As women, we all face the daily pressures of careers and family. Many of us are ʺrunning on emptyʺ and forget to take care of ourselves.
Recently, wellness retreats have become a growing trend among women who want to pamper themselves. These retreats offer stress-free zones for women to recharge their batteries and temporarily escape daily stress.
Some retreats incorporate fitness and beauty treatments while others offer spiritual healing, colonics and special diets.
However, not every retreat is the same. Not to mention, the costs vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
Some women attend wellness or beauty retreats to bring themselves back into balance with their spirit. Others participate in these retreats for self improvement, spiritual healing or fitness/beauty treatments.
Experts all seem to agree that the best retreats incorporate fitness and/or yoga. One medical expert stated that yoga is a great way to exercise your mind and muscles. Yoga forces you to focus on your breathing as well as become in tune with your mind and body.
Other programs offer intense physical activity. The goal of many of the intense programs is to educate guests with the proper fitness information. This allows the guests to continue a healthy fitness regimen that will fit into their unique routine at home.
Some fitness retreats offer hiking, trail running, mountain biking, swimming and other outdoor activities. Most retreats allow guest to participate at their own pace.
Some wellness retreats or programs may include detox or cleansing programs. According to fitness expert Greta Blackburn there are so many types of programs that run the gamut from The Master Cleanse (mostly lemon juice and water and a touch of maple syrup) to water only to veggie juice only to raw fruits only to you-name-it. There are also products like supplements and powders that you take along with your regular foods and purport to be "cleansed".