Take a deep breath and decompress–Here are several things to do in Naples that can help your mind, body, and soul this fall.
Get your energy flowing at Love Yoga Center (239-692-9747) with tai chi, an ancient Chinese discipline that combines meditation and movement to help your mind relax while your body gains flexibility and stability. Licensed physician Joel Ying focuses on meditation, balance, and fluid, low-impact movements during his one-hour, Chen-style classes every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and Thursday at 12:15 p.m.
For an even more natural backdrop, stop by the performance lawn of the Naples Botanical Garden (239-643-7275) tai chi classes at 10 a.m. on Thursdays. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (239-348-9151) is also hosting a meditation class on April 2 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Pamper yourself at the spa. A few treatments to consider: Purely You Spa’s new Rain Drop Therapy ($195, 239-331-8266), an 80-minute, full-body massage that uses 10 pure essential oils to relax the mind and muscles while boosting the immune system.
If you’re a hotel guest or spa member at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, indulge in its special Peacefulness Experience ($295, 239-598-3300). A full-body exfoliation, a warm bath, and a soothing massage will help release tension and send you off to a 20-minute rest at the end of the treatment.
Take time to unwind by helping others de-stress—namely, the furry friends at the Humane Society Naples (239-643-1555). Studies show playing with animals is not only a therapeutic experience for them, but for you also. Volunteer options range from helping train dogs as a Canine Coach to cuddling kittens as a Feline Ambassador. If you’re looking for a longer-term commitment, enroll in their foster program and take an animal into your home on a temporary basis and provide it with a safe place to stay.