Spa and Wellness in Maldives
Spa and Wellness in Maldives
WRITER: Elwin Chan PHOTOS BY: Alvin Toh
Spa and Wellness in Maldives 02. October 2019, by Elwin Chan, Photos by Alvin Toh
As Mind As Free As The Ocean

The Sanskrit word for ocean, Meera, is also the name of the excellent spa at Gili Lankanfushi. The over-water sanctuary boasts a calming, open view of the breathtaking ocean—the perfect backdrop to indulge in Meera Spa’s range of restorative experiences, including meditation, reiki, and ancient singing bowl sessions to ease the mind and body into a state of complete relaxation.

In recent years, the spa has also regularly invited Visiting Practitioners to introduce guests to ever more holistic and progressive healing therapies.

During our visit, Hpaper had the chance to meet with wellness expert Deniz Susever, who is known for her work in underwater yoga. Incidentally, Deniz’s name also means ‘sea waterlover’ in her native language. A picture of poise and grace, Deniz became fascinated with the healing powers of water when she was working with handicapped divers over 20 years ago.

This realisation led her to become a yoga teacher, and she has
spent the last 12 years practising Vipassanā meditation—a way of seeing things as they are.

According to Deniz, every person has five ‘bodies’: creative, mental, emotional, energetic and physical. For a person to feel whole, these bodies need to work in harmony with one another. An intuitive way to do this, Deniz says, is to “allow yourself to be like a child again. Sing, laugh
and dance. Let your inner child express joy. Be free.”

Putting her philosophy to practice, Deniz travelled to Auroville in India to learn the art of watsu. Part meditation, part shiatsu, part dance, watsu is performed in warm waters, where the receiver is gently supported by the practitioner in a back floating position. In this state of near weightlessness, caressed by the water while being rhythmically cradled, moved, stretched and massaged by the practitioner, the experience is like being nurtured in a mother’s womb.