Virtually all of the more than 100,000 people worldwide who have embarked on a wellness retreat at Pritikin Longevity Center have left feeling better and living better.
Imagine a picturesque, tropical and sunny landscape complete with sprawling golf courses, beautiful lush gardens, swimming pools and state-of-the-art hotel rooms and suites with balcony views. Now add in award-winning gourmet cuisine, cooking classes with top chefs, personalized fitness classes, spa and massage services and education classes with scientists, physicians and dieticians. All of that and more is what will make your stay at Pritikin feel like a luxurious getaway.
Transform Your Mind at a Wellness Retreat
In today's rapidly evolving, fast-paced culture, it can be near impossible to find a minute to yourself. Often there's hardly a free moment to catch your breath, let alone clear your mind. That's why for many, just the thought of booking a getaway to a warm, tropical destination and unplugging from emails, obligations and commitments is enough to cleanse your thoughts. Spending time away from your daily routine can invigorate your senses and allow you to see things more clearly. With a wellness retreat, you gain the valuable opportunity to do just that – to restore, recharge and refocus your mind.
Often, people consider the brain and the mind to be one. However, in an analysis from the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing with contributor Dr. Patricia Hart, the mind is not to be confused with the processes of the brain – the mind and the brain are separate. Instead, the mind is seen as consisting of, "mental states such as thoughts, emotions, beliefs, attitudes, and images." These thoughts, beliefs and emotions all play a crucial role in your overall health and when they become clouded with negative notions, stress and anxiety it can be difficult to practice healthy actions. Yet when you have the opportunity to step back and really see how you are living, you recognize what you need to change.
"By changing our minds, we really can change our lives," said psychologist Coral Arvon, Ph.D., of Pritikin.
That is why the mind and body connection is so crucial, and such a focus at Pritikin. According to the UMCSH, what you do with your physical body such as what you eat, how well you sleep and how much exercise you get, has the power to impact your mind – both positively and negatively. The power of a health retreat is that it provides you with the peace, serenity, resources and environment to find a healthier state of mind and engage in healthy and positive practices.
Transform Your Body at a Wellness Retreat
Just as education is the foundation of external change, the mind is the basis for internal change. At Pritikin, the Behavior Change Program teaches you how to apply the power of your mind to improving your health. At the Pritikin center, Director of Behavioral Health and Wellness and psychologist Dr. Arvon leads workshops and conducts one-on-one counseling sessions that help individuals truly change the behaviors that may be holding them back from achieving their health goals.
More often than not, how healthy a person is doesn't have anything to do with doctors and medicine at all. Instead, it's all about lifestyle and habits. In fact, according to researchers from the Harvard Medical School and the California Pacific Medical Center, a number of common chronic conditions can be effectively treated with mind-body therapies instead of traditional forms of medicine. Although further research is necessary, results concluded there is "considerable evidence" that mind-body therapies are effective in treating several conditions and illnesses. These include insomnia, headaches and chronic low back pain.
Stress or sadness doesn't have to mean binge-eating an entire box of donuts, just as anger doesn't always call for a stiff drink. There are numerous healthy ways to handle each of life's troublesome situations. At Pritikin, you'll come to understand unhealthy patterns in your lifestyle. With the help and support of professionals, you'll learn how to cope with high-risk situations, recognize relapse triggers, learn to eliminate self-defeating thoughts, manage stress levels and unlock the key to tangible solutions for lifestyle change. Once you've gained the power to change the way that your mind operates and functions, you have the power to change your physical body as well.
Transform Your Health at a Wellness Retreat
There's no question that a wellness retreat has optimal power to enhance your health by eliminating bad habits, encouraging positive behavior and providing education on healthy living. At Pritikin, the numbers speak volumes. The transformative results of guests for weight loss, controlling diabetes, lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease have been scientifically proven, and cited in more than 100 studies in prestigious medical journals.
Results have shown that after two to three weeks at Pritikin, the great majority of guests no longer need medications for conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol levels, or their dosages are dramatically reduced. As part of the Pritikin's Premier Medical Program, eight board-certified physicians are available throughout your stay, working to provide you with expertise advice, testing and prescribed exercise programs for your specific needs. When it comes to heart health at Pritikin, physicians utilize the most advanced diagnostic tools to detect cardiovascular disease early. You'll also receive cardiometabloic stress testing as part of your package.
Unlike most wellness retreats and spas, Pritikin provides a number of expert medical services as part of your package and you'll spend up to 75 minutes of one-on-one time with your physician during your stay. Starting with a complete history and physical, you'll have a blood pressure screening, analysis of your diet and medication review. You'll work with your physician to plan a weight-loss routine and take part in personal consultations throughout your wellness journey to track your progress. Don't wait any longer, book your visit to Pritikin today!