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The latest in wellness travel: The Menopause Retreat

As more women approach the age of hormonal changes—roughly 2025 1.1 billion women worldwide Having experienced menopause – the travel industry is catering to a new niche: women who need help managing everything from hot flashes to mood swings, perhaps with some classic spa treatments.

The offers geared towards the menopause vary greatly and range from mindfulness techniques and herbal remedies to nutritional advice and exercise. Sometimes the most important activity is simply the opportunity to connect with other women facing the same problems, experts say. “It’s a great healing and discovery when a group of people go through a similar situation,” said Melissa Biggs Bradley, founder and CEO of Indagarea membership-based travel company that recently announced its first midlife and menopause retreat.

At the Six Senses Hotel & Spa In Portugal’s Douro Valley, I recently attended a 3-day customized menopause retreat to deal with my night sweats, migraines, joint pains, and mood swings, and to get a better understanding of the hormonal rollercoaster I was on (Room). from 850 euros or approx. 924 US dollars). After a health screening, I received a customized plan to care for and balance my aging, changing body. First, there was custom strength training—squats, lunges, planks, and resistance band exercises—to relieve my joint pain and build bone.

For my overly dry skin, I received a collagen-boosting facial—collagen production decreases with the loss of estrogen that comes with menopause—complete with serums and a hydrating mask. To reduce inflammation, I shivered every day in a cold bath and then in the infrared sauna for 15 minutes. The finale consisted of a 30-minute bio-hacking treatment, during which I wore thigh-high compression boots—think pulsating, vibrating currents moving up and down your legs—to improve lymphatic drainage and relax aching muscles; listened to a guided meditation on headphones while wearing an eye mask; and experienced infrared light stimulation on my face which is said to heal the cell renewal process and stimulate collagen again.

In the end, my whole body felt relaxed, but it’s hard to say what caused all of this. dr Lauren Streicherclinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University and host of the menopause podcast, is skeptical about claims that spa treatments relieve menopause symptoms. dr Streicher warns women against medical claims made by spas “It’s okay if you want to talk to other menopausal women, share information, and get support,” she said. “The problem is that information is presented as if it were scientific. It can be manipulative to say that a smoothie makes the vagina less dry.”

If you’re seeking medical advice on your symptoms – which some destinations offer – Dr. Streicher recommends being clear about what you specifically want to treat and recommends consulting a licensed physician when considering long-term solutions such as hormone replacement therapy.

Ms Biggs Bradley said she decided to offer a menopause retreat because “so much of the conversation on our travels has focused on the bodily changes of the ’40s and ’50s and how to deal with them.” Women were hungering Information.”

When it comes to menopause travel, dr Heather Hirschfounder of Menopause and Midlife Clinic of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and author of Unlock Your Menopause Type sees the greatest benefits in relation to self-care, community and education. “The fact that you’re taking that time and resources to yourself, which middle-aged women don’t do very often, is an important thing,” said Dr. Deer.

There are all sorts of products out there that claim to relieve symptoms, and a retreat can be a great way to brainstorm and test products before making a purchase. It’s unlikely these getaways will alleviate your lingering, long-lasting symptoms, but Dr. Hirsch said, “Even though your skin may feel great for a few weeks with the infrared mask, it’s the combination of self-care, community and education that makes it stay much longer.”

Here are some getaways with special programs for perimenopause and menopause. What they all have in common is a focus on managing the inevitable hormonal changes that accompany the aging female body.

The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, will host its first menopause-focused retreat, September 15-17, entitled “Discover the wisdom of menopause rituals for self-care and discovery.” The weekend – led by two members of Kripalu’s senior faculty – will focus less on symptoms and more on adapting to general bodily changes. There will be a combination of discussions, sharing circles, yoga, breathing exercises, tools from Ayurveda (the holistic approach of the ancient Indian system of medicine) and a fire ritual to celebrate the ‘Journey of Transformation’. The retreat includes meals and access to the center’s grounds ($299 plus accommodation; rooms from $145).

At Jaavu Spa im Amilla Maldives Resortthe four day one Break A menopause retreat will be offered three times in September. Led by Claire O’Sullivan, a women’s health and nutrition coach, this retreat is structured around four themes: balance, movement, relaxation, and advancement. In addition to individual coaching, the retreat also includes treatments such as reflexology and light therapy. There are yoga and meditation sessions, as well as seminars on intuitive movement, stress reduction, and hormone balancing ($5,915, including room, meals, and treatments).

Indagares retreat of the wise women at Canyon Ranch Berkshires in Lenox, Massachusetts is the first company to focus on midlife and menopause. The five-day retreat from October 29th to November 2nd will be hosted by Dr. Robin Noble, a gynecologist specializing in the transition to menopause. There will be private consultations and daily group sessions exploring the impact of hormonal changes on sleep, mood, bone and heart health, metabolism, fitness and sexual activity. Each morning, guests have the opportunity to choose from Canyon Ranch’s offerings, including yoga, hiking, meditation, and spa treatments. Afternoons and evenings are reserved for cooking classes and workshops on topics such as becoming your own health advocate, optimizing sexual function, and strategies for coping with life’s changing roles (From $4,500, room, meals, and activities included).

The Raj Ayurveda Health Spa, in Fairfield, Iowa, a menopause program with Ayurvedic treatments. A five-day program, offered year-round, begins with a private wellness consultation, including an Ayurvedic heart rate check, from which a treatment plan is created. Guests spend several hours a day enjoying herbal body treatments to restore balance and remove impurities. There is time for yoga and meditation, as well as personalized sessions with resident experts to monitor progress and develop a take-home plan to help maintain daily routines of nutrition, herbal therapies, yoga, and meditation. The Raj offers the option of dining at a table with other guests or dining alone (from $3,900 including room, meals and treatments).

The weekend program is aimed at “active, performance-oriented women in and after the menopause”. Lively menopause Retreat – from November 16th to 18th – will take place at Lake Nona Wave Hotel in Orlando, Fla. Led by a fitness trainer and orthopedic surgeon, it will welcome two dozen women who want to address the health and fitness goals that change with menopause so they can stay active and avoid injury. The meeting will focus on exercise, strength training and nutrition and will include a full body musculoskeletal analysis to examine movement patterns and weaknesses. Activities also include suspension yoga, performed in a cloth sling, resistance and barbell training, and even time to dance (from $2,500, including accommodation and some meals).

Les Margeurites is a five-day boutique hotel retreat in Alet-les-Bains, South West France. The retreat is hosted by a nurse and therapist who are working to change the narrative surrounding perimenopause and menopause — not just the hormonal changes, but how they affect women’s lives and relationships. The retreat is limited to six women and includes workshops and coaching sessions, plant-based meals to build estrogen, meditation, massage, tincture-making with a herbalist, and yoga. The retreats will take place in November, April and September 2024 (from 1,350 pounds sterling or approximately 1,698 US dollars, including room and board).

In 2005, Paula Gallardo and Tania Smith co-founded Mamaheaven, a retreat for new moms. Almost 20 years later they are in operation meno heaven, twice-yearly retreats in October and May, bringing together up to 12 women at Florence House, a Victorian coaching inn an hour south of London. With a naturopath, nutritionist and yoga teacher leading the discussions, the retreat aims to “de-stigmatize and demystify” the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. This three day retreat includes sharing circles, organic meals, healing massage, yoga, cold water swimming and workshops covering topics from stress and sleep to libido and brain fog (from £550 including accommodation and meals).

The Preidlhof The spa hotel in South Tyrol, Italy, offers for a week Menopause Wellness Retreat offered in the months of February, March, June and September. The program includes 22 treatments – from massages and acupuncture to deep breathing and holistic coaching sessions. The retreat offers medical wellness sessions and spa treatments accompanied by real-time biofeedback and data analysis to assess biological age. There are dance and singing classes, forest bathing (a form of meditation in nature), and many outdoor hiking trails nearby (1,987 euros, excluding accommodation and meals; accommodation and meals from 212 euros).

camiral, A wellness resort an hour from Barcelona offers its five-day stay Renew and harmonize retreat, March 2024. Each day focuses on one theme: Reconnect emphasizes the connection between body and mind; Energize focuses on exercise, strengthening and ways to relieve menopausal symptoms. Nourish focuses on ways to nourish the body to maximize bone density and heart health. Recover focuses on mindfulness and stress reduction; and Grow offers treatments and a follow-up with a nutritionist on how to manage hormonal changes. Led by a fitness specialist, doctor and nutritionist, the retreat includes treatments such as cryotherapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (from €2,128, including accommodation and meals).


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