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Pioneering wellness destination elevates world-leading personalised wellness approach with new services to support longevity and long-term wellbeing


Pioneering transformative wellness destination Chiva-Som Hua Hin, Thailand, is launching epigenetics testing and hyperbaric oxygen treatments, further enhancing its already extensive, bespoke approach to optimal health.  


The introduction of epigenetics testing further enhances the hyper-personalisation of consultations and retreats to support optimal health, while the addition of hyperbaric oxygen treatments supports blood-oxygen levels, recovery and overall longevity.   


The addition of the two new services follows the recent introduction of genomics testing and bone density analysis. Sleep health therapies are also set to launch in July, continuing Chiva-Som's dedication to supporting all guests on transformative wellness journeys. 


Epigenetic testing  

The introduction of epigenetic testing allows Chiva-Som's expert team to understand how an individual’s genes are affected by their environment. Epigenetic testing is a science that looks at how lifestyle and environmental factors, such as diet, exercise, physical environment and emotional health interact with how an individual’s genes function. This is different to genomics testing, which only looks at what an individual’s genomic sequence consists of and the predispositions this may have in terms of their health, whereas epigenetics is the study of the environmental factors that activate and de-activate the genes. When certain genes are under- or over-activated by external stimuli, diseases and health complications can arise, such as diabetes, mental health issues and cardiovascular disease.  


As a person ages, alterations in DNA methylation patterns can disrupt the proper control of gene expression. Through epigenetic testing, a person’s biological age, rather than chronological age, can be understood and advice given on how to slow the aging process through sustainable exercise and nutritional habits tailored to the individual. 


By highlighting the effects of the environment on an individual's genes, epigenetic testing can identify key target interventions to reduce long-term health concerns and risk of chronic disease, as well as explain how genes are controlled and provide disease risk assessments. What’s more, epigenetics tests can be repeated periodically to monitor how the genes’ functions are changing over time, highlighting improvements or other environmental areas to focus on. 


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 

This month also sees the integration of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) into Chiva-Som's extensive treatment and service offering, further supporting guests’ journeys toward optimal wellbeing and longevity.  


Through the process of breathing in pure oxygen in a pressurised, controlled environment, a programme of HBOT sessions can provide a wealth of health benefits, such as enhanced cognitive function, reduced inflammation, improved cellular function and shorter sports recovery times – which can all in turn support longevity.  By increasing the levels of oxygen in the blood and improving circulation, HBOT can also support a variety of the body’s functions, including the healing process and energy production, while reducing fatigue, especially when sessions are part of an integrated approach to health and wellbeing.  


On the additions of Epigenetic testing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Chanyapak Suwankantha, Wellness Director at Chiva-Som Hua Hin, comments, "We’ve always been dedicated to guiding our guests through transformative wellness journeys that provide sustainable wellbeing benefits and habits, long beyond their stay at Chiva-Som. We’re thrilled to be adding a range of additional services and treatments to our already extensive offering, ensuring we continue our dedication to guest experience and health.” 


“With the introduction of Epigenetics, which can be complemented by our genomics testing, we can truly tailor programmes, retreats and advice to how an individual’s genes are affected by their environment, elevating our personalised approach. The new Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy brings another dimension to retreats for those seeking to improve circulation, reduce inflammation and pursue a healthier lifestyle.” 


As one of the world's leading health and wellness resorts, Chiva-Som is committed to its integrated, holistic approach to optimal health through nutrition, exercise and treatments that uplift the mind, body and soul. Blending six modalities of wellness – Physiotherapy, Holistic Health, Nutrition, Fitness, Spa and Aesthetic Beauty – the resort guides guests on a personal and powerful journey to support long-term health. 


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For 29 years, the award-winning Chiva-Som has pioneered transformative wellness practices to global acclaim. Its commitment to an innovative, holistic approach which expertly balances mind, body and spirit continues to this day with its flagship resort in Hua Hin, Thailand, and the latest addition to the Chiva-Som family, Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som in Khasooma, Qatar.

Optimal, bespoke wellness lies at the heart of each Chiva-Som experience. With its unique synergy of indigenous traditions and evidence-based wellness, Chiva-Som partners with guests on highly personalised wellness journeys focused on complete lifestyle transformation. At the new Zulal Wellness Resort, these extend to the entire family. Guests are motivated throughout their journey by knowledgeable and caring staff, who address their goals with the unique heart of Chiva-Som hospitality.

Chiva-Som’s approach to wellness extends to the wider community, with educational opportunities and global sustainability initiatives at the core of everything we do. 

A few of Chiva-Som Hua Hin’s recent awards:

  • 'Wellness & Spa Retreat' - Thailand Tourism Gold Awards 2023

  • 'Medical Wellness Retreat Global' - Readers' Choice, Global Spa Awards 2023

  • 'Best Destination Spa in the World' - Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards 2022

  • 'Fighting Fit' - Tatler Spa Awards 2022

  • 'Thailand's Best Wellness Retreat' - World Spa Awards 2022

  • 'Top Destination Spa Resort in the World' - Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards 2021

  • 'Gold Award' - Thailand Tourism Awards 2021

  • 'Asia's Best Wellness Retreat' - World Spa Awards 2021

  • 'Thailand's Best Wellness Retreat' - World Spa Awards 2021

  • 'Best Destination Spa' - Condé Nast Traveller (UK) Spa Awards 2020

  • 'Wellness Program of the Year' - Destination Deluxe Awards 2020

  • 'International Hotels: Best Wellness Retreat' - Travel + Leisure India's Best Awards 2020

  • One of the '50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders' - Bloomberg 2020

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