The Cayman Islands will officially join the Global Wellness Day celebrations for the first time on 8 June, with Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa offering a morning of complimentary activities to promote physical and mental wellness.
Other hotels on Grand Cayman, including The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, will also take part in the celebration.
Global Wellness Day was established in Turkey in 2012 by Belgin Aksoy, a destination spa owner who was inspired to create the initiative by surviving a life-threatening illness. Over the past seven years, Aksoy has been able to motivate volunteer ambassadors, advisors and supporters in more than 150 countries to join the celebration.
This year, more than 5,000 locations such as hotel spas, fitness centres, yoga studios, schools, foundations and other location “communities” have joined in what became an international celebration in 2015. In some cases, entire towns take part.
The annual events planned each year to celebrate Global Wellness Day are required to be educational, non-commercial and complimentary to support Aksoy’s motivating belief that wellness is not a luxury, but an inherent right of every person.
For its part of the Global Wellness Day celebration, Kimpton Seafire is offering a morning of events open to the public starting at 7 a.m., including a Pilates class, a balance and breathing exercise and a mental wellness talk. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Ram Chatterjee, the new spa director at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, has been named the Global Wellness Day ambassador for the Cayman Islands.
Mental wellness is a very important part of overall wellness, says Chatterjee, who will deliver the mental wellness talk during Kimpton Seafire’s Global Wellness Day celebration activities.
“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being,” he says. “It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps to determine how we handle stress and make choices in our daily life.”
Chatterjee also says that mental health is important at every stage of life.
“Positive mental health allows us to realise our full potential, cope with the stresses and make meaningful contributions to our communities and society.”
Staying positive at all times, getting physically active, helping others, eating a balanced diet, getting enough sound sleep and practising breathing exercises are all ways to maintain positive mental health, Chatterjee says, adding that breathing is often overlooked in relation to mental health.
“When we get stressed or overwhelmed, we tend to hold our breath very shallow,” he says. “This causes a lack of oxygen to the body and ultimately to the brain. The results of shallow breathing are increased stress and fatigue and sometimes panic. Practising regular breathing is a great exercise for anxiety and stress. Proper breathing is a form of relaxation meditation that will not only make us feel better, but also give us a feeling of enlightenment.”
Those interested in attending the complimentary Global Wellness Day events at Kimpton Seafire should reserve a spot by contacting the Spa at Seafire directly by calling 345-746-4040 or emailing [email protected] See the Kimpton Seafire Facebook page for more details.