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What is a Health & Wellness Holiday?

by Alberto G. Güitrón

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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, Yoga, Acupuncture, Reiki, or detox, just to mention a 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.


ayurveda retreats

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, 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.


reiki retreats

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!


detox retreats

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

life coaching retreats

Image credit: Amodini Body & Mind Coaching

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. And now you can even do it online nowadays!

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.

Weight Loss Retreats 

weight loss retreats

Did you know that about half of Americans are trying to lose weight (according to surveys)? As a consequence, there are tons of new diets emerging constantly and hundreds of articles on the internet telling you how to do it.

With so much information available, it could be overwhelming to find the right path toward becoming fitter and healthier. Well, a Weight Loss Retreat can be a great way to kickstart this journey with the guidance of experts!

Here, you’ll receive an exercise and dietary plan tailored to your needs, and you’ll also understand the psychological aspects of losing weight. Plus, you’ll get the support of other participants and get tools to help you make healthier choices and cultivate acceptance of your body.

Rest assured that after going on a Weight Loss Retreat, you’ll feel renovated and ready to go home and stay in shape, effectively and sustainably.


yoga outdoors

Image credit: Aum Tantra Yoga Mexico 

If you’re looking for a way to relax, improve your yoga practice (or take up yoga for the first time), make like-minded friends, embrace healthy habits and experience an overall positive transformation, then a yoga retreat is what you need!

Yoga retreats usually take place in secluded settings surrounded by natural beauty, where you’ll enjoy daily yoga classes and meditation sessions. Most retreats also offer complimentary things to do such as wellness treatments, cultural trips to nearby locations, and outdoor activities that range from hiking to cycling and surfing.

The teachers are certified and the program could be centered around a specific yoga style like Vinyasa, Yin, Kundalini, and Ashtanga, to mention a few. Depending on your current level of practice, you can choose between beginner, intermediate, and advanced yoga retreats.

Retreats for beginners are designed to clearly explain everything as it if was the first time for those who need it. The instructor(s) presents the fundamentals of all basic yoga poses, and the steps for correct alignment, and encourage you to develop proper breathing techniques.

However, if you’re a seasoned practitioner, you can choose from a vast selection of intermediate or advanced-level retreats or even courses to become a yoga teacher yourself.


meditation outdoors

Image credit: Aegialis

Imagine living a life of total peace and tranquility, without any worries or anxiety even in the most difficult times. Perhaps one of the most accessible and effective ways to achieve such a state of mind is through mediation.

However, learning how to meditate and make a habit can be sometimes challenging. But you don’t have to do it by yourself, during a meditation retreat you’ll be gently guided by an experienced teacher who will help you design a personalized routine and answer all your questions in the process

After a few days of daily practice, you’ll start experiencing some of the benefits of meditation, like better sleep, anxiety and stress relief, a more positive outlook on life, and improved memory, creativity, and physical performance.

It’s time to invest more in your health & wellbeing? Why not consider going on a wholesome health & wellness retreat?

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