Celebrate Phuket’s Unique Cultural and Historical Festivals with Santosa

Celebrate Phuket’s Unique Cultural and Historical Festivals with Santosa

Santosa Detox Wellness Spa Phuket Phukets Festivals

A big part of the fun of living in Phuket or coming to the island as a tourist is being able to experience the local life of Phuket. While staying with us at Santosa, there will be plenty of opportunities to experience the local life by attending some of Phuket’s most iconic festivals.

February is a wonderful time to visit Santosa. The weather is beautiful and the sea is calm. In addition, the island celebrates Chinese New Year, the Phuket Old Town Festival and the Chalong Temple Fair all in the space of a few subsequent days. These festivals are all important to the island’s Chinese heritage, and it’s wonderful to see the island come alive with red, glowing lanterns, parades, fireworks and even a Chinese Dragon Dance! The Chalong Temple Fair is the largest of all of the temple markets in Phuket, and it is quite special. Here you can sample a variety of local foods, buy virtually anything and watch a handful of interesting Thai cultural shows and live music.

Another important festival to Phuket’s history happens in March in the north of the island. Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival is one of the island’s largest, most important festivals and features many cultural and sporting activities. This is a family friendly festival that celebrates the victory over the invading Burmese army led by Phuket’s two heroine sisters, Thao Thepkasattri and Thao Sri Suntorn.

April is without a doubt the hottest time of the year in Phuket and all of Thailand. Even so, it is a lovely time to visit Santosa and take part in a relaxing yoga retreat or detox program. April is also the time of the year when Thailand celebrates Thai New Year. Known as Songkran, the Thai New Year is loud and full of fun. Be prepared to get wet as there is a lot of water throwing that goes on in the streets. Songkran is a lovely time at Santosa, and with our close proximity to Kata Beach, you are sure not to miss out on any of the fun!

June brings the low season to Phuket, and it’s actually our favorite time of the year. While rain can be expected during this time of the year, we sure don’t mind. The rain nurtures all of the plants and trees surrounding Santosa, turning it into a lovely tropical oasis. If you are a runner, June is the month of marathons in Phuket and in the Old Town, the ever so lovely Baba (Peranakan) Wedding Festival is celebrated. This is such a beautiful event. Essentially, it is a mass wedding that is rooted in the traditions of days gone by. Baba (Peranakan) Wedding Festival features a gorgeous cultural parade as well that is great for taking photos.

The Kathu Festival takes place in July and is an interesting event. It takes place in the sleepy village of Kathu and features street stalls, food vendors, stage shows, live music and exhibitions. Thai traditional games are put on display and also played. If you are staying at Santosa in July, grab some of the new friends you’ve made and definitely head on over to this festival.

In September, the island’s Chinese heritage once again comes alive as Phuket celebrates the Por Tor Festival. This festival, known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, is an important merit-making event for Phuket’s ethnic Chinese. Special foods, flowers and candles are offered to ancestors on altars.  Por Tor Festival is a truly beautiful event and gives insight into some of the special festivals celebrated by the local Thai-Chinese community.

Phuket’s most famous festival takes place in October this year, and it is one that you definitely do not want to miss. If you are looking to stay at Santosa for one of our health & wellness programs, we highly suggest you come in October so that you can witness the Phuket Vegetarian Festival.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival takes place in the 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar and celebrates the Chinese community’s belief that abstinence from meat and a variety of other stimulants will help in obtaining good health and peace of mind. Phuket Vegetarian Festival is celebrated at all Chinese shrines across Phuket and features ceremonies, street processions and a large variety of delicious vegetarian food to be sampled throughout the 9-day event.

One of our most favorite Thai festivals takes place in November. It is a festival of quiet celebration called Loy Krathong. It is festival that takes place near all water bodies, whether it be the ocean, a canal or lake, as it honors the water goddess. People float lanterns in the sky and krathongs  across the waterways as an offering and to float all bad misfortune away from you in the coming year. Loy Krathong is really beautiful, and it is wondrous to watch all of the lanterns floating above Kata from Santosa Vegan Restaurant.

In December we celebrate the Christmas season and look forward to the New Year. For all of us at Santosa, this is one of the best times of the year as we reflect upon the year that is almost complete and look forward to the year the will come. We celebrate the Christmas season with a colorful, delicious vegan Christmas dinner menu and we also have a special New Year party.

Celebrate Phuket’s Unique Cultural and Historical Festivals with Santosa while you are celebrating yourself. Invest in yourself and your health at Santosa, and depending upon which time of the year you decide to come, you can experience some interesting fun in Phuket as well. For more information, simply fill out the inquiry form below.

New Year, New You – Sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions in 2018

New Year, New You – Sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions in 2018

Santosa Detox Wellness Center New Year Resolutions

Welcome to 2018. It is a brand new year, another chance to get it right and start from a clean slate. Don’t let your New Year’s resolutions and best intentions fall to the wayside. Whether you pledge to eat better, exercise more or just live an overall healthier life, 2018 can truly be your year to shine.

In order to live a healthier life, one of the first steps is to evaluate current eating patterns and dietary habits. If your current diet is less than favorable, start by changing the negative to positive. Cut back on sugars and starches, and lose any kind of sugary or carbonated drinks. Instead, replace those with good old-fashioned water and healthy freshly squeezed juices.

Try to eat more green vegetables and cook more at home than dining out. Pay particular attention to the cooking oil you use to prepare your meals and opt for healthier choices such as Olive oil, Sunflower oil, Coconut oil or Rice Bran oil. When meal planning, it is important to keep a healthy balance and focus on the 3 major nutrients: carbs, protein and fat.

Once you are able to sort out your diet, it is time to think about exercise. In order to keep the body fit, it is important to be active. Are you new to an exercise regime? Find an activity that you enjoy and stick with it. Every little bit helps with regard to exercise whether it is jogging, swimming, yoga, HIIT class or a brisk, daily walk, the more you move the fitter you will become.

Feeling ambitious? Join a fitness class of your choice. A fitness class or even the gym is a wonderful place to meet like-minded individuals and build a support network. Don’t be shy when it comes to joining a fitness class. You will feel motivated and everyone in the class, especially the trainer, will be rooting for you to succeed.

Managing stress is also an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Smart ways to manage stress include taking a deep breath and counting to ten. Perhaps you can join a meditation class to help balance the stress. One important thing to remember is that when you are stressed, do not break your new healthy lifestyle by binge eating. Stress eating takes its toll on the body. Not only will you gain weight, and possibly continue to fluctuate, you are also likely to suffer from digestion system dysfunction. Other ways to manage stress are to focus and plan. Get yourself into a routine. Remember it only takes 21 days to form a new habit and condition yourself to make it stick.

Another way to keep up a healthy lifestyle is to participate in a detox once a year. A detox program is a great way to flush the toxins out of your body while resetting your system. While a detox can be challenging, you’ll feel fresh and rejuvenated after. A detox is a wonderful way to keep your healthy lifestyle on track.

Become a Better You at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center

If you are willing to make the commitment and turn your life around in 2018, the dedicated staff at Santosa are waiting and ready to support you. Located on the tropical island of Phuket, Thailand, Santosa Detox & Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art detox center which offers a wide variety of healthy eating programs, detox programs, fitness programs and fasting programs.

In addition, we have fitness classes, a fresh juice bar and a five star vegan restaurant serving the very best in innovative, plant-based cuisine.

Interested in learning more? Simply fill out the inquiry form below. We look forward to welcoming you to Santosa and ushering in a new you in 2018.

Cleanse Your Mind, Body and Soul at Santosa

Cleanse Your Mind, Body and Soul at Santosa

Santosa Detox Wellness Center Cleanse Mind Body And Soul

Are you looking for a change? Do you want to live a healthier life and become better in touch with your emotions and surroundings? Santosa Detox & Wellness Center can help. We have a little bit of something for everyone when it comes to cleansing the mind, body and soul.

Cleanse Your Mind

Do you often feel that you have too many things going on in your mind? Are you finding it more and more difficult to focus? Perhaps you feel a bit foggy and downtrodden? Here at Santosa we have a wide variety of exceptional activities and programs to cleanse your mind.

Classes such as Beginner Meditation offer many benefits and healing effects. For example, meditation brings clarity and focus. It allows you to be calm, present and aware of your surroundings. Meditation also helps lower anxiety levels as well as regulate anger, depression and tension.

Breathwork is another fantastic class that we offer at the center. Breathwork teaches how to breathe correctly. This is important because full, conscious breathing oxygenates the brain. Breathwork also promotes harmony, health and balance. It lifts the mood and brings peacefulness and clarity to the mind-body connection.

For those looking to go deeper and really cleanse the mind and let go of the past, the Emotional Detox Program is highly recommended. This program is aimed at creating major life changes through individualized sessions of holistic healing and therapy. If you are looking to cleanse your mind and find a renewed sense of purpose in life, the Emotional Detox program really is a life changer.

Cleanse Your Body

Do you feel like you’ve hit a wall with regard to weight gain? Are you often sluggish? Do you like to exercise, but perhaps you aren’t confident enough to head to the gym alone? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Santosa is for you.

Santosa offers a wide variety of detox programs all guaranteed to produce results. Incorporated with personal training sessions and offerings of yoga, Zumba, TRK, HIIT and Fitball, the Full Fast, Raw Fast and Juice Fast are all full cleanse and detoxifying programs designed to enable maximum results. All of the detox programs are really great. You will lose weight and gain energy and come to have a better understanding of how your body works when it is in fasting mode.

Through the detox programs, the body will be rid of toxins and you will come out of the experience feeling more purified and grounded. If you are looking for a long lasting, sustainable experience that is bound to change your eating habits and overall outlook on what it means to eat healthy, the Raw Food Fast is recommended for you.

Cleanse Your Soul

Does your soul need a pick-me-up? Are you looking for an experience to pike your interest and perhaps turn you down a healthier path? Come join us at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center any day of the week.

In addition to the above programs, we offer many wellness programs and one day programs which are perfect for coming to see what we are all about. We have many different types of yoga classes to participate in, as well as a lush natural herb sauna and an ice bath.

If you are looking to pamper yourself, enjoy our spa. We have many treatments to choose from and our therapists are super skilled. We even make our own fragrance-infused coconut oil.

Don’t forget that Santosa also has a healthy juice bar and an incredible vegan restaurant. Both are on-site and offer delicious fresh juices and smoothies and outstanding vegan cuisine. The vegan restaurant also has a hands-on cooking class every Thursday from 16:00-17:00pm.

Interested in learning more? Simply fill out the inquiry form below and a member of staff will get back to you. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful detox retreat in Phuket, Thailand.

Discover the Mezieres-Bertele Method at Santosa

Discover the Mezieres-Bertele Method at Santosa

Santosa Detox Wellness Center Class Participants Discovering The Bertele Method

Do you have problems with tendinitis? Do you suffer from fractures and dislocations, lower back pain or a frozen shoulder? Have you been diagnosed with arthritis or do you have rheumatisms? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, the Mezieres-Bertele Method is for you. It is a unique 4 hands massage that comes with great benefits.

What is the Mezieres-Bertele Method?

The Mezieres-Bertele Method is a physiological 4 hands massage that produces amazing results. The method teaches that the human body has 5 key muscle strains. The key strain is the back to the backside of the two legs, followed by the two arms, neck and chin. The last strain is the muscle under the chest.

These 5 muscle chains are not independent. In fact, they all affect each other. When you have pain in one of the strains and seek treatment, a traditional physiotherapist will work on the symptoms, however, if you work on only one the others will compensate. It is important to work on all muscle strains so that they can eventually balance out.

The Mezieres-Bertele Method utilizes a 4 hand massage technique to work on all of the body, and especially focus on the back which, according to this method, is the most important. Essentially, the method is a physiotherapy technique that endeavors to rebalance different muscle and joint chains through stretching exercises and body awareness. The result is improved posture and alleviation of pain.

A treatment during the Mezieres-Bertele Method is performed by two therapists who specialize in treating all the back, joint and muscle pain. 3 to 5 times of continuous treatment will show great results.

Who Benefits from the Mezieres-Bertele Method?

The Mezieres-Bertele Method is beneficial for everyone. If you are looking to improve your posture, motorial capacity, physical state or just to generally feel better, the Mezieres-Bertele Method can be of great benefit.

Does your body often feel uncomfortable or do you experience physical discomfort? Perhaps you have a troublesome back, an annoying hip, hernia disc problems or fractures and dislocations? If you suffer from any of these ailments, the stretching technique utilized in the Mezieres-Bertele Method could ease your discomfort and possibly eradicate it for good.

The techniques used in the method are also efficient for neurological diseases such as hemiplegia or spastic tetraplegia. The Mezieres-Bertele Method balances and relaxes the back ensuring a more flexible body and better posture while eliminating stress and pain.

During any treatment using the Mezieres-Bertele Method, attention is focused on postural massage techniques, neuromuscular, fascial and other maneuvers to promote the overall relaxation of the muscular system, contractures or painful points. Lastly, it is interesting to note that the Mezieres-Bertele Method is the technique used to heal ailments of the Italian football team.

The Mezieres-Bertele Method at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center

Santosa is pleased to announce that from today until the 15th of December, we are hosting two therapists of the Mezieres-Bertele Method here at our detox retreat. Both are visiting from Italy, and this is your only chance in Phuket to experience the 4 hands massage of the Mezieres-Bertele Method.

Interested in Learning More?

If you would like to know more about the Mezieres-Bertele Method, simply fill in the enquiry form below and a member of staff will get back to you. Bookings are available from now until December 15th daily from 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Located on the tropical island of Phuket, Santosa Detox & Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art health and wellness retreat that focuses on detox programs, fitness activities and offers a wide variety of holistic healing programs and yoga classes. Become a better version of you here at Santosa.

How Toxic Emotions Make Us Sick

How Toxic Emotions Make Us Sick

Santosa Detox Wellness Center Women Showing Strong Emotions

Emotions can ruin your health when you an individual becomes unable to control them. For example, think of how one difficult individual can be challenging to deal with and how you feel when this person is around. Chances are you feel upset and defeated. Counteract that with an upbeat, positive individual in your life who shines brightly. Reflect upon how you feel when they are around. Quite frankly, this individual probably brings out the best in you. You feel happy, you feel happy, you feel good.

Toxic emotions can lead to serious health problems. While there are a wide variety of factors that contribute to an individual’s vulnerability to illness, negative emotions tend to play a huge role in whether we live happy, healthy, productive lives or slip into an anxious, stressful pattern that can lead us down a very dark rabbit hole.

What we think about affects us both physically and mentally. This is no secret. In today’s society, expressing our true feelings is often looked down upon. We are taught from a young age to grin and bear it, that when the going gets tough the tough get going. Not being able to feel our feelings has become an epidemic, and not expressing emotions with truth and clarity has taken its toll on many people.

Dealing with toxic emotions can make us irritable. Suppressing strong emotions such as anger and hatred, which are natural, can build up in the mind, body and soul and affect our body’s internal organs as well as natural processes and breed even more negativity and toxic emotions. Toxic emotions cause stress, anxiety and fatigue, high blood pressure, headaches, poor circulation and depression. Toxic emotions are self-sabotaging and when an individual feels overcome, these toxic emotions can ruin the best of opportunities.

If you find yourself overwhelmed by toxic emotions, it is important to understand that you are not alone. Many people around the world have been in your shoes. However, you do not have to let toxic emotions ruin your life. You can rid the negativity from your life through an emotional detox.

Join the Emotional Detox Program at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center

If you are looking to rid yourself of toxic emotions once and for all, the Emotional Detox at Santosa can help you. An innovative program that combines holistic health practices, energy work, wellness therapies, coaching and restorative experiences, the Emotional Detox supports you in finding balance and a renewed purpose in life.

The Emotional Detox Program is an integrated approach to personal transformation aimed at creating major life changes, awaken the best of the human spirit and maximize the potential in each of us. Customized to meet individual needs, the Emotional Detox program provides all of the tools and information needed to live a better life, free of negativity and toxic emotions that hold us back. Become transformed and return home with an increased awareness, vitality and new perceptions.

To learn more about the Emotional Detox Program, simply fill in the inquiry below.

Located on the tropical island of Phuket, Thailand, Santosa Detox & Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art detox retreat which features a varied selection of detox programs, fitness activities, yoga classes, meditation and holistic health classes. Santosa also includes an on-site vegan restaurant and spa and sauna treatments and therapies. Awaken Life’s Potential with us at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center.

X