These days, many travelers head to destinations based on their wellness experiences. With wellness tourism booming in recent years, it’s no surprise that you can find wellness experiences anywhere you go, including the Amazon Rainforest. Nature is our medicine, and retreating to nature is one of the major wellness trends for 2019.
Rainforest Expeditions, a Peruvian company that helps protect the Amazon through conservations and ecotourism, has brought wellness to the Amazon with its lodges and therapeutic treatments. Here are four reasons why you should take a wellness holiday deep in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon.
1. THE ESE EJA CONCEPT OF WELLNESS
The Ese Eja Native Community of Infierno, an indigenous group of Peru, are believed to be one of the last foraging Amazon tribes in the world. Their core belief is nature is powerful and nature is all healing. When it comes to health and wellness, they use over 190 plant species for treatment of diverse ailments, as they believe sourcing local plants simultaneously fulfill multiple roles: pharmacodynamic, medical, social, cultural and symbolic.
2. USE OF FOREST HERBS IN TREATMENTS
All lodges at Rainforest Expeditions have spas treatments that make use of natural healing plants. As the lodges are located in one of the most biodiverse places in the world, many plants are utilized as ingredients in treatments for health and wellness benefits. One plant commonly used in treatments is the local Matico leaf, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. The plant is heated up before being placed on the body during the massage to help calm the muscles and revitalize the physical self.
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3. NATURE AND WELLNESS GO HAND IN HAND
True wellness doesn’t just encompass treatments, but an overall holistic approach to a lifestyle that will truly uplift one’s mind, body and spirit. Being in nature bridges the gap between the human self and the natural world. Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, is that bridge to better health and wellness. The health benefits of being in nature through senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch, have been shown to have metabolic and cardiovascular benefits. Spending time in the Amazon rainforest is as much vital to one’s overall state of wellbeing, as taking the time to indulge in physical therapies that benefit the body.
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4. LEARN THE ART OF THE SHAMAN
The Shamans have been using their ancient methods for generations to heal patients who prefer natural options to modern medicine. Learn how the Shamans produce traditional medicines from rainforest plants by taking a rare visit to an Ese Eja community clinic. The Centro Ñape Ethnobotanical Walk will bring guests to visit the center’s garden to discover its plants and their incredible healing powers. The experience will inspire you to look toward the healing power of nature, and experiment with solutions from your own backyard.
Rainforest Expeditions’ Refugio Amazonas has a 3-night / 4-day wellness program for those looking to immerse themselves within the Amazon. From therapeutic treatments, various massages using the Ese Eja methodology, nature walks, lake visits and getting to know the local culture, this experience unlocks the ancient healing power of the Amazon to deliver the ultimate wellness experience.