-Your Guide to Winter Wellness-
The winter season introduces new resolutions, goals and challenges that can quickly become overwhelming leaving no time for self-care. We believe that self-care is important as it allows you to digitally disconnect and personally revitalize. A visit with Chetola allows the perfect opportunity to exercise, eat well, enjoy spa treatments, and experience the great outdoors all while nourishing your mind, body, and soul. We’ve developed a guide to winter wellness to beat those winter blues and feel warm both inside and out.
Colder temperatures and shorter days typically bring about dry skin, tense muscles, and certain hibernation tendencies making it more difficult to alleviate stress. The Spa at Chetola offers a wide variety of services including massage therapies, facials, nail treatments, cosmetic applications, and a hair salon to help reverse these tendencies with a focus on overall well-being.
One of our favorite treatments towards wellness involves the Healing Touch Program. Chetola’s Healing Touch practitioners clear, balance and energize your energy field, thereby placing you in a position to initiate or accelerate the self-healing process. Through heart-centered intention and skill, practitioners use their hands to re-establish your natural flow of energy. Healing Touch practitioners do not force or push energy but allow balance and harmony to “reboot” the energy system. Chetola practitioner, Cheryl Simpson, says “what better way to lift your spirits than with friends. Consider booking a spa day where you can be pampered with various spa services and spend time in our cozy Chetola relaxation room with your best friends.”
A visit to Chetola’s sauna is another great way to begin your guide towards wellness. Saunas help tense muscles relax which can alleviate feelings of stress. Higher temperatures help your body to work up a sweat, which is a great way to detoxify your body and skin.
-Connecting with Nature-
Given the winter weather, time spent outdoors is often sacrificed for warm evenings spent indoors on the couch. Changing this habit to take the time to connect with nature is a great way to gain much needed vitamin d which will help to boost your mood. We encourage you to take an early morning or early afternoon walk to clear your head and eliminate stressors of the day. The Blue Ridge Mountains allow the perfect setting for fresh air, extraordinary vistas, and a calming silence. Located just minutes from Chetola Resort you can best connect with nature on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the miles of trails that can be found there.
Chetola Resort also offers programs that can take your connection with nature to the next level. We recommend taking advantage of our Orvis Endorsed Fly-Fishing Service to spend some time deep in the woods while trying your hand at something new. The act of trying a new activity is incredibly rewarding because of the feeling it evokes. A spirit of self-challenge helps to keep you humble and open to new ideas that very well may be better than the ones you already have. There’s no better place to experience self-challenge than on a beautiful stream meandering under a canopy of North Carolina evergreens.
-Fitness and Nutrition-
The common “post-holiday slump” makes it difficult to find the motivation to exercise and eat healthy-but we promise you’ll be thanking your endorphins once you get moving. Chetola offers a variety of fitness classes throughout the week open to both our guests and the public. We encourage you to practice mindfulness and meditation with our Gentle Yoga session. Our Gentle Yoga class allows you to ease into strengthening postures with a slow, gentle restorative pace. This class is a mindful practice with hands-on guidance that will reduce stress for beginners and long-time practitioners alike. Chetola’s yoga instructor, Catherine Scantlin, suggests “Gentle Yoga is a fantastic respite for the hardcore athletes and fitness enthusiasts because of the focus on flexibility and balance - two often overlooked aspects needed for overall balanced fitness."
Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola offers daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner options consisting of a variety of locally sourced vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. We recommend you begin each day with a protein packed breakfast to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Consider implementing a light lunch into your routine such as Timberlake’s Seasonal Berry Salad. This salad is full of fresh berries (high in natural antioxidants) and pecans (pack an immunity boosting punch). After enjoying dinner, we find that sipping an herbal tea really hits the spot. Herbal tea is known to help digestion and ease anxiety which helps you to sleep better. Our favorite bed-time tea is the Mighty Leaf Chamomile Citrus with a drop of local honey. Made with soothing Egyptian chamomile flowers and subtle slices of citrus fruit, this tea blend is sure to rejuvenate your spirit.
-Find your Haven of Rest-
Chetola Resort is named from the native Cherokee meaning for a “haven of rest.” We encourage you to find your own haven of rest in daily life to practice mindfulness and meditation. All you need to start is a quiet room to sit in by yourself. Begin your meditation by closing your eyes, relaxing your muscles, and direct your attention on being present in the moment. This focus will help to empty your mind of all thoughts which gives your brain a chance to recharge and revitalize. There’s a great application on the Apple App Store called “Headspace” that helps guide you to meditation.
Finding a haven of rest at Chetola is as simple as curling up with your favorite book by one of our many cozy fireplaces. Reading a book is an excellent alternative to scrolling through your phone because it reduces your screen time allowing a sounder sleep. Sleep is an incredibly beneficial resource when on the road towards winter wellness. Make use of longer evenings to wind down and begin relaxing before bed. Getting to bed bit earlier allows your body more time to sleep during a time it needs it most.
We encourage you to stay positive while participating in our guide to winter wellness. It may be difficult to incorporate all the suggestions so make use of the activities that benefit you the most. Visit the Spa at Chetola on the second floor of the Lodge to make an appointment, or Chetola’s Concierge to get more information on yoga and other wellness offerings.