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Natural Wellness in Valencia Spain

I have always been a fan of balancing western medicine with natural forms of healing, pain management, stress-reduction and general maintenance of my well-being. Moving to Valencia, Spain from California posed a few challenges, one of which was searching for and discovering my options for natural wellness in a new city.

Where can I find an english-speaking acupuncturist? Is chiropractic care safe in Spain? Where can I go for a relaxing massage or healing reiki?

After living in Valencia, Spain for four years, I have found an incredible group of individuals who I lovingly like to call my “Healers”. From migraines to anxiety, depression to pelvic pain, stress to simply wanting to treat myself to a morning of self-care, these individuals have provided me with a safe, loving, warm place to find healing.

I hope you enjoy my recommendations. Please let them know that I, Jennison, sent you!

In this post, you will find the following:

English-speaking acupuncturist
English-speaking chiropractor
English-speaking massage therapist and reiki practitioner (two!)
Meditation in English
Where to go for an organic facial
English-speaking group fitness
Yoga classes in English

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Acupuncture

Meeting an English-speaking acupuncturist was crucial for me. I wanted to feel comfortable sharing my story with this person and have the ability to ask questions and learn from my healing experience. I contacted Kelli Davis from Vibrant Life Integrative Wellness. Kelli made me feel comfortable right away. She offers a free consultation and helps many individuals in the community. Personally, she has helped me with hormone imbalance, back pain, migraines, anxiety and fatigue. Whatsapp: +34 652 57 53 09

Chiropractic

I was in chronic pain after the birth of my son. I suffered from sciatica, lower back pain and far-from-optimal pelvic health. After two years of searching for a solution, I met Jorge Romero from Centro Quiropráctico Jorge Romero. He was a student in one of my yoga classes in Valencia and I knew right off the bat that we had similar values. He was knowledgable, patient, and thorough. As a neurological chiropractor, he took the time to analyze my entire well-being including my balance, mobility and brain-body connection. After only one appointment, I walked out of the office pain-free…for the first time in two years!

Massage, Reiki, and more!

If you’re like me, you love a good massage! I have been blessed to connect with two amazing massage therapists in Valencia. Both of these women work out of their home in Ruzafa. And you can also find them offering their healing touch at one of our Mediterranean Yoga Retreats!

Krystyna Marton from Pure Bliss offers therapeutic massage, reiki, and organic facials. My favorite is a 90-minute treatment which incorporates all three! The best way to contact her is by whatsapp: +34 691 52 44 71

Amanda Kellet from Healing For Me offers healing through massage, reiki, meditation and nutrition. Check out her website for all the details. Whatsapp: + 34 657 011 984

Group Fitness

For energizing and fun group fitness classes check out Metafit Valencia. Katherine Williams offers large group, small group and private training in the park. A great way to make new friends!

Yoga

Yoga with Jennison– Yoga in English in Valencia, Spain. In addition to yoga classes in the park, I offer unique yoga experiences in Valencia including workshops, events, and retreats. Join us for Yoga & Brunch, Yoga & Live Music, Full Moon Yoga on the Beach, Yoga & Reiki and more! These experiences are designed as a way to connect you to yourself and to others in the community. All levels are welcome. Whatsapp: +34 661 58 56 53

Looking for regular studio classes? The owners of The Yoga Box Valencia, Lotus Loft, and Yoga Flow all speak english and have some teachers who speak english as well. Check out their schedules, I am sure you will find a class and teacher that are the right fit for you!

gluten free Italian in Valencia Spain

Where to enjoy gluten-free Italian in Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain is becoming more and more well-known for their delicious food, various types of cuisine, and great prices for a tasty meal. They are also adapting more and more to the gluten-free diet of many individuals who have an intolerance to gluten.

Here are our top four picks for a gluten-free Italian meal in Valencia, Spain.

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why drinking wine in Spain is more fun

Why drinking wine in Spain is more fun

I was recently out with a girlfriend to “grab a quick drink” after work. She was visiting and I was eager to show her around my favorite neighborhood of Valencia, Ruzafa. We met at Ubik Café, a hip, family-friendly cafe/bar/restaurant with book lined walls, friendly waitstaff, craft beers, cozy vibe, and generally busy with the buzz of friends chatting over coffee and snacks. Oh yeah, and wine for 2,50€ a glass. Sounds fun already, right?

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Options in Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain is definitely improving in its efforts to accommodate vegetarians (vegetarianos/as), vegans (veganos/as),  and celiacs (celiacos/as) or those who choose a gluten-free diet (sin gluten). 

It seems that every time we go out we are lucky enough to discover new places with vegan and gluten-free options. When traveling or living in Spain, be very cautious when ordering. Many spaniards have a different view of vegetarian and vegan than in other parts of the world and often assume that you will still eat seafood, cheese, and/or eggs. It is typical to find tuna (atún) on most vegetarian sandwiches and salads. In my experience, it is best to list all of the ingredients you DO NOT want in your meal.

Here are a few translated words and phrases, related to vegetarianism, to help you out.

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Best Mexican Food Restaurant in Valencia

Finding authentic Mexican food in Spain is more difficult than one may think. Although Mexico and Spain may share a language, their cuisine and flavor preferences could not be more different.

Thanks to some fellow Americans living in Valencia, I have recently discovered an adorable Mexican restaurant in the heart of Russafa. Chilangos features a colorful Mexican-style decor and has a menu complete with authentic Mexican flavors and dishes. All menu items are homemade including their tasty refried beans, chicken mole, tamales, and guacamole. I was in heaven to say the least.

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The “Magic” Word in Spain

Spain has a magic word. A word you can use to excuse yourself from pretty much any type of situation. The magic of the word comes from its ability to not only pardon its user, but also to silence the offended.

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Spain knows what’s up

Spain has a lot of things figured out.

First, the siesta. Not everyone has the daily opportunity to take advantage of siesta, but the fact that it is completely socially acceptable (and often expected) has me sold.

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