Destinations that offer native therapeutic experiences might climb up the traveller priority list with more and more people thinking about their wellness amidst the danger of COVID-19 infections. Here are six destinations you can plan to visit for their indigenous healing systems.
Lošinj, often called Croatia’s ‘healing island’, has excellent air quality, 2,600 hours of annual sunshine, and therapeutic aerosols from the sea air and high salt concentrations of the Adriatic Sea. The island, located in Kvarner Bay, has a long history of offering natural healing due to its unique location. The Učka mountain range protects the islands from cold northerly winds.
For centuries, Russia’s bathhouses or ‘banya’ have been a place to connect and heal. This wet-steam sauna is a traditional bathhouse experience. Temperatures near 90°C. It’s believed that its soft beating process with a bundle of twigs aids in muscle and joint pain relief, cleanses the skin and stimulates blood flow and removes phlegm.
The Rapa Nui people of Easter Island, a special territory of Chile, believe they were able to ward off coronavirus by harnessing the ancient practice of tapu – an ancient Polynesian tradition. It is a self-care principle based on respect for the norms of nature, with spiritual restrictions and shared prohibitions at its core. Things that are tapu are to be left alone, which restricts human movement.
At 400 metres below sea level, the Dead Sea is famous for its amazing healing powers. Its mineral-rich water is therapeutic for many skin conditions. People seeking relief from chronic skin, respiratory and joint conditions benefit from the unique solar and mineral properties found only in the Dead Sea. The water actually pulls toxins from every organ.
Since New Zealand is located where two tectonic plates of the earth’s crust meet, there is a large amount of geothermal activity, allowing warm water to bubble up through the earth’s crust to form hot pools. These pools often contain minerals dissolved from the rocks they seeped through. These wild hot pools are found throughout New Zealand and many believe that sitting in them is medicinal.
The Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, which means ‘forest bathing’, was developed during the 1980s. It’s a preventative healthcare method based on the belief that there are health benefits from living in the forest. The time spent in nature is said to encourage clearer intuition, increased flow of energy, deepening of friendships and overall increase in happiness.