Located in Santa Fe, NM, Sunrise Springs Integrative Wellness Resort announced that it will open in August 2015. Located on 70 acres, Sunrise Springs offers an integrative spa and therapeutically-designed programming for those seeking healthy living, rejuvenation, and greater meaning and connection in their lives. Guests are invited to pause and decompress in a restorative environment that nourishes both the body and the mind. Through experiential and nature-based activities, guests develop new skills, increased self-awareness, and healthy living practices that enable them to thrive and experience life differently.
The Sunrise Springs’ Integrative Therapeutic Spa (ITSPA) fuses the expertise of an integrative medical clinic with the rejuvenating and restorative practices of a wellness spa. Unlike other health and wellness resorts, Sunrise Springs also offers integrative behavioral health care to its guests. ITSPA services include an Integrative Wellness Evaluation, nutritional assessment, acupuncture and chiropractic care, psychotherapy, stress evaluation, spiritual counseling, and a wide range of spa services including hydrotherapy. The highly credentialed team is comprised of medical doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, integrative care specialists, and licensed massage therapists.
Sunrise Springs’ programming is guided by four evidence-based principles: Nature Bathing, Digital Detox, Learning Through Experience and Food as Medicine. The first principle, Nature Bathing, is drawn from research that suggests spending even five minutes among trees or in green spaces can improve health by reducing stress, and improving mood and energy levels.
Digital Detox, the second guiding principle, is supported by evidence indicating that the increased use of technology contributes to social isolation, sleep disruption, depression, anxiety and other health-related issues. “At Sunrise Springs, we encourage our guests to unplug, tune-in, and actively engage in their lives,” said Dr. David Hans, executive director.
The third guiding principle, Learning Through Experience, highlights the importance of tapping into both physical and mental processes to accelerate the development of new skills and self-awareness. “We provide guests with the opportunity to discover what nourishes their soul—to play, to experience joy, and to find connection in their lives,” explained Niccole Toral, director of experiential and psychological services. Experiential activities at Sunrise Springs include: animal interactions, mindfulness meditation, yoga and fitness, Native American teachings and ritual, expressive arts, culinary and therapeutic gardening and adventure excursions.
Consistent with the fourth guiding principle of Food as Medicine, Executive Chef Paul Novak works closely with local farmers to cultivate the culinary and therapeutic gardening programs. With an on-site greenhouse and demonstration kitchen, guests learn to grow herbs and vegetables, and to create delicious and nutritious meals that can easily be prepared at home. Each evening, dinner is served in the historic Blue Heron Restaurant where Novak and his team share the health benefits of the cuisine.
At Sunrise Springs, guests have the opportunity to customize their integrated wellness experience with as much therapeutic depth as they desire. The offerings vary in length from a Refresh & Recharge day package to a two-night Wellness Exploration, to a nine-night Immerse & Thrive package.
The 90,000-square-foot facility is comprised of thoughtfully-designed spaces including a greenhouse and culinary classroom, two dining spaces, yoga studio, fitness studio, swimming pool, and multiple art spaces all of which embody the textures and tones of the high desert. Accommodations include 20 spacious and well-appointed casitas with gas fireplaces and private courtyards, and 32 resort-style guest rooms overlooking the property’s sacred Medicine Wheel.
“There is intention behind every aspect of Sunrise Springs,” said Dr. Hans. “In each waking moment, guests are afforded the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.”
For more information, please visit: www.sunrisesprings.com.