The five-star luxury hotel Seaham Hall has announced a new partnership with wellness business XHayle to bring The Wim Hof Method – the fitness trend sweeping the world – to its award-winning Serenity Spa.
Durham isn’t the first place you’d think of for heat in the United Kingdom; it’s better known for incredible sweeping, wild landscapes, history and amazing shoreline. One of its most prominent residents is the luxury hotel Seaham Hall and this year, it is introducing something entirely new that won’t be raising thermometers.
The historic Georgian country manor on Durham’s glorious heritage coast embraces innovation, working closely with its award-winning spa to find new ways to promote wellness from within. Over recent years it has rolled out several holistic treatments, including hypnotherapy, Mind Calm and sleep enhancement therapies, and for 2022, they’re introducing something that is proving fascinating to people worldwide.
The newest addition to the Spa’s roster of therapies is The Wim Hof Method. Countless people have tried Wim Hof’s methods and found they provided increased energy, better sleep, reduced stress levels, heightened focus, increased willpower and a more robust immune system through three fundamental principles – breathwork, the cold, and mindset.
There’s no denying that Wim Hof is an extraordinary human; some would even say superhuman. Following a devastating personal tragedy, he one day decided to venture out into an icy lake and discovered some peace of mind. Since that day, he has set multiple world records and done things that science once thought were impossible. In his quest to discover what the human body is capable of, he has formulated some quite revolutionary techniques that are proving beneficial to both the body and mind.
Someone who has trained with Wim Hof is Hayley Dorian, and she will bring his methods to the luxury hotel through dedicated workshops, where people can discover how to utilise oxygen and cold exposure to optimise the body and mind.
Speaking about the new partnership and workshop series, Seaham Hall’s Spa Manager, Amanda Jennings, said, “At Seaham Hall, we truly believe that a more holistic approach to treatments will continue to be a big trend in the spa and wellness industry. In line with this, we’re looking to further build on our existing portfolio, working with exciting new partners, such as XHayle, and also introducing new therapies, such as breathwork and sound therapy.
“To celebrate the Serenity Spa’s 20th anniversary this year, together with exploring more holistic practices (whether medicinal or technology-driven), we are developing the spa and creating new spaces for more immersive experiences.”
In the new workshops, Hayley will teach guests how a simple shift in the mind, combined with consciousness-altering breathwork, can enable them to experience the powerful effects of the cold. The benefits of this include improved metabolic function, reduced inflammation, strengthening of the immune system, increased energy levels, improved circulation, and improved mood.
Hayley added, “Very few people like being cold, and so the idea of submerging your body in temperatures as low as zero degrees might not appeal to most of us. So, imagine what it’s like to discover that the thing you feared was the thing that made you feel so good and buzzing with life. This is exactly what cold water does, and probably the reason why so many people who try it once continue to do so daily!”
Each workshop will include a two-hour guided session focusing on breathing techniques and teaching the benefits of cold-water exposure. In addition, there will be a light, plant-based lunch served in the Serenity Spa’s Ozone restaurant, followed by an afternoon cold water experience, using the Serenity Spa’s icy plunge pool for up to two minutes per person. The sessions cost £155 pp and include up to 12 people.
Current available dates:
Sunday the 9th of October 2022
Sunday the 11th of December 2022
Workshop dates for 2023 to follow. To learn more about the new workshops or make a booking, visit www.seaham-hall.co.uk.
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