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Retreat Prep: 7 Things To Do Before You Go

By Rachel Le Feuvre, Founder of Reset Button Boutique Spa Retreat

Once you’ve decided to take a healthy break away, there are certain things you should do to make sure you get the most out of it. At Reset Button, we send out a guide on how to prepare for your retreat two weeks before the retreat begins. We’re going to share the basics of them here, as they will help you prepare for any retreat, healthy holiday or spa break you take.

These are guidelines, and we believe they are just that, we’re normal people too and we know it’s difficult sometimes. Just do the best you can!

  1. Cut down coffee and alcohol – Start being aware of the amount of alcohol and coffee you are consuming about a week before your retreat, and start to decrease it daily. Decreasing your intake slowly will help prevent a crashing reaction when you stop your caffeine intake altogether.
  2. Wean yourself off your phone – We are a nation addicted to our phones. Staring at the bright screen from your bed leads to insomnia in many clients, se we strongly encourage creating a distance between you and your phone. The easiest way to start this is to buy an alarm clock. Give yourself half an hour at the start and the end of the day where you don’t look at your phone or computer. Wake up properly and see the day before you flood your brain with information. And likewise at the end of the day, give yourself the chance to be with your own thoughts, not mindlessly scrolling through Facebook.
  3. Organise your work duties – Work is the biggest cause of stress when you are away on holiday. With a bit of preparation, you can leave it all in your colleagues hand’s and actually take a break. Explain to your colleagues that you are going away, and that your phone will not have reception (even though it probably will, that’s not the point – tell them it doesn’t). If it’s not life-threatening, they are not to call you. At Reset Button we offer our phone number for our guests to give out as an emergency number so they can leave their phones turned off
  4. Organise your personal life so that people know not to contact you – Just as you need to get the break from work, ask your family members and friends to give you the time off too. This is your time, for you to put yourself at the top of the list for once.
  5. Get a good book, something you’re really looking forward to reading – We recommend picking up a paperback, not a kindle or using your ipad. You want to be free from technology while you are away. If you’re on your phone or an ipad you could be tempted to check emails.
  6. Do a body scrub – Before hitting the sunshine, you want to get rid of all your dead skin, so we recommend that 24-48hours before you arrive, give yourself a good scrub. This will prepare your skin beautifully so that the colour that you get will last longer and look more even.
  7. Change your voicemail – Make sure you change your voicemail message, saying you are available. Also write an auto-reply for your email that explains that you can’t receive messages and will get back to them on your return.

If you follow the above, as best as you can, you’ll be mentally prepared to make the very most of every moment when you are on the retreat. You’ll be able to switch off.

Reset Button Boutique’s next retreat is The Spring Clean Retreat from 23rd April – 27th April 2015. For more information please visit:


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What is Adrenal Fatigue? Why Removing It Should Be Your #1 Health Priority

By Charlotte Watts

What is Adrenal Fatigue? Why Removing It Should Be Your #1 Health Priority

Adrenal fatigue is a term your doctor might not know or even agree with if they have. It’s one used by natural practitioners like nutritional therapists and naturopaths, to describe the state where long-term stress results in feelings of fatigue, exhaustion and de-motivation. It is so-called because it described how the adrenal glands have become depleted after long periods of time continually pumping out stress hormones to react to challenge. It is often felt as a crash in energy after feeling you’ve been on ‘constant alert’ or ‘running on adrenaline’ for a while.

This is the result of levels of the stress hormone cortisol dropping, as our ability to produce it as needed is lessened through tired adrenals. Some equate the term adrenal fatigue with ‘burnout’ and indeed medical opinion is acknowledging that this mental and physical collapse is characterised by lowered cortisol levels, particularly on rising in the morning. In a healthy body, cortisol is naturally high at this time to motivate us to get up and move. When it is low, energy and enthusiasm for the day can be difficult and this can be accompanied with feelings of depression.

Burnout falls outside any categories doctors have for a ‘true’ disease, but has shown that it is a state where responses to stress become dampened. Over a long period of agitation (and even anxiety) where the brain is continually signalling ‘alert’ to the whole body, those signals shut down and we can be left feeling unresponsive, unable to get going and even like we just don’t care. One issue with this state is that if the stress has been a situation like a job or a relationship that doesn’t make us feel safe or happy, we then lack the willpower to leave when we may need.

So it is crucial to notice the signs and avoid reaching this this tipping point. We may not even see the signs if we’re just used to pushing on through and it is part of our normal existence to strive and strive and strive. Maybe people I see admit to not knowing how to relax and so these warning signs may just feel like states they believe to be usual, but they are to be listened to as indications that you are expecting too much of your body.

If you can say ‘yes’ to two or more of the following statements, a re prioritising of your time may be in order:

  • You feel like you lurch from ‘high to low’ all the time, sometimes energised and excited, then suddenly with no energy at all
  • You are quick to anger, irritability or moodiness
  • You panic that if you let go of the reins it will all fall apart
  • You don’t make leisure time away from technology and letting your whole body relax
  • You need sugar or stimulants like caffeine to get you through the day
  • You are showing stress-related symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, depression, IBS and skin issues
  • You often find yourself clenching your jaw, holding your breath and feel tight in the shoulders and neck

All of these are indications that you are running things at a really high rate and that is simply unsustainable for any organism. At some point there needs to be recovery and recharge and if that’s not happening as part of your everyday life, then you’ll force the issue where your body will move to a state where you have no choice. You wouldn’t expect your smartphone to keep going if you didn’t recharge the batteries, would you?

The thing is that stress hormones aren’t simply ‘bad’. They are necessary for galvanising energy to get things done, but they need opportunity to come down and let the mind and body reach a point where it can heal, rebuild and find the equilibrium that ensures we can function on every level. The irony that doing too much runs the risk of eventually not being able to do much at all. Finding balance with work and action alongside enjoyment, natural movement, healthy nutrition and relaxation isn’t just good for your well-being – it also improves your quality of life!

Charlotte Watts is author of The De-stress effect, a great resource that can take you through a transformative process to help find new relationships with your body, food and health attitudes.  Don’t miss out on this new revolution in eating, exercise and relaxation that will return you to vibrant health by gently bringing balance back to your body and your life. Buy The De-stress effect here today 


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Can You Rebalance Negative Energy?

How’s your bio-energetic state? Did you know that the body can store negative energies that affect your health? Hado Counseling, a fairly new contemporary holistic therapy, and up until now was only available in Japan, where it originated can scan, measure and offer a solution to help rebalance negative energies in your body. Museflower Retreat & Spa Chiang Rai in northern Thailand (pictured here) is the world’s first retreat and spa to offer Hado Counseling outside Japan in English. Hado counseling sessions are given by Museflower founder and owner Tania Ho.

Tania first heard about Hado counseling (called Hado Kaizen in Japanese) when she first tried it in Japan during a family holiday when her mother took her and her sisters to receive Hado counseling sessions in Tokyo.  Already certified in various holistic therapies including Flower Essence Therapy and Reiki, Tania decided to get trained to become a Hado counselor because “I wanted to offer something very unique at Museflower Retreat and I didn’t want to rely on other people. I had to look within myself and ask what can I offer? It was also the right timing. The Hado Kaizen program had always been only in Japanese, but in 2015 it was finally translated into English.”

“One thing that I really like about the Hado program is that it can scan the energy of negative emotions. It can tell you what negative energy is in your body that you aren’t even aware of.  The whole philosophy behind the Hado program is also very aligned with my own belief – that we must heal our own mind and emotions first as they are linked with our physical illnesses.”

hado counseling scans and measures negative energy in the body

Here, a Q & A with Tania Ho explains the what, how, and why of Hado Counseling:  

What is Hado counseling? Hado means resonance or vibration. Every particle, sound, color, emotion, and microorganism carries its own Hado – its own energy frequency. The Hado sessions use the Hado Kaizen (Improvement) Program, a computer program that scans and measures a person’s bio-energetic state, and analyzes any negative vibrations that are affecting the person’s health – whether it be vibrations of negative emotions, toxins and viruses, or unbalanced body areas. After all the bio-energetic information is measured, a personalized Hado water is made by imprinting the specific positive vibrations to neutralize and balance out any negative vibrations in the client’s energetic body.

How does a Hado counseling session heal people? During the session, the client will need to give his/her full name and age. Then they will wear a sensor device that looks like a headset. We then start to scan the client’s bio-energetic state of each body part, and the energy level is indicated with a score from 1 to 6 where 6 indicates low energy. With the information we collect from the first scan, such as any unbalanced body areas and negative emotions, we then input this information into another system called Kazutama system (spirit of numbers) to measure the client’s energetic state again to come up with Hado codes. These generated Hado codes are positive information that the client needs at that moment to neutralize any negative information stored in the body. Negative information in this case represents any illness, toxins or virus, imbalances, or negative emotions in our body that are negatively affecting our health.

personalized Hado water Spa Chiang Rai

The Kazutama system will then imprint the positive information into water, thus creating what we called Hado Water.  Hado water is a personalized vibrational (or energetic) remedy for the client to drink after the session, to help balance the body’s energetic state.

How long does a Hado counseling session take and how does it feel? A full Hado session usually takes about 2 hours which enables the Hado device to measure a person’s bio-energetic state three to four times. This is because in the first or second scan, sometimes some imbalances may not appear until later in the third or fourth scan. During the session, most people will feel sleepy or nothing. Those who are sensitive to energy may feel the tingling session from the Hado device that is measuring their energetic state. The healing effects during the session are present yet very subtle, as the Hado device would also send positive vibrations to the client. One guest told me that after her two-hour session and once she drank her Hado water, she felt this heat rising from her lower abdominal area upwards.

What is Hado best suited for healing and who can benefit from it? Hado counseling is suitable for all types of ailments and anyone can benefit from it. As the Hado device and Hado water work on an energetic level, sometimes guests may feel only subtle or no effects on the physical level. Like most vibrational remedies (such as homeopath and flower essence), it doesn’t mean that the Hado water has no effect.

On the other hand, some people may experience a healing crisis (like in detox) before feeling better again after drinking the Hado water. For example, when I received my first Hado counseling session in Japan, my Hado operator and later my Hado instructor, Mr. Oki, explained to me that I carried the vibration of having stomach inflammation problems in the future.  My own personalized Hado water was made, and I started drinking it after the session. The same evening my stomach started to feel heavy and I felt nauseous. I wasn’t able to eat anything for dinner. Following that week I still felt a heavy sensation in my stomach but I kept on trusting and drinking the Hado water. About a week later, my stomach’s heavy sensation was gone, and I felt better.

In general, it’s best to clear of any expectations from Hado counseling or in fact any other types of holistic therapy.  When our minds and hearts are open then we will definitely be able to reap and see the benefits of the session. The Hado device and Hado operators also do not claim to diagnose or heal any illnesses or sickness.

Is one session enough or does it require a series of sessions to be effective? One full session usually takes 2 hours, and it is already quite effective as the Hado water works to balance the body’s energy on the subconscious level. However, for those who would really like to improve their health condition, it’s also recommended to have another Hado counseling session after one and a half months for a series of four times over a period of 6 months.

Have you seen significant effects on clients who’ve tried Hado? Most importantly it always begins with awareness. We are used to finding out what problems or imbalances we have only after we experience any pain or symptoms in our body. From the results of the Hado measurement, most people become aware of how their lifestyle choices impact their health. For example, if a potential illness is shown, it serves as a wakeup call for that person to take responsibility of their health, and they can choose to make changes to their lifestyle or not.

How much does a Hado session at Museflower Retreat cost?At Museflower Retreat & Spa we charge 3,600THB net including a bottle of Hado water. A shorter session is also available for people who just want to experience Hado counseling session as a demonstration. The demo session takes about 30 minutes and costs 1,200THB net which does not include Hado water.

For people who want to try Hado – what’s the best benefit they can get from having a Hado session? The best benefit is to understand yourself more– what kind of negative emotions we may have, what kind of potential illnesses we may have in the future and what kind of toxins and viruses are affecting our health energetically.

How have your guests responded to Hado counseling so far? Here are some recent comments from Museflower guests.

“It was an interesting session as I had not heard about it. I went with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised how accurate it was about my current stage of life. The take-away for me was a gentle reminder to be grateful and love which are the foundation of many beliefs/ philosophy of life. The sharing from Tania on the action plans to enhance the wellbeing were good and simple.” – Y.H.Y, Singapore, Dec 15

“I enjoyed it and some of the things that were revealed were quite accurate. I’m going to take into consideration the advice provided, especially the one on allowing emotions, as this is something that I sometimes struggle with.” ~ I.B, Romania, Dec 15

” I experienced the Hado treatment for the first time with Tania.  Tania explained clearly every step of the way. The device could detect a broad spectrum of areas while Tania combined this with her intuitive gift to provide me a thorough reading. After drinking the Hado water, I felt more energized and less bloated. It definitely worked on me.” ~ M.C., Hong Kong, Mar 16

“After the Hado session I feel emotionally happy because now I know what is missing in my body system. I learnt what my body and my mind want from me.  This Hado session made me realize that many symptoms or sickness that i get mainly start from my mind then the mind gives the signal to my body to get my attention to listen to my body. Now i feel more alert and more active. I don’t feel tired like I used to and feel i have more energy to exercise. Special thanks to Tania who gave me such an incredible Hado session.”  ~ S.K, Thailand, Apr 16

Says Tania, “Guests are usually quite amazed with what the Hado program can measure and the results are surprisingly accurate to them. It’s also a great way to introduce the Message of Water to guests, where they can learn about how water can retain information and how powerful our words and thought forms can be.”

For more information about Hado counseling sessions in Chiang Rai, contact:  Museflower Retreat & Spa Chiang Rai, 159/1 Moo 1 Ban Samanmit, Donsila Sub-District, Wiang Chai District, Chiang Rai 57210 Office: +66-(0)52-029-823, +66(0)-93-137-0414


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