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Regent shares wellness tips from ports around the world

From antioxidant-rich Mediterranean cuisine to ancient healing rituals of India, the experts at Canyon Ranch have teamed with Regent Seven Seas Cruises to develop wellness tips culled from ports around the world to help travellers maintain and enhance their health and well-being while cruising. Whether cruising Europe this summer aboard the line’s 700-guest, all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner or the 490-guest, all-suite Seven Seas Navigator, which sails in Alaskan waters, menus reflect fresh, local and, wherever possible, sustainable ingredients, including Canyon Ranch Spa cuisine. Designed to delight the palette and nourish the body, the Canyon Ranch menu selections focus on healthy carb-rich vegetables, fruits, and moderate portions of whole grains, using fats that are beneficial to health – such as extra virgin olive oil, with a minimum of salt and no artificial sweeteners. Selections include steamed Shanghai dumplings, Latin spice crusted Alaskan halibut fillet and buttermilk panna cotta delight. In Northern Europe, guests can combine the healing power of the ocean with locally harvested ingredients. While on the 10-night Highlands & the Emerald Isle voyage, roundtrip from London (departing Sept. 6) and seven-night Scandinavian Sojourn from Stockholm to Copenhagen (Aug. 8), why not indulge in an Organic Liquid Seaweed Wrap? “We use hand-harvested seaweed from the remote northwest coast of Ireland,”says Laura Hittleman, corporate director of beauty services for Canyon Ranch. “The seaweed promotes detoxification and increases skin toning.”Voyages that include India feature opportunities to delve into one of the world’s most ancient cultures, exploring its unique wellness philosophies while travelling through storied regions including Petra in Jordan; Muscat and Salalah in Oman; and Doha, Qatar. In India, flavourful foods often include turmeric, which is useful in calming inflammation, and at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub guests can experience an Ayurvedic service based on the ancient Indian holistic approach to health. A featured treatment – such as the Abhyanga Massage – balances the body, mind and spirit through the application of herbs and oils. The cruise line also offers daily fitness and wellness classes – from indoor cycling to yoga or Pilates – which draw a number of first-timers along with seasoned practitioners. (http://www.RSSC.com)

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