Holistic Teambuilding
Austin has established itself as one of the most popular centers of wellness in the nation. Aside from its technologically advanced and innovative medical community, the city of Austin is regularly cited in magazines and surveys as one of the fittest cities in the country due to its expansive network of recreational facilities and parks, clean environment, and health conscious education system. By extension, the high standard of living of the state’s capital has led to a thriving wellness and beauty industry that can be seen in the city’s large selection of spas and health resorts. Event planners will want to take advantage of these possibilities when finding unique ways to organize memorable functions that contribute to teambuilding and a unifying work experience.

Austin has historically been recognized for its openness to alternative forms of medical treatment, particularly in the area of holistic healthcare. A holistic approach to wellness is not a clearly defined set of treatments that leads to healing. Rather, a holistic worldview recognizes that the body and mind are interconnected and that the effectiveness of any given treatment is dependent on bringing both entities into a harmonious balance with one another. Holistic practices also tend to acknowledge the importance of spiritual well-being as necessary to a sound body and mind. 

The majority of resort spas in the Austin area have some form of holistic services available upon request. The Austin Longevity Center, The Crossings, the Wright House Wellness Center, Heart of Texas Holistic Health, and Advanced Holistic Healing Arts are all nationally recognized facilities that specialize in alternative therapies. Below are some of the more unique and creative forms of holistic treatment that can be found nearby:

  • Watsu – This form of bodywork is designed to bring the participant into a state of complete relaxation while harnessing the therapeutic capabilities of water. The participant floats in a pool of warm, 98-degree water while the instructor moves and stretches the body according to the principles of shiatsu, a form of finger massage that utilizes specific pressure points to sooth and relax high tension areas.
  • Color Therapy – This variation of light therapy has been known to relieve symptoms related to amnesia, arthritis, bronchitis, colds, constipations and countless other ailments by lounging under a Spectro-Chrome lamp set on one of twelve different colors. Color therapy stems from the understanding that sunlight is essential for the healthy development of living organisms. Since the average adult is deprived of the necessary two hours of unfiltered sunlight each day, color therapy provides 30-45 minutes of restorative light in a comfortable setting. The color used is chosen based on individual health needs, as different parts of the body respond to the varying wavelengths of each color.
  • Acupuncture – This ancient Chinese medical practice is used to bring the body’s “chi,” or energy flow, into balance. It is believed that the body contains 12 meridians of energy that work in unison, but a disruption in one of these channels has the potential to adversely affect the whole network which causes pain and discomfort. Traditionally, needles are placed just below the skin in order to release trapped energy, however many acupuncturists are now using electronic and laser stimulation to similar results.

Business meeting professionals should keep in mind the needs of the clients they are serving. Holistic practices may not be desirable for everyone. However, Austin provides an abundance of wellness opportunities to enjoy and it’s important to remember that most spas have group discounts or specially designated group services available for corporate events. 

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