Monday 14 July 2008

Experience Chiva-Som at Gwinganna this Spring

14-28 September 2008 – Special Retreats and Guest Therapists from Chiva-Som

Chiva-Som International Health Resort and Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat have announced three fantastic retreats as part of the exclusive 'Essence of Chiva-Som at Gwinganna' promotion taking place at the Gold Coast retreat this spring.

From 14-28 September 2008, three leading therapists from the award winning Thailand based resort will be providing signature treatments at Gwinganna, which is nestled on 200 hectares in the Tallebudgera Valley of the Gold Coast. The visiting therapists will be delivering spa therapies, meditation and meridian tapping sessions amongst an array of other treatments.

To celebrate, Gwinganna has unveiled three retreat programs which will be available to the general public during the special two-week promotion:

·         7 day Gwinganna Detox retreat (available from 14-21 September) provides the ideal environment for internal cleansing, regeneration and renewal. Highlights of this retreat include daily lifestyle workshops, four spa treatments, diverse activities, health and well-being analysis and gourmet veg-aquarian organic meals.

·         5 day Optimum Wellbeing retreat (available from 21-26 September) focuses on cleansing the body and discovering solutions to improve the quality of life. Using integrative health techniques, this retreat offers four sensational spa treatments, a range of activities and four motivational lifestyle workshops, allowing guests to experience lasting rejuvenation.

·         2 day Gwinganna Weekend retreat (available from 26-28 September) is the perfect weekend escape from the stress of everyday life. This retreat combines delicious gourmet organic meals, all activities including specialty Chiva-Som sessions, an organic cooking demonstration and a $100 spa credit.

In addition to the extensive range of holistic and spa treatments offered at Gwinganna, the visiting Chiva-Som therapists will provide guests with an entrée into Chiva-Som with such signature treatments as Thai massage and meridian tapping. Treatments will be  available as one-on-one experiences and some will also be available as group sessions.

Chiva-Som Therapists at Gwinganna

Paul Emery – Holistic Practitioner and EFT specialist (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

Paul is an internationally acclaimed therapist who offers a unique combination of methods such as NLP (Neuro-Linguistic programming), Energy Medicine and the Sedona method.

He uses EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) to focus on the emotional or physical problem – such as weight loss or anxiety - whilst tapping specific and powerful meridian energy release points. His treatments are effective for instant behavioral and emotional changes and he has worked successfully with international models and celebrities as well as athletes, politicians, CEOs and royalty. He is a regular on the international media circuit appearing on BBC Radio and in the world's leading spa magazines. Australians may recall him from his appearances on Channel Nine's 'Celebrity Overhaul' program.

Paul is an accredited Meridian Techniques (EFT) Advanced Practitioner and Trainer and an NLP Master Practitioner (trained by celebrity therapist Paul McKenna). He holds memberships to the 'Society of NLP', 'Association for the Advancement of Meridian Therapies' and the 'Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology'.

Gullatida Puttadacha – Spa Therapist

Gullatida specialises in Thai Massage and Chiva-Som's Signature Massage, a classic massage that promotes a sense of wellbeing by increasing blood circulation and lymphatic flow and improving muscle tone, skin texture and total relaxation.  She is very popular with Chiva-Som's guests, with some claiming that her massages are the best they have experienced in the world.

Gullatida delivers a wide range of spa therapies at Chiva-Som including Invigorating and Five Elements Massage, Chiva-Som Body Scrub and Cocoon, Desensitizing facial, Oriental Scalp, Oriental Foot ritual massage and Pure Source body mask / wrap.     

Danchai Chernrateep – Meditation Practitioner

Danchai is Chiva-Som's expert in meditation, and does spiritual counselling and healing meditation with music. He practiced with the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University for almost 20 years and held the international retreat program for mind and body in Chiang Mai. He was also the organisational trainer for spirituality in leadership and stress management at Toyota Motors, Thailand; and has worked as a meditation consultant in strengthening the mental power and detoxification of negative emotions in people with HIV and drug addictions.

He runs classes in Healing Sound Meditation, Healing Power of Mind, Qi Dynamic Meditation, Raj Yoga Meditation and Har Vibro Meditation. His qualifications include Mind and Body Movement, Healing in Movement, Taichi and Yogo, Sound Therapy, Self Acupressure / Massage and Nature Healing Energy. He is also a certified trainer of Interactive Management from DDI (Development Dimension Institute, USA) and has participated in Positive Thinking and Stress Management, UK.

Pricing and Bookings

·        7 day Gwinganna Detox retreat is priced from $2,790 pp twin share

·        5 day Optimum Wellbeing retreat is priced from $1,990 pp twin share

·        2 day Gwinganna Weekend retreat is priced from $790 pp twin share

Package prices for the three 'Essence of Chiva-Som at Gwinganna' retreats are quoted in Australian dollars and are inclusive of accommodation, all organic meals, all activities and lifestyle seminars, use of all facilities, selected spa inclusions and courtesy transfers from the Gold Coast airport at set times. Additonal treatments, including Chiva-Som treatments and therapies are additional to the package price.

For enquiries or bookings regarding a Retreat at Gwinganna, please contact Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat by telephone on 1800 219 272 from anywhere in Australia or internationally on +61 7 5589 5000. You can also email or visit their website

To obtain details about Chiva-Som, please contact Travel the World on 1300 766 566 or visit their website, .

About Chiva-Som

Chiva-Som - Thailand's most luxurious destination spa - remains unique in its dedication to total wellness, as evidenced by its comprehensive and extensive services ranging from nurturing spa to high-tech medical, and the world-class calibre of its practitioners and therapists.  In keeping with the holistic approach to health, Chiva-Som places great emphasis on a balanced diet, with creative gourmet spa cuisine prepared and presented by a team of Thai and international master chefs led by Executive Chef Paisarn Cheewinsiriwat.

Chiva-Som's award-winning reputation includes several honours from magazines including: 'Best Overseas Spa' Luxury Traveller 2008 Gold List; 'Top 15 Best Destination Spa' Travel and Leisure USA 2007; 'Top 3 Overseas Spa Retreat' Conde Nast Traveller 2007 UK (every year since 1999); 'Favorite Spa in Asia' and 'Top 10 Best Spa Cuisine' Spa Finder USA 2007.

About Gwinganna

Set in the Gold Coast hinterland with ocean and valley views, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat has a serenity and soul that will inspire the desire to live a healthier life. Experience innovative wellness programs, specialty spa treatments, superb organic cuisine and extensive facilities. Just 30 minutes from the Gold Coast airport, Gwinganna offers two styles of accommodation including restored Heritage rooms or the superior Orchard Suites built from Australian reclaimed timber. All feature their own bathroom or ensuite. Programs are 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 day stays and have set arrival dates. Packages are fully inclusive of all organic meals, accommodation, all activities and some spa treatments. Courtesy transfers are available at set times from Gold Coast airport.

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