Volt drivers already know about recharging their batteries, but these wellness hot spots recharge the body, mind and soul
By Greg Barbera
As a Volt driver, you know how important it is to keep your car charged. But you also know how important it is to keep your mind, body and soul charged. Below are some destinations that will allow you to do both.
ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
A city known for its thriving arts and culture scene, Asheville is also a popular spot for spiritual travelers. If the route you take to get to it—either through the Great Smoky Mountains or through the Blue Ridge Mountains—doesn’t clear your head, some of these activities might.
Often associated with the Bikram style, this is yoga done in a heated studio (usually about 105 degrees), which is said to help with deeper stretching and lessening stress.
A holistic approach to treating medical ailments, acupuncture can treat a variety of conditions including high blood pressure, sinus infections and depression, to name a few.
A Japanese-inspired form of healing that involves a hands-on approach in which the energy from the practitioner’s palms—placed carefully over various meridians on the body—can heal and soothe.
TAOS, NEW MEXICO
Maybe due to its cultural ties to Native American culture—or the majestic views of the Rio Grande—or the visually stunning adobe architecture, Taos is often associated with the New Age movement. Once you’ve arrived (most likely with your windows down), try experiencing a sweat lodge, the Chinese breathing and movement known as Quigong or take part in a drum circle.
A ceremonial sauna made popular by the Native Americas, a sweat lodge is generally used to purify and repair the body’s spirit and soul. Water is poured over heated rocks to create a steam effect. Sweat lodges can last anywhere from 90 minutes to three hours.
Simple, repetitive drumming can induce a trance-like state that is conducive to meditation or prayer. Drums circles and drum ceremonies are easy ways to stimulate your mind, body and soul. As a result, they’re considered therapeutic.
Nestled north of Los Angeles and south of Santa Barbara, and easily accessible from the Pacific Coastal Highway, Ojai has long been a spiritual retreat center. Known for its pink sunsets, Ojai is also known for being one of the early adopters of organic farming—a trip to the Ojai Certified Farmers’ Market is a must. If your body needs healing try a myofascial release (a technique of soft-tissue massage therapy) or a mud bath.
A unique form of soft tissue therapy focuses on trigger points where the practitioner can gently apply indirect or direct pressure to deep tissue, similar to “rolfing,” where knuckles and elbows are used to apply pressure.
Hydrate your skin, relax your muscles and allow your mind to decompress with a mud bath. Mud baths and wraps are good for joint pain as it can ease inflammation. They also act as a purification therapy as the body will sweat out toxins during the treatment.
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Greg Barbera of DadCentric is a dad blogger, beer magazine editor and the singer/bass player for the punk band Chest Pains. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. You can follow him on twitter @gregeboy, tumblr, Facebook and Blogger.