WHAT IS A WELLNESS VACATION?
LEARN MORE ABOUT WELLNESS TOURISM AND LEARN ABOUT THE BENEFITS WELLNESS VACATIONS CAN PROVIDE.ACCORDING TO THE GLOBAL WELLNESS INSTITUTE – WELLNESS TOURISM IS A $494 BILLION INDUSTRY.
Driving the emergence of the wellness industry are the aging populations across North America (9.6 million in Canada & 78 million in the United States – with approximately 8,000 persons turning age 60 daily in the United States), an alarming rise in chronic disease and unhealthy lifestyle, a failing medical system with rising costs, and the unprecedented stress associated with modern lifestyle.
Health and Wellness vacations have become one of the biggest trends in luxury travel and one that vacation travelers are willing to pay more for. Canada is in the Top 20 Wellness Tourism Destinations in the world at number 6 following Germany, promoting the advent of health and wellness retreats in Canada. The new luxury is to go to a destination resort offering healing treatments to build the foundation of a healthy lifestyle in a place surrounded by nature, one which affords one the opportunity to reconnect with mental, physical and spiritual health.
WHAT IS A WELLNESS VACATION AND IS IT WORTH THE INVESTMENT?
Wellness Vacations have been proven to have a positive effect on our health, contentment, and longevity, and can also contribute positive effects towards the people we interact with daily – this goes a long way toward managing both existing diseases and preventing chronic conditions.
Essentially, a Wellness Vacation encompasses integrative programs with a proactive and preventative approach to health that incorporates an individual’s physical, spiritual, psychological and social needs. Worldwide Health and Wellness Resorts now offer comprehensive programs from hiking, yoga, massage, acupuncture, weight-loss, stress management and more.
Wellness Vacations are one of the biggest trends in travel because more and more, people are taking personal responsibility for their health. This is due in part to consumers’ reaction to aging which has brought an increase in lifestyle diseases such as arthritis, obesity, depression and the failure of conventional medicines to address chronic conditions. Vacation time has become precious and we seem to have less of it due to the demands of modern day life.
With this, a wellness vacation provides guests with the treatment and education that forms the basis of a healthy lifestyle along with the peace and tranquility of a natural setting, a rejuvenating escape for physical and mental well-being.
HOW DOES A WELLNESS VACATION PROMOTE HEALTHY LIVING?
A Wellness vacation offers an array of healing spa and clinic treatments to renew one’s mind, body, and spirit. Steams, saunas, cryotherapy, health and nutritional consulting, and traditional medicine, among other services are designed to bring your body and mind to your ideal state. In celebration of our annual November Health Month event, Health Practitioners at Sparkling Hill Resort host daily complimentary seminars for our overnight guests one the one of the below topics. With medical and nutritional expertise guiding you based on your personal goals, a wellness vacation also strives to impart the foundational knowledge and practices of a healthy life:
Nutrition and Healthy Eating Tips: Healthy eating starts with learning new ways to eat. Getting the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients will help you feel your best and give you plenty of energy. Learn how the proper nutrition can help one handle stress better, and prevent and control many health problems.
Happiness in Four Easy Steps: Millions of dollars are made each year by people who tell you how to be happy. Some people even call themselves happiness experts. Until recently, the problem was that they made statements that were unscientific, with much of the advice simply not working. Today, in 2015, it is a different story: neuroscience, the branch of science which deals with the structure or function of the nervous system and brain, has made great strides in the past twenty years. Attend daily seminars Sparkling Hill Resort hosts during its annual November Health Month event to learn how science is backing up four habits that will increase and sustain your happiness.
Heart Health: According to the Government of Canada, more than 1.4 million Canadians have heart disease. It is also one of the leading causes of death in Canada, claiming more than 33,600 lives per year. Learn how you can reduce your risk of heart disease by understanding the risk factors that cause it, and by making changes to your lifestyle.
Fitness: Fitness and physical activity is essential to prevent and reduce risks of many diseases and improve physical and mental health. Fitness includes cardiovascular functioning, which is improved by aerobic activities that get your heart and lungs working faster. It also includes muscle strength, flexibility, and balance. It can even help you live longer—research from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine indicates that regular exercise can add up to five years to your life.
Injury Prevention: Risk is a part of life, and while not all risks can be eliminated, many can be managed. Taking smart risks means recognizing the risks of an activity and choosing to manage risks to prevent injuries. Whether unintentional or intentional, the majority of injuries are preventable.
Skin Care: Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Skin care is one of the most important components of natural beauty, no matter what your age, skin tone, or skin type. In this seminar, learn how important your skin is – not just for you to look good, but for your overall health as well.
The Benefits of Massage: Learn why massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It is increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
For those wanting to learn more about the facilities available at KurSpa and more importantly how to use them, our Sparkling Hill Team is conducting complimentary daily informational presentations on our 40,000 sq.ft. KurSpa. Please visit our website for more detail on November Health Month.
HOW CAN NATURE HELP MY PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH?
Along with treatment, consultation, and knowledge, wellness vacations promote physical and mental wellness through the power of nature. Away from the stresses of modern life, the wellness vacation is your escape, a prime opportunity to embrace nature’s healing power.
Physical Health: Nature’s healing effect manifests itself by ushering a refreshed, healthier physical form. Nestled in the embrace of mountains, lakes, deserts, or any other natural terrain, you’re placed in the perfect venue to exercise, burn calories, and increase circulation. Furthermore, your escape removes you from the air pollution of urban life, allowing your respiratory system to recover and function at its peak.
Mental Health: A walk in the park or the woods is enough to calm your mind, providing clarity and calm through tranquility and its natural qualities stimulating your senses. Imagine the effects of solitary retreat, transcending the hustle and bustle of urban life. The peace and quiet that comes with the natural world provides the perfect space to meditate and rebalance your mind. Furthermore, the challenge and novelty of outdoor activity promotes the release of serotonin and endorphins, ensuring good feelings on our end.
These benefits are only a few examples of how reconnecting with nature is an essential component of a wellness vacation. Learn more about the Nature Effect.
EMBRACE HEALTH AND CELEBRATE NOVEMBER HEALTH MONTH AT SPARKLING HILL RESORT
Sparkling Hill Resort ensures a rejuvenating wellness vacation through our healing treatments combined with luxuryaccommodations and dining. Lack of information on how to stay young and healthy is a common road block for many people. During our annual November Health Month experience, Sparkling Hill aims to educate guests on various Health and Wellness topics to help them make healthy choices. While at Sparkling Hill Resort, relaxation is still one of the primary goals encouraged during a stay, but unlike other resorts, Sparkling Hill offers different health treatments aimed at detoxification, mental relaxation, as well as preventative health treatments. It is important to make health a priority so that one might have a more active and full life for many years to come.
When planning your wellness vacation, consider coming in during November, or Health Month, when our practitioners and guests provide complimentary seminars every day to encourage healthier lifestyles.