With age comes maturity, wisdom, financial security … and all too frequently, a reminder of mortality as loved ones begin passing away. Enter the grief getaway: a journey to find solace and healing.
“I find my clients asking for a spa vacation when they’ve just experienced the loss of a family member or a tragic event in their life,” says Lynne Adams, a Virtuoso advisor based in Naples, Florida. “They need that week away to regenerate because day-to-day life can be so stressful.” Not all are mourning literal loss, but maybe a life change, such as a divorce or an empty nest when the last kid goes off to college. “Either way, they deserve this getaway,” says Austin. “They are entrusting you to recommend the perfect place.”
Gone are the days of spas garnering praise for mere stress-relief and relaxation benefits. Now, a hard-science medical component is en vogue. “Many clients are dealing with a serious health issue,” says Austin. “Others have a specific focus, such as weight loss or wanting to make a lifestyle change.” In these cases, medically enhanced facilities focusing on genetics testing and biometrics might be the right fit.
At these centers – equal parts relaxing and regenerative – highly-trained specialists run a battery of tests to determine not just what ails you, but also how elusive issues might be specifically treated. One-size-fits-all offerings are passé; after identifying the best course of action, facilities offer a personalized program – frequently including customized diets based on DNA and blood type.
Sleep deprivation has been linked to myriad medical issues, ranging from heightened stress to weight gain to depression and a weakened immune system. As a result, certain facilities offer programs specifically designed to improve the quality of zzz’s. The goal: By bettering the quality and duration of your sleep, you’ll improve your entire life.
Programs might focus on internal coping mechanisms through stress management, or external improvements through fitness programs such as yoga. Most will frequently include massage and meditation, too. And clients can expect a thorough run-down examining underlying causes. “Similar to the initial client consult, a questionnaire will uncover what’s most important and what needs to be achieved,” Austin says. “It will reveal a personal and often intimate reason for treatment.”
In this era of constant communication, shutting out (and off) the cacophony of incessant chatter might be the biggest luxury of all. Where digital detoxes have long been a popular trend, 2018 goes one step further: Silence is golden.
At these properties, merely logging off Twitter or not Instagramming a meal isn’t enough. Here, clients find blissful peace while checking into guestrooms with wi-fi blockers, enjoying blindfolded floating massages to mute multiple senses, and taking part in quiet mindfulness sessions and meditative forest walks. “It’s about slowing down and engaging all of your senses,” explains Austin. “Don’t hesitate to tell spa therapists at the beginning of appointments if you prefer silence and want full immersion.” And while it goes without saying, we’ll say it anyway: In common spaces, no cell phones allowed.
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