Vacationing Mindfully

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Did you know wellness tourism has grown into a $639.4 billion industry, and according to the American Psychological Association, 45 percent of adults are so stressed that they can barely sleep? It comes then as no surprise that what we crave in a vacation is much more than a week at the shore. The wellness vacationer can expect all of the usual fare of delish meals and seaside air, along with the usual spa treatments, but in addition, travelers are allowing medical doctors to perform tests and treatments to diagnose and harness the factors that caused them to need a vacation in the first place!  The wellness vacation becomes a journey of mindful education, learning from experts more about our bodies and how we can take away and practice at home new skills to make our lives better.

At the Sha Wellness Clinic just south of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea, guests will find the perfect combination of relaxation and sun-soaked days balanced with science and education. While there, guests meet with both medical doctors and specialists in nutrition and sleep learning how what happens all year contributes to burn out. Their practice of the Sha Method is at the hallmark of their experience, and The Sha Wellness Clinic has been at the forefront of wellness vacationing for over a decade.

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The Sha Method uses traditional spa treatments, such as hydrotherapy circuits, healthy meals, mud baths and massages combined with the science of neurocognitive-development, acupuncture, cellar bioanalysis and photobiomodulation methods. Doctors analyze and perform treatments to improve liver function, memory and overall wellness.

If traveling to Valencia is not your cup of tea, look no further than the states for experiences in vacationing that exceed the local expectation of a pool and really great food. Cal-a-Vie located in San Diego offers a healthy dose of rest and relaxation with the added benefits of an EEG headband that monitors brain activity while meditating and provides an audio soundscape to reset focus in the hopes that once you return home, you are more in-line and balanced. In Texas at The Lake Austin Spa Resort, guests will find an aquatic craniosacral therapy treatment done in the pool where pressure is applied to the spine as guests float to optimize relaxation.

Whether you choose a vacation for its ambiance or are a foodie looking to learn a new recipe to replicate at home to impress your friends, the new wave of wellness is a welcome addition to the tourism industry. Providing the traveler with education and a new sense of balance is a better way to take time off. Not only does this enhance an already well-deserved respite from the daily grinds, but the lasting effect of learning tools that can be taken home and utilized every day makes a wellness component of any get-away an important factor. When we feel better, we are better both inside and out, so the spa wellness vacation has the added benefits of lasting well beyond the actual stay.