Mindful Summer Escapes

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Filed Under: General Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

As we move closer to summer, many of us are planning vacations and weekend getaways.  But over the years many of my cardiac patients have expressed concern that traveling and dining out could take a toll on their waistlines and blood pressure.  

So, years ago I co-authored the book Spa Medicine: Your Gateway to the Ageless Zone with Dr. Graham Simpson and Dr. Jorge Suarez-Menendez. It explains and extols the benefits of the “medi-spa,” a facility where you can relax and renew in a health-minded environment.

Most medi-spas offer a variety of holistic medical evaluations and treatment options such as massage and acupuncture, hydrotherapy, detoxification therapy and weight loss, yoga classes, meditation, hikes and beach walks, and more. Medi-spas also offer healthy dining options including organic produce and meats, and wild-caught fish.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve spent two weeks each year with my family in a medi-spa in Montauk, NY to balance my busy work schedule. When I travel, I also try to stop to recharge in places that offer medi-spa style classes, such as yoga and Pilates,

Then, last year I helped to host a medi-spa weekend retreat at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. This summer, I’ll be returning to Kripalu again to facilitate a weekend workshop on June 8-10 and I invite you to join me.

One of the things I love about Kripalu is that the very setting de-stresses you from the moment you pull up. This pristine yoga retreat is nestled in the breathtaking Berkshires of western Massachusetts. The site was built originally as a Jesuit seminary atop a hill with panoramic vistas that nourish the mind and induce contemplation. 

What I also like is that it gives me the opportunity to visit with likeminded folks who want to learn about how to protect yourself from mitochondrial diseases and have the opportunities to ask questions about your health. Plus, it’s an excellent way to slow down and relax, free of the modern-day trappings of television and computers.

So, whether you escape to a yoga retreat center like Kripalu, or something more convenient to where you live, consider summer getaways that nourish your mind, body, and spirit.  Even a trip to a local day spa or yoga class can start you on the path of more mindful ways to care for yourself.

How about you? Have you ever taken a spa vacation?

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