Bahamian Island Rest Cure

Timely tropical treatments

Brian Lucky MSN RN

Brian Lucky MSN RN

Winter weariness? Stock Selloff Syndrome?  Whatever the cause of one’s seasonal sadness, The Bahamas has all the elements for holistic and efficacious therapeutic intervention.

29 December 2018

Bahamian Diet

The paradisiacal Bahamian cuisine represents the first step toward psychological recovery from wearying winters and stock sessions’ riotous rollercoaster rides.

The Bahamian national dish, conch salad, embodies the savory sensations and salubriousness of the seven hundred islands. Fresh seafood combines with citrusy or sweet tropical fruits to create a combination corresponding to a culinary cloud nine.

The fruits de mer that characterize the national cuisine are heavy in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for heart health. Island fruit contains many essential nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and folate. Taken together, the tourist takes in a tremendous totality in terms of immunity and cardiac fitness.

Pink Sand Beach, Harbour Island, The Bahamas
The Abaco Islands, The Bahamas
Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco island, The Bahamas

Spa Treatments

The beach massage and the resort rub represent the pinnacle of popular perceptions of paradise. In view of the manifest opportunity for synergy, why not combine rejuvenation and tactile body stimulation with natural island beauty? For the affluent, a number of resorts in The Bahamas have licensed and distinguished masseurs and masseuses. Other visitors should plan to rely on a significant other or a friend to provide this favor.

The island guest should consider indulging oneself with facial creams containing the essences of tropical plants, full-body treatments using coconut rubs or Caribbean coffee scrubs, or aromatherapy with local Bahamian scents. Of course, resorts’ hair salons assure well-rounded pampering and self-confidence for appearances at swanky soirées.

Stunning coast of Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands
An ocean sunset on New Providence Island, near Nassau, The Bahamas

Sun and Sea

Seemingly too obvious to merit mention, the sun and the sea have important physical and mental restorative qualities that should not be overlooked. Insufficient sunlight can lead to Vitamin D deficiency, which is linked with weak bones, cardiac disease, and depression. During the short winter days people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) even use bright lights to try to simulate the sun.

Aside from the nutritious food that comes from the sea, the beach and ocean have undeniable value for promoting psychological health. The rhythm of the waves offers a peaceful distraction for the conscious mind, allowing the unconscious mind and a meditative state to come to the fore. The resultant uninhibited reverie enables one to develop novel and adaptive cognitive frameworks for processing information to achieve a higher level of happiness and performance.

Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands
Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands
Clear water and white sand of Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island, near Nassau, The Bahamas
Clear water and white sand of Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island

Stunning Beauty

Clearly, the most crucial element of any Bahamian rest cure is the natural wonder of the islands.  One could cite hundreds of examples, but one might consider for example the pink sands of Harbour Island, the scenery of sailing from island to island, or the cultural wealth of the Bahamians themselves. Any guest will leave with a thoroughly renewed appreciation for the majesty of the Earth.

Pink Sand Beach, Harbour Island
A secluded beach on Rose Island
Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island
Erika and Takoda Lucky
Erika & Takoda Lucky during a boating expedition