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Trend Watch: Stress Management

An alfresco massage at Florida’s Hawks Cay Resort & Marina, 
voted the No. 1 hotel spa in the U.S. and Canada by T+L readers this year.

Photo: Blasius Erlinger

At Parrot Cay’s Como Shambhala Retreat (from $2,232 for three nights), in the Turks and Caicos, Dr. Swati—resident ayurvedic doctor and Reiki master—focuses on “releasing negative emotions.” That could mean a change of diet, beachside yoga, or a daily deep-tissue massage.

After an initial consultation, an on-staff physician prescribes everything from mental coaching to muscle-soothing techniques for the eight-day Burnout Prevention package at Design Hotels’ new Life Medicine Resort (from $3,860), in Bad Gleichenberg, Austria.

For the program at One & Only Palmilla ($3,503 for three nights), therapists counteract anxiety with special vitamin regimens, palapa-shaded yoga, and obsidian-rock massages.

The De-Stress and Energize Life Passage at Six Senses Phuket (from $2,433 for three nights) can involve unique meditation techniques (practiced, say, on a raft in the Andaman Sea) to restore mind-body balance.

View our full list of the World’s Best Spas 2009.

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