Spa doctor: How you can ease your stress with fruit, yoga and yogurt
I’m prone to bouts of debilitating stress which worsen when left alone with my thoughts.
Recently, this has resulted in perpetual writer’s block, lack of concentration, stiff shoulders and headaches.
I’d long been interested in theories that escaping human contact and being ‘at one’ with nature can be effective at treating stress-related psychological conditions and reducing pain sensitivity.
Garden therapy courtesy of Son Brull hotel and spa – a 45-minute drive north of Palma airport in Majorca.
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The former 12th Century monastery with 23 rooms is surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and fruit trees and is designed to cleanse the soul of stress.
The spa features a hidden, tranquil solarium where views of the rolling hills and an outdoor heated pool provide the ultimate escape.
The speciality treatments harness the power of the land, using local fruits as the star ingredients in stress-busting massages and facials.
Breakfast is a selection of local delicacies including fresh plums, peaches, figs and yogurt
A 7am session of gentle yoga with an in-house teacher starts my day with calming, deep breaths and relieves my body of stiffness.
Breakfast is a selection of local delicacies including fresh plums, peaches, figs and goat’s yogurt.
My speciality massage features the Prickly Pear, which is known as a herbal remedy for open wounds and inflammation.
The flowers and seed oil are rich in Vitamins C and E, and I emerge from a 60-minute massage completely relaxed.
After a double dip in the (indoor) cold springs, then a 34C bath, I am at ease and manage to settle down do some work… and finish it.
I return home rejuvenated, my mind unusually serene and with my deadline met.
- Flights to Majorca with Jet2.com start at £39 one way. Rooms at Son Brull cost from £215, based on b&b and two adults sharing. Details at sonbrull.com.
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