There, stretching with all the rest of us, was Julia Roberts! Later that night we all played bingo together. Needless to say, my dear husband was impressed.
I’ve seen other celebrities there, too, like Mary Tyler Moore. But going to Canyon Ranch isn’t so much about who you will see or meet—it’s about figuring out who you want to be and working toward making that a real and lasting thing.
And it’s the perfect place to try a new activity to see if you will enjoy it and want to pursue it. Whether it’s kayaking, aqua fitness, kickboxing, or Zumba fitness dancing (or whatever the latest craze is), you can try it without fear of looking weird, because everyone there is in the same frame of mind as you are.
I’ve had complete physical checkups at Canyon Ranch, including blood tests that were way ahead of what my local doctors were doing at the time. It’s where I learned about C-reactive protein, for instance, which is a huge indicator of inflammation in the body. When you arrive at Canyon Ranch, you meet with a facilitator who can help you plan your visit to meet your goals. Let’s say you want to sleep better, or develop better posture, or get rid of back pain. The staffer can guide you to all the right classes (and take your blood pressure to make sure it’s okay.)
Once I went to the ranch for a family retreat, after I had just discovered I was pregnant (at age 44!). It was way too soon to tell people, but I also knew I had to be really careful about what I did and didn’t do while there (no hot tubs, no tough workouts, etc.). I told the facilitator I met at the beginning, and not only did she help me figure out what to do and not do, but she discreetly alerted the whole staff, so everywhere I went people knew my situation, kept it quiet, and kept me safe. I was even given a custom pregnancy workout routine. And months later, I had a healthy baby girl. Now that I think about it, I haven’t been back to the ranch since. Maybe it’s time for a tune-up!
While a Canyon Ranch visit is expensive, and many of the lessons you learn there you could learn, bit by bit, at other places, part of its value is its intensive program that helps you to focus on yourself. There are no distractions, no kids begging for candy from the awesome gift shop, no errands to run. As women, we spend a lot of our time and money taking care of other people—but sometimes we need to spend a little on taking care of ourselves, in ways that deeply matter. If you can’t afford a visit on your own, sign up for our sweepstakes. You just might win a free trip to Canyon Ranch, airfare included!
I know that whenever I am feeling on the verge of collapse, or expiring from too much stress, Canyon Ranch saves me.