Hit the Reset Button with Wellness Travel

Wellness travel

Do you need a reboot? Wellness travel is about upgrading your mindset, your perspective and your life.

With stress at epidemic levels, wellness tourism is gaining momentum. Vacations focusing on wellbeing are a highly valued component of self-care, especially since people are proactively seeking a better quality of life. There’s a flood of research about loneliness, depression and the increasing rate of preventable chronic diseases.

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This Miami Hotel Has a ‘Grocery Guru’ Who Teaches Guests How to Make Healthy Choices at the Supermarket

Breakfast with a view at the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

Wellness resorts are all the rage these days: Top health hotels like Canyon Ranch and Rancho La Puerta help harried urbanites reconnect with nature, rediscover nutritious, plant-based foods, and conquer stress.

But it’s one thing making healthy choices, say, at a luxury wellness resort on the ocean, and another when you’re back to your daily grind.

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At This Art Therapist’s Wellness Retreats, Overworked Professionals Are Finding Stress Relief

Before she was an art therapist, Penelope Orfanoudaki had a high-stress, corporate job in marketing. Though she’d built a successful career for herself over the course of two decades, she was miserable and burnt out. Luckily, she had the chance to start over when she left her life in Switzerland and moved to Singapore to be with her husband, who started a job there. Once there, she decided to go back to school, and despite never having heard of art therapy before, she was enthralled by the idea of it, and enrolled in a masters program.

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Music therapist helps Children’s Hospital’s tiniest patients get home sooner

This is absolutely amazing…

The 10-day-old baby needed calories so she could gain more weight and leave East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

But she had a problem: She wasn’t sucking quickly enough to take enough milk – and the act of feeding itself was so tiring for her tiny body, she often went to sleep before taking in enough nourishment.

Full Story: Music therapist helps Children’s Hospital’s tiniest patients get home sooner

Doctors should prescribe art and poetry classes to patients, MPs say | News & Star

Greater use of “arts-on-prescription” programmes could save the NHS money by improving patients’ mental or physical health, with evidence suggesting creative activities could lower GP consultation rates and hospital admissions.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing said: “Arts-on-prescription activities help people to overcome physical and psychological pain, playing a vital role in the recovery and maintenance of health.

“Group creative activities in the community also help to overcome social isolation in people of all ages.”

Full Story: Doctors should prescribe art and poetry classes to patients, MPs say | News & Star

Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia | The Guardian

The more I hear evidence like this, the more I question why the homes & hospitals we Americans tend to put our Senior Citizens in, have bare walls and allow solitary lifestyles.  Activity rooms focus on mundane activities instead of creative pursuits.  Why is it we just don’t “get” this?  When will it change?  Healing & Wellness includes the betterment of the soul – and we all know ART is what feeds the soul.  Why are we starving our Seniors of this requirement?

A few weeks ago, turning on the radio, I hear a voice saying that creative writing can help wounds heal faster. Startled, I turn the volume up. Volunteers were given small wounds; half were then asked to write about something distressing in their life, the other half about something mundane. The wounds of the confessional writers healed substantially more quickly. A thought or a feeling is felt on the skin. Our minds, which have power over our bodies, are in our bodies and are our bodies: we cannot separate

Full Story:   Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia | Nicci Gerrard | Society | The Guardian