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7 destinations for a wellness getaway

Jan. 25, 2013, 5:21 p.m.
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Time to really decompress

For many vacationers, the destination is not as important as just getting away from it all: the office, the traffic jams, the pre-sunrise alarms. Set the average couple on a beach with a book or drink in hand — and they're in heaven.

But what about those folks who aren't satisfied with mere relaxation? These are the people who are willing to work and study and push during a vacation — as long as it involves yoga, saunas and traditional healing methods.

We've rounded up ideas for just such a trip, from tai chi with elderly locals to serious pampering and wellness treatments at a spa resort. If you plan well, you can learn a few tricks for when you return to the stress and trials of everyday life. (Text: Josh Lew)