TRAVEL SLEUTH

Trans­for­ma­tional travel can be a spring­board to per­ma­nent life­style changes.

Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle Magazine - - Table Of Contents - BY JANE STOKES

CHOOSE AN AL­LUR­ING DES­TI­NA­TION,

add a well­ness com­po­nent and bring last­ing ben­e­fits home. No set­backs for you. Any and all health achieve­ments while on va­ca­tion will be a spring­board to per­ma­nent change. En­thu­si­asts call it trans­for­ma­tional travel.

If long-term stress re­lief sounds heav­enly, did you know that the Re­juvé Well­ness Cen­ter & Spa in San Fran­cisco is equipped with a neu­rol­o­gist-de­signed chair to in­duce med­i­ta­tion? And, if you like this re­cliner called Soltec Lounge, you can pur­chase it for your home.

Ban­ish­ing stress is also achieved by prac­tis­ing rou­tine yoga ev­ery day be­fore you set off to ex­plore. If, for in­stance, you sign up with tour com­pany Yoga & Ad­ven­tures World­wide (yo­gaad­ven­turesworld­wide.com), a bevy of mind-and-body ben­e­fits await you in places like Mex­ico, Cuba, Morocco, Greece and Ice­land—along with new lo­ca­tions in the plans.

Full re­vi­tal­iza­tion can also be yours closer to home. It’s a safe bet to ex­pect most of the ski and wilder­ness re­sorts in Canada of­fer tar­geted body treat­ments or a com­plete spa. As well, nu­mer­ous re­treats have de­vel­oped a spe­cialty in health-and-fit­ness im­prove­ments. Like­wise, a grand se­lec­tion of day spas in Canada is at your fin­ger­tips at fives­taral­liance.com.

When mak­ing plans, con­sult the prac­ti­tion­ers about the scope of your ail­ment and don’t be shy. They’ve heard it all be­fore from men and women alike, in­clud­ing vary­ing de­grees of anx­i­ety, sleep dis­or­ders, de­pres­sion, trauma, bro­ken hearts, tired skin, grief, bad habits, eat­ing dis­or­ders, ac­ci­dents, foot pain, mus­cle ten­sion and dis­ease-re­cov­ery. Trans­for­ma­tional travel starts by act­ing on an in­spir­ing idea, such as th­ese.

CANADA

Ail­ments: Emo­tional dif­fi­cul­ties, de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety, re­la­tion­ships

Try: Med­i­ta­tion im­mer­sion

To de­clut­ter and bring peace of mind, did you know deep med­i­ta­tion tech­niques are taught by Bud­dhists in a 10-day process at six lo­ca­tions across Canada?

Look up Vi­pas­sana Med­i­ta­tion Cen­tres where the goal is “to see things as they re­ally are.” As well, the multi-day tech­nique, de­scribed as “the to­tal erad­i­ca­tion of men­tal im­pu­ri­ties to reach the high­est hap­pi­ness,” is a skill you’ll be able to bring home. The process is in­tense, how­ever, as most of it is con­ducted in si­lence—and take note: it’s a gift. Do­na­tions are ac­cepted but, if you qual­ify for the pro­gram, the to­tal pack­age, in­clud­ing meals, ac­com­mo­da­tion and teach­ings, is free. Cana­dian lo­ca­tions, among oth­ers around the world, are found in Bri­tish Columbia, Al­berta, Man­i­toba, On­tario and Québec. dhamma.org

Ail­ments: Bad habits, med­i­ca­tion side ef­fects, emo­tional in­sta­bil­ity

Try: A 7- to 21-day es­cape to re­lax, cleanse, rest, re­cover

On Van­cou­ver Is­land, the ocean­front Fresh Start health re­treat is known as a trans­for­ma­tion sanc­tu­ary for most things that ail us. Its core treat­ment is called the Whole Body De­tox and Cel­lu­lar Re-nour­ish­ment sys­tem. Over a seven-day pe­riod, guests ex­pe­ri­ence a sub­stan­tial de­tox (to de-stress, en­er­gize, hy­drate cells and med­i­tate). Or, dur­ing the 14- and 21- day pe­ri­ods, the heal­ing is in­ten­si­fied to deal with is­sues like high choles­terol, im­mune-lymph dis­or­ders, drug side ef­fects, in­som­nia, food dis­or­ders and the re-pat­tern­ing of bad habits. Fresh Start runs nine pro­grams yearly ad­dress­ing “the restora­tion of phys­i­cal and emo­tional health” and free con­sul­ta­tions are of­fered on­line, which could be a crit­i­cal first step to feel­ing much bet­ter. healthre­treat.ca

THE UNITED STATES

Ail­ments: In­som­nia, jet lag, stress, low en­ergy Try: Sleep-in­duc­ing body treat­ments In the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia city of Ran­cho Pa­los Verdes, spend a few days at the Ter­ranea Resort where the ocean breeze alone soothes the soul and the in­door/out­door spa is known for its bliss­ful Sound Sleep ser­vice. This treat­ment in­cludes a light mas­sage with es­sen­tial oils to en­cour­age deep re­lax­ation and pro­mote sleep. Learn how to ben­e­fit from your body’s nat­u­ral sleep-wake cy­cle, and once home, in­ves­ti­gate the guide­lines posted by the Na­tional Sleep Foun­da­tion re­gard­ing ad­just­ments to your bed­room, diet and life­style be­hav­iour. ter­ranea.com

Ail­ments: Grief, lone­li­ness, emo­tional pain Try: Ded­i­cated heal­ing in the sun­shine In Fort My­ers, join oth­ers for a few days at the Florida Grief and Loss Re­treat where, like you, other par­tic­i­pants are also stuck in painful, un­com­fort­able feel­ings. Your pain might be the re­sult of sor­row from a death or loss, an in­abil­ity to tran­si­tion, or feel­ing trapped in anger, sad­ness, fear or guilt. Pro­grams and cal­en­dars are posted on­line. Par­tic­i­pants re­ceive one-on-one con­sul­ta­tions with the prac­ti­tion­ers, how­ever the en­cour­age­ment of group sup­port is at the core of re­cov­ery. So, in ad­di­tion to the heal­ing ef­fects of the Florida sun­shine, there’s a good chance you’ll come home with new-found friends for life. awak­en­ment-well­ness.com

LEFT: Yoga at Ter­ranea Spa. Ter­ranea Resort OPPOSITE: Ex­er­cise and med­i­ta­tion are all part of the ad­ven­ture pack­ages of­fered by Yoga & Ad­ven­tures World­wide. Anna Fishkin BOT­TOM: Cy­cling ex­cur­sions are a great way to keep fit and stay healthy. TDA Global Cy­cling

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