BATHE IN SOUND
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.