Health & Wellness
The pursuit of wellness once had a direct correlation to New Year’s resolutions. After 12 months of unhealthy living, each January we collectively took the opportunity to recalibrate our lifestyle, set new goals and break bad habits. The month was marked by thronged gyms, swimmer-brimming pools, waiting lists for self-help classes and fridges full of low-calorie fare. But by February, most new regimens came to an end. Unwholesomeness, fed by stress and fatigue, reigned again — until January returned, and the cycle repeated itself.
Previous vacation trends centered around cramming as much as possible into an itinerary covered with bucket-list “to-do’s,” but more recent trends evolve toward the original purpose of a vacation: relaxation. As wellness resorts continue to pop up around the world, some are embarking on a new era of science-based wellness, standing out among the paddleboard yoga and mud baths that have become resort staples in recent years.
Whether traveling with friends, solo, a partner or looking for something else to do on your already-planned Australian trip, a spa retreat is the siren call for wellness seekers. It’s like all the goodness of a spa day, rolled into a vacation and stretched over a period of time in a bucket-list destination like Australia.
Pre-COVID-19 pandemic, Southern California’s Laguna Beach announced its Pathway to Zen, a marriage of the area’s natural beauty and local self-care and wellness experiences designed to help visitors refresh and rejuvenate. The pathway consists of 12 separate locations that, combined, make up a first-of-its-kind wellness trail.
AT THE SPRINGS RESORT & SPA in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, I’m soaking in a tub called “Lobster Pot.” From the color of my skin — crimson — that nomenclature seems about right. Today’s posted temperature reads 109 degrees Fahrenheit. Ouch. Or glorious. I can’t decide. I take a whiff of the fresh, high-altitude, chilly air and ease further into a watery mélange of 13 curative minerals, a medley composite that ranges from sulfur to potassium to lithium, among others. Submerged in water from the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring, I feel like an ingredient in a salubrious stew.