VOGUE Living Australia - - On Board - se­ spa-well­ness

It is the most pe­cu­liar ex­pe­ri­ence I’ve had on a cruise ship: sound-bath ther­apy. I lie on the floor of the Se­abourn Ova­tion’s ex­er­cise stu­dio, cov­ered in heavy blan­kets, on a spe­cial ‘bio-mat’ that’s filled with crys­tals and de­liv­ers far-in­frared light. Three acupunc­ture nee­dles punc­ture my skin. As the ship rolls on a gen­tle swell, a hum­ming sound ser­e­nades me, as my trainer strikes and strokes crys­tal bowls of vary­ing sizes with a mal­let. The treat­ment aims to re­bal­ance the ner­vous sys­tem by re­leas­ing the en­ergy that has ac­cu­mu­lated in my body through repet­i­tive, re­stric­tive be­hav­iours and thoughts. I’m not sure this is what’s hap­pen­ing, but the ex­pe­ri­ence is calm­ing. The sound bath is one of sev­eral un­usual rit­u­als avail­able as part of the Mind­ful Liv­ing Pro­gram de­vised by al­ter­na­tive-medicine guru Dr An­drew Weil for Se­abourn’s lux­ury ships. Se­abourn can tai­lor in­di­vid­ual plans for guests, in­clud­ing pro­grams for mind­ful eat­ing, yoga, tai chi, acupunc­ture, vi­ta­mins, sleep ther­apy, med­i­ta­tion and well­ness sem­i­nars.

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