It’s out of reach for Australian travellers, but Rocco Forte’s hotel in Sicily, Verdura Resort, may be onto something that could be adopted locally.
The distinguished property has introduced a unique and restorative wellness program aimed at tackling the “physical and psychological issues” developed during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Dr Mosaraf Ali, an internationally renowned doctor and pioneer in integrated healthcare, has developed a 10-day program aimed at “combatting” the toll coronavirus has had on people’s lives. Dr Ali’s 10-day program was already held in July and August, and will return again in September.
Following consultations with Dr Ali, a program for each guest is designed with treatments using Marma massage which is rated as one of the best physical therapies in the world. Both therapeutic and energising, the massage helps nerve, joint and back problems, as well as improving blood flow to the brain through a neck connection massage.
With significant experience in treating Post Viral Syndrome, Dr Ali addresses issues such as chronic fatigue, low energy levels, weight gain, skin and hormonal issues. Therapeutic yoga and meditation designed to calm the body and still the mind will also play an important part of each guest’s experience.
Given the importance of diet, care has been taken regarding the taste and benefits of the food chosen to accompany the program. Menus are filled with Verdura’s home-grown produce and centred around the Mediterranean diet. Guests will enjoy Dr Ali’s special Mewa porridge breakfast, bitter blood alkalising teas and therapeutic supplements, such as a Gut Cleansing Gel.
The 10-day program includes consultations with Dr Ali, full board including therapeutic teas and supplements, daily 30-minute marma massage, five face or body treatments, daily 60-minute yoga and evening meditation classes.
The Spa at Verdura offers a range of wellness programs covering mindfulness, destressing, revitalisation and rejuvenation, including the Healthy Lifestyle Programme, Fit Programme, Relax Programme and the Express Programme. Each varies in length and intensity depending on guests’ requirements.
The 10-day Marma Recovery Program is priced at €3,650 per person. The next program is planned for 1 to 10 September 2020. A double room at Verdura starts from €560 per night.