L.A. is defined by choked traffic and smog, a car-centric place that inspires a headache in people even before they get behind the wheel, right? That’s exactly why the city decided to show locals and tourists alike that there’s another way to explore the City of Angels.
It’s easy to be healthy when you’re on a wellness-centered road trip, but am I going to be able to keep it up when I get home? As I mentioned at the start of my journey — with 16 weeks to plan a wedding, get married, move across country, and prepare to be a Master’s student in coastal…
Prior to setting off, I’d only had one professional treatment in my life — a heavily discounted massage by a student at an Aveda Institute — so I was like a kid in a candy shop on this trip. Check out the top five treatments I experienced on the Road to Wellness.
This was the first wellness-focused road trip I’d ever taken, so I wasn’t sure what to expect or how the experience would differ from past trips — especially from my first Curious Traveler road adventure. Eventually, I got my head on straight and thought about what I might really need. In the end, here’s what made the cut.
After drying my gills in the desert, I decided it was time for some island fun. No, Max didn’t have a snorkel, and I wasn’t attempting to drive to Hawaii. I was simply heading over a bridge to a private Island in San Diego’s Mission Bay.
George Van Tassel built the Integratron years ago as a “rejuvenation machine” that could keep people young — based on instructions he claimed to have received from aliens from Venus. Though this all sounds a bit out there, Van Tassel was actually a respected aeronautical engineer — and scientists have measured a significant spike in the Earth’s magnetic field in the center of the dome.
I would be learning about Reiki, the technique of directing “universal energy” through the hands to promote healing. But there’s a twist. My instructor would be showing me how to practice Reiki…on horses.
As I headed south from Sedona to Phoenix, I was getting ready to immerse myself in the world of gems. Not gems as simple adornment — though that’s where I began — but as powerful conduits of healing energy.
I had heard that stargazing could be therapeutic, and that the awe it inspired could act as a salve for painful past experiences. But as I stared up at the distant galaxies, I was inching toward being a believer.
I had heard about a grove of trees within the Giant Forest that had been dedicated to National Geographic a long way back. So, to commemorate the Society’s 125th anniversary and to pay homage to an organization that has added so much to my life, I was on a mission to track it down.
“We’re all native to this planet, but we’ve made a mess of it by using our intelligence very unintelligently,” Ron Kauk said, as El Capitan towered over us. “It’s just mind boggling how we’ve managed to damage our own home,” he continued — not with condemnation, but a sincere concern for life in all its forms.
I’d never tried stand-up paddleboard yoga or hot yoga despite their growing popularity — and Mountain Lotus Yoga Studio on Lake Tahoe’s western shore happened to offer both. The only catch was, it usually didn’t offer SUP yoga on the lake until June, when summer had begun to take hold. And I would soon find out why…