With all the stresses that come with everyday life, it's no surprise the global wellness industry is now worth a cool £4.2 trillion.From crystals to reiki and plant-based everything, one of the best ways to get your wellness fix is to head to a retreat. Wellness retreats have popped up across the world and while we have some stellar options right here in the UK, duirng the summer months, a visit to a European retreat is the best way to combine a health MOT with some much-needed vitamin D. Below, we've rounded up the best wellness retreats to head to in Europe this summer. Heal at el Toula, SwitzerlandA new initiative from alpine travel specialist Leo Trippi, luxury chalet Chesa el Toula in the Swiss resort town of St. Moritz will be holding week-long wellness retreats for the rest of the summer. Dubbed ‘Heal at el Toula’, the seven-day package offers guests a range of activities and spa sessions over the week along with calming yoga and detox meals prepared by the resident chef. On top of this, you’ll be staying in a luxe chalet with gorgeous views of the Swiss countryside – expect days to be filled with hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and cooking classes.Where: St. Moritz, Switzerland.When: throughout summer 2019.Leo Trippi’s ‘Heal at El Toula’ wellness package starts from CHF 8,000 (£6,500) per person based on two people sharing, leotrippi.com/chesa-el-toula/ SHA Wellness Clinic, SpainOne of the best sleep retreats in the world, head to SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain's Valencia to try the ‘sleep recovery program’. This retreat has been designed to recover the quality of sleep and help cure insomnia. A seven-day stay is the minimum in order to reap the benefits from the program - but they recommend staying for two weeks if you can. While there, you will take part in an anti-stress session, have a polygraph to diagnose your sleep patterns, as well as a session with a nutritionist and a general medical consultation among other assessments and treatments. Located on the shores of the Mediterranean near the Sierra Hela park, the peaceful destination will help aide a restful week.Where: Valencia, SpainWhen: throughout the year.From £3,300 for seven nights,shawellnessclinic.com/ La Reserve Geneva, SwitzerlandWith one weekend retreat per month for the remainder of 2019 (August onwards), the Yoga Retreat Weekends with Jeff Grant at La Reserve Geneva are not to be missed. Each retreat hosts just eight participants and will include Vinyasa yoga, meditation by candlelight, Yin yoga with crystal singing bowls and posture alignment. Set on the shores of Lake Geneva, this serene setting is the ultimate place for the calming retreat - during your down time, wander through the hotel's 10 acre park or book in a treatment at the spa. All meals are included and the retreat was designed to help you escape daily stress and prevent burnout, ideal for the frazzled Londoner. Where: Geneva, Switzerland. When: throughout the year.From CHF900 (£694) excluding accommodation and CHF1,700 (£1,312) including two nights in a Superior Room, lareserve-geneve.com/ Palace Merano, ItalyHome of the famed Chenot Method \- based on Henri Chenot's study of biontology - Palace Merano is a luxury escape for anyone looking to rediscover their connection with health. The Chenot Method can help with weight loss, stress, health as well as provide anti-ageing effects. It works by using a unique combination of treatments and diet to help protect the body from damage, accumulation of toxins and premature ageing. Besides following the Method, you can from several other programmes, like the detox programme, spa wellness programme and the indoor and outdoor activity programme. Expect to have world-class experts on hand who can provide a personalised detox diet for you to follow or conduct a body composition assessment. This is the place to go when you want to reset the clock on your health and learn how to nourish your body.Where: Merano, ItalyWhen: throughout the year.Price on request, palace.it/ Andronis Concept Wellness Resort, GreeceFound in one of the most beautiful locations in Europe, the Andronis Concept Wellness Resort really does have it all. With great views, healthy food and a dreamy infinity pool, even if you're not after a wellness retreat this resort is worth checking out. The in-house Kallos Spa offers four main wellness programmes that you can undertake: Sleep, Stress, Hormones and Digestion. Each programme will include bespoke wellness consultations that will analyse the imbalances you may have and recommend the services and products best suited to you.The hotel also offers a hair profiling test. Supervised by Dr. Zulia Frost, the test provides a full wellness profile from which a personalised wellness programme can be curated.Where: Santorini, GreeceWhen: throughout the year.Treatments start from €50, the hair profiling test costs €180,andronisconcept.com/ Women’s Health Retreat by Escapada, SpainThese newly-launched health retreats are women-only and focus on four key pillars: Holistic Treatments, Mindful Movement, Nourishing Nutrition and 'Ultimate Me Time'. The retreats begin with an extensive consultation about what you want to get out of your time there, and you can expect a number of yoga and meditation sessions, along with acupuncture, demonstrations and talks from specialists. With only 12 guests per retreat, these are the perfect place to have some down time and get away from the stresses of every day life.Escapada also runs retreats in Germany and Ireland with a number of focussed retreats planned for 2019 including Mummy's Health Retreat and Pre-Winter Immunity Boost.Where: Mallorca, SpainWhen: August 30 to September 2, 2019From €1,200 (£1,036) per person, escapadaretreat.com/ Clinique La Prairie, SwitzerlandAs one of the best wellness spas in the world , Clinic La Prairie was always going to offer world-class wellness retreats as well. With a number of different retreats to choose from - including a master detox programme, a revitalisation programme and a transformative sleep retreat, designed to help cure insomnia - you'll likely find a retreat tailored to your needs here. Be sure to make the most of your stay with treatments from both the spa and medical spa, and by the end you'll find it hard to leave the serene and cleansed routine you've designed for yourself in the Swiss mountains - but you'll feel better for it. Where: Clarens, SwitzerlandWhen: throughout the year.Price on request, cliniquelaprairie.com/ Our Retreat, Spain and ItalyWant to combine your wellness retreat with a dreamy location? Our Retreats offer week-long luxury retreats mixing yoga, pilates and HIIT sessions in spacious villas across Spain, Italy, France and the UK. During your down time relax in your private pool or explore the beaches of Sardinia before tucking into a nourishing, yet indulgent meal made by the retreat's private chefs. Where: Ibiza, Spain and Sardinia, ItalyWhen: October 6 to 12, 2019 for Ibiza and June 1 to 6 and June 9 to 15, 2019 for SardiniaFrom £1,450 per person, ourretreat.co.uk/ Mindfulness Wellness Retreat at Longevity Cegonha Country Club, PortugalNestled in the tranquil green surroundings of Vilamoura in Portugal's Algarve region, you'll find the Longevity Cegonha Country Club which is launching a wellness and mindfulness retreat this June. The five-night retreat aims to tap into how you can be more mindful in your actions and every day life. In between sessions, sample some of the finest beaches in the world along the Algarve coast. Where: Algarve, PortugalWhen: June 12 to 17, 2019 and October 2019 – later dates to be confirmedFrom £754 per person, longevitywellnessworldwide.com/ Vinyasa Yoga Retreat with Dr. Patrick Broome, GermanyAnother world-class spa (there are three separate spas on site, including a women-only spa and a 5,400 square foot Hamam), Schloss Elmau is also home to some incredible retreats. This May the resort is hosting a five-day yoga retreat with physiologist and yoga teacher to the German national football team, Dr. Patrick Broome. Mornings will consist of 90 minutes of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga while in the afternoons you'll get the chance to practice pranayama, yoga philosophy and yoga nidra - along with making use of the on site spa facilities and taking in the crisp German air.Where: Krün, GermanyWhen: May 19 to 24, 2019Price on request, schloss-elmau.de/ MasQi: The Energy House, SpainSet in the rural hills between Spain's Alicante and Valencia, these boutique retreats (just eight rooms available) are a place to visit for a short break, or up to three weeks or more. Yoga and meditation with views over the Spanish countryside are on offer, as are one-to-one healing sessions, Ayurvedic massages, cookery classes and sessions with visiting practitioners. Choose from a focus on yoga, detox or cleansing from the number of retreats on offer - the hardest thing will be deciding which one. Where: Banyeres de Mariola (near Alicante), SpainWhen: throughout the year.Starting at £343 per person, masqiretreats.com/ Park Igls, AustriaLocated on a sunny plateau in the Austrian Alps, overlooking Patscherkofel mountain, the Mayr Clinic at Park Igls is all about the gut. The FX Mayr Method works by combining conventional medicine with targeted regeneration of the digestive system to help improve lifestyle problems that can be caused by imbalances in your gut. Here, you can follow specific programmes to help with everything from your skin to insomnia and arthritis. During the retreat you'll follow the six principles of the method: cleanse, rest, education, substitution, exercise and self-discovery, which will work together to make you feel refreshed and renewed once you leave. Celebrity fans include Karlie Kloss, Liz Hurley and even Theresa May. Where: Innsbruck/Igls, AustriaWhen: throughout the year.Price on request, park-igls.at/ Ayurveda Parkschlösschen, GermanySince it opened in 1993, Ayurveda Parkschlösschen has been the specialist for the Ayurvedic detox cure Panchakarma in Europe, a process that 'cleanses your organism holistically and restores the natural balance of your mind and body system'. With retreats being a minimum of nine days (and up to 34), expect plenty of yoga and Ayurvedic treatments. Specific yoga, anti-stress and liver detoxifying retreats are also on offer, all monitored by experienced Ayurvedic practitioners.Where: Traben-Trarbach, GermanyWhen: June 1 to 15, 2019From €1,715 (£1,418) per person, ayurveda-parkschloesschen.de/ Shamballah Yoga Retreat, PortugalNear Sintra, the enchanting Portuguese city just an hour out of Lisbon, you'll find one of Europe's best yoga retreats. The Shamballah yoga and meditation retreats are based by the sea so expect a pleasant dose of fresh sea air while practising. For avid surfers, its also offers a yoga and surfing retreat, including surf lessons, yoga and meditation classes. All meals are provided and be sure to explore the rugged natural beauty of the region while there. Where: near Sintra, PortugalWhen: every week, Monday to Saturday.From €600 (£518) per person, shamballahretreats.com/retreats Sianji Well-being Resort, TurkeyBodrum is the place to be this summer so why not combine your summer escape with a week of wellness? With a private beach, and set among 100 acres of gardens, the resort offers a number of retreats, from a master detox, to a raw food detox and an alkaline detox, there's something to suit everyone. The retreat will begin with a consultation and during your time there you can partake in yoga, tai chi and combat fitness classes, book into the Muu Spa and take advantage of the Turkish baths and join in a cooking class too. Where: near Bodrum, TurkeyWhen: throughout the year.Prices on request, sianjilife.com/ Adventure Yogi Retreat, GreeceWith yoga retreats offered in Montenegro, Norfolk and even Botswana, the hardest decision you’ll make with Adventure Yogi Retreats is which destination to head to. But with summer on the horizon the Adventure Yogi Retreat to Santorini in Greece is hard to look past. Spend eight sun-soaked days on Greece’ most famous island with daily yoga classes, sunset meditation over the Caldera, walking along the coastline and even spend a day on a yacht around the island, eating nutritious food and snorkelling below the island’s cliffs.Where: Santorini, GreeceWhen: June 29 to July 6 and August 24 to 31, 2019From £895 per person, adventureyogi.com/ Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats, SwitzerlandVerbier isn’t just a winter destination. When the snow melts, the Swiss Alps turn into an adventure enthusiast’s paradise, and Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats take full advantage of this during its retreats. Holding three retreats in the mountains this summer, expect to partake in high altitude training, yoga, paddle boarding on a glacial lake, boxercise at an altitude of 2,200 metres and sunset hiking on a mountain and trail runs. If you’re after a more laid back retreat, the team also offer fitness-led retreats in Tuscany, Sardinia and Iceland.Where: Verbier, SwitzerlandWhen: July 14 to 21, July 28 to August 4 and August 11 to 18, 2019.From £1,850 per person, mountainbeachfitnessretreats.com/
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It’s the silent condition that 10 per cent of women in the UK are suffering from, but most of them don’t even realise they have it.Endometriosis is a condition that’s had a spotlight shone on it in recent years thanks to Girl’s creator Lena Dunham’s very public battle with it, and Alexa Chung revealing she has the condition in a viral Instagram post.It affects one in 10 women in the UK and can cause 30 to 50 per cent of sufferers to be infertile. So what is endometriosis?Dr Haider Jan, Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at The Lister Hospital, part of HCA Healthcare UK told the Standard: “Endometriosis is a condition where cells similar to those that line the womb - grow and embed outside of the womb causing pain, inflammation and also in some cases a difficulty in falling pregnant.“It is estimated that up to 10 per cent of women in the UK suffer with endometriosis, many of which are undiagnosed. This approximates to almost 1.5 million women in the UK, almost as many as those who suffer with diabetes.” What are the signs of endometriosis and how is it diagnosed?Endometriosis is notoriously difficult to diagnose as the symptoms can feel like severe period pain.Dr Jan said: “It is very difficult to diagnose endometriosis based on symptoms alone although there are many particular signs one should look out for. Painful periods, pain leading up to a period, pain during deep intercourse, pain after sex, mid menstrual cycle pain, and pain whilst opening the bowels are key symptoms which would concern me as a consultant.“If a symptom arises around the menstrual cycle it is likely to be hormonally related and so points to endometriosis or Adenomyosis.”If you think you have any of these symptoms, it’s best to see your GP who can point you in the right direction. According to Endometriosis UK, “the only definitive way to diagnose endometriosis is by a laparoscopy - an operation in which a camera (a laparoscope) is inserted into the pelvis via a small cut near the navel”. How can you tell the difference between endometriosis and severe period pain?Period pain is a symptom of endometriosis so it can be easy to dismiss endometriosis as bad cramps.Dr Jan explained: “Period pain can have many causes - only one of which being endometriosis. We do know however, that severe period pain in adolescence may be a significant pointer towards endometriosis, and so should be investigated further.”If you experienced severe period pain through adolescence, coupled with the symptoms listed above, make an appointment with your GP. How is endometriosis treated?Unfortunately, if you are diagnosed with endometriosis there is no cure, but there are a number of treatments available to help relieve the pain – this should be decided between you and your healthcare professional.
Rates of melanoma skin cancers have soared by 45 per cent in the past decade as cheap international flights have fuelled a new generation of sun chasers, charities have warned.Melanomas are rarer but more serious than non-melanoma skin cancers and rates have risen most steeply among men and the under-50s, a Cancer Research UK analysis found.In a warning to holidaymakers, who are now able to jet off to warmer climes several times a year, the charity said skin damage in your earlier years can permanently increase your cancer risk.Melanoma begins in pigment-producing melanocyte cells and is the UK’s fifth most common cancer, with 16,000 people diagnosed annually.However, it is the second most common in people aged 25 to 49 and experts warn as many as 90 per cent of cases could be prevented with simple sun protection.Cancer Research UK has launched a campaign to encourage people to embrace their natural skin tone and warn of the perils of chasing the perfect tan.“While some might think that a tan is a sign of good health, there is no such thing as a healthy tan,” Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of the charity, said. “It’s actually your body trying to protect itself from harmful rays.“These statistics highlight the importance of our Own Your Tone campaign, which encourages people to embrace their natural skin tone and adopt sun-safe behaviours.”Between 2004/06 and 2014/16, the most recent data available, melanoma rates have risen by 55 per cent in men and 35 per cent in women. Across all cases, the rise was from 18 cases per 100,000 people in the population to 26 per 100,000.While melanoma is still more common in those aged over 65, rates for 25- to 49-year-olds have increased by 70 per cent since the 1990s.The jump has been from nine cases per 100,000 people in 1993/1995 to 16 per 100,000 in 2014/2016.According to Cancer Research UK, the rise of package holidays in the 1970s and a more recent surge in cheap flights has seen more people going abroad, sometimes several times a year, putting their skin at risk from strong sun.Improved awareness of the disease, has also been a factor with more people seeking a diagnosis for suspect moles and blemishes.Getting sunburnt just once every two years triples the risk of melanoma.Karis Betts, health information manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “Sun safety is not just for when you’re going abroad, the sun can be strong enough to burn in the UK from the start of April to the end of September.“We want to encourage people to embrace their natural look and protect their skin from UV damage by seeking shade, covering up and regularly applying sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and four or five stars.”Susannah Brown, head of research interpretation at the World Cancer Research Fund, said: “These figures are shocking, but a positive message to take out of this research is that skin cancer is preventable.“Our own research has shown that unlike many other cancers, diet and exercise patterns do not appear to be strongly associated with your risk of skin cancer and that it is the sun that continues to be the main cause.”
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