Put the Focus on Wellness This Summer with Advice and Offerings from Leading Destination Spas

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If summer is shaping up as crazy, take a deep breath and pause five minutes to see what’s awaiting you at top Destination Spas. Found in stunning locales from Canadian mountains to Southwestern deserts, all Destination Spa Group® members offer a complementary balance of fitness, healthy cuisine, life-enhancing programs and relaxing spa services.

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Debra Koerner, executive director of the Destination Spa Group®, “When I’m feeling stressed, I incorporate lessons from Destination Spas including blending up a green smoothie, taking a long walk and practicing yoga.”

Kick your shoes off, play in the pool, hang out with the kids - ahhh, the lazy days of summer! Who are we kidding? Your summer schedule is more likely to sound like: shuttle kids to baseball and soccer, sunburns from yard work, and struggle to find a vacation spot that everyone can agree on. If summer is shaping up as crazy, take a deep breath and pause five minutes to see what’s awaiting you at top Destination Spas.

Found in stunning locales from Canadian mountains to Southwestern deserts, all Destination Spa Group® members offer a complementary balance of fitness, healthy cuisine, life-enhancing programs and relaxing spa services. “Even in the summer, which is supposed to be a slower time of the year, we can all feel overwhelmed by life’s curve balls and commitments,” says natural health & wellbeing expert Debra Koerner, executive director of the Destination Spa Group®. “When I’m feeling stressed, I incorporate lessons from Destination Spas including blending up a green smoothie, taking a long walk and practicing yoga.”

Here’s a look at ways to add wellness into your summer, beginning with defining words of wisdom:

Spa Pros Define Wellness:

  •     “Wellness is feeling good physically, mentally and emotionally. And when you feel good, you want to stay that way, so you naturally gravitate towards healthy behaviors of eating, exercising and finding ways to take care of yourself.” - Sharon Rekieta, Fitness Director, Lake Austin Spa Resort
  •     “Wellness is the result of mindfulness and balance. Everything that we think and do, for ourselves and others, and how we treat ourselves plays a role in our overall wellness. It is about our mental, physical and spiritual health; be kind and nurture each component and they will treat you well.” - Raelene Honeycutt, Fitness Manager & Program Coordinator, The Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort
  •     “Wellness is the health of mind, body and spirit. All three have to be in line together to really define a total being of wellness. One can be at a healthy weight and exercise regularly, but if that same person is in a stressful life situation or not feeding the spirit, the other areas need to be focused on and brought into alignment in order to experience complete wellness.” - Kathleen LeSage, New Life Hiking Spa

Practice Wellness:

  •     The team at Canyon Ranch encourages you to share a mindful adventure. From http://www.CanyonRanch.com, “Rather than spending your evening walk together rehashing the events of the day and worrying about the rest of your week, focus instead on the shared experience you are enjoying. Share one of the reasons you enjoy this time together and ask the other person to do the same.”
  •     Honeycutt of The Heartland Spa advises, “Any activity worth doing should include an element of education. Summer is a fantastic time to learn about bugs, flowers and how our bodies work. Visit your local farmers’ market, not just for the food, but for the experience. Learn when you go. Take pictures. Enjoy every moment.”
  •     Lake Austin’s Rekieta advises families to enjoy life’s simple pleasure instead of “over planning” or scheduling complicated vacations, “Have a picnic in the backyard on clear evenings and learn about the star constellations or pretend you're a visitor in your city and take a walking tour of popular areas and attractions.”

Experience Wellness:

  •     Echo Valley Ranch in British Columbia says bring the whole family for a summer of wellness. The Family Ranch Vacation package at Echo Valley provides something for everyone, while encouraging quality family time. Kids and teens can experience fun and stimulating learning activities, from catching trout to roasting s'mores around a fire, while mom and dad have spa treatments and a leisurely dinner.
  •     More family wellness in Canada: Spa Eastman is offering a weekend with the kids from July 5-7. Children five and up will be welcomed with mini treatments, Zumba, an anti-stress walk and even pajama yoga.
  •     QUENCH at Lake Austin. The week-long program is offered four times this summer: June 17-23, July 22-28, August 19-25 and September 23-29. QUENCH highlights water-themed activities such as Stand Up Paddleboarding, Aqua Nia, sculling, kayaking, boat cruises and Hydro-biking as well as cooking demonstrations, spa services, craft making and classes.

Koerner wraps things up with an invitation to chill: “This one is hard, especially for Type-As, but it is vital for our overall well-being that we take time out and chill! I have set a timer on my phone to go off twice during the day with a reminder to take a few moments off and relax.”

About Destination Spa Group® - Only a select group of spas follow the tradition of the true Destination Spa – where the total environment is dedicated to health and life enhancement. Representing more than 20 spas, Destination Spa Group is a membership organization dedicated to educating the public about the unique wellness and self-improvement opportunities found at Destination Spas. More details on http://www.DestinationSpaVacations.com and by calling 888.772.4363.
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