7 Wellness Benefits of Sailing Vacations

Last updated March 29, 2024

Imagine setting sail on the cerulean waters of Sardinia, Corsica or the Turkish coast. The wind gently tousling your hair, the sun warming your skin and the rhythmic sound of waves lulling you into a state of serene calmness.

This is not just any sailing vacation; it’s a transformative wellness journey. Sailing2Wellness, founded by Vincent Braakman and Vallery Melcher, offers a unique blend of luxury sailing and wellness activities.

Along with exploring picturesque landscapes and indulging in cultural activities, guests partake in yoga, meditation, breathwork, paddle boarding, snorkeling and more. 

Vincent and Vallery share their insights on how their sailing vacations offer more than just a scenic escape, but a pathway to holistic well-being.

Sailing as Meditation 

Vincent Braakman’s connection with the sea is profound. “From a young age, I’ve been on the water, sailing with my family,” he recalls. “The meditative state and soul-calming experience of gliding over the water using a natural element are what I wanted to integrate into the Sailing2Wellness experience.”

As for his personal take on wellness? He explains that, “Personal growth has been crucial in my life. Self-help books and inspiring podcasts are part of my weekly routine, providing balance during life’s challenges. These exercises and rituals are essential to my personal development and why I believe they add significant value.”

Nutritionist with a Global Palate 

Vallery Melcher brings her multicultural culinary experience and nutritional expertise to the table, quite literally. “Growing up in a multinational family exposed me to various cultures, especially in culinary aspects,” she explains. “As a certified nutritionist, my goal is to educate people on the power of good food.”

Her menus on board reflect a harmony of taste and health, using ingredients sourced from local farmers. Vallery continues, “Combining sports, well-being, healthy nutrition, nature and balance are fundamental concepts of wellness for me. This translates into an escape from hectic everyday life, bringing individuals closer to themselves.”

Onboard Mission

At the heart of Sailing2Wellness’ mission, the co-founders bring together their love for an active lifestyle and a deep connection with the water. Vincent, with his enthusiasm for exploring hidden aquatic gems, and Vallery, with her talent for preparing fresh, delicious meals, complement each other perfectly.

Their goal is to cultivate an oasis where guests can unwind and immerse themselves in wellness activities, all while indulging in a rich array of multicultural culinary experiences.

Seven Essential Benefits of Sailing Vacations

Curious about setting sail with Vincent and Vallery? Here’s a glimpse of seven benefits awaiting you on a Sailing2Wellness sailing vacation.

1. Blue Mind Theory

The concept of “Blue Mind” suggests that being close to water can significantly boost mental health and relaxation. It’s been observed that proximity to water can induce a meditative state, reducing stress and anxiety levels. 

2. Cold Water Therapy 

Cold-water swimming, often a part of sailing vacations, is not just refreshing but therapeutically beneficial. Research shows that it improves circulation, boosts the immune system and increases mental fortitude.

This form of hydrotherapy has been found to trigger the release of endorphins, leading to a natural high, enhancing mood and energy levels.

3. Vitamin Sea

The benefits of sea exposure, as highlighted by Vincent, extend beyond mere enjoyment. “Vitamin D is produced when receiving direct sunlight. Seawater, rich in minerals like iodine, potassium and magnesium, has a therapeutic effect,” he explains.

Exposure to sunlight helps in vitamin D synthesis, essential for bone health and immune function. Additionally, seawater’s mineral content is known for its detoxifying and healing properties.

4. Community 

The sense of community experienced during sailing vacations is invaluable. Sharing adventures with like-minded individuals fosters a unique bond and emotional healing.

This social aspect is backed by research, which shows that social connections can improve mental health and increase longevity. Vincent’s take on this is clear, “Happiness is best when shared!”

5. Grounding

The concept of grounding, or earthing, involves direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the Earth. Vallery’s advice, “Walking barefoot on a sandy beach can stimulate nerve endings while grounding you.”

Studies suggest that grounding can reduce inflammation, improve sleep and enhance well-being.

6. Exercise & Movement

Physical activities such as yoga, hiking, paddle boarding and snorkeling, as recommended by Vallery, are not just for leisure. They offer a balanced approach to physical and mental health.

Regular physical activity is known to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve muscle strength, boost endurance and contribute to overall mental health. “These activities find the perfect balance of activity and relaxation,” Vallery points out.

7. Mindfulness

Sailing inherently promotes mindfulness, the practice of being fully present and engaged in the moment. The simplicity of being on the water, the wind in your hair, the sun on your face and the rhythmic motion of the sea encourage a state of mindfulness.

A regular mindfulness practice is linked to reduced stress, improved attention, better mood and increased gratitude and compassion.

Ready for a once-in-a-lifetime wellness adventure? If you’re dreaming of sailing around the Mediterranean and need a bit more encouragement, Vincent and Vallery are happy to answer any questions you might have about their sailing vacations.

About Sailing2Wellness

Sailing2Wellness co-founders Vincent Braakman and Vallery Melcher

Sailing2Wellness offers more than just a vacation; it’s an expedition into the realm of holistic well-being… an invitation to pause, reconnect with yourself and embrace a lifestyle of balance and vitality. In this unique setting, every element — from the salt air to the camaraderie, the physical activities to the meditative moments — converges to create a sanctuary where wellness is not just experienced but deeply felt.

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