Easy Ways to Relax and Unwind in South Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe sunsets

Day to day life is so busy and it seems we’re always rushing from one thing to the next. Go to work, cook, clean, run errands, squeeze in time for family and friends, sleep (if we’re lucky), and repeat. Did you know the average American works more than 44 hours a week — sometimes upwards of 50 hours or more? That’s on top of 14+ hours a week doing household chores and management, 14+ hours for taking care of the kids, and trying to fit in other important tasks like volunteering, exercising, attending religious services, and socializing with friends and family, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unfortunately, being busy is almost like a status symbol in our country and we often forget the serious negative side effects of too much stress, including chest pain, problems sleeping, depression, weight gain/loss, and more.

If any of the above sounds like you, it’s probably time for a break. If you need to rest, relax, and reconnect, Lake Tahoe is just the place. While it’s known as a place for thrill seekers and outdoor enthusiasts, it’s also a great place for relaxation. We may be biased, but there’s just something about the mountains, the crystal clear waters, and the fresh Tahoe air that makes you just stop and slow down for a minute. Plus, it’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a while and just appreciate nature. If you’re looking to plan a romantic getaway, girls’ weekend, or you just want a little “me time,” these activities in Lake Tahoe that are sure to leave you refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to tackle your to-do list.

A massage and spa day

Book a massage or spa day to help you unwind during your Lake Tahoe vacation

There’s no better way to relieve stress and unwind than a little pampering. Not only do spa treatments and massages feel great, but medical professionals have also noted numerous health benefits. Research shows that massages can help reduce anxiety, headaches, insomnia related to stress, and pain from an injury.

At Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, we bring relaxation to you. We offer in-suite massage and spa services through An Association of Massage Therapists South Lake Tahoe, which has been selected for the Best of South Lake Tahoe Award numerous times. They offer a variety of massages, detoxifying algae and aloe wraps, body polish, and more to leave your body and soul feeling refreshed.

Yoga and meditation

Consider soaking up the Tahoe air with outdoor yoga classes in South Lake Tahoe

Yoga and other meditative exercises not only feel great, but they’re a way to recenter your body and focus your mind. Generally, yoga focuses on breathing, various poses, and mindfulness. Most poses and stretches can be modified to meet your skill and flexibility level for a truly customized and pleasant experience. Medical professionals have noted health benefits of yoga, such as reduced anxiety, increased flexibility and range of motion, and decreased chronic pain and depression.

Local certified yoga instructors can help you make the most of your session and trip to Lake Tahoe with some truly unique lessons. During the summer, consider doing yoga on the beach while taking in some of Tahoe’s breathtaking views or try your hand at paddle yoga done on paddle boards out in the refreshing water. Many local yoga studios also offer private bookings that you can experience right in our atrium or in your hotel room.

Connect with nature

 Explore the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe

Last, but certainly not least, is getting outdoors. Simply appreciating the natural beauty of the world around you is a great way to put things in perspective and recenter yourself in times of stress. The American Heart Association notes that getting outside in nature and disconnecting from electronic devices can help combat depression, anxiety, and fatigue, and spur creativity and clearer thinking. With that in mind, we recommend soaking up some of the most awe-inspiring views in Tahoe with a ride on the Heavenly Gondola or hot air balloon ride. The panoramic views of the area’s massive mountains and beautiful lake are sure to help you clear your head and refresh your soul.

If you’re looking for something a little more physical, there are plenty of options for that too. Some of our favorites include swimming in the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe, hiking one of the amazing trails, or skiing down one of our massive slopes. Not only will you be getting some fresh Tahoe air and connecting with nature in an exciting way, but physical activity is good for your body too. According to medical professionals, exercise promotes better sleep, improves energy and mood, boosts your sex life, and combats chronic health conditions — all of which are crucial to stress reduction and a healthy work-life balance.

Come unwind with us!

If you just need a few days to rest and restart, we’re here to help you do just that! We have large suite-style rooms and all the amenities you need to unwind. Plus, our knowledgeable employees can help you plan the perfect relaxing itinerary to help you make the most of your getaway.

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