Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand, has been at the forefront of pioneering health industry since it launched 28 years ago. This month, it elevates its offering with genomic testing, further demonstrating its commitment to identifying and supporting individuals’ specific wellbeing goals and addressing the challenges of modern living in a holistic way.
Personalisation has always been the starting point for every wellness programme at Chiva-Som. Each is meticulously planned to align with the individual guest’s health & wellness goals, and give them the tools to adopt long term, sustainable lifestyle changes. The field of genomic testing provides unprecedented intelligence on our genetic code, and how lifestyle, environmental factors and nutritional habits can have dramatically different effects depending on individuals’ specific makeup. The tests analyse the DNA to identify genetic variants that impact how the subject’s body processes nutrients like vitamins and minerals, as well as how they respond to different types of exercise and environmental factors like stress. With the help of genomic testing, programmes and advice can be even more precisely tailored to guests’ needs by taking these factors into account. This can help identify ways to live better, whether looking to optimise physical performance, mitigate risk factors associated with a predisposition to particular health conditions or diseases, or manage existing symptoms of illness.
Genetic samples collected by Chiva-Som are processed in a specialist laboratory, and the results are then interpreted and conveyed to guests by specialised genomic and health counselling experts. Working with the wellness team, a bespoke programme is then created to recommend suitable exercise and sleep protocols, and treatments, as well as advice on optimising nutrient intake and other lifestyle choices aligned with the guest’s specific genetic makeup.
Launched on 31 March, two types of tests will be available, a Vital and a Longevity option. Guests can book and take the test at any point during their stay, and results are returned within three-four weeks.