Lake Austin Spa Resort and Best-Selling Author of Blue Mind, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols Create Waves with the Science Behind How Water Enhances Wellbeing

March 10, 2019

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Lake Austin Spa Resort and Best-Selling Author of Blue Mind, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols Create Waves with the Science Behind How Water Enhances Wellbeing

Ripple Effects: Where Wellness Meets the Water Makes a Big Splash in Austin, Texas


Austin, Texas – Inspired by the findings of author Dr. Wallace J. Nichols in his groundbreaking book, Blue Mind, Lake Austin Spa Resort has introduced new ways for their guests to enjoy the benefits of being in, on or near a body of water with Ripple Effects: Where Wellness Meets the Water – a new series of experiences that aligns with Nichols’ science of water wellness, utilizing the latest cutting edge water equipment and introducing overnight guests to innovative workouts, outings, meditations and therapies in, on or near the water.

As the only destination spa on a moving body of water, guests of the 40-room wellness retreat have unique opportunities to discover the healing effects of this natural resource year-round as part of the all-inclusive destination spa experience. In Dr. Nichols’ New York Times Bestseller, Blue Mind, the author explains how being close to the water can have real and impactful results on our happiness and wellbeing.

More than 30 water-themed classes are available, a few are below:

  • Lake Lotus | Floating Board Room
  • Paddleboard Yoga
  • Driftaway Meditation on the Lake
  • On the Lake Team Building, Meetings, Gatherings
  • SUP Stance | Fitness Classes
  • Wakesurf, Wakeboard, Tubing & Water Ski Outings
  • Group Giant SUP outings
  • Floating Lake Lounge
  • Shade Tree Board Games
  • Sundown Wine Cruise
  • Lakeshore Play Hours
  • Boot Camp on the Water
  • Group Play by the Water
  • Local Pro | Show & Tell Lake Outings (see a pro barefoot, sky ski, wakesurf)
  • Lake Me Happy Hour on the Dock
  • Firepit & Smores
  • Glow Hoops Under the Stars

Additional water experiences include a new Luxe Water Taxi arrival service which transports guests from Austin to the resort. (Additional fees apply)

Lake Austin features consistent water levels controlled by the Lower Colorado River Authority. The 40-room fitness resort rests on the shores of this unique waterway and overlooks the Balcones Canyonlands Nature Preserve, an idyllic setting to experience the benefits of a spa vacation. Water based fitness classes also take place in the Pool Barn year –round – one of three pools at the resort – which is a free-standing structure surrounded by lush Texas landscaping that is home to a heated Junior Olympic length lap pool.


The Ripple Effects also encourages water themed spa treatments such as:


This treatment is deeply relaxing, quiets the sympathetic and enhances the parasympathetic nervous systems. Watsu® has profound beneficial effects for trauma—both physical and emotional—neuromuscular injuries, stress, and chronic pain. It combines elements of stretching, joint mobilization, massage, Shiatsu, and dance. You are supported by a therapist while floating on your back, rhythmically cradled, moved, stretched, and massaged. Please wear a bathing suit or other water-friendly clothing. Weather permitting.

Price: 50 minutes for $195

Aquatic Craniosacral

This profound modality is intensified by the healing benefits of being in the water. Float weightless in the warm water of the Pool Barn. This deeply calming treatment adjusts the subtle rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid as it circulates around the brain and spinal cord. Using very light, specific touch, your practitioner monitors the flow to determine where restrictions are located and gently releases them improving the function of the central nervous system. CranioSacral releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.

Price: $195 for 50 minutes

Floating Meditation

This Floating Meditation & Relaxation technique, will allow you de-stress and relax. In the tranquility of the Pool Barn, you will be given a comfortable floating mat and listen to calming music as you drift through your meditation session.  Please wear a bathing suit or other water-friendly clothing. *Sessions take place in the heated waters of the Pool Barn year-round.

Price: 50 minutes for $155 

Aqua Stretch™ Myofascial Stretch

If you are experiencing muscular pain or a limited range of motion, myofascial release in the water may be the remedy for you! This groundbreaking technique, with clinically proven results, is a one-on-one assisted stretching session performed in the warm, shallow and soothing waters of the Pool Barn.  Please wear a bathing suit or other water-friendly clothing. *Sessions take place in the heated waters of the Pool Barn year-round.

Price: 25 minutes for $95 / 50 minutes for $155

Advanced Aquatic Bodywork

Advanced therapeutic massage techniques performed in the warm water of the Pool Barn. Water has a profound effect on releasing tension and stress. This targeted bodywork is even more effective when water is introduced.

Price: $195 for 50 minutes


The luxury spa resort is known for providing a stellar experience on the shores of beautiful Lake Austin in the scenic Texas Hill Country featuring stylish interiors, an on-site organic garden which provide ingredients for deliciously healthy spa cuisine, as well as local and global inspired spa services in the LakeHouse Spa, up to 20 fitness classes and activities daily and a welcoming environment that prompts rejuvenation and relaxation. Rates start at $595 per person, per night, double occupancy in signature accommodations and include healthy, gourmet meals and unlimited fitness classes and activities.



Dr. Wallace “J.” Nichols, called “Keeper of the Sea” by GQ Magazine and “a visionary” by Outside Magazine is an innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, renown marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild water advocate, bestselling author, sought after lecturer, and fun-loving Dad. His experiences as a field research scientist, government consultant, founder and director of numerous businesses and nonprofit organizations, teacher, mentor, parent, and advisor all support his quest to build a stronger and more diverse blue movement. 

 He has authored more than 200 scientific papers, technical reports, book chapters, and popular publications; lectured in more than 30 countries; and appeared in hundreds of print, film, radio, and television media outlets including NPR, BBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet, Time, Newsweek, GQ, Outside Magazine, Elle, Vogue, Fast Company, Surfer Magazine, Scientific American, and New Scientist, among others.



Nestled along the shores of scenic Lake Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Lake Austin Spa Resort offers guests the sanctuary of a world-class spa and the warmth of a best friend’s lake house. Lake Austin Spa Resort offers all-inclusive vacation packages, which include accommodations in one of 40 charming lakeside guest rooms, three gourmet meals daily, indoor and outdoor fitness activities and classes, and a selection of spa and body treatments.

The resort has consistently been recognized for its excellence and as a result has received numerous industry awards.  Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Town & Country Magazine and Southern Living have honored Lake Austin Spa Resort as one of the best in the country and in the world.

For additional information and reservations, call 800-847-5637, or visit