It’s the craze which is sweeping the nation, a whole host of alternative ways to improve state of mind by taking a conscious, self-aware approach to the way you live your life – we’re talking, of course, about ‘wellness’. The Broads National Park with its glittering waters and swaying reeds couldn’t be better suited to finding some tranquillity in your life, so here are a few of the people and places in the area offering to help you find your inner peace…
Discover an olfactory realm which you didn’t even realise was missing with Norwich-based Essential Oils and You. This local business puts well-being at the centre of its ethos with an array of workshops, remedies and bespoke blends which use essential oils to help the user find their inner balance. The workshops offered are as varied as a week-long rose retreat in Bulgaria to a day at Glasgow Botanic Gardens studying natural perfumery.
How Hill is a famous location in the Broads National Park. It is renowned for its rare swallowtail butterfly populations, for silent boat trips on the electric eel and an array of blissful walks stretching along the River Ant and through reeds and marshes. So where better for a midsummer meditation and yoga retreat than the historic house which overlooks the tranquil site? Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 August 2018 will see a mid-week break of mindful yoga, relaxation and meditation with an optional boat trip included.
The Lavender Room is situated where the Broads National Park meets the sea and offers a chance to be cocooned from the world outside. Though in fact the world outside is very appealing too and could be just the tonic you need! The Lavender Room is a holistic therapies retreat, situated in the grounds of a grand country house and is the ultimate escape from your busy schedule. On offer is an array of exotic treatments from the Moroccan Sacred Candlelight Back Massage to the Eastern Acupressure Facial Massage.
Nestled beside Hickling Broad is the life-affirming wellness centre, Breathing Space. This gorgeous traditional farmhouse can be booked for a large group or single person to enjoy a tranquil escape. There is an array of therapies on offer to sooth the soul including vibrational sound therapy, art therapy, meditation and visualisation, well-being consultation and coaching, and crystal healing (to name only a few!). The setting of Breathing Space is perfect for simply heading off on a walk afterwards to admire the gentle waters of the Broads.
In the beautiful Suffolk town of Beccles is a townhouse shop where a plethora of wellness treatments await you. The Saxon Alternative Therapy Centre offers a collection of unusual treatments to help you feel centred. Western Herbal Medicine will look at the ancient uses of herbs and how they can still be used to heal to this day, while the traditional Japanese practise of Shiatsu will look at ‘energy’ and how it flows through your body. To top it all off there is a shop on the ground floor to stock up on wellness goodies so that you can feel relaxed all day every day.
If there was ever a location perfect for retreating and relaxing then the Broads National Park is surely it. There are all of these clinics and many more dotted around the Broads catering for everything from yoga to rakki. But the best mindful activity of them all is simply to spend time by the water, taking in the wildlife and watching the world go by… but don’t take our word for it, discover the inner calm for yourself…