Bhutan Aims To Harness Its Unique Features As A Top Wellness And Spa Destination
At the moment, the spa and wellness services offered by the hotels in the country are not our own. It’s either Swedish or Thai massage.
By Choni Dema | BBS
The Faculty of Traditional Medicine will start offering training courses in gSoba Rigpa Spa and Wellness Services by December 2018. The three-month long training will target people involved in spa businesses including private spa resorts, wellness centres and hotels.
Some 30 proprietors of hotels, resorts and spa centres were given a briefing beforehand on the range and benefits of gSoba Rigpa Spa and Wellness Services in preparation for the start of the training.
“We want to sensitize on the scope of spa services, the procedures involved in the establishment of such centres, the rules and regulations and the standards,” said Tandin Chogyel, who is the Officiating Chief Program Officer of the Department of Traditional Medicine Services in Bhutan.
What constitute Bhutanese traditional medicine based spa and wellness services?
Bhutanese Hotstone bath at Amankora, Gangtey
The Bhutanese traditional medicine based spa and wellness services include herbal, steam and oil bath as well as herbal compression and hot and cold compression.
“At the moment, the spa and wellness services offered by the hotels in the country are not our own. It’s either Swedish or Thai massage. But today after attending this workshop, we’ve come to know that we have our own therapy treatments,” Ugyen Dorji, a participant said.
Bhutan is well-known for its abundance of therapeutic medicinal herbs. The promotion of the ancient science of healing using these medicinal herbs is expected to help Bhutan develop its health and wellness industry. It is aimed at branding Bhutan as a top wellness destination.
This article first appeared in BBS and has been edited for the Daily Bhutan.