Hocking Hills Adventures
The Health Benefits of Travel
By Karen Raymore
Health has never been so front and center of everyone’s minds before. We are inundated with information about protecting our loved ones and ourselves from a global pandemic. Social media is filled with humorous memes about the physical effects of working from home, quarantining and television bingeing. Covid exhaustion is hitting everyone.
Good news, there’s a cure; travel. Did you know travel has been scientifically proven to have health benefits for mind and body? According to a joint study from the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, in partnership with the U.S. Travel Association, travel keeps you healthy. Travel reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Travel relieves stress and who doesn’t need that these days. Three days after taking a vacation, travelers report feeling less anxious, more rested and in a better mood. Interestingly, these benefits tend to linger for weeks after the trip has ended.
Travel enhances creativity. When we slow down long enough to really connect with ourselves, the result is self-discovery. Immersing in another culture opens our minds and hearts to possibilities and passions.
Travel makes us happy. A change of scenery and escape from routine is good for us. A Cornell University study revealed people also experience a direct increase in happiness from just planning a trip.
Combine the general benefits of travel with a destination that specializes in wellness and you’ve got Ohio’s Hocking Hills. The plethora of Mother Nature’s offerings are complimented by outdoor adventures, spa services, even forest bathing which is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
New to the Hocking Hills this spring is Nature Therapy, brought to you by the folks at High Rock Adventures & Eco Tours. Nature Therapy won’t be the adrenaline pumping experience many come to High Rock Adventures to enjoy. Using all of your senses you will be guided through a slow walk in the woods with various activities that allow you to connect more deeply with the forest. Nature Therapy is based on the belief that people form part of the web of life and that our psyches are not independent of the environment.
Hocking Hills Serenity Salt Cave is the one and only salt cave in the Hocking Hills. The Salt Cave is not your average cave. With the powerful use of salt from the Himalayas, and an incredible Halotherapy session, only 45 minutes are needed to feel cleansed, inside and out. If you’re ready to try a whole new form of wellness and relaxation, plan a trip to Hocking Hills Serenity Salt Cave.
The quintessential Hocking Hills visit requires a cozy cabin. No need to leave your cabin to enjoy a relaxing massage. Blue Valley Massage & Traveling Spa and Ash Cave Day Spa will come to you. Their experienced massage therapists offer couple’s massage and an array of spa services in the comfort of your cabin.
Sauna Pods Hocking Hills bring the woods to you while you relax in a cedar lined, heated sauna. Enjoy the spectacular view from the floor-to-ceiling fish-eye window. The pods are available by the hour or a full day. Just drive up, change into your sauna wear and step into your private sauna nestled in the woods.
Ash Cave Day Spa and the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls are surrounded by the beauty of the Hocking Hills State Park and Hocking State Forest. Both offer a menu of spa services including relaxation massage, facials, pregnancy massage, hot stone massage and more in a sublime environment for the ultimate in stress relief.
Historic Logan’s newest spa offers an unparalleled experience for relaxation. From massage or acupuncture to yoga, light therapy, hot Himalayan salt foot baths and energy healing. Their services provide the ultimate pampering for you in the heart of Hocking Hills’ hometown.
The parks are calling. Ziplines are waiting to carry you through the tree canopy for a birds-eye view of Ohio’s natural crown jewels. Meander down the historic Hocking River by canoe or kayak. Ride to an authentic Cowboy Cookout or explore a haunted train tunnel by horseback. Take a break from your inbox and spend some time with your tackle box.
Give yourself the gift of better health. Spend time getting in touch with the natural world. Stop and smell the roses, trees, water and earth. Indulge in the physical and mental benefits of pampering yourself. Find yourself in the Hocking Hills, Ohio’s natural crown jewels. Visit ExploreHockingHills.com to plan your getaway.
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