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Our review of trauma therapist Sheryl Close

The quick read: Sheryl Close offers Somatic Experiencing and Trauma Therapy, and her sessions include an eclectic mixture of skills she’s developed over the years – including psychotherapy, massage therapy, addiction counselling and Gestalt therapy. The focus is primarily on Somatic Experiencing, and Sheryl’s therapy is for anybody who feels stuck in their life, who want to connect more deeply emotionally with him/herself, and who want to release historical destructive patterns. Sheryl can be booked for an individual, hour-long session at private practices in London or Bedfordshire in the UK.

Queen of Retreats, 20/08/2015

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The Aman Spa at The Connaught review | Hotel spa, London

The quick read: The Aman Spa is in (arguably) London’s premier hotel in swanky Mayfair. You come to this subterranean beauty when you want to swap stressy city life, noise and buzz for tranquility, spiritual sustenance and top-notch treatments. It’s very ‘om’, with an elegant twist – from the second a staff member glides to your side to offer you a steaming ceramic bowl of lemongrass or ginger tea until you leave the serene, Asian-style treatment room. There’s a 60-metre swimming pool with a cascading water wall, a steam room with twinkling lights, crystals and multi-buhzillionaires letting off steam, plus five treatment rooms. You leave a few hours later feeling as though you’ve had a mini holiday.

Queen of Retreats, 20/08/2015

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Best women’s travel pieces

What to pop into your 23 kilo baggage allowance for an adventurous healthy holiday? Mosquito net? Tent poles? Rescue Remedy? A dog-eared copy of A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush? Well possibly, but some of this gear too – it’s what worked for Caroline Phillips on her healthy holiday to Costa Rica.

Queen of Retreats, 28/04/2015

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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge review - Eco-friendly adventure, massage and yoga in Costa Rica

The Quick Read: Accessible only by boat, Playa Nicuesa is an eco lodge set in a 165-acre private reserve in Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce region, bordered by ocean and rainforest that leads onto a national park. The location is paradisiacal – an emerald coast with jade water in which dolphins play and turtles dive. It’s one of the most biologically diverse places in the world, with lush forestry, humongous leaves, three types of monkeys, iguanas, sloths, toucans – it’s like the Oscars for wildlife. There’s yoga and massage, but really you come for the wildlife. It’s perfect for hiking, snorkeling, fishing and jungle kayaking expeditions – though you can just meditate in a hammock. With a carbon footprint so small it’s almost a paw mark, the lodge has 5 leaves – the highest award for sustainability in tourism – but deserves an entire tree.

Queen of Retreats, 28/04/2015

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Welcome to my bed spa

I’m on a retreat in my bedroom. Call it Bed Spa. This because I’ve broken my ankle and had an op. My life is normally crazily busy, but now I’ve been forced to stop. Suddenly I realise how much of my running around is unnecessary. And what’s important in life. The chance to be unfettered by the outside world is rare, especially at home. My bedroom has monastic white polished plasterwork, a Moroccan bedcover twinkling with sequins and a view of trees. Anyone would want to spa here!

Queen of Retreats, 15/09/2014

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Therapist watch: movement therapist Ivana Daniell on Wimpole Street

Ivana offers Life In Movement therapy, a brilliant combo of postural movement analysis, aerobics, Pilates, Alexander Technique, Ayurveda, Feldenkrais Method and Gyrontonics. Perfect for those who have injuries or sedentary lifestyles, it features bespoke exercises – mostly on pilates machines – tailored to your postural misalignments, muscular needs, lifestyle and ayurvedic body type. The aim is to help you attain a fully functioning body that operates at its optimum. As well as working out of her own clinic at 61 Wimpole Street, she is much sought after by private clients globally and works for retreats run by Aman Resorts on a consultancy basis.

Queen of Retreats, 14/08/2014

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Therapist watch: spiritual healer Katie Winterbourne

Katie Winterbourne works with your energy, reading your unique energy ‘signature’ and using her intuition to give you a better understanding of your life – to deliver healing in whichever form her higher consciousness reckons is best. You can have a reading with her by Skype or over the phone, at a clinic on Wimple Street and or at Harrods Urban Retreat in London, or alternative locations by arrangement.

Queen of Retreats, 27/05/2014

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A smorgasbord of experiences & therapies with Ibiza Retreats

Ibiza. Hmm, clubs, not my kinda thing. Raving, drinking, drugging. None of it my style. An island where people like doing those things? I don’t think so. Don’t like hippy dippy either. I’m the close friends, good books, feet-up and early to bed type. And anyway it’s probably called the White Island because it’s covered in coke.

Queen of Retreats, 19/12/2013

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A watery work out with teenagers at Anassa, Cyprus

I’m not a fan of resorts. So why go to Anassa, the Cypriot mother of all resorts? Two teenage daughters, that’s why. First there’s the weather. 40 degrees in the shade in August, which suits teenagers whose idea of a holiday is to get brown, then browner and even more brown. Meet Anya, 18, dark mahogany and Ella, 15, deep hazelnut.

Queen of Retreats, 12/09/2013

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Anassa: something healthy for all the family in Cyprus

Greek for ‘queen’, Anassa is a grande dame resort in western Cyprus modelled on a traditional Cypriot village. It’s no longer the only building on this part of the coastline – but Anassa has its own stretch of beach and your feet get a hot stone massage every time you run across it. Plus it has more watersports than you can shake a stick at.

Queen of Retreats, 12/09/2013

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