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Miraval, Life in Balance

Listed under Spas and Spa Resorts in Tucson, United States.

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Once renowned as one of the world’s very finest, it appears a change in ownership from family run spa has affected staff morale and operating effectiveness. That aside, this destination spa in the Santa Catalina Mountains is a master of mind/body/spirit treatment. Frequented by Oprah Winfrey, with reputedly the best yoga and meditation instructors available, the spa supports ‘mindfulness’, inner strength, ancient healing traditions, compassion and fantastic health. The profound Equine Experience is world renowned. Opportunities include bird watching, biking, hiking, daily massage, nutrition classes, horse riding, swimming in their Olympic-sized pool, golf, pilates and general fitness. American countryside, but beware the wild animals that are allowed to roam freely.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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We had no idea of what was in store for us! 2 women out for a 3 day getaway turned into the fabulous vacation experience of our lives and made a new friend there. The staff, food and facilities were all exceptional. We spent 4 days and 3 nights and came away with some great destressing techniques. Miraval is a MUST DO at least once!

Miraval Resort

A genuinely innovative spa concept is employed at the Miraval Resort: it’s about changing your whole outlook on life and your own perception of yourself, and uses a combination of psychology sessions, meditation, heavenly spa treatments, personalised diet management and fun activities such as horse riding or rock climbing to help you learn to live the moment and achieve the right balance of focuses in your own mind.

Some of the more unorthodox options include creative learning (painting a symbol of your identity or taking photographs to represent the images that pass before your mind’s eye as you meditate), trust and confidence exercises such as cable-walking, and the famous Miraval equine experience, which helps you spot negative behaviour patterns in yourself and consciously eliminate them while you learn new skills.

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