Our Holistic Wellness Philosophy
Holistic wellness is the guiding principle behind every facet of your experience at Kamalaya Koh Samui; an experience that aims for optimal wellbeing of body, mind and spirit.
Kamalaya does more than give back some of what life takes away; it introduces you to a healthy lifestyle experience and reconnects you to the healer and visionary within.
Our Wellness Programs
Karina Stewart, Kamalaya co-founder and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine introduces Kamalaya’s holistic approach to wellness – our programs, treatments and therapies offering solutions for detox, yoga, stress and burnout, fitness and weight control, and emotional balance.
Detox expert Karina Stewart on the potential of research based detox programs
“Detox programs have become popular as people are becoming more aware of their exposure to pollutants and other factors in the environment that slow down our bodies’ ability to detoxify. It is important to take a break and reset our lifestyle habits, to sharpen the focus. Although the body detoxifies naturally, it is beneficial to clear out pollutants and assist the metabolism to function more optimally”, says Karina Stewart. In this video, Karina shares some practical advice for research based detoxification programs and the significant health benefits achieved.
Holistic Living…Getting Back to Basics
When you embrace a healthy lifestyle, you not only feel the benefits now but you also reduce your risk of disease and increase your health in the future. And a healthy lifestyle begins with the basics – proper nutrition and exercise. Karina Stewart, Kamalaya Koh Samui Co-founder and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, explains, “I know the basics are not as exciting, because we all think well: “I've heard that before, I know that.” But knowing it is not the same as doing it. Knowing it is not the same as living it. Doing it once in a while and then reverting back to our old habits: That's not living it. What I'm talking is really incorporating these changes, these healthful changes into our daily life”.
Karina Stewart on Women’s Health
“It is wonderful to see that modern women have so many options to express their personality, with multiple career opportunities and life choices, as well as a caring mother, family member and friend”, says Karina Stewart, Kamalaya Koh Samui Co-founder and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. “At the same time, as natural care-givers, a self-neglect with regard to our own needs is very common. I think it’s important to make women aware how vital it is to look after themselves”. In this video, Karina shares some practical self-care tips for women at different stages of their lives.
An Optimal Approach to Weight Loss and the Role of Detoxification
Losing kilos is at the top of the wish list for many people thinking about a detox, and while it is usually one of the results, it’s not the goal, and what you gain from a detox is much more impressive than what you lose. Karina Stewart explains how a well researched detox program, one that doesn’t involve fasting, can set the foundation for better weight control in the long term.
Healthy Lifestyle Programs
For optimal wellbeing, it is important that we embrace a healthy lifestyle that incorporates the basic foundations of good nutrition and appropriate exercise. Many of us are aware that we need to make lifestyle changes, but many of us also need some help and support, and perhaps even some education, before we're able to implement the changes into our daily life. Karina Stewart, Kamalaya Koh Samui Co-founder and a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, talks about Kamalaya Koh Samui's Healthy Lifestyle programs, which take a foundation approach by dealing with weight loss, nutrition and fitness to help people start their journey into vital vibrant health.
Comprehensive Optimal Fitness Program
Physical activity is foundational for our overall health, vitally and wellbeing. However, our contemporary lifestyle has become extremely sedentary so we now have to consciously make an effort to integrate physical activity and exercise into our daily routines. With its state-of-the-art fitness centre and a new “Comprehensive Optimal Fitness Pogram” launching soon, Kamalaya supports guests to do this in a sustainable and most beneficial way.
The focus of the Sleep Enhancement program is to re-establish healthy and restful sleep while addressing sleep issues and imbalances, not only during a guest's time at Kamalaya, but also for the long term back home. Sleep difficulties are addressed through a combination of core treatments and therapies drawing from naturopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, massage therapy and mind-body balance.
Emotional balance is a vital ingredient for personal wellbeing and the health of our relationships, including the essential one we have with ourselves. Reactions and responses to everyday situations, our decision-making abilities are heavily influenced by our emotional framework. Karina Stewart explains why nowadays it is so difficult to stay connected to our own emotions and reveals powerful techniques to stay emotionally balanced. Especially dedicated to creating emotional balance is Kamalaya’s latest wellness program “Embracing Change”.
Embracing Change Program
The Embracing Change program is the first of Kamalaya’s wellness programs to focus on exploring one’s inner life and emotional disposition. This is an ideal program to enrich your emotional wellbeing and life fulfillment. The focus throughout the program is to explore one’s emotional habits and address current life situations with effective tools to restore emotional balance.
Detox Programs at Kamalaya
Karina Stewart, Co-founder of Kamalaya, gives an overview and in-depth description of the Detox Programs offered in conjunction with your Wellness Retreat at Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand. A great starting point for many health goals, these effective programs feature Kamalaya's delicious and healthy Detox cuisine, as well as a range of holistic therapies for cleansing the body, mind and spirit. You can expect improved health on all levels including internal balance and increased energy and vitality.
Personal Yoga Synergy Programs
Yoga is one of the premier anti-ageing fitness activities what we can do, according to Karina Stewart, Kamalaya Koh Samui Co-founder. It balances the endocrine system and the nervous system, thereby affecting our neurotransmitters and hormones. Yoga, which is more a lifestyle than a form of exercise, addresses not only the needs for fitness and exercise but also for creating emotional balance, for stress management and for creating a practice that keeps your more on track. Kamalaya's Personal Yoga Synergy program combines private one-on-one yoga instruction, including asanas, pranayama and meditation, with authentic Ayurveda therapies and healing cuisine.
Stress & Burnout Programs
Karina Stewart explains the Stress and Burnout Programs offered at Kamalaya Koh Samui. These programs address various different kinds of needs. They are very well suited to people who are going through a very big life change or major event that they would like to adjust to, prolonged periods of stress, as well as if you’re feeling that you’ve basically lost the energy you need to deal with your daily routine and responsibilities and you just need to slow down, step back, re-evaluate and replenish yourself in order to then go back into your life renewed and more connected.
The Healthy Chef Talks Detox at Kamalaya Koh Samui
During a recent spa holiday at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary in Koh Samui Thailand, Australia’s “Healthy Chef”, Teresa Cutter, talked to Dr Karina Stewart about detox. They discuss things like how often should we detox, the health benefits and what foods to avoid during a detox program.
The Healthy Chef visits Kamalaya Koh Samui
Watch Australia's "Healthy Chef", Teresa Cutter, visiting her favourite destination spa, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa Resort Thailand. During her stay, she tries some Ayurveda treatments, demonstrates her kick-boxing skills, talks detox with the chef, does some yoga and still finds time to offer up some healthy living tips.
Chi Nei Tsang
Unique to Thailand, Chi Nei Tsang is excellent for a diversity of health imbalances from digestive problems to nervous tension and stress. It promotes circulation and therefore health of the internal organs, while also balancing the nervous system to release stress and facilitate healing. Based on the Taoist theory that refers to the 'gut' as a 'second brain', this treatment releases stored emotional and psychological tension and stress thereby promoting healing on an emotional level.
How to Overcome Sleep Problems
Good sleep is one of the foundational components of good health, and yet many people have problems with their sleep patterns. Karina Stewart, Kamalaya Co-founder and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, talks about some of the things that impede our sleeping patterns and offers some tops for overcoming them.