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A holiday away doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a healthy lifestyle. Ker & Downey’s Jessica Rizzolo just retuned from an enlightening trip to the SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain where she spent four days on a unique luxury wellness experience. 

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For many people a healthy lifestyle and vacation do not go hand in hand; but there are a growing number of travelers, like myself, who do not want to “fall off the wagon” while on holiday. Similarly, there are jet setters who are seeking to “jump start” their journey to well-being without giving up the comforts of a luxury resort. For many years I would put unnecessary pressure on myself to eat clean and work out strenuously, both before and after a trip, wrongly assuming that there would have to be some compromise when traveling. I was unaware of the existence of a resort that could fulfill my desire for relaxation, exploration, and a healthy lifestyle— until I discovered SHA Wellness Clinic. At SHA, I was blown away by the effortless blend of world renowned medical expertise, mindfully crafted cuisine, and an impressive array of holistic treatments— all under one incredibly chic and sumptuous roof.

Perched on a hillside overlooking Spain’s awe-inspiring Costa Blanca, SHA Wellness Clinic provides a sacred haven for individuals seeking a unique luxury wellness experience. The SHA menu of services is all-encompassing and offers a wide range of programs, from four to seven day discovery packages as well as extensive anti-aging, fertility, and weight loss programs. Don’t let the word “clinic” scare you! The fact that the resort offers a clinic speaks to the uniqueness of the experience. SHA offers an unparalleled level of medical and spa services and employs a dedicated staff of some of the world’s most renowned doctors and specialists.  Another distinctive element to the SHA experience is the Macrobiotic cuisine served at every meal. A Macrobiotic diet consists of a low fat, high fiber regimen with grains as the primary component and vegetables and other plant based foods serving as secondary. Refined foods, dairy, and animal products are avoided, while seafood, nuts, and sweets can be incorporated on a weekly basis. It may sound restrictive, but the creative way in which SHA presents their gourmet cuisine would satiate any palate. The menu changes daily and depending on your specific health goals, you can choose from three different focuses: weight loss, detox, or a heartier macro option including dessert. Yes, I said dessert! And the cold, creamy cappuccino made with grain coffee and rice syrup will knock your socks off! The Macro diet has also been proven to be beneficial for cancer patients and is linked to regions of the world celebrated for longevity.

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My journey at SHA began with a wellness consultation with a dedicated doctor who evaluated my current health condition and assessed my goals. I was then given a schedule including daily (optional) group lectures and fitness classes.  Additionally, a customized treatment plan was curated with my specific health requirements in mind. During my four day Discovery program, I experienced three diverse spa treatments that promoted a multi-faceted approach to healing. I left each session with a new found sense of inspiration. Unique from other wellness focused institutions, SHA emphasizes the importance of having a health care professional guide their guests in the selection of healing modalities, rather than having the guest make choices for themselves. As a frequent visitor to spas, I have often been guilty of selecting a treatment that sounds most appealing, or choosing a style of massage that I have enjoyed in the past. However, my experience at SHA has taught me the importance of having the guidance and support of a knowledgeable medical team. Similar to the way we crave foods that are bad for us, we can also be more inclined towards bodywork and physical activity that may actually be damaging to our health.

With only a limited amount of time at SHA, I was initially skeptical that I wouldn’t notice a significant difference. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Having even just 4 days of dedicated time to give my body, mind, and soul what it needed was life changing. Before arriving at SHA, I was dealing with a few ongoing medical concerns, and I didn’t think it was possible to eliminate things like coffee, sugar, and dairy from my diet; cheese, ice cream, and chocolate were items I held near and dear to my heart! By the time I left SHA, the issues that I had walked in the door with were gone, and my addictions to things like coffee were no longer present. I felt a renewed lightness and clarity and, more than anything else, was inspired to take everything I learned home with me.

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There is no “souvenir” that can compete with a longer, stronger, and more enlightened life, and my experience at SHA has completely rewired the way I choose to nourish my body and mind. SHA sets a new standard for Luxury Wellness Travel and offers something that no traveler will ever complain about: a blissful, life-changing experience that continues long after the journey ends.

For additional information on SHA Wellness Clinic or for suggestions on how to incorporate SHA into a bespoke Ker & Downey journey, please email me at: jrizzolo@kerdowney.com

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