Dr. Sohal Shah works as a Wellness Consultant & Spa Manager at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, a luxury resort in Vietnam.
Sohal, how did you find your way into wellness?
My entrance into the wellness world took place naturally because of my family. My grandfather is an Ayurvedic healer. I was bought up in the environment where herbs and home remedies were the first choice of treatment. Practicing yoga was also part of a daily routine. This led me to take it a step further and study a Bachelor in Naturopathic medicine and Yogic Sciences.
When and why did you decide to join Six Senses Ninh Van Bay?
I decided to join Six Senses Ninh Van Bay 7 months back when I saw a vacancy of a Spa Manager position. Later I learnt that it planned to launch an Integrated Wellness Program. It was a good opportunity for me to use the wellness skills I gained in my studies and to learn more about managing a Spa and Wellness team.
You came from India. What practises and techniques from your country did you bring to the resort?
Yoga therapy is the main practice which I brought to this place. Yogic practices are a very vital tool and can help to treat and prevent many modern lifestyle and psychosomatic disorders apart from the fitness benefits it has. I use Yogic breathing practices, relaxation techniques, cleansing and detox techniques along with teaching specific yogic practices for specific health problems.
What is your top wellness tip?
Wellness is not just about physical well-being like eating well and exercise. It has wider dimensions. One needs to take care of their emotional, mental and social wellness as well. So eat well, exercise, relax, have friends and family support, take time to take care of yourself, be mindful and stay close to nature.
In your opinion, what is the biggest health enemy in the present busy and modern life?
Human beings are gifted of an intelligent mind. We are ruling the planet because of this gifted mind. But as we always over do everything we have crossed the limits of using our brain and over using it. It created jealousy, anxiety, anger, aggression, depression and we are moving towards an epidemic of psychosomatic and lifestyle disorders. So learning how not to over think has become very important. Yoga plays an important role to tackle these disorders.