Pilailuk Thongtan (Bebee), is a Holistic Health Manager working at Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Thailand. She has a Bachelor Degree in the Hotel and Tourism Industry Programme and holds a professional certification through CIBTAC (Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology). In addition, she is one of 50 Spa Therapist/Trainers certified by the Thai Spa Association. Pilailuk brings extensive experience in spa concept and development from spa pre-openings at Double Bay, Australia and in Bangalore, India. Her spa philosophy is the culmination of the study of wellness practices and rituals throughout the world as well as a thorough understanding of the needs and desires of high-profile clientele. She has over 20 years of experience in spa management within Thailand and overseas, health club and fitness operations, wellness administrative coaching for corporate and projects and conducting train the trainer for employee education, working with people to help them achieve a healthy and balanced life is truly her passion.
Tell us about your involvement in Global Wellness Day?
Helps to support with GWD Ambassador of Thailand; living a source for ideas, information on GWD projects towards connection sharing; exposing and inviting the local community to work on-site in small groups; other practical help.
It takes a community to collaborate to raise a fundraising event and that particular community needs to take ownership of the issues they face locally and ensure they are healthy and relevant for particular community needs.
What makes you smile or brings you joy and why?
I feel a sense of fulfilment and get away from my routine job when I am able to help people with whom I had never come in contact and would probably never see again. I like feeling needed and being able to do something for the good of our local communities to make them better. It gives me the feeling that I am helping the less fortunate to get more out of their lives and I am an unsung hero to somebody somewhere and have somehow helped the world in a very small way.
What is your daily wellness routine?
I am working in a wellness destination resort where my colleagues and I aim for a holistic wellness framework, being well and doing good, incorporating elements of health, prevention, self-actualization, experience, and mindfulness. We incorporate various leisure lifestyles including, dietary care eating, walking for good health at least 60 kilometres per month, bring food or treats for stray dogs on a monthly basis, support local ecotourism travel involves travelling to natural areas, protected areas or national parks and benefiting local communities by conserving the environment and sustainable development.
What is your favourite quote or affirmation?
“You’ve all that the greatest of men have had,Equipment by Edgar Guest
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes,
And a brain to use if you would be wise.
With this equipment they all began,
So start for the top and say “I can.”
Describe how you achieve mindfulness?
To avoid going off on a negative tangent of thoughts it is as simple as focusing my attention on a task I am doing and has the added benefit of making me feel more positive. Give relaxed attention to the emotion, bring attention back to the sense of self, the smell, the sensation of nature, the sound. It will bring me back to the now, and stop any worries taking. This can diffuse negative emotion and help to become calm.
What does wellness mean to you?
Wellness is a positive approach to living – that takes an individual’s personal involvement in terms of process, awareness, choice and success.
Where do you find inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere when I want to feel moved and then use it. Inspiration helps create love, joy, passion, and purpose for my mission.
What are your go-to wellness apps and/or podcasts? Why?
Why? They are:
- a much more intimate way of getting information
- updates on industry trends, and analysis of what medical technology and etc…
- feature stories of success and the useful things I can learn from people by analysing, imitating and practising
- it gives insights from healthcare experts on the current situation
- introduce me to a variety of thought exporters
- features a riveting conversation in the healthcare communities.
Books that changed your wellness perspective and why?
My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong
I read this after my dad got cancer. I really enjoyed it as it is a fascinating and inspirational read even if you’re not a cycling fan or into sports biographies. As the title states, this is “not about the bike”. It’s well written, honest and unflinching, as some of what we read doesn’t always paint Armstrong in the most favourable light. The stories have mentioned his ego (huge) and his single-mindedness when it came to racing and training, bordering on obsession. Armstrong’s drive to survive and win against all odds is an inspiration to anyone, but especially to cancer survivors and their families. I learned from this book that ‘If a man who had less than 10 per cent chance of surviving, can survive and win over the world by his determination and never give up attitude why can’t we, who had very little problems compared to the one he had to overcome.’
Name three things for which you are grateful
1. I am able to successful at work and able to support my parents for a better life.
2. I’ve got love from the people who surround me who enhance my life and who love me for who I am.
3. Appreciating the beauty of nature can help build confidence, promote an active imagination, and provide an opportunity for me to actively engage with a variety of stimuli different from day-to-day experiences.
Finally, what words of wisdom can you pass on?
“If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can’t just wait to see what kind of day you’ll have. You have to decide what kind of day you’ll have.”Joel Osteen