Creative Wellness Blog

Get your spa on!

Vacations are good for your health (although many of us forego them for work far too often) and spa vacations are even better: A recent study from Thomas Jefferson University concludes that a one-week stay at a spa can be a whole new health start for you.

Thirteen women and two men went to a California spa for a week-long program that included dietary modification, meditation, colonic hydrotherapy, and yoga. The participants lost an average of 6.8 lbs., had a 7.7 percent decrease in diastolic blood pressure as well as a decrease in mercury, sodium and chloride levels and a 5.2 percent decline in cholesterol level and mean BMI.

Spas I highly recommend (having visited them as a journalist): Miraval in Tucson, Arizona (soon to be in New Jersey, too) and Canyon Ranch in Tucson and the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

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Nancy Monson is a certified health and creativity coach who supports her clients to discover their healthier selves through personalized eating and exercise habits. She also speaks frequently on creativity, health, and diet topics. In addition, Nancy is a successful freelance writer. Her articles have been published in over 30 national magazines and newsletters, including Family Circle, Glamour, More, Reader’s Digest, Redbook, Shape,, Weight Watchers Magazine, and Woman’s Day. Nancy is the author of three consumer books: Creative Wellness, an ebook published in 2012; Craft to Heal: Soothing Your Soul with Sewing, Painting, and Other Crafts; and The Smart Guide to Boosting Your Energy, published by John Wiley and Sons in 1999.