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By Skyterra | May 23, 2017
One of the biggest travel trends right now is wellness retreats – vacations turned into opportunities for growth and self-improvement. It is a new and innovative way to use your vacation time
Celebrities like Julia Roberts, David Beckham, and Oprah Winfrey are disappearing for weeks, sometimes months, at a time to tackle self-care goals such as weight loss, stress management, and increased mindfulness. Wellness retreats offer you the beauty and relaxation desired from a vacation while adding an opportunity to become a better version of yourself. They are more than luxurious vacations – they are catalysts for an improved life.
The Importance of Making Time for Self-CareMost days it feels like there isn’t enough time to accomplish everything you want, especially those important lifestyle changes you’ve been meaning to implement. You’re motivated, but for some reason it just isn’t clicking.
You start most weeks well-intentioned enough. You think of the things you want to do to improve your life beyond the menial daily tasks.
You’re determined to exercise regularly, eat healthily, and find time for yoga or meditation. But when the weekend comes, and you realize that yet another week has slipped by without you squeezing these new practices in.
Incorporating a new practice into your daily routine can seem like a mammoth undertaking. That’s because it’s really hard to change habits and patterns. Scientists have found that it can take your brain up to 66 days to rewire for a new habit.
This is why wellness retreats are becoming so popular.
They offer an opportunity to work on yourself, to become a better person. No matter what your goals are – eating better, recharging, gaining perspective, losing weight, exercising more or taking a moment for deep introspection – wellness retreats offer time and professional guidance for self-improvement.
1. Breaking Old Habits and Starting Anew
There’s no better time to rewire your brain for better habits than when you remove yourself from your daily influences, which have thousands of associations in your subconscious. By taking a vacation with the intention of focusing on goals you’ve been thinking about for months, maybe years, you’ll have the chance to remove yourself from your established routine.
Studies have proven that if you want to break a habit or start a new routine, one of the most successful ways you can do this is on vacation. Wellness retreats combine the power of shaking up your daily routine with professional programs intentionally designed to help you implement new behaviors into your life.
2. Wellness Retreats Are Personalized
Wellness retreats are vacations that have customizable programs, meaning you can focus on your exact goals. The offer personalized strategies let you gain maximum benefits from your getaway.
Maybe you think you eat fairly well but want to incorporate mindfulness into your day. Or you know your diet needs a change but aren’t sure how to incorporate a healthy and delicious nutritional plan into you’re your busy life. Wellness retreats give you the opportunity to hand-select your desired outcomes.
No matter what area of your life needs an adjustment, wellness retreats offer personalized getaways so you can return home a better version of yourself. Unlike a normal vacation, that’s often one-size-fits all or glorifies sitting around all day, wellness retreats focus on taking self-improvement to a new level.
3. A Vacation That’s Actually Rejuvenating
Strangely enough, many people come back from traditional vacations feeling drained. We often use vacation as an excuse to stay up late, eat junk food, drink too much alcohol, and lay around. Add family stress and a vacation can quickly become exhausting.
You know that stress is terrible for you, in fact it can make you sick, and yet somehow it’s hard to find the time for relaxing techniques. Mindfulness experts teach you new methods for opening your mind in stress-reducing ways at wellness retreats.
When choosing a wellness retreat consider selecting one that focuses on mindfulness through meditation, yoga, and other methods. Because mindfulness techniques have proven to improve focus, memory, relationship satisfaction, while reducing stress, rumination, and emotional reactivity. These are vacation options that will truly rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul.
4. Enjoying Luxurious Wellness
This is a vacation after all. Opting for a wellness retreat over a regular vacation lets you relax and enjoy your time away while also improving yourself. You have the freedom to indulge and recharge when you choose a wellness retreat.
Usually enjoyed on your own or with your partner, wellness retreats allow you to experience new places in magnificent settings. With wellness retreats for singles/couples alike, you can choose different locations, focuses, and levels to find exactly what you’re looking for. High-quality food, accommodations, and beautiful scenery contribute to the luxury and self-care benefits found in the best wellness retreats.
5. Using Wellness Retreats to Clear Your Head
Using wellness retreats to find yourself again is gaining popularity, and for good reason. Reconnecting with your inner thoughts and feelings is one of the most common reasons people choose wellness retreats over standard vacations. We tend to fill our daily lives with hectic, time-eating activities that increase stress level and don’t allow time for reflection.
At wellness retreats you’ll have time and professional guidance in contemplating the brevity of life. Exercises in mindfulness often declutter thoughts and bring clarity to important life decisions. By using wellness retreats to clear your head, you can get insight into life decisions and come away better focus.
Health and Wellness Retreats for 2017Wellness retreats are often the jumpstart people need to make a commitment to a healthier life or to get back on track. As opposed to a regular vacation, wellness retreats have the capability to turn hopes and intentions into real life achievements.
Make a commitment to yourself. When choosing your next vacation opt for a getaway that works for you and that takes you one step closer to being the best version of yourself.
Skyterra is a health and wellness retreat on the east coast nestled into the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. It offers personalized, goal-focused programs for weight loss, stress management, and mindfulness. With expert guidance, you can develop the tools you need to incorporate healthy habits you can take home with you and reap the benefits of for years to come.
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(NaturalNews) A popular, new trend in the United States is vaginal steaming and it is being offered through spas and holistic health centers from southern California to New York in order to address a variety of health issues. While it is technically not new as it has been used in ancient medicine for centuries, it is a re-emerging trend to those in the United States and is also known as 'chai-yok' in Korea and 'bajos' in Central and South America. For those not familiar with what vaginal steaming is, think of it like a medicinal, herbal, steam facial for the vagina.
Typically, they are done a day or two after a woman has had her period in order to detox and heal any imbalances in the vagina, cervix and uterus. Vaginal steaming has also been known to ease anxiety in women as well as tackle several other health issues-
• Irregular and painful periods
• Vaginal cysts
• Bladder and yeast infections
• Uterine fibroids
• Scarring from childbirth, hysterectomies and laparoscopies
How does vaginal steaming work?
Vaginal steaming in Chinese medicine is used to relieve stagnation and coldness in the body, and in Eastern medicine in general it is used to dilate the blood vessels, increase blood circulation, provide oxygenation and relax the pelvic floor muscles. Other ways it improves health depends on the herbs that are used and the healing properties each herb brings to the table. The most commonly used herbs for vaginal steaming are mugwort, basil, calendula, oregano, marshmallow root, wormwood and rosemary.
What to know about vaginal steaming
The best time to do vaginal steaming is after your period and it is discouraged during it. You should also avoid vaginal steaming if you believe you may be pregnant. Typically vaginal steaming lasts for about twenty to forty-five minutes and care should be taken to avoid using steam too close or too hot so as not to burn or irritate the sensitive vaginal tissue.
The most important thing regarding the herbs you use is to make sure you are knowledgeable about them and avoid those that you may be allergic to or those that would interfere with a health condition or medication you may be taking. Consulting an herbalist, physician or pharmacist may be a good idea if you are unsure. Also, make sure that the herbs you use are organic to avoid any exposure to pesticides and avoid essential oils as they can be overly potent and it can be difficult to discern the quality of them.
How to do vaginal steaming
After you have determined the best herbs to use for your personal health needs and are ready for the vaginal steam, you can boil as little or as much filtered water as you like; typically, women use about 8 cups and then once the water has boiled and has cooled enough where it is no longer boiling, add about 2/3rd of a cup of your fresh and/or dried herbs. Do not add them while the water is still boiling as this can lessen the potency of the herbs. After the herbs have steeped for about 10 minutes, pour half of the contents in a bowl and proceed to squat over it or sit on a vagi-stool (a stool with an opening in it). To maximize the steam, have a large towel or blanket that wraps around your waist, making a tent around the bowl and allowing the steam to go up into the vaginal opening.
To increase the absorption and effects of the herbs, you can do a self-massage on your abdomen using your hands or a vibrator.
For recommendations and more specific information on vaginal steaming, see this helpful article: http://www.holisticwisdom.com
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/041487_vaginal_steaming_womens_health_traditional_medicine.html#ixzz4ZHfXKqMh