“I surprised my husband with a 9 day Raw Detox at Santosa Detox & Wellness Centre right before our 5 week European holiday in July 2018.
From the very first day of our arrival we settled right in to the experience of detox and exercise. It was also a quiet period so there were not many guests which meant that we were pretty ‘spoiled’ by the wonderful staff. Each day we would wake up at 7am and head to the morning yoga, which was a wonderful way to start the day. Not too strenuous.Then we would have our green shot and head over to the morning meeting to explain the plan for the day ahead. We sipped on the concoction we had to take prior to our first colonic of the day and then would go to have the colonic which became a daily ritual (twice) we actually looked forward to. Knowing that it was getting rid of toxins and waste in the body. The room was private and clean and there was a TV to watch informative shows.
After this there could be another exercise, like yoga, pilates, zumba, HIIT, acro yoga. Then the relaxing part of the day which we always looked forward to, a wonderful massage and then our Raw lunch. After this we might have half an hour to run down to the pool and swim and sunbathe before the next colonic. Then there would be another form of exercise or meditation for an hour. Time now for hot sauna and cold plunge pool.
Then, yay….. dinner! We did every single activity that was planned and virtually ran to every one. There was no time to sit and relax (except the half hour at the pool). We went back to our 2 bedroom apartment and there we would relax with TV or just simply get a good nights sleep and start all over again the next day.
We were loving it and my husband was feeling particularly good and energised and loving the fact that he was losing weight daily. By the end of the 9 days he had lost nearly 6 kgs and a great deal of visceral fat. I had lost just 1 kg (but had less to lose) but my body age that started at 36 (I am 60 yrs old) came down to 35 !
We went to Europe and met up with our friends and they all said how well we both looked. My husband still talks about Santosa daily and wants to return, which we will.
The staff were awesome, particularly Maria, Paula, Olivia and Leila. They are so knowledgeable and caring. The owner is lucky to have these girls and the other wonderful staff particularly when she returns home and leaves them to run the business. We could not fault anything. OK the accommodation is quite basic but it is clean and serviced every day.
We would highly recommend Santosa to anyone looking at changing up their lives and doing a detox who is serious. We look forward to returning in the not too distant future. ”
Location: Santosa Detox & Wellness Center, Phuket, Thailand
Career: IT Sales
J is a lovely guest from Singapore.
She’s 41 years old and works in the highly stressful field of IT, but has been practicing yoga for two years.
Yoga is one of her passions and she became intensely devoted to the practice for health improvements.
So while already healthy, for J the goal of attending the Yoga Retreat was to deepen her existing yoga practice and gain more understanding of what yoga is all about, not just the yoga poses and asanas part of the practice.
What’s happened during the program?
One thing to note is that during the retreat, J was very determined and devoted.
She was extremely eager, and used this time to listen to her instructors which was definitely crucial to her success.
During her initial orientation, it was decided that J would focus on strengthening her existing practice, work on strengthening her upper body and learn tools on how to build up a better self-practice.
As the retreat includes yogi talks, J and her instructor decided together on two topics which were the Yamas and Niyamas and how we can incorporate these guidelines into our life in order to find balance, peace and harmony within.
Over the course of three lessons, J and her instructor ensured that she got the most from her retreat program.
Lesson 1 focused on getting to know J’s body, her weaker and stronger points, her likes and dislikes. Lesson 1 was a useful, general assessment of the student.
Lesson 2 focused on building up upper-body strength and sharing various tips, movements and poses that can help build up strength in that part of the body. Easy arm balancing postures have been workshopped and taught.
Lesson 3 focused on Yang and Yin in yoga class. Focused on strengthening the knees (the guest has reported experiencing pain in the knee joint doing some physical exercises), workshopped a few asanas, alignment techniques and movements to protect and strengthen the affected area. Then, the yin yoga asana was practiced and a body scan meditation was given.
J’s personal schedule was varied and allowed time for self-reflection and self-pampering. Here is a reference to J’s schedule to better understand how her days were structured, and how your days might be structured if you choose to take a Yoga & SPA Retreat at Santosa.
The program was very successful for J, and she followed it well during her stay with us.
She is super active, dynamic and fluid, which made it really easy for her to join in any physical activity or classes at Santosa.
One takeaway J intended to focus on was the beauty of stillness and the quietness of the mind.
J gained a lot of confidence in the 5 days that she was with us and became much more aware of her posture and began the process of improving it. She incorporated many of the things she learned during her retreat into her practice.
During her stay, she joined all our morning meetings in which we offered plenty of healthy topics related to detox, diet, life style… She showed high interests in coming back for a Juice Fast Program.
We look forward to meeting J again in future.
Are you ready to transform your life through a wonderful Yoga Retreat?
For more information, simply fill out the inquiry form below and a member of staff will get back to you. We look forward to welcoming you to Santosa in the near future!
Superfoods are all of the rage amongst health-conscious individuals, so what exactly are they? Superfoods are mostly plant-based foods which are nutritionally dense and extremely good for one’s health. Superfoods give any diet a healthy boost while reducing the risks of certain diseases such as memory loss and heart disease.
Superfoods pack a very powerful nutritional punch and are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and many other important nutrients. In fact, most superfoods are so incredibly potent that you only need a very small amount as part of your daily diet. Superfoods are amazing for both your health and your wellbeing.
One of the most important things to remember when considering superfoods is that you only need a little to gain a lot. As mentioned, superfoods are very potent so you only need to eat a small amount to meet your daily dietary needs. Examples of popular delicious superfoods include blueberries, kale, chia, broccoli, strawberries, the protein-rich grain quinoa, spinach and pistachios. These superfoods are loaded with protein, fiber, anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Why do we need to eat superfoods?
Most people are overfed and undernourished and that is due to the fact that we eat large portions of all of the wrong things. Unfortunately, worldwide, a regular diet often consists of sugar, saturated fats, processed carbs and artificial preservatives and colorings. These combined factors can cause inflammation in the body as well as weight gain and contribute to chronic diseases and depression.
Superfoods have the ability to reduce inflammation as well as ensure your body is getting the right nutrients. A diet high in superfoods arms your body with high doses of all of the best vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidant power which can help combat inflammation and certain food allergies.
Eating and cooking with superfoods
One of the best decisions you can make is to start eating and cooking with superfoods. However, there are a few things to remember before you start your superfoods culinary journey. Make sure that you never overcook superfoods. High heat can damage certain water-soluble vitamins and destroy antioxidants. Remember to use good quality fats such as olive oil or grapefruit seed oil.
If you are looking to get the most nutrients from superfoods, make sure to synergize them with food combining. Most superfoods contain compounds that are better absorbed when eaten with good fats. Indulge in kale, Swiss chard, quinoa, lentils, broccoli and super spices like turmeric and cinnamon.
Enjoy superfoods at Santosa
Here at Santosa, we are firm believers in superfoods, their health benefits and healing properties. Superfoods play an important role in all of the delicious vegan dishes created at Santosa Vegan Restaurant. We use a variety of superfoods including pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, coriander seeds, almond, hemp protein, garlic, walnuts, Moringa and Spirulina in our homemade vegan dishes.
A great way to experience just how wonderful superfoods are is to dine with us. Not only can you dine on creative vegan cuisine loaded with rich flavors and wonderful textures, while dining you can also admire beautiful sunset views over the Kata Beach neighborhood below. Santosa Vegan Restaurant has great options for breakfast, lunch and dinner and our popular Santosa Vegan Buffet is every Saturday evening starting at 18:30pm.
To learn more about superfoods or to make a reservation to dine at Santosa Vegan Restaurant, simply fill out the inquiry form below. We can’t wait to welcome you to Santosa!
Stress is a common denominator. A majority of people around the world suffer from stress. Often times, the pressure of life can be too much, and it is quite easy for all of us to reach our breaking point. Stress takes its toll on a person’s daily life and well as on their health.
Effects of stress include obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression. However, there are ways to combat stress naturally which will leave you feeling more relaxed and rejuvenated. If you are looking to release the feelings of stress and anxiety naturally, we have some easy natural remedies to suggest.
Activities such as massage, meditation and exercise are great outlets to combat stress. While it is not possible to steer clear from stress in today’s high-pressure society, choosing to practice and put these activities into your daily life will help with stress immensely.
Massage is an excellent natural remedy for stress. Massage is a wonderful way to open blocked energy channels throughout the body. When the energy channels are unblocked, the blood flow moves smoothly throughout the body. Other benefits of massage include the relaxation of tense muscles, reducing pain and improving overall circulation throughout the body.
Meditation is another spectacular way to counteract stress naturally. To be honest, meditation is not as hard as it seems and it takes only a few minutes a day, which makes it the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of a jam-packed daily schedule. In order to practice meditation, give yourself some space, close your eyes and focus on how you breathe. Breathing in and out at a natural pace, and learning to become aware of this action, brings an amazing sense of calm and overall feeling of peace. Meditation does wonders for the mind, and it is well worth incorporating this practice into your life.
While it should really be considered a no-brainer, exercise is one of the best natural remedies to relieve your body of stress and set you back into the right frame of mind. It doesn’t matter whether it is yoga, swimming or running, exercise give a person the chance to be alone with their thoughts while working up a sweat. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. It sends endorphins into the brain, which does great things to improve a person’s mood, generally for the better, as well as prevents obesity and all of the other severe health problems that come with living a sedentary lifestyle.
Evaluating and overhauling your current diet can also play a huge factor in alleviating stress naturally. Junk food is often linked to depression, so do your best to clean up your diet. Incorporating more healthy foods will also do wonders for your overall mental state.
Whole grains and protein and known for improving moods, while other stress-busting foods include fresh fruits such as blueberries and a variety of nuts such as almonds. Eating properly nourishes one’s body and provides the right amount of energy to tackle every small stress-inducing factor that comes one’s way during their day to day life.
It is also important that you get enough sleep. Ensuring you are well rested is a huge factor in reducing stress. One thing that can help with regard to getting enough sleep is to establish a bedtime ritual. When you get into a routine, signals are sent to your brain that let it know it is time to wind down and go to sleep. Try your best every night to get as much sleep as you need, which for most, is a recommended 8 to 10 hours.
Combating Stress Naturally at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center
The sheer location of Santosa is enough to combat stress! Located in the jungle-clad hills above Kata Beach, in Phuket, Thailand, Santosa Detox & Wellness Center is a tropical detox retreat. Our goal is to encourage others to lead a healthy lifestyle through a variety of detox programs, fitness classes, yoga classes and holistic therapies such as meditation and breath work. Our dedicated staff is on-hand to support all of our guests as well offer advice and inspire others on their health and wellness journey. If you are looking to alleviate stress, put yourself first and get on a healthy track, Santosa is the perfect place for you.
For more information, simply fill out the inquiry form below and a member of staff will be in contact. Join us for a massage, a yoga class, or a gentle detox as these are all wonderful natural remedies for stress. We look forward to welcoming you to Santosa Detox & Wellness Center here in Phuket.
The human body is a powerful machine. Our bodies have amazing systems in place that can naturally detox us every single day. Organs such as the gallbladder, liver, intestines, kidneys and skin, to name just a few, work around the clock to ensure that we are properly metabolizing all of the toxins which can disrupt our body’s health balance. However, since we are constantly bombarded with toxins – in the food we eat, the cleaning products we use, the air we breathe – it is important to give these systems some tender loving care.
While a detox program is the best effective method of ridding the body of toxins and rebooting the system, there are a few things that can be done daily to ensure that your body’s detoxification pathways are open and functioning properly.
1. Hydrate in Order to Flush Toxins
Drinking water is important as is getting electrolyte minerals from food. However, for a detox, drinking water is crucial and we honestly cannot emphasize this enough. The gut, liver, blood and lymph need water for a detox program, but so do our kidneys. Every day, our kidneys filter a large amount of fluid through our bodies, so water is essential for our kidneys to function properly.
Electrolyte minerals from food are also necessary for our bodies to maintain hydration. Minerals such as potassium, sodium, chloride, and magnesium are kept stable and in tact by healthy kidneys. Therefore, we need both water and electrolytes for healthy kidney functions.
2. Add Lymph-Stimulating Activities into Your Routine
Have you ever tried dry brushing? Dry brushing is an easy, simple technique which stimulates two important systems of detox – your skin and your lymphatic system. In case you are unaware, the skin is responsible for nearly one quarter of the body’s daily detoxification process. The lymphatic system is part of our immune system, and its main function is cleansing toxins from the body.
A lymph-stimulating activity such as dry brushing not only detoxes the skin, but also stimulates lymphatic flow as well as gives the body a very gentle internal massage. Additionally, dry brushing promotes circulation and also improves the skin’s look and feel by eradicating dead skin cells.
3. Eat More Vegetables
There is no better way to support the liver than by eating cruciferous vegetables. These vegetables have a multitude of health benefits and include green veggies such as bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and other similar green, leafy vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables are packed with nutrients and fiber, as well as phytochemicals which are important for supporting the liver function. Cruciferous vegetables also contain sulphur, which is important to the detoxification of the liver.
Incorporate more cruciferous vegetables into your diet when possible. Not only will they give you the much needed nutrients that you need. Cruciferous vegetables also are helpful in maintaining a healthy weight.
Other ways to open detoxification pathways include both physical and more meditative exercise such as running or yoga. When we sweat, our pores are enlarged and open the detoxification pathways which means toxins are released. A sauna or a hot bath are good for releasing toxins from the skin as well. While many of the tips we have offered are really just small changes to your current lifestyle, they will do a world of good when it comes to opening the pathways to detoxification naturally.
Open Detoxification Pathways at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center
Are you ready to take the next step in the detoxification process? If you are looking for a deeper detox, we encourage you to join us for an amazing detox holiday at Santosa. Located in the tropics of Phuket, Thailand, Santosa Detox & Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art comprehensive center specializing in health & wellness.
The variety of detox programs available at Santosa encourage participating to reevaluate their current lifestyle and live a healthier life. Detox programs are tailored to the individual, and can be as intense or as gentle as you like. Furthermore, the environment of Santosa is extremely nurturing. Our staff and therapists are available to answer any questions and talk you through any part of the program which you may not understand.
For further info, simply fill out the inquiry form below and a member of staff will be in contact. We look forward to helping you open your detoxification pathways at Santosa.