Zentraveler discovers Nha trang, Vietnam Retirement Heaven.

Nha Trang Beach

Nha Trang Beach

 

Traces of human settlement in Nha Trang date back to the Cham Empire, though in times of Vietnamese rule, there wasn’t much more here than small fishing villages. The French recognized that this beautiful bay, with its islands and white sand beaches, made for a perfect bathing spot, and began the transformation into a resort town. American soldiers agreed, and Nha Trang became a favorite R&R stop during the war.

Local Vietnam Tour Guide

Local Vietnam Tour Guide

Nha Trang is a hidden gem half way between Ho Chi Minh city and Hanoi.  You can arrive by train, bus or fly and there are accommodations to suit every traveler.  The food is wonderful beyond your imagination, the weather is spectacular most of the time and the Vietnam people are friendly making Nha Trang one of Vietnam’s best tourist destinations as well as a retirement center.

mud-bath

mud-bath

Nha Trang has some of the  best quality mud-baths in the universe.  You can book several mud-bath resorts just outside the city limits complete with swimming pools, restaurants, and spa service or book a mud-bath right in the heart of the city where you are treated like royalty…complete with silk dressing robes after your shower.

mud-bath waterfall

mud-bath waterfall

Want to keep in shape how about walk along the beachfront all the way to the restaurant on the north-side have a cup of Vietnam brewed coffee with fresh grilled fish and veggies.  Then use the parks free exercise equipment and walk all the way to the end  toward  Vinpearl Resort cable-car.  On the way back you can stop at Central Park with a myriad of excellent swimming pools and a poolside restaurant. Toward sunset meander to the Louisiane Brewhouse and take a swim for a couple hundred dong, relax on a beach chair, play a game of pool , watch the beauties stroll by and maybe have a few brewiskies to top it off.  Go back to your hotel  freshen up have a European or Vietnamese dinner and finish the evening at the Sailing Club or dancing salsa at the local Spanish restaurant.

city park swim pool

Central park swim pool

So there you have it!  Breathtaking blue skies, excellent art and culture center, six kilometer beach walkway, swim pools, ocean with lifeguards, restaurants to fit every taste bud, excellent clean hotels at modest prices, friendly Vietnam people…modern hospitals, mud-baths and spas everywhere.  What are you waiting for grasshopper?  I don’t have a bikini!  No problema you can purchase bikinis, made to order dresses, suits and flip-flops everywhere.

Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts

QUOTE:  “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:  Nha Trang is a coastal resort city in southern Vietnam known for its beaches, scuba diving and offshore islands. Its main beach is a long, curving stretch along Tran Phu Street backed by a promenade, hotels and seafood restaurants. Cable cars cross over to Hòn Tre island and the Vinpearl Resort, with a golf course, water park and fairground.

Nha Trang Beach

Nha Trang Beach

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Beaches…they are our heritage an need to be preserved…otherwise you can swim in a quagmire of garbage and toxic waste.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Nha Trang might just be your cup of tea.  Excellent beaches, mud-baths, spas, restaurants and cuisine to die for, with a modest to low cost living expense for retirees.  What’s not to like?  See for yourself…you decide.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

 

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Zentraveler Discovers Fountain of Youth!

Ponce de Leon thought he had found the fountain of youth in a natural spring in Florida.  Ever since the written word folks have traversed the globe and spent billions of dollars in medical research trying to reverse the aging process.  Nick Nolte spent six months in a clinic in Mexico receiving specialized green herbal shots trying to look younger. The health industry is booming giving natural beauty creams and plastic surgery a billion dollar boost.

Is it possible that by taking a 100 mg supplement steroid on a daily basis that you can reverse the aging process.  The plain answer is NO, however it is possible to slow the aging process, have great looking skin and hair and feel like a twenty year old with no joint pain and have plenty of energy a great immune system and disease free.

Many people have searched the world in hope of a cure for the effects of aging. Unfortunately, they have never found the fountain of youth, but what they discovered was Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), possibly the next best thing. All the facts of DHEA have not been drawn into a concrete conclusion, but scientists already have evidence that suggest it aids in stress and weight control, cancer, and other negative effects of aging. As a person increases in age, their level of DHEA decreases, causing health and aging problems. Therefore, claims have been made that supplements of DHEA may have health-enhancing or anti-aging properties.

 

WHAT IS DHEA?

Dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA  is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands. It is the most abundant steroid in the bloodstream, and the most naturally-occurring hormone in the human body. DHEA is the precursor for the manufacturing of many other hormones, such as: estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisone, and others. These hormones are then used for the energy, vitality, and the natural support of most bodily functions that involve the endocrine system. Fat and mineral metabolism, stress control, and maintenance of the male and female characteristics are partially regulated by the DHEA level. Usually, the higher the level of DHEA, the healthier the individual is.

The constant changing of DHEA levels begins in utero. It is the most abundant product of the fetal adrenal gland because secretion from the adrenal cortex is very high. After birth, the level drops sharply and remains low during childhood. It rises before puberty, and reaches high levels once again during young adulthood. From then on it progressively declines at a rate of 2% per year (Hornsby, 1995). The lower the level becomes, the more prone a person is to sickness.

AGING

Many claims have been made that state that DHEA can be used to treat the effects of aging. The truth is that DHEA plays several significant roles in the aging process, but its major biological function has yet to be pointed out. As I stated earlier, as a person increases in age the presence of DHEA in the body decreases, but it remains just as important for everyday functioning. Therefore, taken as a supplement it could possibly enable a person to maintain DHEA levels that the body needs for superb functioning.

Research shows that when DHEA levels decline with age, it increases the incidence of killer diseases. When the human body is about twenty years of age DHEA is abundant. But by the age of eighty, blood levels have declined as much as ninety-five percent, about ten to twenty percent of the amount at twenty years of age (DHEA-Sex Drive, Weight Loss, Youth Hormone). Maintianing proper levels of DHEA is claimed to have an effect on a person’s appearance. The claim cannot be proved for humans, but suggested facts can be aquired from rodent studies. DHEA has been know to extend rodent life spans up to 50%, and make them look younger. The animals that received DHEA supplements retained their sleek black hair, while the others turned gray and course.

STRESS CONTROL

Claims have been made that since DHEA  aids in the relief of stress. These claims also state that stress stimulates the body to secrete cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEAS), the sulfated-form of DHEA . In addition, anytime there is a disturbed balance between these hormones it will cause various stress disorders. Consequently, supplementing DHEA would prevent the balance from being disturbed and relieve the person from stress disorders.
The purpose of the treatment of DHEA supplements is to maintain the appropriate level of DHEA in the bloodstream throughout a person’s lifetime. Keeping the level at a constant can aid in negative effects of aging and possibly prevent the occurrence of killer diseases. Until recently the function of this steroid was given little attention, but research is now being performed to discover all of the facts about DHEA. Until the research of the effects of DHEA on humans is further developed, the purpose and benefit of the treatment cannot be clarified. Research Credits Vanderbuilt University—Luke Rainwater

So there you have it if you don’t want a hairdo like Donald Trump or Don King and want to look and feel like you are twenty then why not use DHEA supplements on a daily basis.  You might end up looking like Dick Clark…who knows?

Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on Zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.

QUOTE: “Just imagine, how much easier our lives would be if we were born with a ‘user guide or owner’s manual’ which could tell us what to eat and how to live healthy.” —Erika M. Szabo, Keep Your Body Healthy

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: DHEA is secreted by the adrenal glands, and also produced in the gonads (testes and ovaries), and brain. It is sometimes called the “mother of all hormones” because it is the building block from which estrogen and testosterone are produced, and is vital to health.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your hide…you are like a snake and continue to change your skin.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:  Stressed to the max, look haggard, no energy, joint pain and can’t sleep… why not try  DHEA daily supplement to turn your life around.  Grasshopper get that spring back in your jump… you will be glad you took DHEA .  As a health benefit simply look in the mirror and see the new younger vibrant specimen come to life. Singing the song “I feel Good” you will certainly  want to go to the Saturday night dance….just saying.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

 

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Zentraveler asks are we really Martians?

 

Martian

Martian

It is possible we have been sent the identical DNA of the Martian race trillions of years ago and yes we may be related to the Martians as long lost cousins.  How’s that for a family tree!  Rocks flying toward earth with human DNA in bedded from the mother planet Mars.  With  NASA recent discoveries and all of the scientific evidence challenging that there was once life on mars and still is a possibility of real life.  The Mars Life Theory is certainly heating up again after being shelved for many years. All of the new scientific evidence and new discoveries have the scientific community and people racing to the planet Mars.

You can go on television and win a ticket to go on Mars on a new high-tech space ship or you can launch your own rocket from the internet and get there digitally!  The race is on… so buckle up buckeraroos and maybe you will be a part of history yourself. Beam me up Scotty!

Where did life come from?

The reason has to do with the origins of life itself–or at least the origin of Earth’s extant life forms, and all of the extinct forma that have ever lived here. Fossil evidence shows that this planet has hosted life for more than 3.5 billion years. Chemical evidence suggests possible life going back a little further, 3.8 billion years ago. Corresponding to the beginning of what’s called the Archaean Eon, 3.8 billion years ago is when Earth’s crust started to form; prior to that, the planet is thought to have been too hot for any life to survive. This means that during the Archaean Eon, life either originated from non-living chemical systems or arrived here after traveling through space from somewhere else. Known as the transpermia  hypothesis, the prospect of life coming to Earth from somewhere else does not attempt to explain the chemistry leading from nonliving to living molecules. Instead, it simply pushes the origin of Earth life to a different location, or locations.

There is a strong rationale for transpermia in that life forms can travel and survive in space, particularly inside rocks known as meteoroids, which come from other celestial bodies and strike Earth frequently. Moreover, since Earth is the biggest of the Solar System’s “rocky planets”–Earth, Mars, Venus, and Mercury–it took the longest to cool down after forming just over 4.5 billion years ago. Because Mars, and probably also Venus, were much more Earthlike billions of years ago than they are today, Mars would have been hospitable to single celled life forms for a few hundred million years or so while Earth was still an oven.

Each year, well over a ton of rock material and dust originating on Mars lands on Earth. Martian rock is catapulted into space when the planet is impacted by comets, asteroids or celestial bodies pulled in by gravity. While Mars has enough gravity to be impacted constantly, the material launched into space moves with such velocity that it can escape the planet’s gravity. Some of the material eventually makes its way to Earth because Earth’s gravity is even stronger than that of Mars and the distance really isn’t that great. While usually the rocks float around for thousands or millions of years, occasionally rocks make the trip within one to three years.

If Earth life came from somewhere else, Mars is the best candidate. So the next time you look in the mirror of our parallel universe don’t be surprised if you see you and ET side by side.  That would be a good selfie for sure.

So there you have it …maybe you not exactly a kissing cousin to the Martians, however new DNA evidence will scientifically prove you are definitely related in the gene pool. If you don’t have brain freeze or bored to tears look for Matt Damon’s incredible new movie “The Martian” to be released in November 2015.

QUOTE:” Studying whether there’s life on Mars or studying how the the universe began, there’s something magical about pushing back the frontiers of knowledge. That’s something that is almost part of being human, and I’m certain that will continue.—Sally Ride

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: The search for life continues on Mars with the missions to explore the surface and whatever is below it. One day, humans will walk on the planet. When humans do visit Mars, they will be expected to survive on the planet for about three years. They will have to wait for Earth to be in the correct position to return home. In these three years, they will have to learn to adapt to the hostile conditions on Mars and will have a longer period of time in space to discover the secrets of another planet. What may be more of a challenge is whether a bunch of human beings can live with each other for such a length of time with no means of escape.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Really good photos of Martian abductions, space ships and hip-hop dancing in the moonlight with martians.  Proof is in the pudding!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:  It’s amazing what we don’t know!  What are you laughing at grasshopper you look rather Martian yourself…just saying.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

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Zentraveler arrives in historic village of Hoi An, Vietnam

Inchanting Hoi An

Inchanting Hoi An

 

Hội An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda.

Japanase Bridge

Japanase Bridge

I took a taxi from Da Nang Beach to Hoi An which took about 30 minutes and cost $12.50.  You can also take a direct bus or van for around $5.00  The taxi delivered me directly to my hotel along the river and I was good to go.  As I made by way past the bus station and meandered  slowly on the other side of the river I felt like I was on a discovery mission on the magical way of yesterday and the modern.  Where am I came to mind…am I in the land of Oz?  Faded yellow plastered yellow houses and shops and restaurants with red tile roofs  lined both sides of the river.

Hoi An Old Town

Hoi An Old Town

There were magical lanterns everywhere and sea dragons limning both sides of the river making it a part of the really big magic show.  Junk boats and small wooden dugouts manned by elderly Vietnam women dotted the river.  A large handcrafted mahogany boat did sunset cruises with dinner included in the price.  Tourists in every size and shape from around the world walked, rode pedal bikes or were transported in cycle trikes and took pictures of everything including selfies and the most popular Japanese Bridge.

Magical Lanterns

Magical Lanterns

Hoi An is considered the clothing tailoring capital of Vietnam.  In the historic district as on the main streets there are wonderful looking design and tailor shops everywhere.  You can have them measure you and have as many form fit outfits as you desire normally one day service.  There are literally reams of pure silk and every other type of fabric you can imagine.  I met one female traveler from New York City and she said she was here to make purchases for her shop in New York. If you want an Elton John type red tuxedo or want the soft white cotton  look from Panama… step right up and get measured and  you will have your new wardrobe by the time you finish your candlelight dinner.

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Tailor Shop

I have traveled a short time in both Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia and to me this is the best food in the world.  They have cooking schools in many top notch restaurants and whether you get your food from the street stalls or in a sit down five star restaurant all of the food is fresh and delicious and pricing for every travelers budget.

Local Cooking School

Local Cooking School

There are many tours available from your hotel or travel agency which are relatively inexpensive and a good way to meet fellow travelers. I took a one hour river tour which cruised along historic Hoi An river where you had many photo opportunities and cost $7.50 USD.  The following day I took the “My Son Holy Land Tour (highly recommended ) since the cost was only $15.00 and we had a personal tour guide who gave us valuable historic information on the temples and the effects of the Vietnam war.

The trip included a new air-con bus travel time one hour and a return trip halfway by river where we visited the island of handi-craft carpenters and boat builders and a veggie lunch served aboard the boat included in the price.  Many people rent motorcyles and take the motorcycle tour, some visit herb gardens, fishing villages and others take a one day speed boat trip to Cham Island …excellent for snorkling, diving,  swimming and just hanging out on white sand beaches and cool turquoise waters.

My Son Holy Land

My Son Holy Land

 

So there you have it!  If you like shopping till the cows come home, magical lanterns, adventure and awsome epicurean food delights you will have everything you need for a great tourist destination.  Start packing Grasshopper life is short!

 

Sea Dragon

Sea Dragon

QUOTE: “because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…” –Jack Kerouac, On the Road

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Everything!  Who do you think you you are Grasshopper….a know it all?

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Historical Sites Worldwide….when they are abandoned, destroyed and bombed into obilivion ….they are gone foreever.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:  Got the travel Bug and wanderlust from birth…I don’t need to tell you what to do since it is incureable.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

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Zentraveler travels Vietnam!

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Good Morning Vietnam

I have been researching Vietnam as a travel destination for months and finally decided to take the leap and continue my journey.  As a United States citizen your first step is to go on line and get a visa approval letter which you hand in at immigration.  The cost varies but as a general guideline USD $30.00 plus… depending on agency and time frames.  When you arrive at immigration you present a stamped copy of your letter,  fill out another form and get a tourist visa for 30 or 90 days.  I decided to get the 90 day multiple entry tourist visa and the cost was $95.00  I was good to go!

I arrived at Da Nang International Airport  and took a metered taxi to my hotel which was $6.50 and checked into my hotel just three blocks from the infamous China Beach.  The name of my hotel is Danang Beach Hotel which was spotless clean and a friendly and helpful staff.  Located in a quiet area it was an easy walk to the beach and restaurants.  My pre-booked price using Booking.com was $14.00 a nite or $98.00 for the week.  An example of the helpful staff was I showed a scientific name of a special herb and within hours the staffs driver purchased two bottles of the product.

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China Beach

Da Nang Beach bay is so awesome it is hard to describe as it curves toward the mountain on the north and goes as far as the eye can see to the south.  The beach itself is manned by professional lifeguards and there are a series of great spots to take in Vietnam’s cafe sua da or iced coffee.  This is some of the best tasting coffee in the world.

China beach is situated directly across from some excellent resorts and you have some of the best live fish restaurants situated along the beachfront.The beach is sandy with surfer type waves and runs nearly 10 miles to the south.

I walked on a brick paved street on the ocean side for seven kilometers and arrived at the famous marble mountain.  The marble shops have everything from colorful mermaids to giant lions and laughing Buddhas.

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Marble Mountain 

Da Nangs rebuild after the Vietnam war is short of miraculous.  The streets are laid out wide with excellent infrastructure and new upscale buildings exploding everywhere you look.  Many new trendy bars are owned by foreigners and the word on the street is Da Nang is the next retirement heaven in Asia.

So there you have it!  If y0u want to experience a new vibrant culture with friendly people in a peaceful country, excellent tropical weather, and restaurants to die for…then why not consider Da Nang, Vietnam as a tourist destination.

Travel Vietnam

Travel Vietnam

QUOTE: “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but, by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”– Maya Angelou

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:

Previously occupied by both the French and the Americans, Da Nang marks the halfway point between the capital in the north, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City in the south. It’s the fourth largest city in Vietnam. Apart from some shopping highlights and historical sights, the main reason for most travelers staying here is its proximity to the well-known China Beach.

China Beach was a popular spot for American soldiers seeking R&R during the Vietnam-US War. Water sport activities here are in abundance,  Da Nang’s coastline stretches 30 kilometers, renowned for calm, cool waters and also popular for fishing, water-skiing, diving, and yachting.

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Vietnam Coastline

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: The culture…like extinction once it is lost its gone forever.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: What are you waiting for Grasshopper… hit the trail now before nine billion people discover this beach paradise.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

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Zentraveler on Zen Health Massage.

 

Zen Massage

Zen Massage

 

Living in Asia you have so many choices to get a massage and so very cheap… ranging from $2.00 to $20.00 plus.  In the United States and Europe massages are quite expensive and reserved mostly for Hollywood, the sports world and the wealthy.  Choosing a massage parlor can be done on the internet, however word of mouth is always a good choice.  Just like checking out a new hotel its up to you to choose a trustworthy massage parlor.

Massage is an intuitive healing art that has been around for millennium.  Massage therapy is based on our instinct to rub areas that hurt.  We rub our belly when our stomach aches, parents rub their children when they scuff themselves and mothers rub and rock their infants when they cry.

Massage therapy is a field that takes that very basic principle and evolves it into a science.  The word “Massage” comes to us from the Arabic root “mass’h” which means to touch, knead or squeeze.  Many believe that massage therapy is the precursor to all other forms of manual therapy; including physical therapy, chiropractic and orthopedics.

The oldest written record of massage is approximately 4000 years old. It was found in a Chinese medical text, Con-Fu of the Toa-Tse, dated at about 1800 BC. These early accounts detailed the application of massage techniques for therapeutic purposes.  Specific massage modalities, such as Reflexology, have been depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphs  as forms of hand and foot therapy.  Unfortunately, much of the healing knowledge and wisdom of the ancients has been lost through the passage of time.

Trained massage therapists spend many years learning their trade and you might inquire about having a seasoned therapist on your first visit.  If you inspect the massage parlor and they have mats on the floor with sleazy curtains and massage therapists with short skirts or sexy leisure wear you better run for the hills and politely opt out.

Over the years many of these so called massage parlors are a front for the sex trade and you will be surprised when they start to massage the wrong body parts.  You have been forewarned.

A proper Zen Massage parlor is attractive inside with zen waterfalls, rocks and natural wood, smells good , has continuous streaming soft zen music.and has proper massage rooms with elevated clean massage tables where the therapist has plenty of room to work.  Upon meeting at the reception desk you can choose the type of massage they have available the length of time (usually one hour or more) and they will normally soak your feet first then usher you to your room where you will disrobe naked or just your undies and some places give you loose fitting shorts and shirt.

The massage therapist will introduce themselves and ask you if you want strong, medium or light pressure. They will normally begin with you face down and begin oiling and massaging your back, legs and arms.  Just like getting acupuncture a professional zen therapist knows your bodies meridians and will work very hard to loosen stuck energy and CHI making you feel like a new person.  When the massage is finished  you lay there and relax.  As a nice bonus after you get dressed and head to the reception area they normally give you a hot towel and a hot cup of zen tea.

Some of the Zen massages available include: Zen Swedish Massage, Zen Thai Massage,Zen Hot Stone Massage, Zen Cupping, and Zen Aromatherapy.

Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.

Benefits of Zen Massage
  • Increases circulation
  • Flushes body of metabolic wastes for faster healing time and detoxification
  • Decreases muscle spasms
  • Breaks up tissue adhesions
  • Releases endorphins to promote relaxation and pain reduction
  • Mmmm,  feels so good!

So there you have it!  Today, with the emergence of ‘preventative’ medicine and the rising cost of health care, modalities such as massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, and yoga are no longer ‘alternative’ but rather a cornerstone of every good health practice.  Don’t just sit there Grasshopper book a zen massage today…you will be glad u did.

QUOTE: “A zen massage  will provide you with an escape from the rigor and stress of life and  restore you in body, mind, and spirit.”  –Grasshopper

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Oriental Massages have been around for thousands of years, and it is believed that in ancient Chinese history, men would gather in areas and the women would massage them before going to battle.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Relax Mode….feels good after a Zen massage

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: You want to maintain good health…its simple get a zen massage on a regular basis and even you grasshopper will leap for joy…now that your legs are rubbed out.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

 

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Zentraveler on Zen Travel!

Travel Light

Travel Light

 

 

Zen travel can be summoned up in three words: Keep it simple and engage in some of the Zen Things that can make this  a better world.  Volunteer, do a home-stay with a local family, smile a lot, get involved in their history and culture and set an example of Zen Travel by being a Zen Diplomat.

If I could some up one thing about travel that will save you time and money it would be to Travel Light!  Have you ever been in the line at the airport and actually witnessed the amount of stuff the average traveler has.  Unless you are a professional golfer or play the bass horn in the international symphony there is absolutely no reason to lug all of that stuff with you.

Travel should be a fun experience not an exercise in seeing how much weight you can manage as you trek through the jungle on an elephant, ride a jungle river boat, hop on a bus or subway or walk the streets looking for lodging. My friend Raymond who I met on a backpacking trek in Venezuela travels with the maximum size metal suitcase with wheels which is too large to fit in the luggage department on a bus and requires an extra seat…they should charge him for the extra seat or make him manhandle the metal suitcase on his lap as the bus rolls over potholed terrain.

 

ZENTRAVELERS TRAVEL LIST:

1.  PACK LIGHT Pack a small sturdy backpack with one set of shorts, one pair of jeans, light sweater, rain poncho, two t-shirts, two sets of underwear, one pair of socks, one swimsuit.  Small bottle of shampoo, toothbrush and tooth paste,travel camera, cell phone with alarm and flashlight, plastic whistle, small notebook and personal cards with your name and contact information to give to interesting fellow travelers.

2. RESEARCH A BRIEF TRAVEL OUTLINE  Spend some time on the internet and print out a travel outline showing points of interest, accommodations, and noteworthy travel advice.  The key to Zen Travel is not to have a travel agenda but to go with the flow.

3.  ASK THE LOCALS AND FELLOW BACKPACKERS FOR TRAVEL TIPS This is key… so many times we are our own worst enemies since we fail to ask the locals and rely on Lonely Planet or what some blogger wrote. We stayed at a local pension house and asked the clerk what would be a good day trip.  She pointed out just follow the path and it will take you to an amazing waterfall where you can swim take photos have lunch and relax.  Was not in any of the travel books.

4.  IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE LOCAL Culture This is not so easy to do, but if you follow the flow you might experience street art, fire dancing, local music, street food and most of all people watching.  Visit some art galleries, museums and learn about their history. Ask a local to cook you their special dinner with you paying the tab of course.  I experienced this in Belize going from town to town eating with the locals and experiencing great food and new friends.

5.  TRAVEL OFF THE BEATEN PATH Don’t fall for the same tourist traps designed to lighten your pockebook plus throw you in the mix of other tourists just like you.  Strive to be different, engage on a working farm, plant some trees learn about being green and reduce your carbon footprint.  If you get off the beaten path you might run into the well educated BIG FOOT…and have an engaging discourse about the origin of man.

6.  WALK A LOT If we continue with the sedentary lifestyle we will soon have to carried from travel spot to travel spot.  Seriously just by walking you can see so much more…and see things you could never in-vision, plus walking is the best exercise for your cardiovascular.

7.  EAT WHERE AND WHAT THE LOCALS EAT This is a no-brainer don’t fly to Paris, France and order a cheeseburger and fries.  Learn to appreciate what the street vendors can cook for you.  You will be in for a treat plus you won’t break the bank.  Always ask what do you recommend and be ready for a culinary surprise.

8.  DON’T BE A TRAVEL JUNKIE BY TRYING TO DO AND SEE EVERYTHING.  This is the major mistake many travelers  make when they go on vacation.  They try to see and do everything as if their life depended on it…causing a greater degree of stress as if stress was the wanted result.

9. TAKE TIME TO RELAX  Isn’t our normal life stressful enough trying to keep up on technical devices, monetary changes, wars and crazy governments.  This is your time and give yourself permission to relax.  If you like you can call it a zen thing and let the world zoom by.

10. BE IN THE NOW  Ok I challenge you to be in the now.  Its possible and why not train your self and mind to be in the now and receive its many benefits.  Discourses have been written on how to be in the now.  For now…just make it a zen thing and be in the now.

 

So there you have it!  Make your travel a fun and relaxing experience by involving yourself in the local culture.  Take a one week language course, take a cooking course, sit by the river and watch the world go by.  Shed pounds of stress by learning to smell the roses and most of all don’t be an internet junkie. You don’t have an obligation to Facebook, twitter etc.  You have only one obligation and that is be the master of your travels and your life.

QUOTE: ‘A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.’ – Laozi

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Travel is much like art; it makes you think, it makes you uncomfortable at times, often it can cement your beliefs, sometimes it challenges your entire world. Whatever the outcome – it’s done its job because epiphany or minute alteration… you’ve changed since you traveled.

 

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Money…comes in handy

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Travel light, travel often and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free.

 

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