Wellness Philosophy With a holistic approach to wellness that combines Eastern wisdom with Western science, Sangha by Octave believes that the rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit can be achieved by adjusting six lifestyle habits—eating, breathing, sleeping, movement, thinking and spiritual practice. Wellness programmes here range between two and seven days. Guests can experience a combination of treatments at the At One Healing Spa; Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine treatments; health awareness workshops with a life coach; lakeside yoga and sound healing, among others.
My wellness journey began at the At One Holistic Wellness Clinic, for a health assessment that included a body composition analysis, cardiovascular health and targeted energetic assessments. From the results, what stood out for me was the over activation of my parasympathetic nervous system, indicating either a high level of stress or a poor sleeping habit. While I do admit to being a poor sleeper, it was disconcerting to see this reflected on a chart—making the health effects of sleep deprivation even more real.
Thereafter, a healing plan was customised to my needs, paying particular attention to my request for stress release and easing muscle tension. I was treated to a selection of massage therapies, from the signature Sangha Rebirth Massage, which integrated the most effective tension-release disciplines with subtle bodywork, to the Abhyanga Ayurvedic massage, with herbal infused hot oils, all made in-house, applied on the body in long rhythmic strokes, and later paired with the Polti hot compress massage. It was no wonder that I had the best sleep in years.
When it was time to leave, I sat down with general manager for wellcare, Barry Warrington to run through my holistic wellness assessment report, which had tips from the doctor on keeping good lifestyle habits. Armed with that knowledge, I was ready to take on the world—starting first with a lifestyle intervention.
Highlight With the belief that knowledge is the catalyst to lifting the mind, body and spirit, Sangha by Octave aims to provide a mindful space to help you find harmony between your inner self and the outer environment. The holistic wellness sanctuary comprises three sectors coming together: At One Wellness Retreat; The Village, an interactive learning community space; and Sangha Homes, a collection of private residences available for purchase.
Tatler Tip Be sure to schedule a hydrothermal session before any treatment to enjoy the facilities at the At One Healing Spa such as the jet pool and sensory lounge, as well as the infrared, salt cave and Finnish saunas. My favourites include the Kneipp Walk, where you step barefeet on pebbles with alternating immersions in hot and cold water to boost blood circulation; and the herbal steam room, which utilises steam from boiling herbs such as rose, bergamot, elsholtzia, platycodon and angelica to address ailments such as colds and acute gastroenteritis.