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  • Nat Frogley


January detox retreats provide post-party season reboot

This January, pioneering and transformative wellness destination Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand, invites guests to hit reset on their health with the Art of Detox retreat. The five- to 13-night personalised programmes focus on optimising the body’s natural detoxification processes after the indulgent festive period. Coupled with a visiting practitioner programme covering a range of practices, including Metta Healing and neuromuscular therapy to help eliminate toxins, January at Chiva-Som is an opportunity to revitalise and embrace the year ahead with renewed energy and mental clarity.

While the body naturally flushes out toxins, the increasingly fast-paced, over-stimulated lives most of us lead makes it more difficult for the body to maintain balance. The Art of Detox retreat at Chiva-Som gives guests the tools to refresh the digestive system leading to newfound energy, improved digestion, weight loss, boosted immunity, clearer skin and a calmer mind. Led by an expert team, the Art of Detox retreat is designed to educate and support guests in discovering their ideal diet. Balancing macro and micronutrients, along with herbal and nutritional supplements, brings the digestive and metabolic systems back to their optimal function to cleanse the body of toxins. A programme of gentle treatments such as Lymphatic Drainage and Colonic Hydrotherapy, and holistic wellness practices including Pranayama breathing, stretching, and detoxifying balneotherapy, are also included to soothe and rejuvenate the body and to restore mental clarity.

Chiva-Som’s Holistic Manager, Ms. Pilailuk Thongtan, says: “While detox diets are a popular way to recalibrate the body and get back on track physically, as part of Chiva-Som’s holistic wellness approach, we recommend doing the same for your mind. A ‘mental cleanse’ can be a great way to find more balance, focus and fulfilment in our personal and spiritual relationships, and help us to feel more present and whole. It’s about taking a break from the day-to-day stressors, anxieties, and distractions, whether it’s practicing deep breathing and stretching exercises or reducing screen time on electronic devices”.

To further support guests’ wellness goals this January, Chiva-Som is also welcoming five world-leading health consultants to kick-start its 2023 Practitioners-In-Residence programme. Residencies this January include:

Metta Holistic Healer, David Stojanovic (1-15 January)

Since childhood, David Stojanovic has been extremely sensitive to the energetic vibrations of emotions, attitudes and physical ailments of people. Through education and practice, Stojanovic has learnt to manipulate, move, give and take energy, developing an energetic healing technique called Metta Healing, which allows him to feel physical sensations in the body and sense how they are linked to emotions in the mind. During the treatment, Stojanovic senses energy blockages and then connects them with the mind to understand the root cause of individuals’ pain and energetic needs.

Neuromuscular Therapy & Corrective Bodywork, Stephen Kirwin (1-20 January)

With over 22 years’ experience practicing neuromuscular and orthopaedic sports massage, Stephen Kirwin has worked with world-class athletes such as Ironman champions Scott Tinley and Dave Scott and members of Lance Armstrong’s champion Tour de France cycling team. Tying in a unique blend of structural integration, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and cranial sacral therapy, Kirwin’s deep tissue release and healing bodywork therapies help eliminate the toxins held within the muscles and organs to help facilitate the detoxification process.

Total Kinesiology, Dr Greg Shiu (15-30 January)

Using applied kinesiology, a form of diagnosis that uses muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how the body is functioning, Dr Greg Shiu’s technique effectively seeks to treat the cause rather than the symptom. By combining joint manipulation, myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian therapy, clinical nutritional and dietary management, Dr Shiu helps treat joint pain, digestive issues, stress management, hormone imbalances, sleep disruption, and more.

Hypnotherapy & Executive Coaching, Dr Anthony Augustine (21-31 January)

Dr Augustine has 16 years of professional experience helping clients develop greater self-awareness and letting go of negative emotions, phobias, fears, limiting beliefs and all that is no longer serving a useful purpose. His client base ranges from CEOs, celebrities, members of parliament, royalty and professional athletes.

Yoga Therapy, Jonas Westring (26 January – 22 February)

The founder of Shantaya Physic & Yoga Therapy, Jonas Westring has been teaching around the world for over 30 years and is experienced in a multitude of healing modalities. Yoga Therapy combines ancient yoga wisdom practices with modern research by utilising technology from yoga, physiotherapy and contemporary mind-body science. Welcoming each person in their current state, Westring guides individuals toward optimal wellbeing with the aim to educate and inform; create increased mind body awareness; pain relief; and provide guidance away from habits that limit the full potential for wellbeing.

The Healthy Holiday Company (020 8968 0501; can arrange a seven-night Art of Detox Retreat at Chiva-Som from £8,450 per person, based on two adults sharing an Ocean Room. Price includes a wellness consultation, the Art of Detox Retreat programme, full board, return economy flights with Eva Air from London to Bangkok and private airport transfer. Based on stay in January 2023.



Since 1995, 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 in Khasooma, Qatar, opening soon.

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 our recent awards:

  • ‘Fighting Fit’ – Tatler Spa Awards 2022‘

  • Best Destination Spa in the World’ – Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice 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

For further information or to discuss press trip opportunities please contact:

Sarah Harvey (, Nat Frogley ( or Flora Gandolfo ( at Frog & Wolf PR

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