Medical screening with a Doctor who is also a Functional Medicine Doctor prior to arrival at the retreat
Personalised recommendations regarding retreat activities
Personalised nutritional plan, including supplements and detox supplies
Access to all retreat facilities available on location
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks and smoothies prepared freshly and on the premises with organic and, where available, biodynamic ingredients, transported daily to the retreat from a certified farm
Vegetarian, vegan, Palaeolithic, raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free options
Opportunities to try your hand at creating your own juices, smoothies, snacks and dinners in our specialised cooking workshops
Opportunities to create your own body cream and toothpaste, using natural, organic ingredients and essential oils, where appropriate
Detox equipment and tools
Guided yoga, Meditation and T’ai Chi classes
Educational talks relating to nutrition and lifestyle
Emotional support, Reiki and Flower Essences in 1:1 sessions
Massage, Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Korean Hand Therapy
Seaside location with opportunities for walks on the beach and nearby countryside
Variety of Doctors available on site: Medical Doctor, Functional Medicine Doctor, Chinese Medicine Doctor, Registered Nurse
Support and necessary initial tools to stay on the path once you get home
Bringing Together The Best Experts Under One Roof
Korean Hand Therapy
Korean Hand Therapy is a unique and versatile system of micro reflex acupuncture, founded and developed by the Korean Acupuncturist, Dr. Tae-Woo Yoo, between 1971 and 1975. The Traditional Chinese Medicine body points is charted and precisely reflected on the hand, enabling all systems of traditional acupuncture to be applied. The hand has 15,000 sympathetic nerve fibres, allowing for effective modulation of the sympathetic nervous system. KHT massage may include the use of tiny needles, moxibustion (gentle heat therapy), magnets, metal press-pellets and silver and gold ring therapy. Patients may remain seated and fully clothed, making this technique particularly appropriate for elderly, frail and disabled people.
The results are often rapid, with pain reduction in seconds.
Resilo is a term that comes from the Latin verb ‘resile’, meaning ‘to spring back’. Resilo Therapy is a natural, soft tissue therapy technique that is not only used to address physical injuries but also to enhance fitness. Its aim is to increase the function of the body, while dealing with past and present aches and pains, injuries (including whiplash) and strains. It boasts an outstanding history of success.
Resilo practitioners use a special system of gentle wave motions through clothing. This technique has influences from advanced massage techniques,
as well as techniques of physiotherapy and soft tissue therapy. As a result, it can help with relaxation, muscular and soft tissue injury, and overall fitness.
Acupuncture is a healing system that originated in China over 4000 years ago. It involves the insertion of fine sterile needles into specific body locations known as acupuncture points. These points lie throughout the body on a complex system of energy channels or meridians. Each meridian communicates with one organ system in the body. As dis-ease begins with an imbalance of vital energy or ‘Qi’ in the meridian system, the insertion of needles regulates the flow of Qi and restores the harmonious functioning of the organs, enabling the body to heal itself. The needles are retained in the body for 20-40 minutes whilst the patient relaxes, enhancing the restorative effects of the treatment. Acupuncture has been used successfully for a variety of conditions, including addictions, allergies, headaches and migraines, digestive disorders and gynaecological conditions, neurological conditions and pain disorders, as well as respiratory conditions.
Like qigong massage, acupressure is the application of pressure on specific acupuncture points. Acupressure is often used in auricular therapy, as there are around 200 acupuncture points on the ear that may be used alone or to enhance and prolong the effectiveness of a treatment after the patient leaves the clinic. Acupressure can be useful with addictions, issues of weight loss, pain disorders and the menopause.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Medicinal plants are the basis of most medical systems around the world. Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the oldest and strongest systems and still an integral part of the Chinese and wider East Asian health systems. Chinese herbal medicine has been proven to boost the restorative functions of body by aiding detoxification and removing inflammation. It can reduce pain and nourish the blood and energy systems, generally improving immunity. Chinese herbs consist of dried flowers, leaves, seeds, fruit, bark and roots. The herbs are combined in specially tailored formulae where the properties of each herb act both individually and synergistically to correct the patient’s condition, restoring balance and harmony within the body.
Chinese herbal medicine has been used successfully over the years to support people suffering from metabolic, auto-immune, dermatological, gynaecological and digestive disorders, as well as disorders of the nervous system.
Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest holistic healing systems that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. In Ayurvedic Medicine, health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body and spirit. Its main goal is to promote good health and help people stay vibrant and disease-free.
The Ayurvedic system accepts that everyone has a specific constitution that determines their physical, physiologic and mental character and disease vulnerability. This constitution is determined by three ‘doshas’, i.e. three fundamental energies or forces that are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body. These are: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. We all have a unique proportion of these three forces, with most people having one or two of them that are predominant. When our doshas are balanced, we are healthy and vibrant. However, factors such as stress, unhealthy diet, weather and strained relationships can all influence the balance of the doshas and, then, our health is challenged and dis-ease ensues.
Cupping therapy is an ancient tradition used in many parts of the world. The cups used in modern times are generally made of glass or Perspex. When using glass cups, a flame is placed inside the glass cup to create a vacuum. The cup is, then, immediately placed onto the skin to create suction. When using Perspex cups, the suction is created using a pump. The suction separates the individual layers of the fascia as it draws them up into the cup.
Cupping removes blockages and congestion in the muscles and tendons, bringing old stagnant blood to the surface of the skin while stimulating the release of retained fluid. It promotes the smooth flow of Qi in the meridian system and improves circulation of fresh blood and lymph, detoxifying and nourishing the cells. This improved blood supply releases tension, relieves muscle and tendon pain and rebalances the nervous system.
This natural technique has been used with success on musculoskeletal, digestive and respiratory conditions, as well as cosmetic conditions and nervous system disorders.
Moxibustion warms the meridians by applying burning mugwort leaf (Folium Artemisiae Argyi) to specific acupuncture points. This may be done in several ways, including burning a cigar-shaped moxa wand above the points, placing moxa cones directly on the skin, placing moxa cones onto the end of acupuncture needles or placing moxa indirectly on the skin on to a medium such as a slice of ginger. The moxa is applied for approximately 10-15 minutes. The warmth stimulates the circulation of Qi and blood and has a wide range of therapeutic effects.
Moxibustion is known to stimulate the production of red and white blood cells, improve circulation of blood and lymph, help the nervous and immune systems, relieve pain and induce a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing. As a result, it is beneficial when used for long-term, chronic illness and general debility, such as encountered in arthritic and rheumatic conditions, respiratory and digestive disorders, gynaecological and reproductive disorders, as well as the common cold and sports injuries.
Qi Gong Exercise
Yoga is a spiritual discipline which helps to improve health and bestow a sense of wellbeing and overall happiness, using breathing techniques, meditation and exercise (by means of adopting specific body postures). Scientific research suggests that yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength and flexibility leaving people balanced and energised. Evidence emerges from throughout the world that regular yoga practice can beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains as well as depression and stress.
Hatha Yoga is a generic term, encompassing all types of yoga that involve physical postures. Hatha Yoga classes usually consist of a gentle set of postures (asanas) aimed at promoting relaxation and loosening the body. It is best suited to those who want to ease themselves into yoga fitness and begin to understand the connection between the mind and body.
The aim of Qigong exercise is to train the body and mind to prevent disease and, at the same time, invigorate and strengthen the constitution in order to resist premature ageing and prolong life. Exercises involve holding and moving various body parts in a particular way, so that the internal organs are placed in the correct positions for performing and improving their functions, relieving tension and avoiding unnecessary loss of energy. Through special breathing techniques and regulation of mind and consciousness through meditation, physiological functions are regulated and the nervous system is soothed, providing the individual with a sense of peace and well-being.
Studies have shown that Qigong can stabilise blood pressure and cholesterol, support the wellbeing of patients with diagnoses of cardiovascular disease and cancer, prevent memory loss, balance the nervous system and relieve stress-related disorders, while promoting relaxation and calm.