Here are some of our frequently asked questions…
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What Should I Wear to a Day Retreat?
For the day retreat, please wear comfortable, layered clothing that is suitable for stretches, walking and for relaxing. A jacket, hat and walking shoes are recommended for walking. Towels and robes for sauna, blankets, cushions and yoga mats are provided. It is best to leave jewellery at home because if you are receiving an Upper Body Massage you will need to remove them for the treatment.
Do I need to book for Day Retreats?
Yes, we always recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. Booking on line means you can do so when it is convenient for you. Please select the treatment workshop or day retreat ; your preferences and desired date and time. For a day retreat it is advisable to book at least 2 weeks prior to your preferred date to ensure your desired time will be confirmed. You will receive a text to confirm your appointment the day before you arrive your treatment / workshop or day retreat.
Cancellations / Rescheduling
Please let us know as soon as possible if you are not able to keep your booking.
On line banking is preferred and please email us an online banking confirmation. This will secure your booking.
Health / Special Requests
You will be asked if you have any special health considerations and special requests such as allergies or health issues, food preferences e.g. Lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant, vegetarian, vegan etc.; level of fitness for guided walk, pregnancy. We will make every effort to provide experiences that meet your needs.
Can I Bring my Phone?
Please be sure to turn off your phone or set it to silent during your time with us to ensure your visit is relaxing.
When should I arrive?
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the Day Retreat. This allows you to make the most of your time with us.
Are my valuables safe if I bring them?
Yes they will be safe, but please leave your valuables / money / jewellery at home. All care, no responsibility will be taken.
How can a sauna help me?
Our skin is our biggest organ and our first line of defence for our immune system. A sauna will leave your skin feeling fresh, clean and soft. A sauna is a beautiful way to warm up on a cold winter’s day. Benefits include:
- A strengthened immune system
- Improved blood circulation
- Enhanced detoxification processes
- Deep skin cleansing and rejuvenation
- Tension and stress relief
As your body increases sweat production to keep cool, your heart works harder, pumping more blood at a greater rate. This provides many of the conditioning benefits of aerobic exercise. By raising your body’s temperature it also helps to kill bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. Heating the body several degrees causes greatly increased circulation as the body attempts to maintain its basal temperature.
The Finns say a sauna elicits about a quart of sweat per hour. While a shower rinses dirt off your body’s surface, the sweating created in a sauna rinses out your pores. A heavy sauna induced sweat really helps cleanse and rejuvenate your skin.
Sweating helps the body to detoxify and improves general circulation.
Good blood circulation helps…
transport nutrients throughout your body eliminate toxins improve heart, liver, and kidney function improve virtually every function in your body Sauna benefits include everything from arthritis to depression. Some research has shown that a good hot sauna reduces blood pressure and reduces over all stress. Probably the greatest sauna benefits of a hot sauna come from the deep body cleansing that occurs.
Sauna at Waihi Beach Wellness
At Waihi Beach Wellness you are provided with a thick towelling robe, a towel to lie on, a towel to cover yourself with and another to dry yourself after your shower. There is also a cold, wet handtowel to cover your face with. In the sauna you may wish to wear togs – the option is yours.
Before your sauna it is a good idea to shower. In the sauna there is a pail and ladle to add water to the coals if you would like steam. You lie or sit (higher for more heat) and enjoy your sauna until you feel you have had enough, shower again and then relax in your towelling robe with a cool drink. Your skin will feel beautiful. You will feel amazing.
How can yoga help me?
- More flexibility – ideal cross-training with other sports such as running, walking, cycling, swimming, tennis, golf
- Improves and corrects our posture and alignment
- Helps our internal organs work more efficiently
- Naturally anti-aging
- calmer emotions and more focused mind
- Energises our body
- Relieves symptoms of stress and anxiety
- Less every day aches and pains.
- Teaches us how to relax completely
- Teaches us correct breathing
- Brings our awareness to ourselves and the present moment for us to enjoy life fully
- Helps clear anger and frustration and other toxic emotions
- Helps energy flow through our body
- Gives us good quality of life, health and vitalit
What is Pranayama?
Pranayama is a yogic breathing technique that increases lung capacity, balances energies and focuses the mind. It is the control and manipulation of life energy.
Within the body there are seven energy centres known as chakras. Pranayama techniques unlock blockages so that the stream of energy flows smoothly from the base of the spine up to the top of the head to connect with the universal energy. When our energy is controlled, the body comes under the mind’s control and the body is balanced. If the body is strong and healthy energy flows freely.
Deep breathing techniques act like a tranquilliser and calm the nervous system. The deeper you breathe the stronger the effect and the more you are able to combat stress. Pranayama teaches self-control, will power and improves concentration.
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga nidra is a powerful, systematic technique in which you learn to completely relax – both mentally and emotionally. Yoga Nidra is reached by turning inwards, away from outer experiences.
Yoga Nidra means sleep with a trace of awareness – the state between wakefulness and dream when you are opening the unconscious and subconscious levels of your mind. These levels are the most powerful forces of the human being – where the nature of your mind can be changed, diseases cured and your creative genius restored.
As we live we accumulate tensions. These tensions accumulate in the muscular, emotional and mental systems. Yoga is concerned with relaxation from tensions. Yogic texts state that peace can only be found from within our self. Therefore, if we wish to create a more peaceful world for our self, we must first learn how to relax and harmonise our own body and mind.
Yoga Nidra is a more effective and efficient form of psychic, physiological rest and rejuvenation –more than conventional sleep when we may sleep but wake tired. The total systematic relaxation of a one hour yoga nidra session is equal to approximately four hours of sleep.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is an ancient art based on the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology uses the thumb and fingers on these reflex areas. It promotes deep relaxation and peace and a natural balance within the body.
How does Reflexology help me?
Reflexology stimulates the body’s energy lines or meridians as they pass through the feet. By working on the reflex zones in the feet, the body’s own healing responses are stimulated. The free flow of energy needed for optimal health is encouraged. Foot reflexology has been recognised for health benefits for over 5000 years. Reflexology improves blood and nerve circulation, unblocks nerve congestion, relieves stress and tension and helps to balance the body. It promotes well being and may increase energy levels. It is a gentle form of natural healing and is complementary to medical treatments and other therapies.
What is Meditation?
Meditation involves placing the mind in a calm and concentrated state in which our mental energies can be renewed and transformed.
Fear, anger, greed, compulsiveness, doubt and other negative emotions can be as damaging as any chemical toxin. This is because the mind/ body connection turns negative attitudes into chemical toxins for our bodies – the so called stress hormones that have been linked to many different diseases.
It is not possible to purify the mind by thinking about it – an angry mind cannot conquer its own anger; fear cannot overcome fear. However, a proven technique that goes beyond the domain where fear, anger etc resides is meditation.
Meditation is finding the quiet inside our minds that is already there. It is finding that our internal dialogue is literally controlling us. As we go behind the screen of our internal dialogue we find silence of our mind that is not imprisoned by worry, resentment, wishful thinking, unfulfilled hopes, memories etc. It is a place of silence. As we bring our awareness to this silence we find that silence is important.
Silence is the birthplace of happiness. Silence is where we get our inspiration, compassion, empathy, love. We no longer have to pay attention to random images and thoughts that trigger worry, anger and pain.
Meditation provokes a profound change and the real fountain of youth. A youthful energy is released from a deeper level of the nervous system. It is an extremely practical process of quieting the mind and the surest way of opening a channel of healing.
What is Upper Body Massage
(Indian Head Massage or Ayurvedic Head Massage) ?
The Upper Body Massage is based on an Ayurvedic Head Massage originated in India over 1000 years ago and began as a way of keeping hair in good condition. It is based on the ancient healing system of Ayurveda.
This form of massage works on the upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, ears and face. Included in Waihi Beach Wellness’s Upper Body Massage is a hand reflexology and ear reflexology. Both of these add to the therapeutic value of the treatment. The areas are massaged using firm yet gentle, rhythmic movements that involve acupressure points called Marma points. Ayurvedic oils were traditionally used in this form of massage however the use of oils is now optional.
An Upper Body Massage is great for relieving the stress and tension in our everyday lives. The technique uses controlled movements and has a strong effect on the three higher chakras – the mind, body and spirit. The Chakra is the energy vortex that we need to remain striving and because the massage works on the neck and shoulders, tension is relieved almost instantly.
Regular sessions of Upper Body Massage will result in a number of health benefits for the client, and a course of treatments may be advised if a complex condition is involved.
During the back, neck and scalp massage, the client remains seated.The therapist will then stand behind or slightly to the side of the client to perform the massage.
It is recommended you remove jewellery (earrings, necklace, bracelet, watch, rings) before coming for your treatment. You will be provided with a robe to wear and it is advised to leave upper body undergarments and clothes from the waist down on during the treatment.
Ayurvedic head massage can be used to: relieve eyestrain, relieve insomnia, ease headaches and migraine, relax muscles, relax and tone facial muscles, stimulate the hair and scalp, help localized blood and lymphatic circulation, boost the immune system, restore joint movement, relieve sinusitis, reduce stress, release anxiety.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is one of the most ancient systems of healthcare, dating back 5000 years in India. Ayurveda is now recognised as the very roots of western medicine and the World Health Organisation sees it as one of the principal, universal healing disciplines.
Ayurveda literally means ‘science of life’. ‘Ayu’ is the Sanskrit word for life and ‘Veda’ is knowledge.
Ayurveda aims to eradicate the underlying causes of disease by creating a balance within body and soul that acts as an effective defence against illness. Prevention is seen as more important than cure.
Just about everything is connected to our state of health – health is seen in a holistic way – there are no barriers between body, mind and spirit. To be healthy we must be in harmony with ourselves and the world around us. It is about harmony and balance. What is good health? Good health is not only lacking any specific ailment, it is having inner resources of energy and immunity and feeling content mentally and emotionally. Factors affecting our health can be our general physical condition, living and working conditions, weather, pollution and our ability to resist disease (which depends on our diet, lifestyle and state of mind).
Ayurveda regards good health as the result of a harmonious inner balance and the healer is nature itself – our own body. Its aim is to strengthen that inner balance so healing takes place naturally and effectively.
How do stress and toxins affect us?
When we are subjected to endless stress and toxins, these are treated with urgent priority and our bodies work to render them harmless. While our bodies are working hard to defuse the stress and toxins, we have less energy for cleansing, healing and renewal. Over time our body can’t keep up the pace and strain shows on overworked organs and systems and the body’s performance. How can Ayurveda help?
We focus on establishing a protective inner balance by making small changes gradually in our lifestyle, diet, exercise routine and attitudes.
What are doshas?
In Ayurveda the world is divided into 3 doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. They are regarded as vital energies or principles that underlie everything we are, do, think and everything around us. Keeping your doshas in balance will promote your health generally and counteract stress.
Each dosha relates to:
- Elements (ether, air, fire, earth, water)
- Nature (oceans, sun, earth)
- Qualities (eg. Cold, hot, heavy)
- Functions (movement, transformation, stamina)
- Physical Characteristics (Vata, Pitta, Kapha body types)
- Locations (locations and functions in the body)
- Senses (senses to keep in balance)
- Mental, emotional and behavioural characteristics
- Times and seasons
How can I know my dosha?
A questionnaire will reveal your body type (dosha(s)) and your imbalances. You will be asked to choose the best option for each behavioural and physical characteristic. Your responses will be analysed.
There are 3 main body types (doshas) and many combinations. Whatever your body type is, there are preferred foods, exercises, music, lifestyle choices that can either pacify or aggravate your body type. Over time, if the aggravations are not modified or stopped, disharmony and then illness occurs.
Knowing your body type and understanding the Ayurvedic philosophy will greatly enhance your life. You will be empowered to gain awareness and understanding of yourself and how to keep balanced and in good health.
Once you know your body type, you can set about correcting any imbalances as well as adapting everything in your life to create a healthier, happier lifestyle for yourself.
An Ayurvedic lifestyle plan will analyse your body type and give recommendations to improve your quality of life.
What is a Theta Healing session like?
In general an appointment begins by the practitioner asking permission to connect to your energy. Then you will be asked what it is you would like to work on. Or, if you have nothing specific to work on, you might be asked, “If you could change anything in your life right now, what would it be?”
The Theta Healing technique has been used to address a wide variety of physical and emotional issues. A typical appointment includes an intuitive scan, belief work, and a healing. The practitioner will probably teach you to use a muscle test, to see what beliefs you have that may trigger the area you are seeking to change. Nothing is changed without your permission. And the practitioner should ask your verbal permission for every belief change and for any healing that is done.
Drink plenty of water.
It is important to be fully hydrated, this will allow your muscle testing to be clear and strong.
During most sessions muscle testing will be needed. Coming into the session with an attitude and intention of wanting positive change and being ready for positive change is also important. It’s important to be clear on what issue you want to work on during the session and if you have an idea of how your issue is serving you or what you’re learning as a result of the issue, this will rapidly accelerate the pace of your session.