5 Wellness Retreats For Your Body And Mind

We all need a break from the rat race once in a while, but if you spend your whole vacation eating junk food and obsessively checking your phone, it won't do you much good. Try one of these wellness centers, which provide relaxation, exercise, and mindfulness to help you deal with the stresses of the modern world. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

5 Rejuvenating Health and Wellness Escapes

Name Location
SunWellness Manitou Springs, CO
Lumeria Maui Makawao, HI
Art of Living Retreat Center Boone, NC
Escape To Shape Hudson, NY, and travel excursions all over the world
Anamaya Resort Montezuma, Costa Rica

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In Depth

In today's stressful world, getting the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate is essential. Whether you'd like to jump start your yoga practice, indulge in a massage, or engage in mindful meditation, there are getaways designed to suit your needs. Here in no particular order, are retreats focused on restoring and enhancing your health and wellness.

At #1 is SunWellness, located minutes from Garden of the Gods in downtown Manitou Springs, Colorado. Visitors to its SunWater Spa can take advantage of such specialty therapies as Chakra Journey, which aligns your body's basic energy centers through a full body massage, or Sacred Stone, which infuses heated basalt river stones with essential oils to ease muscle tension. The Mineral Water Soaking tubs are filled from the Seven Minute Spring from a local karst aquifer.

Its SunMountain Center is a bed and breakfast featuring two historic homes at the foot of Pikes Peak. Its retreats include Women's Wellness Weekend, featuring classes in hatha flow, yin, and yoga nidra, followed by a two hour mineral water soak, and Body Flows, which incorporates hiking. Visitors also have the option of hosting events on site for corporate teams, creative arts, or getaways for the day.

Visitors also have the option of hosting events on site for corporate teams, creative arts, or getaways for the day.

In the #2 spot is Lumeria Maui, an educational retreat center located in Upcountry Maui. It offers classes and programs in yoga, meditation, healing arts, and dance and movement therapies. The Wellness Spa offers a variety of massages that incorporate ancient and contemporary healing practices and traditions from all over the world. Popular services include the Lomi Lomi Pohaku, which uses smooth, warmed lava stones to soothe pressure points, and the Amethyst Crystal Reiki Upliftment, designed to release emotional stress.

The Maui Mind Spa focuses on mind, body, and spirit, and includes farm to table meals, private sessions, group work, and island excursions. It also incorporates its Five Essential Pillars of Rejuvenation, Nourishment, Movement, Emotional Release, and Connection. The Self Care Retreat for Women features morning vinyasa flow classes, Reiki Sessions, workshops, and journaling.

Coming in at #3 is Art of Living Retreat Center, an award winning spa in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. It offers a wide array of sessions designed to reinvigorate the mind and body. The Panchakarma Cleanse employs therapies from the science of Ayurveda, an ancient natural system of medicine, meant to aid in rest and rejuvenation and help relieve chronic pain. The treatments are also combined with food and herbal supplements.

The treatments are also combined with food and herbal supplements.

The Silent Retreat provides conditions for quieting mental chatter and experiencing deep rest through the practice of silence. The program offers guided meditations, advanced breathing techniques, yoga, and plant based dining. USA Today named the Art of Living Retreat Center one of the Best Health and Wellness Resorts, and Style BluePrint included it on its list of Five Relaxing Escapes to Refresh and Recharge.

Entering the list at #4 is Escape To Shape, which curates holidays that combine luxury, culture, wellness, fitness, and relaxation. Owners Erica Gragg and Francesco Anchisi, personally scout, develop, and host each excursion. Destination Detox features hiking, yoga, meditation, and massage, while a nutritionist and chef prepares a customized menu based on your goals and needs. An optional juice cleanse is also available for rebalancing the body.

The Multi Sport Adventure in Slovenia offers a choose your own adventure experience, with the option of kayaking, biking, or hiking in Lower Carniola in addition to yoga and meditation. Participants can also partake in a traditional spa experience that incorporates pools, sauna, and massage. You can also visit Escape to Shop, a boutique inspired by Gragg's world travels that showcases antiques, home decor, clothing, and accessories from across the globe.

The Multi Sport Adventure in Slovenia offers a choose your own adventure experience, with the option of kayaking, biking, or hiking in Lower Carniola in addition to yoga and meditation.

Wrapping up the list at #5 is Anamaya Resort in Montezuma, Costa Rica. Its yoga retreats combine such educational classes as cooking, surfing, and scuba certification, with spa services, including the Eastern Massage, which incorporates Indian head and neck techniques to relieve stress and balance energy. Hot towels are used to relax the muscles of the back, neck, and face, and is recommended for those suffering from headaches and shoulder discomfort.

Anamaya Resort also offers retreats via its farm, the Rancho Delicioso eco village, which encourages the opportunity to experience Permaculture, defined as an attempt to mimic the symbiotic relationships and patterns witnessed in the natural world. Guests can stay at the River Palace, a giant treehouse constructed from local lumber, and participate in such classes and experiences as, Aerial Silk Dance, Biointensive Gardening, and Raw Chocolate Making.