Health and Wellness Retreats in Michigan

Heather Raulerson

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Since it’s January, most people have on their New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight or get healthier this year. And like most people, you make it through one month and then give up. In our busy lives, working 8-10 hours a day, taking care of the family, etc., we tend to put our personal needs and wants on the back burner. But, you deserve some time for yourself! Have you ever found yourself wishing to get away from your life for a while? If yes, then what you need is a wellness retreat.

Unlike the usually jam-packed vacations when you are running non-stop from morning to night, which leaves you needing a “vacation from your vacation,” which I have said many, many times. These retreats are all about self-care. You will be able to participate in activities that improve your physical well-being and nourish your mental well-being. When you get home, you will be feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Here is a list of some of the health and wellness retreats that you can visit this year.

Meta Physical Wellness Center - Detroit

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The Meta Physical Wellness Center is a refuge from your crazy life right in historic Corktown, Detroit. They offer plenty of therapeutic massages, acupuncture, full-spectrum infrared saunas, CranioSacral Therapy, and the Raindrop technique massage. You will enjoy them so much that you will book a follow-up before you walk out the door. Oh, and don’t forget to try their fantastic juice and smoothie bar! Make sure to check their website for open hours and prices for services. http://www.metaphysicamassage.com/

Grass Lake Sanctuary - Manchester

Grass Lake Sanctuary is a retreat focused on nature, relationship building, creativity, eating healthy, de-stressing, and rejuvenation. Each visit is tailored to you and your wellness needs, and they have plenty of space to do that. With 145-acres in Manchester, this retreat sanctuary has everything to get you away from the pressures of the outside world. They help you release the stress of your life and re-discover your natural state of happiness and good health. Besides the solo personal growth, Grass Lake has programs like the Life-Balancing Women’s Wellness Weekend Retreat that supports breast cancer survivors and lets them bond and share stories with other survivors and the Family Retreats that allows families of cancer survivors to come together and reconnect. This is an excellent facility with a noble mission!

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Song of the Morning - Vanderbilt

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Song of the Morning has been operating for over 50 years as a Yoga retreat for those searching for spiritual refreshment and relaxation. Located on 800-acres of rolling countryside in Michigan’s northern woodlands in Vanderbilt, their sanctuary allows you to experience oneness in nature by biking, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, or walking the hiking trails. Song of the Morning enables you a chance to become immersed in the simplicity, serenity, and sustenance of a balanced yogic lifestyle. They provide you a place of spiritual refreshment and relaxation and a respite from the worries and cares of your life through their programs and daily practices, including hatha yoga, evening meditations with devotional chanting and prayer. Whether you’re looking for a personal retreat or an opportunity to learn spiritual tools to help you on your daily yoga practice, Song of the Morning welcomes you for an evening, a weekend, a week, or longer. Make sure to check the website for the latest news and the upcoming Yoga Festivals. https://www.songofthemorning.org/

La Rose Wellness Retreat - Baraga

The LaRose Wellness Retreat is part bed & breakfast and part spa, and it's located in the Keewenau Bay in Michigan's Upper Peninsula off of Lake Superior in Baraga. This, to me, would be a blissful vacation in the U.P. with the enchanting views of Lake Superior and the ability to engage in numerous activities like snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, sledding, kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking. The peacefulness of their private, natural setting refreshes and rejuvenates your spirit, and with a custom hot tub and sauna, you can’t help be relaxed when you visit. LaRose Wellness Retreat will also schedule massages, facials, Native American foot spas, pedicures, and manicures for you. Where else can you enjoy coffee on the patio looking over lake superior or a glass of wine in the hot tub after a long day of exploring the beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula? http://larosewellnessretreat.com/

Wanderlux Beauty & Wellness Spa - Grand Rapids

Wanderlux Beauty & Wellness offers you a holistic approach to beauty and wellness with a unique, personalized experience. They can customize your beauty, skincare treatments, reiki energy therapy, sugaring hair removal, therapeutic and deep tissue massage, brows, lashes & holistic bodywork to make your skin glow. For those missing tropical vacations, try the Citrus + Coconut Body Scrub; you’ll feel like you are in the tropics! https://wanderluxgr.com/

Springfield Holistic Retreat - Davisburg

At the Springfield Holistic Retreat, they specialize in identifying and removing obstacles that prevent your body from healing independently. They are located on 22 rolling acres in Davisburg with a scenic view atop a hill overlooking a spring-fed lake and offer Colon Hydrotherapy, Iridology, Applied Kinesiology, Bio-feedback (EDS), various Energy work, Ion Cleanse Foot Detox, and Saunas. And they have the perfect Herbal, Homeopathic, and Nutraceutical supplements to help you release the toxins in your body. http://www.springfieldholistic.com/index.html

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I know from experience that working all day and week-long takes a toll on your body and mental health, especially if you don’t have a good work-life balance. That is where taking some time off for yourself can help you achieve that seemingly elusive balance. These wellness retreats listed are unique in what services they provide, from massages, skincare, bodywork to holistic and energy therapy. Some of them let you participate in physical activities, while others nourish your spiritual and mental well-being. But, whichever wellness center/retreat you choose, when you get home, you will be feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the world! So, why not and give them a try!

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