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8 Wellness Rituals from Around the World

by Katie Skrzek

Jan 11, 2023

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Upgrade your routine with these wellness rituals from around the world, perfect for family travelers.



Bali: Purification Water Ritual

Known as melukat, the Balinese spiritual ritual at Tirta Empul asks participants to rinse under holy spring waters, cascading through a series of waterspouts. Participants leave feeling cleansed physically and spiritually.



Central America: Cacao Ceremony

This ritual utilizes the stimulating effects of cacao using ceremonial-grade cacao, fire and songs for a connection with the participant and nature.



Hawai’i: Lomi Lomi Massage

The spiritual and energetic aspects of this ancient massage technique feature long, rhythmic strokes to realign muscles and joints, improve circulation and soothe the nervous system.



India: Ayurveda

Rooted in Indian tradition, the alternative medicine treatment focuses on healing and addresses the individual’s balance through a variety of physical treatments and herbal remedies.



Japan: Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing)

The term shinrin-yoku was coined in the 1980s. The mindfulness practice encourages participants to focus on what they hear, smell, feel and see in forest surroundings. Shinrin-yoku can be practiced in any wooded outdoor setting.



Mexico: Temazcal

A temazcal, or sweat lodge, has been a Mexican tradition for thousands of years. The specifics of the ritual may vary by location, but typically include a shaman leading the ceremony with herbs and prayers from an igloo-like structure, heated by hot rocks. The ceremony intends to clear the mind and detoxify the body.



New York: Breathwork

With ties to yoga breathing practices, modern breathwork techniques focus on improving physical and mental wellbeing. Guided sessions work best for beginners.



Turkey: Hammam

Turkish steam baths serve as a place to both relax and socialize. Hammams typically offer massage and exfoliation treatments in a public setting.


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