When the time comes to reset yourself, what are your choices? The global spa scene offers an array of one-stop-shop solutions. You could go total bootcamp and sweat it all out in Utah, or plump for the super-luxe pampering of a Swiss clinic. Alternatively, there’s nothing quite so dramatic as the full medical inventions favored by some. However, for an all-round, holistic, and also soothingly comforting reset, there’s nowhere quite as good as SHA Wellness Clinic. Our Zeina Mokaddam packed her Gucci valise and jetted across to Spain’s east coast to sample its healthy delights.

Set on a hillside in Alicante, with a great view of the Med, SHA Wellness Clinic combines Far East-inspired therapies with the latest western advances – plus a huge portion of luxe living.

How are you going to get healthy? Is it all pain if you’re going to gain? Not at all. A fusion of eastern knowledge, specific therapies, and specialized diets will see you right.

Guests at this medical spa can enjoy a combination of macrobiotic diets, massages and treatments to balance body and soul. And physical activities, informal lectures, cooking classes and therapies are conducted in beautifully calm and peaceful surroundings to maximise their impact and long-lasting benefits.

What is the SHA Method?

Lifestyle and nutrition (together with genetics), condition our health and well-being. The SHA Method integrates the most effective natural therapies with highly therapeutic nutrition, without neglecting the latest advances in Western medicine, especially in preventive medicine, genetics and anti-aging. The coordinated and supervised fusion of these therapies significantly enhances the positive impact that these therapies would have on an individual basis.

SHA Diets

The way you’ll eat at SHA is one of the most important aspects of your stay. SHA offers three different types of healthy eating menus (SHA, Biolight and Kushi) in order to meet guests’ needs and goals. These menus are different every day at lunch and dinner. With the help of their expert consultants in healthy nutrition, they are adapted to suit each guests’ particular needs.

And, contrary to common spa practises, it isn’t as severe as you might imagine – but this doesn’t make it any less effective!

The Kushi Diet is SHA’s strictest and most restrictive gastronomic diet. It is recommended for those who aim to control their weight or intensively detoxify their body, being a perfect complement to a weight loss program. It has smaller portions and also does not include certain healthy ingredients including oil, baked flour, nuts, pasta or oats. A little salt is also added. Fish is only included once a week and the diet is characterized for including a lot of algae and hearty soups like miso that help cleanse the body and provide energy and vitality. Could you live on that? Of course you could and, trust me, your body will thank you!

SHA Health Programs

SHA’s is certainly not a one-size-fits-all approach. The first thing you’ll do here is answer a long list of very detailed (and personal) questions. Revolving around your lifestyle, your habits and your goals, SHA’s clinicians will use your answers to tailor a specific program of fitness and nutrition for you. So… be truthful with you answers – it’ll pay out with health dividends in the end!

Programs can be specific. You want fitness? Detox? Weight loss? You’ve got them all… plus intensive version of each! Want to give up smoking, learn to age better (who doesn’t!), or manage stress – SHA will set you on the right path.

What does this mean? It means that SHA’s aim is to truly reset your life – not just deliver a short-term fix. For sure, you’ll leave SHA more aware of your body – and mind – and more respectful of both of their limitations and underuse.

What to do

Open your mind to yoga, meditation, fitness, eastern therapies, and even try their healthy-cooking sessions for yourself! SHA now has 11 adjoining villas – ideal for guests who don’t want to leave their family behind during a life-changing stay! And, don’t worry about not being pampered throughout it all – where every the most luxurious 5-star hotel has a staff to guest ratio on 1 to 1, SHA (even during its peak times) boasts a ratio of 3 staff to every 1 guest. Who’s going to beat that? And yet, when the time comes to be left alone to reflect and relax, SHA’s staff know just how to make themselves invisible.

SHA Wellness Clinic – a perfect balance of occidental and oriental wellness – with wisdom, sunshine, sea views, and luxury thrown in for good measure!