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How about a free wellness session this weekend?

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Registration is open for this year’s World Wellness Weekend on Sept. 19 and 20. Image: IStock/AlexanderNovikov

It seems there is no better moment than this weekend to recharge your batteries and forget all of the tension you may have built up in recent months. It might also be the perfect time to learn a little more about how to feel better.

Enter the fourth annual World Wellness Weekend happening on Sept. 19 and 20, which offers a chance to do just that with classes and activities at venues all over the planet.

No less than a thousand wellness centers will be opening their doors to teach you how to cultivate harmony between mind and body in the course of two days of events, which may have come at just the right time in the wake of months of stress occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants will be able to take advantage of free introductory sessions for a wide range of disciplines offered. Sophrology, musical relaxation, yoga, Pilates, massages, skin tests and hiking — there is bound to be something for anyone with the many businesses opening their doors to promote the cause of well-being, regardless of one’s level of training or physical fitness.

This year’s program is structured around the five pillars of wellness which are essential to the promotion of health and the prevention of disease: sleep and restoration, nutrition and nourishment, vitality and movement, serenity and mindfulness, and purpose and solidarity.

To join the events, you may visit www.world-wellness-weekend.org, which is available in 13 languages, or go directly to https://map.world-wellness-weekend.org to find venues and activities near you. Once you have decided what activity you’d like to join, you may register via email or use the online form on the website.

From Sao Paulo to Bordeaux via Bangkok

Yoga, Pilates, fitness, massages and relaxation techniques are among the activities on offer, notably in Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, Chile and France, with a host of businesses offering both indoor and outdoor sessions. You can also take an introductory Vinyasa yoga class in the Philippines, experiment with acupuncture to reduce stress in Canada or learn about Prana therapy in Sri Lanka, among others.

France has not been left behind with a wide range of activities taking place in the country, some of which are highly original. What would you say to a zip line ride in a bathrobe in Chaudes-Aigues? You can also learn how to make your own beauty products at Ahimsa le Spa in Mulhouse or take advantage of a skin test and free counseling at the Ambassade de la beauté Biologique Recherche in Paris.

In view of the health crisis, safety protocols will be enforced in all the activities, especially in group activities where physical distancing will apply. CC


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