What is a Health & Wellness Holiday?
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Health and wellness holidays are a new and increasing form of tourism around the world. So, if you’re looking for an effective way to relax and unwind in a beautiful location, look no further! Here’s everything you need to know about health and wellness holidays.
A health and wellness retreat is all about improving your wellbeing and becoming a better you. During this type of vacation, you’ll get to pamper yourself with exquisite well-being activities such as Ayurveda, meditation, aqua healing, Acupuncture, Reiki, or detox, just to mention few.
No matter which one you choose, you can be certain that you’ll leave feeling light and rejuvenated after a few days of indulging your body, mind and spirit. Want to know more about it? Keep reading to find out which of these wellness activities is tailored to your needs.
Since the beginning of time, water has been a big deal for humankind and has always been considered an essential element for life. So much that the Book of Genesis thought of it as the origin of cosmos; or the Greek mathematician, Thales of Miletus, believed it to be the essence of all matter.
Over time, men also discovered the huge healing power of water. Egyptians and Israelites used to plunge themselves in the sacred waters of the Nile and Jordan, and Hindus still do it in the Ganges river. Nowadays, we’ve put together all this mysticism surrounding water to create aqua healing.
There are some health and wellness retreats that offer specific aqua healing therapies such as watsu, floating theta brainwave therapy, floating meditation, water dance, conscious water massage and yoga classes either in the sea or in a mineral water pool. This can greatly improve your range of motion due to the relative density of water, giving you the opportunity to stretch more, increase your static balance and relieve body tension in a remarkable way!
Ayurveda Medicine is one of the oldest holistic healing systems in the world. It was developed in India more than 3,000 years ago and it’s based on the belief that, in order to be healthy, the mind, body and spirit need to be balanced and in harmony with the universe.
According to it, a person is made of five basic elements: air, fire, space, earth and water. When they mix in the human body, they form three different energies known as doshas. Pitta dosha (fire and water), Vata dosha (space and air) and Kapha dosha (water and earth).
When your doshas are out of balance you can get sick, be anxious or feel weak. Although everyone has at least a little of each dosha, normally one or two of them predominate in the body. Therefore, an Ayurvedic treatment has to be specifically designed for each person.
During an Ayurveda retreat, you’ll boost your energy levels and improve your overall health by indulging in a balanced Ayurvedic diet, which means that all your meals will be specially prepared based on your dosha. You’ll find plenty of health and wellness retreats that include Ayurvedic treatments, workshops to design your Ayurvedic eating plan, herbal medicine and massage therapy.
Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine that consists of an organized system of diagnosis and treatment. It’s based on the belief that disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy in the body (qi). The main goal of Acupuncture treatment is to release the qi that’s accumulated in certain points of the body by introducing needles on and under the skin.
There are incredible results that you can get from this powerful healing tool. Like relieving body pain, reducing stress, helping with digestive disorders, improving your immune system, increasing your energy and enhancing your mental clarity. What better place to get all these benefits than in a health and wellness retreat?
Reiki is an alternative medicine therapy developed in Japan in 1922. It’s based on the belief that universal energy flows through us and, when it’s low, the person tends to get sick and feel stressed. In order to elevate that life force energy, Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing that transfers the universal energy to the patient’s body.
Some health and wellness retreats include Reiki: you’ll learn more about energy, chakras and spirituality. With the help of Reiki sessions, you’ll restore the harmony between your body, mind and spirit. You’ll also get other significant benefits like stress reduction and the activation of your natural healing power. In other words, after a few days of being on one of these holidays, you’ll naturally feel lighter and happier!
As a result of environmental pollution, chemicals in water, food additives, lack of exercise, unhealthy diets and stress, your body accumulates toxins. And, unless you become a hermit, you’ll find it impossible to stay away from them. The good news is that you can always compensate for it by going on a detox holiday at least once a year.
A typical program on a detox holiday is all about flushing toxins and stress from your body by eating fresh fruits and vegetables, organic grains, beans, nuts and seeds, drinking special juice and tea, and sometimes fasting.
The benefits are abundant: you’ll strengthen the immune system, normalize your body functions, rejuvenate your organism and increase your energy levels. After a detox holiday, you’ll feel lighter, joyful, peaceful and in harmony.
Think of it as a kickstart to a healthier lifestyle; you’ll also learn about healthy habits and nutritive diets that you can implement once you get back home.
Life Coaching Retreats
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The practice of life coaching began in the early nineties, but thanks to the people’s desire to improve their habits, it has rapidly grown since then.
If you choose to have life coaching sessions during a health and wellness retreat, you’ll have incredible long-term effects on your life. With the help of properly trained professional coaches, you’ll find answers to your life’s problems and get on the right track to achieve your goals.
Combined with other wellness activities, delicious food and beautiful sceneries, a vacation like this is the perfect occasion for you to gain awareness and a brighter perspective of where you are and where you want to be.
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