by Sujatha Nanjundeshwara
Do you consciously enrol for wellness-related programs and facilities on all your vacations, tours and business-related travels?
If so, you’re actually a wellness traveller.
Wellness travel is designed with the ultimate aim of building a fitter you.
In other words, you feel healthier when you come back than when you left for the trip. And here’s why.
Enjoy fun exercises! - Gone are the days when you could eat, drink and be merry to your heart’s content during vacations.
If you don’t want to gain back those extra pounds you worked so hard to lose, then opt to explore cities on cycles, stand instead of sitting around to watch the sunset, ask your hotel for running trails and don’t let that yoga mat gather dust.
Walk, dance, snorkel, enrol for aerobic fitness classes, do power yoga and practice Pilates and Tai Chi. Enjoy movement therapy at its best!
Enjoy experiential wellness travel - How about photographing penguins and kayaking along icebergs? Or indulging in wellness experiences like active adventures, wilderness trips and similar rest and rejuvenation trips?
As mentioned elsewhere, a wellness retreat removes the lint from your mind, leaving you recharged and re-engaged. You can also go on a wellness cruise, where you’ll be provided with natural food and ample exercise opportunities, including on-deck sunrise yoga sessions.
Find peace - Juggling work, family and social commitments rob you of chances to seek alone time. When you go on a wellness retreat, you finally have the chance to feel relaxed, find mental peace when you sit outside in the wilderness or simply soak in a hot pool or go for a massage.
Unplug and disconnect - With a global population hooked on to smartphones, looking to capture that elusive perfect selfie and perennially updating social media accounts, it’s no wonder that there’s so much stress around.
On a wellness trip, step away from the demands of modern life. Unplug by keeping all gadgets at bay, and instead, practice meditation and yoga to enjoy the silence within.
Pamper yourself with spa treatments - The global spa industry is valued at $94 billion. It has introduced several innovations in recent years to ensure that you can now go for customised offerings to sleep better, reduce stress, reboot your life and even optimise fertility.
Think ayurvedic and full-body massages, detox holidays, therapeutic massages, and hydrotherapy among others. You could also go for anti-ageing treatments, including skin care treatments such as non-surgical facials, peels, exfoliation and more.
Grab some shut eye - Enjoy some beauty sleep on this wellness break by going in for treatments like acupuncture, reiki and reflexology. Get some great tips on posture and sleeping positions to encourage better sleep cycles even after the trip is long over.
Get rid of aches and pains - Are nagging injuries and aches draining your energy? Now is the perfect time to get rid of them through acupuncture, physiotherapy and sports massages targeting specific areas such as back issues and knee injuries.
Unwind at the airport: Airports need not always be chaotic logjams of teeming travellers. Huge terminals across the world have heeded calls and started wellness offerings in the form of yoga rooms, indoor green spaces and restaurants offering healthy, organic food.
The benefits of wellness travel transcend beyond merely feeling and looking good. They translate into reduced medical expenses and health care costs as well as an effective aid for treatment of mental health issues like depression.
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