Health and Wellness in Europe

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life a grand European vacation is the stuff of dreams for many. Jumping on and off trains, fighting crowds and lugging around your luggage can hardly seem like a relaxing vacation. If you simply stop and think about what you truly want out of your European vacation, fun and relaxation probably goes hand in hand with taking in the plethora of historical sites. Europe is a perfect place to not only soak in the ancient history, language, and culture, but take time to focus on yourself and restoring your sense of balance and health. After all, Europeans are world renowned for their ability to take pleasure in life and are ranked as some of the happiest people on earth. So why not enjoy Europe the way Europeans do? So if you want to find your center considering taking in some of these less touristy attractions because you just might find peace and relaxation along the way.

Thermal Bath and Hot Springs

The natural thermal activity of the continent of Europe has created some of the best and most spectacular hot springs and thermal baths in the world. For thousands of years it has been a center of life throughout Europe. Business and political deals were struck here as well as just the everyday bonding of the citizens. These hot springs and thermal baths are located all over Europe so if you find yourself near some of the best ones, you should really consider taking a dip and easing your cares away. They have long since been linked to easy pain, arthritis, and having great healing powers. Some even help with allergies or preventing aging. Whether you go there seeking to heal or simply want to just unwind and relax your tired feet and back, you won’t regret visiting some of the renowned baths and spas.

In Budapest, Hungary, the Gellert Thermal Bath is not only healing but has beautifully tiled, cathedral like ceilings as well. There are different baths that ease arthritis, allergies, and even a red wine bath that is thought to soak the skin in antioxidants that helps renew your cells creating younger looking skin. There are ever expanding lists of services offered at the Gellert Thermal Baths which is located in the heart of Budapest along the banks of the Danube River. Another must-see is the Szechenyi Thermal Baths and swimming pool. This spas features a massive complex of different baths and a huge outdoor swimming pool for cooling off in the summer. It is a one of a kind experience.

The Blue Lagoon hot springs outside of Reykjavik is one of the best in the world. These naturally heated lagoons are healing as you relax your muscles, ease your aches and taking in the splendid mountain scenery. Locals adore their hot springs and take great pride in them so it’s important to keep in mind that you may get dirty looks if you try to get into the water dirty. There is a hotel, full service spa with massages and facials, and even an onsite restaurant. Children are also welcome.

Also consider the stunning and picturesque Aqua Dome nestled in the Austrian Alps. Sun or snow, you can immerse yourself in the hot water and like most has superior spa services and onsite hotel. The Terme di Saturnia in the Tuscany region of Italy is equally stunning with a picture perfect backdrop. The naturally heated water helps heal skin conditions, circulation, tension, and even has antiseptic and antioxidant properties. Due to the minerals and gases in the water, it is a very healing place.

Finding Your Center

Traveling to other parts of the world has a way of changing people in way unlike any other. Often times simply getting out of your own rut and experience a new way of life or way of thinking can bring your life back into focus and either make you grateful for what you have or inspire you to change. Sitting back in a small café in quiet, small village anywhere in Europe or taking time to get to know local people can often be incredibly relaxing and a life changing experience. Remembering to slow down and take in the experience can bring you a peace you had not expected. However, if you want to truly take a moment to find your center, consider incorporating a yoga retreat into your itinerary.

Tyrol in the Austrian Alps is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Here, the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House offers a chance for visitors to practice mountain pose atop some of the most beautiful mountains in the world in a quiet setting. In an ancient monastery in Germany you can join the European College for Yoga and Therapy for a healing stay. Or on the coasts of Crete, join teachers at Yoga Plus for Ashtanga yoga, feng shui and massage. Wherever you go, enjoy life and find namaste.