Ancient Chinese Art Provides Holistic Approach to Curing Wide
Range of Maladies
July 15, 2008 - Enriching its portfolio of wellness
opportunities, Crystal Cruises is introducing onboard
acupuncture, along with a menu of Chinese herbs revered for
restoring and enhancing health, beauty and longevity. A menu of
optional acupuncture treatments, launching this month on Crystal
Serenity, focuses on weight loss, pain management, stress
reduction, detoxification, smoking cessation, facial
rejuvenation and even sea sickness.
"For many, a vacation offers the freedom to try something new,"
says Thomas Mazloum, senior vice president, hotel operations.
"Whether one is just curious or one wants to pursue new
treatments, acupuncture complements Crystal's myriad of onboard
wellness activities, which have transformed guests into devotees
of disciplines like yoga or reflexology or Spinning(r)."
Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating fine
needles into specific points on the body to ease pain and for
other therapeutic purposes. According to the World Health
Organization and other reputable entities, acupuncture helps
relieve aches and pains; stimulate weight loss; alleviate
stress; detoxify the body; smoking cessation; seasickness; and
The Crystal acupuncture program includes:
* Onboard acupuncturist - Nancy Kerastas, Crystal Serenity's
licensed acupuncture physician, has been practicing the art
* Menus of Chinese herbs - Includes remedies that reactivate the
body's fat-burning process; stabilize blood sugar metabolism;
and relieve swollen or immobile joints; and
* Shipboard seminars - Three to five classes will be held per
cruise, discussing acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Feng
Shui practices and benefits.
Guests receive pre-session consultations to discuss their
conditions and medical histories. Cost is $150 for a 60-minute
session and can be booked through Crystal's Feng Shui-designed
Crystal also offers complimentary yoga, Pilates and newly
introduced "Tour de Spin" cycling classes, and an exclusive Walk
on Water(r) program utilizing weighted vests to increase
resistance. The line continues its partnership with the
esteemed Cleveland Clinic to feature onboard lectures and
seminars with leading medical experts.
In December 2008, and in 2009 both Crystal Symphony and Crystal
Serenity host Mind, Body & Spirit theme cruises, focusing on
general wellness through classes and discussions with guest
instructors in Tai Chi, yoga, Pilates and general fitness.