It’s always cool to have friends who happen to live in a lush, tropical locale, right? Pretty darn convenient when you want to relax. Well, we’ve got friends and corporate partners in some of the most amazing places in the world. Lucky us! One of those spots is West Palm Beach, Florida at the Hippocrates Health Institute.
Hippocrates, quietly tucked behind the foliage, is a center of health and wellness with an unbelievable program and history. And, in keeping with our motto of “Empowering Wellness”, Sunlighten is proud to be a part of the work done there.
Founded five decades ago by Ann Wigmore (known for championing the remedial qualities of wheatgrass and raw foods), the Hippocrates Health Institute was named the world’s number one teaching institute in 2000 by Spa Management Group. Hippocrates is currently under the leadership of Brian and Anna Maria Clement, PhDs and has helped hundreds of thousands of guests over 50 years. (Wow, 50 years!)
The basic Hippocrates philosophy is founded on the belief that a vegan, living, enzyme-rich diet—complemented by exercise, positive thinking and non-invasive therapies—is integral to optimum health. The Hippocrates Life Change Program runs for three weeks in which guests stay at the Institute.
While at the Institute, guests meet with physicians and health administrators and then detoxify their systems through diet and individually-tailored treatments and supplements. As part of this program, they utilize Sunlighten saunas on-site as a critical healing tool for guests.
Restoring and maintaining health is approached in several ways (well, it can’t ALL be infrared saunas!): good nutrition through a diet of organically grown, enzyme-rich food, varied exercise from yoga to aerobics, massage, homeopathy, juice-fasting and cleansing, nature-trail walks, daily health lectures, and more.
Hippocrates is more than a health spa though. There is a hugely important education component to their program which allows guests to maintain these health efforts throughout their lives. This instruction not only teaches the specifics of the diet, but also features intensive instruction in therapies and the psychology of wellness.
If you’ve got ten minutes to spare, this video gives a closer look at the program and the facilities:
So, what do you think? Would you ever try a residential program like this one? Have you tried HHI or other similar health programs?