrointestinal tract.

In healing, it is important to bring soul, psyche and body into harmony, so energetic treatments and mental coaching contribute significantly to the recovery process. In addition, we offer a professional, preventive programme with specialist doctors as well as diagnostics and tests.

Our doctors and therapists all have unique personalities paired with great training and deep empathy, so treatments such as craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, Nuad Thai, Aqua Relax, cryotherapy and lymphatic drainage become a special experience.

One of the perks of working as a doctor at Lanserhof is being able to think outside the box. I know of no other place where conventional medicine and complementary medicine can coexist in such a way, and the patient benefits greatly from a network of different disciplines. Our guests come from all over the world to this special place to heal, and to be allowed to accompany this process is very satisfying.

A desire to drive change

Spabreaks.com founder Abi Wright discusses her mission to revolutionise the spa industry for operators and guests alike via the highly successful online booking platform

Connect here

"Our belief that there is a spa for everybody is what drives me on a daily basis. As we are a dynamic marketing platform, we work with the spas. We’re not a third party that’s hungry for commission, we’re not an agency, we’re far more than that. The very essence of who we are and what we do has been set up in a way that complements, not compromises, their business strategies.

Connectivity is massive for me. We are a hybrid model so £6 million of our turnover this year will be booked through our online portal. In excess of 1,400 people per week book through this. Customers are booking from live availability, without having to speak to someone in a call centre.

For the last four years, I’ve also been working exclusively with Premier Software in creating an API (application programming interface) that allows my sales agents to book directly into a spa’s treatment diary. We have 80 spas working with us this way. It means we’re not having to call them and draining resources away from getting their own business directly.

I’m freeing up the spas to do what they do best with their membership and local guests, while sending them complementary, top-up business and closing out the dates they have asked us to sell. As a result, our customers are getting some fantastic pricing and packages because we’re working exclusively with them.”

A history of holistic design

Sommerhuber’s CEO, Christian Sommerhuber, reveals what’s next for the ceramic specialist

Connect here

“We have a long heritage as Sommerhuber has been manufacturing and creating ceramics since 1491. Our products have a unique ability to store warmth and to emit it as pure, soft infrared heat.

As a family-run business, we have been able to hone and perfect our knowledge over decades. Our expertise is in the production of large-area, ergonomically shaped ceramics for two business areas – tiled fireplaces and spa ceramics for use in heat experiences.

We manufacture a unique type of ceramic called Heat Storing Ceramics, which has the ability to store warmth and gently emit this energy in the form of long infrared heat. This gentle, radiant warmth has a soothing effect on the human body via the autonomic nervous system. It stimulates the circulation, reduces muscle tension and has a positive effect on the user’s immune system.

For centuries, people in Alpine areas have been enjoying this special type of warmth for their personal comfort and wellbeing. Having built on our enduring reputation for quality and innovation in Heat Storing Ceramics, we supply our products and equipment to a wide range of leading spa projects across the globe."

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1
business magazine for spa and wellness

An organic evolution

Emma Roberts, VOYA’s head of sales and business development, discusses how the award-winning luxury spa brand’s products and treatments are formulated with wellness at their core

A director of diverse disciplines

European Spa talks to Dr. Katharina Sandtner, who grew up a stone’s throw from Austria’s Lanserhof Lans resort and has now become its new medical director

European Spa Magazine is published by
Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

“We’re one of the global leaders for organic products in the spa industry. Organic is much more popular now as spa guests are better educated about what they’re using. However, people still want a luxury feel, so we’re really pushing boundaries when it comes to getting the very best organic options available.

We are what we say we are: we’re authentic and have absolute integrity in everything we do. Everyone in the company really performs from the heart – from Mark and Kira to the sales and training teams on the road, the office staff and our warehouse team.

Everything we do relates back to the sea. Our massages incorporate wave-like movements and ingredients, such as raw seaweed, are used in their most organic form. We always keep the therapist in mind, in terms of flowing techniques and reducing strain. We aim to instil in them a deep confidence in what they do."

A director of diverse disciplines

European Spa talks to Dr. Katharina Sandtner, who grew up a stone’s throw from Austria’s Lanserhof Lans resort and has now become its new medical director

At Lanserhof, we combine state-of-the-art medicine with naturopathic and holistic methods including TCM, acupuncture, mesotherapy, neural therapy and homeopathy. Our detox programme is based on the LANS Med Concept, which primarily leads to regeneration of the gastrointestinal tract.

In healing, it is important to bring soul, psyche and body into harmony, so energetic treatments and mental coaching contribute significantly to the recovery process. In addition, we offer a professional, preventive programme with specialist doctors as well as diagnostics and tests.

Our doctors and therapists all have unique personalities paired with great training and deep empathy, so treatments such as craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, Nuad Thai, Aqua Relax, cryotherapy and lymphatic drainage become a special experience.

One of the perks of working as a doctor at Lanserhof is being able to think outside the box. I know of no other place where conventional medicine and complementary medicine can coexist in such a way, and the patient benefits greatly from a network of different disciplines. Our guests come from all over the world to this special place to heal, and to be allowed to accompany this process is very satisfying.

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