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New ‘Soul Menu’ at Anya’s Niyama Wellness Center

Therese Jamora-Garceau, Scott Garceau - The Philippine Star
New âSoul Menuâ at Anyaâs Niyama Wellness Center
The Niyama Signature Massage uses hot bamboo sticks to relieve stress — perfect to wind down the day.

Gone are the days of day spas — a quick rubdown in Manila, and then back to the maw of stress and toxicity. Niyama Wellness Center at Anya Resort Tagaytay, run by spa director Carol Laguna, is all about transporting yourself to a holistic wellness experience that can change your life.

“Here at Anya, it’s really a wellness center, not just a spa,” says Laguna. “We have integrative, holistic treatments,” including not just a menu of fantastic treatments at their five dedicated rooms, like the Signature Massage (hot bamboo — perfect to wind down the day), but a full line of new facial treatments using Swiss-made Pevonia products tailored to both men and women, and to your schedule: the 30-minute “appetizer facial” is good if you have dinner plans or want to swim right after, while the luxurious 60-minute treatment includes extractions, glow scrubs and body polishes.

Many of Niyama’s offerings are already familiar to Anya’s repeat guests, but Laguna notes the holistic menu has extended to five “Niyama Experiences,” including the spa, an integrative “Soul Menu” with healthy food options — not just vegetarian, but pescatarian and others — designed by a Rockwell nutritionist. There are the “Movements,” including wellness, yoga, tai-chai and a hydrotherapy session held once a week (or one-on-one) in the heated Anya pool. “Hydrotherapy is very helpful to our clients,” Laguna notes.

Another new focus is Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT) under Dr. JP Prado: “Our therapists are trained by him in osteopathic therapy, which is very different from chiropractic treatment; it’s an alignment of bones, where they diagnose, consult and give a treatment plan based on your concerns. Sometimes it involves adjusting lifestyle and work, so it’s holistic.”

Finally, there are periodic lifestyle retreats like “Crossroads to Wellness” taught by Marilen Elizalde, wife of Anya head Santi Elizalde, and “Inner Journeys” designed with Lia Bernardo. “The Inner Journeys are about lifestyle coaching, self-love, body love,” says the Niyama director. “It’s really about mind-setting and perceptions in life.”

Laguna, a physical therapist, also mentored at Mandala resort in Boracay, where she learned the value of training therapists in mindfulness and positive energy. “All our eight therapists here do yoga before the treatment, to give positive energy to guests. Because you pass that on to guests!”

Niyama is still expanding, as Anya completes its Phase 3 plans: another five treatment rooms will be added out back to complete a “dedicated wellness center” with private spa villas for guests. And starting in March, they’re offering Wellness Day packages for guests who want a retreat experience that includes all their new treatments. “We’re offering holistic instead, just to change the lifestyle. Because even if you do medical or spa treatment, if they eat the same at home, drink, don’t exercise, it doesn’t help.”

Laguna says more and more people are seeking that lifestyle change. “They want to rest away from Manila.”

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Visit anyaresorts.com, email niyamawellness@ahg.ph or call 0998-5952125.

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