By LL Editorial StaffThere’s more to health than an annual visit to the doctor’s office or getting the recommended daily dose of vitamin C. It’s more than running three miles every day or practicing yoga a few times a week. It’s deeper than choosing a salad over French fries or salmon over steak. Wellness is a lifestyle; a particular way of thinking about living. It’s not just about the body, or just about the mind. It’s about finding equilibrium between all the elements of your person that make you who you are. And such a balancing act requires a holistic approach. It’s no surprise, then, that as modern living grows increasingly chaotic—speeding up and throwing us off-kilter more often than we’d like to admit—destinations for holistic healing are popping up all over the world. But you’ve heard all of this before. What you really want to know is this: what the heck is holistic healing, anyways? Trust me, you’re not the only one. This is why we’ve decided to get the insider’s scoop on this approach to wellness, as well as let you know where you can try it out by providing you with our list of the World’s Most Serene Holistic Healing Locations.
At the root of holistic approaches to healing lies the philosophy that by getting in touch with all of our personal needs—physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual—we can work towards attaining balance, which plays a fundamental role in our health and wellbeing. Holistic medicine places a large emphasis on stress and tension reduction, considering that over time (and in accordance with conventional Western medicine) they can play a major role in contributing to a wide range of chronic health problems and diseases such as hypertension, anxiety disorders, poor skin and obesity. With therapies such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, herbal remedies, homeopathy, massage, exercise and energy-based therapies (to name just a few) practitioners of holistic medicine attempt to help individuals identify and embrace a natural and nurturing environment in which they can let go of the negative elements of their pasts, break bad habits and embrace rich and fulfilling futures.
It is believed that certain locations around the world are more conducive than others for this type of healing, as they possess greater concentrations of natural energy, or life force, and are commonly referred to as spiritual vortexes. The rock formations of Sedona, Arizona—which yearly draw scores of balance-seekers—are the quintessential example of a destination said to draw on such energy in pursuit of health and personal transformation. But even if you don’t buy into this vortex theory, no one can argue that locations of astounding natural beauty have a deeply calming effect on anyone, and an escape into a serene environment works wonders on an over-stressed and over-worked mind and body. Are you intrigued? Then keep reading to get the low-down on our favorite serene holistic healing locations.
One of America’s premiere locations to get zen’d-out and healed-up is Travasaa Austin. On 210 serene acres in Texas hill country, this amazing resort invites you to let go and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the land, and the complimentary yoga mats in each room reinforce that this place is serious about serenity. On your first morning enjoy a wonderful sunrise hike through the Balcones Canyonlands, and make your way to the placid shores of Lake Travis. In-tune with the natural surroundings, further de-stress with a trip to the spa, pampering yourself with delicious massages and body treatments.