THE GRAND CANYON – A SPA JOURNEY
Anticipating Your Arrival
The magnificent Grand Canyon whispers to us from its alpine home in
Northern Arizona. The canyon is relatively close to Sedona, Arizona –
so close; a simple two hour morning drive away – that the canyon seems
to be an extension of the also magnificent spa haven that Sedona has
is a wonderful resort home-base and the call of the
Grand Canyon just 2 hours away can be answered in the form of a one-day
‘spa-trip’ that will inspire your mind, cleanse your body, and embrace
your soul. Leaving your resort home-base of Sedona
at sunrise, you will
arrive at the Grand Canyon National Park at about 10am, giving you four
hours to engage in a meaningful daytime therapeutic process.
There is a great benefit from adopting this ‘canyon-as-spa’ concept. In
a conventional indoor spa, you may simply receive a cleansing and
enlivening treatment, however at the Grand Canyon the glorious spirit
of the place can also reach out and touch your soul. The
‘canyon-as-spa’ treatment of the Grand Canyon is a very humbling, yet
gentle experience that will place an eternal etching into your heart.
Upon entry to the Grand Canyon South Rim Park
, information will be
given to you regarding parking and shuttle busses. There are many free
shuttle busses available to take you to and from one of the several
quieter official viewing points. Powel Point and Hopi Point
to the west of the Grand Canyon Village, and South Kaibab Trailhead and
Yaki Point to the east of the village are ideal locations from which
you can choose a safe
quiet area all your own. To have a safe enjoyable day, do not venture
far from the official interconnecting routes of Hermits Rest Route,
Village Route, and Kaibab Trail Route, and use safety guidelines given
to you by the Grand Canyon National Park Rangers at the Visitor Center.
Inspiring Your Mind
When approaching the Grand Canyon National Park Village, the
surrounding alpine greenery will instill feelings of reverence. The
greenery evokes thoughts of other lands with majestic rocky green
landscapes such as New Zealand and Switzerland. It engenders hopes and
aspirations for your growth, rejuvenation, healing, and renewal.
Upon your initial peer over the breathtaking rocky landscape, whether
from a cliff’s edge or from a farther standpoint, you should
immediately begin a short search for another vantage point in a
quiet spot. This quiet spot will be your spa ‘chair’ from which the
enveloping flora and panoramic canyon vista serve as your spa
Cleansing Your Body
Companion or group spa trips where your friends each bring a different
organic treat are an excellent way to incorporate a healthy varied menu
into the day’s detoxifying process. Bring a convenient cooler with ice
and many bottles of water to hydrate your body and skin during the
afternoon hours. Prepare or purchase healthy organic juices or fruit
for your meals. Powerful ingredients such as organic wheat grass, acai,
pomegranate, and antioxidant rich blueberry juices are low-calorie,
nutritious additions to help your body rejuvenate.
Your body needs a lot of water in Arizona, especially while outdoors.
Set aside 20
to 30 minutes during your day to take advantage of the amazingly scenic
paved walkways and walk with a bottle or two of water, hydrating your
system as you go along. Walking and hydration are excellent ways to
help detoxify your body. Walking burns body fat which is where toxins
are sometimes stored. As the water you drink hydrates and helps to keep
away food cravings, your cell health is also improved. Cell wastes such
as carbon dioxide, phosphates, sulfates, and even food additives are
removed while you maintain your body’s hydration.
Embracing Your Soul
From the surrounding green trees of the Grand Canyon National Park to
the panoramic golden-lavender hues of the Grand Canyon walls, the Grand
Canyon expresses its own beauty. The cascading beauty wraps around you
embraces you as you sit in the quiet area you’ve found. As you inhale
the fresh air with scents of the natural forest, place a complimentary
scented natural aromatherapeutic essential oil such as cedarwood, sage,
lavender, or orange beside you. This will enhance your restorative
experience. Peacefully listen to the divinely relaxing sounds of
rustling trees in the windy canyon area, singing birds, and wandering
As you absorb all this beauty your internal sense of grace will
increase. The canyon’s grandeur and majesty fosters a renewed sense of
humility. A sense of a greater force may become present and you may
even feel an emotional bonding with the universe’s majesty around you.
All this majesty is truly humbling. Take this time to think of your
relationship with nature and meditate on your place in the universe.
This cocooning experience should engender more mindfulness and
encourage you to incorporate even more meaningful rituals into your
daily live. Joyful meaningful moments such as daily meditation and yoga
stretches, and journal writing can become simple
daily rituals that help you shape your life positively and happily.
Appreciating The Journey
The Grand Canyon ’canyon-as-spa’ trip is a unique,
healthful, and fun
way to receive inspiration, cleanse your body, and feel the embrace of
the universe. The Grand Canyon National Park is an amazing place. Its
energies and inspiration will stay with you your entire lifetime.