5 Wellness Travel Ideas to Help Reclaim Your Spirit

Feeling stressed? As parents, we often find ourselves wearing so many hats – from taxi driver to homework helper to chef to therapist – that we neglect our own needs. Well, this year, add a “me” hat to your collection and take the time to try something new, something rejuvenating, something life changing… a wellness travel experience just for you.

1. Aufguss At Nordik Spa-Nature In Quebec, Canada

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Photo: Nordik Spa-Nature

Only 10 minutes outside downtown Ottawa lies Nordik Spa-Nature, the largest spa in North America. It is well known for its thermal treatments, which in addition to causing an immediate sensation of well-being and relaxation, helps to eliminate toxins, relax muscles, improve sleep quality, boost the immune system, and increase body oxygenation. One of the best in heat therapy techniques is Aufguss, German for “infusion”.

Participants are led into a Finnish sauna where they’re greeted by a “sauna meister” who takes them through a ritual including music, essential oils and a whole lot of heat. Snowballs infused with essential oils are melted on a hot stove creating a burst of vapor filled with health enhancing properties. The Aufguss meister uses a large towel to agitate the air, fanning guests who are relaxing, breathing deeply and allowing the oils to settle in. As they sweat, toxins are released and the skin is cleansed and rejuvenated. To bring body temperatures back down, the treatment concludes outside at the tempered pool or Nordic waterfall accompanied by fresh fruits, smoothies and ice tea.

2. Hypnosis At Deer Lake Lodge In Montgomery, Texas

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Photo: Deer Lake Lodge

Whether your goal is to feel better, get healthier, lose weight, or simply hit the reset button, Deer Lake Lodge has you covered. Through their unique Hypnotherapy program, participants have the opportunity to positively transform an area of their life whether that be breaking a habit or conquering a fear.

Be ready to fall into a dream like state of mind where you may fade in and out of consciousness allowing your subconscious mind to absorb suggestions. Feeling uneasy about letting go? According to Tera Binding, one of the licensed Hypnotists at Deer Lake Lodge, “hypnotists are not able to force hypnosis upon a guest or make the guest do or say anything against their will. Commonly, after a session, the guest has a general overall feeling of confidence, health, wellness and peace.”

3. Shio Salt Room At Aria Resort & Casino In Las Vegas, Nevada

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Photo: Aria Resort & Casino

Increasing your salt intake isn’t entirely bad for you and in Vegas you can do it without ever entering a restaurant. At the Aria Resort and Casino, guests are invited to indulge in a “salt-infused” meditation room, with an illuminated wall of salt bricks, where the air is said to be incredibly healing. According to Susan Radzwillowicz, Manager of The Spa & Salon at ARIA, “Air infused with salt is very beneficial for the respiratory system and skin. Our Shio Salt Room provides those benefits while also allowing our guests to relax before and after a treatment.” Simply sit back and take some deep breaths while the salt works its magic.

4. Reviv – at 4 U.S. Locations & Various Worldwide

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Photo: Reviv Spa

Reviv began in 2011 with four emergency room physicians and the knowledge that many of the people who ended up in the ER didn’t need to be there. “We noticed a subset of people that didn’t need invasive monitoring and lab testing to feel better.” Says CEO Johnny Parvani, MD. “What they needed were fluids.”

The result is Reviv, a private spa like retreat where people who are fatigued, dealing with jet lag, suffering from the flu, or even just wanting to reclaim their glow can go to get treated with IV hydration and Vitamin & Nutrient Booster Shots. Not a fan of needles? With the help of some freeze spray, massage chairs, iPads and big screen TVs, the process has a strong focus on the experience so you can just sit back and watch life’s stresses melt away.

5. Shape House In Southern California

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Photo: Shape House

Shape House believes the more people sweat, the more they are at peace. And sweating doesn’t need to be brought on by hard labor or vigorous exercise. It can be done, laying in a luxurious cocoon for an hour while watching a show or listening to music. “One hour where you can pretty much feel better, look better, lose weight, sleep better, make better choices the next day,” says Sophie Chiche, Founder and CEO of Shape House, “It’s a pretty good hour.”

The practice is nothing new. From the Scandinavian sauna to the Japanese onsen, people around the world have used sweat rituals for thousands of years to achieve greater physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Shape house has 3 locations in Southern California including Santa Monica, Pasadena and Larchmont Village.

About Elise Edwards

Elise EdwardsElise Edwards is a former writer, producer, anchor and reporter for CNN who most recently served as Supervising Producer at E! Networks. She currently attempts to keep up her writing for TV, magazines and blogs, including her own LuxeAngelesMom.com, while chasing after two kids and a dog in Santa Monica. Follow her adventures on her blog, and on Twitter and Facebook.

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