3 Holistic Wellness Tips Worth Trying from Tibetan Medicine

Nestled in the Alps of southwestern Switzerland, the Alpina Gstaad resort is a sanctuary for Tibetan healing practices. Guests can relax in a soothing Himalayan salt cave, experience alpine-herb massages, and practice Tibetan yoga and meditation with monks who have studied these traditions for decades. Here’s a taste of the ancient holistic medicine offer at this five-star getaway.

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1. Clear Your Air 

Stuck in a rut? Try Lung 
Ro Sel, translated as “exhaling waste wind,” to release stagnant energy: Inhale through your nose as you bring your hands, palms up, from your belly to your face; exhale through your mouth as you flip your palms and push them back down to your belly. “Use this breath to take the energy of the sky into every cell of your body,” says Lharampa Tenzin Kalden, a Buddhist monk who hosts retreats at the hotel. 

2. Massage Away Stress 

Crush 1 part nutmeg and 2 parts cumin seeds. Pack the resulting powder into a large piece of gauze, and tie it into a tight bundle. Soak in warm sesame oil for a few minutes, then use this poultice to massage sore muscles, says Antonis Sarris, head therapist at the Alpina’s Six Senses Spa: “In the Tibetan medicine tradition, we use natural elements to move energy and draw out potentially harmful inflammation and illness from the body.”  

3. Drink to your Health 

For a quick hit of calm, make the resort’s golden latte, which is rich in anti-inflammatory turmeric: In a mug, combine 1 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp ginger powder, 1 tsp cinnamon powder, 
a pinch of black pepper, and a splash of boiling water until all ingredients stick together. Stir in 1 cup hot coconut milk 
and 1 tsp maple syrup. Top with a sprinkle 
of cinnamon. This warming tonic will set you on a path toward serenity.  

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