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Zulal Resort Tackles Stress with Ancient Arabic Medicine

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Offering a holistic approach to stress management, Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-som, the Middle East’s largest and first full-immersion wellness destination, launches a new stress-relieving retreat that draws on the core principles of Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine (TAIM).

From within the safe and supportive environment of Zulal Wellness Resort, the stress reset and burnout recovery retreat aims to help guests alleviate the signs and symptoms of stress, overwhelm, fatigue and burnout – all of which prevail in today’s 24/7 world – and find sustainable lifestyle changes that will transform their approach to health.

Available for three, five, or seven nights with different inclusions, the retreat has been designed to have positive long-term benefits. Each programme is precision-tailored to each guest’s needs, with a unique blend of wellness wisdom and modern therapies.

Zulal Wellness Resort’s pioneering use of Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine (TAIM), an ancient health philosophy established in 1025 by medic and philosopher Ibn Sina and interpreted for the 21st century, lends itself exceptionally well to alleviating modern-day afflictions such as stress and burnout.

The integrated approach of Stress Reset and Burnout Recovery Retreat includes a consultation with a TAIM specialist; daily massages to promote relaxation for the body and mind; yoga and pranayama breathing exercises to balance the parasympathetic nervous system; a facial-enhancement bio-cellulose mask to calm and strengthen stressed skin; and other holistic treatments such as a traditional Arabic stomach massage (Al-Batin) to clear tension or Watsu hydrotherapy to release mental and emotional strain, let go of stress and promote sleep.

Upon arrival, all guests on this stress relief retreat undergo an initial consultation with their dedicated health and wellness advisor, who holistically addresses and takes a comprehensive approach to recommend suitable therapies and treatments according to their stress levels.

Mental movement and rest play a big factor in the physical manifestation of emotional imbalances. TAIM-inspired treatments, such as Massage Al Batin and Al Ras, assist in releasing energetic blockages and pent-up muscle tension to reduce stress.

Longer stays include a Gyrotonic gym session under the guidance of a physiotherapist to help with the effects of office syndrome by promoting postural alignment, which is beneficial for those sitting at desks all day, acupuncture to boost energy flow, and a nourishing wrap to pamper and revive the body.

All programmes are underpinned by the resort’s signature wellness cuisine, where mouthwatering, accomplished meals are created using the freshest organic and therapeutic ingredients. The skilful culinary team employs techniques that ensure dishes are low in salt, sugar, and unhealthy seasonings while delivering flavour and nourishment to support the guest’s wellness journey.

Herbal supplements may also be recommended in consultation with a TAIM specialist, as stress tends to wreak havoc with digestion, which can exacerbate anxiety, affect sleep quality, and worsen the sense of burnout.

TAIM is a holistic healing system recorded in The Canon of Medicine, a medical encyclopaedia written in 1025 by the physician-philosopher Ibn Sina, whose writings influenced schools of medicine for centuries. It includes the use of medicinal herbs and therapies such as hijama cupping.

Revising this knowledge, reinterpreted for the 21st century by Zulal Wellness Resort, is a pioneering approach to reclaiming cultural heritage and redefining wellness.

Heinrich Morio, general manager of Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som, said: “The pressure that people experience in their day-to-day lives can be so overwhelming that it is no surprise stress and burnout is on the rise. We know that the long-term effect of stress can lead to chronic illnesses, and we have created this retreat to support our guests who take a proactive approach towards stress and burnout to fulfil their emotional health and well-being.

“Each of the treatments and therapies has been carefully selected for inclusion in our stress reset and burnout recovery retreat, and our goal is to provide our guests with the tools they need to improve their overall well-being to live a longer, richer, and healthier life full of potential.”

As with all retreats at Zulal Wellness Resort, guests pursuing the stress reset and burnout recovery retreat undergo an individual consultation with a health and wellness advisor on arrival, enjoy three wellness cuisine meals per night of stay, receive a personalised programme of treatments and activities, enjoy the daily group classes and evening ritual, and have full access to the extensive health and wellness facilities including separate male and female hydrothermal areas, sauna, steam room, arctic cave, outdoor and indoor pools, gymnasiums and group fitness classes.

Stress reset and burnout recovery retreat includes

  • Accommodation
  • Health and wellness consultation to assess goals and needs.
  • Full retreat programme of treatments and therapies.
  • A fitness and physiotherapy assessment.
  • Three wellness meals per night of stay, beginning with dinner on the day of arrival.
  • A selection of fitness, physio, holistic, and spa treatments depends on the stay length.
  • Access to the wellness centre facilities, including hydrothermal area, Himalayan salt therapy, snow cave, sauna, steam room, experience showers, and outdoor pool.
  • Access to the gymnasium, daily group exercise, and relaxation classes.
  • In-room herbal teas, amenities, and wellness minibar.
  • Laundry for three pieces of fitness attire per night of stay.
  • Starting from a rate of QAR 4,300 per person per night of stay.

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