Niyama Maldives hosts Chinese medicine practitioner Dr Rui

Niyama Private Islands Maldives is hosting Chinese medicine practitioner and acupuncturist Dr Rui Pedro Loureiro for exclusive consultations and treatments.

Dr Rui is based at Drift by Niyama spa from October 1-29, where offers a complimentary consultation to see which therapies will work best for individual guests.

Dr Rui is a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner and licensed acupuncturist based at Lisbon’s St. Louis Hospital, where he heads the Chinese medicine department. He also serves as director at the Clinica Cura Pura in Aveiro.

With over 16 years of research and practice in his field, Dr Rui holds a bachelor’s degree from Chengdu’s University of Chinese Medicine, and a postgraduate diploma in Cosmetic Acupuncture from CMIR/ACUMEDIC – London and Beijing’s University of Chinese Medicine.

Harness the power of acupuncture to treat a host of ailments, from joint pain, backache and arthritis to chronic headaches and migraines. Based on a holistic medical history and detailed consultation, Dr. Rui uses his needles to unblock your body’s qi, leading to long-term relief and overall wellbeing.

Facial acupuncture is a well-known cosmetic procedure favoured by Hollywood royalty such as Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow. Termed the “natural facelift”, 24-carat gold needles are inserted over the face and body, increasing blood flow which transports oxygen and nutrients, and boosting collagen and elastin production. Another beauty treatment, anti-cellulite acupuncture, targets localised fat deposits and dimpled skin, resulting in enhanced metabolism, improved circulation and lymphatic flow, and eliminated toxins.

Tried to quit smoking countless times but failed? Dr Rui uses auricular therapy – a needle-less form of acupuncture practised on the outer ear – with an 85 percent success rate and counting. Mild electrical stimulation banishes cravings and anxiety, rendering the overall process gentler on body and mind.

Combine the benefits of acupuncture with the magic of modern science. Undergo an epigenetics test of a strand of hair, which provides insight in to how our genes are affected by our environment. Bio-resonance analysis looks specifically at nutritional deficiencies and food intolerances. From this, Dr Rui draws up diet and lifestyle recommendations to help you feel and look better from the inside out.

Niyama, a popular A-list hideaway nestled in the Dhaalu atoll, offers guests exclusive access to its twin islands – Chill and Play – conveniently connected via a picturesque bridge.

The family-friendly retreat, surrounded by picturesque shorelines and lush vegetation, has nine deluxe room categories ranging from spacious beachfront studios and one-bedroom water pavilions to three-bedroom family beach pavilions with two private pools, jacuzzi and a personal spa treatment room. With state-of-the-art amenities, in-room fridges filled with gourmet treats, a private butler plus the magic of the Maldivian island, this is the ultimate antidote to city life.

The jewel in the resort’s crown is the magnificent Crescent, a playground of five ultra-chic villas, all with private pools, for up to 14 adults and eight children. Boasting a private chef, two butlers, a housekeeper and a host of complimentary activities including a sunset dhoni cruise and movie under the stars, this over water sanctuary is the perfect paradise treat for extended families, honeymooners and discerning travellers.

With nine dining destinations, including tree house restaurant Nest and the world’s first underwater playground Subsix, guests can enhance their stay at Niyama with surreal gastronomic experiences.

Young VIPs will adore the Explorers Kids Club with its range of activities including nature expeditions around the tropical isles to MasterChef classes, while adventure-seeking teens and adults will be inspired by the resort’s excellent water sports offerings such as surfing, scuba diving and jet-skiing. Wellness devotees looking to indulge in a spot of indulgent pampering can retreat to the tranquil Drift by Niyama spa while enjoying the crystal-clear turquoise sea views from the six overwater treatment rooms.

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