I recently read Liane Moriarty’s book Nine Perfect Strangers. Have you read it, or watched the mini-series on Hulu? If so, you may be thinking that you never want to visit a wellness retreat! Let me reassure you wellness retreats are nothing like what is presented in the story…well maybe some of the good parts like beautiful settings and delicious, healthy food! Read on for a more accurate description of wellness travel.
Wellness travel can be a health resort, or it can be done on your own with intentional planning. The setting is usually away from the hustle and bustle and noise of a city. In fact, sound detox is a common theme for wellness travel and can include turning off the TV, radio, music, podcasts…anything that distracts our minds from reconnecting with ourselves.
Movement is another essential component of wellness travel. Yoga, biking, hiking, and walking are common and don’t exhaust you to the point where you can’t enjoy the rest of your vacation. Some other unique experiences might be donning a beekeeper suit and walking among the hives, riding horses, throwing hatchets, drumming, walking a labyrinth, or completing a challenge course among the treetops.
Spas Indoors and Outdoors
Spas are typical at resorts, but the experiences can go well beyond a massage. Many offer cold immersion therapy which has surprising health – and mental – benefits. Or try a saltwater float to experience “weightlessness” and sensory deprivation. Guided meditations in a serene garden can be enlightening and soothing for our stressed-out bodies.
All these experiences are designed to challenge you while giving you the space to reconnect with your mind, body, and spirit. What sounds good to you? Give us a call to discuss your wellness retreat dreams.