Healing touch of Himalayas
THE healing and therapeutic properties reach further than skin deep at Port Douglas Day Spa.
In collaboration with Himalayan Healers, a charity-based healing arts school located in Nepal that trains people from the harijan caste otherwise known as the Untouchables, the day spa will soon welcome three Nepalese therapists to work in the spa.
“I really want there to be an awareness of who they are, where they came and what they’ve been through,” spa director Lisa Loed said of the incoming workers.
Loed says she fears people will assume this is just a case of getting cheap labour from the east, but she explained the sponsorship process and expenses make that not at all the case.
An opportunity years in the making, the town’s new arrivals are highly-trained in spa services and management, each operating their own spa in Nepal, and have been carefully selected for their ability to take on a move so far away from their own culture, community and in some cases family.
“This is the first group trained by Himalayan Healers chosen to work overseas,” Loed said.
The healers have been trained to practice medical spa services popular in western society as well as ancient practices traditional in their own society.
Ms Loed said the organisation succeeds in teaching people to heal, while healing and bettering themselves at the same time.
Creating opportunity in the local community as well, the spa is also creating a scholarship in a TAFE therapy course open to indigenous youths interested in a career in spas, which is set to launch in February 2011.
Ms Loed says while college may not be for everyone, there are several opportunities in spa services and she hopes this scholarship will create an opportunity for those interested in something different. The six-month course is designed so that students can manage it with their regular school schedule and will have a job in the spa after completion.
“It’s just a vast industry of creative career options for people who just don’t have other choices,” Ms Loed said.
Ms Loed says the spa’s new staff members will be arriving in one to three months as the immigration process is finished up. Anyone interested in applying the spa’s scholarship should visit www. portdouglasdayspa.com.