It’s undeniable – the idea of wellness has surpassed basic health. These days, it’s not just about surviving, it’s about thriving. And who doesn’t want to thrive? If you want to roll out your most optimal self in 2020, have we got a list for you.
We’ve compiled a dossier of some of the more esoteric wellness treatments because we know that you’re already familiar with how to book a massage or pencil in a facial with extractions. Saunas are old news, and a mani-pedi is another form of self-care entirely. This year do something ancient and established that is resurfacing in modern spas or something new and whimsical for a little rejuvenation experimentation. You just might get addicted!
Tuina Bodywork takes your acupuncture practice to the next level. It’s amazing for mental as well as physical detoxification, addressing places in the body where you hold negativity, anxiety, and chronic stress. The incorporation of Gua Sha therapy loosens up scar tissue and knotted muscles, resulting in a body that feels well-lubricated. Cupping is used to detoxify as well, restoring circulation, balancing the lymphatic system, and reducing cellulite.
Ever heard of fascia? To many people, it’s still a relatively new concept. Fascia is essentially what holds all our tissues together: it’s connective tissue that’s made up largely of collagen, and its job is to support our muscles and internal organs. GST Body even goes so far as to say that “fascia masters every process in us from detoxification to healing, hydration to metabolism as our most holistic system, yet serves in its greatest capacity as our organ of consciousness.” Head to their studio to work with experts, trainers, and therapists and get to know this web of connective tissue, how to heal it, optimize its function, and care for it. If you are a highly active person, or someone with physical pain that feels almost emotional, you might have a real breakthrough here.
“It’s not just about surviving, it’s about thriving.”
Our lymphatic system is the main way that our body takes out the garbage. If you’re dealing with puffiness and bloat, it may be due to the lymphatic system not working correctly. Ricari Studios offered advanced lymphatic drainage techniques to flush stagnant lymph and physically sculpt your body. It’s detoxing, cleansing, relaxing yet stimulating, and increases circulation, which leaves you feeling buoyant and bright.
We are all energetic beings, full of electricity, light, and impulses. At Be Hive of Healing, this is taken very seriously. If you’re experiencing pain, discomfort, or disease anywhere in the body, Healing Magnetic Field Therapy (HMFT) will be used to treat the affected area and bring you back to your most vibrational state of being. It’s noninvasive and great for inflammation.
If you want a next-level facial that will leave you energetically squeaky clean, optimistic, and vibrant from the inside out, Chandra Scofield is your goddess. Exfoliation? Sure. Facial massage? You bet. Microcurrent? Absolutely. But you’ll also be weighted down with the comfort of her positively charged collection of incredible stones while she strategically places acupuncture needles in your face, scalp, and body. During your treatment, you’re also engulfed in a womb of replenishing LED light that makes the whole experience feel like a rebirth.
Panchakarma is the holy grail of Ayurvedic treatments. This intensive series of treatments promises to completely reset, cleanse, and beautify from the inside out, so you can come out the other side a more nourished, spiritually full person. This isn’t something you can accomplish in an afternoon, though. Take a week off (or more) to get the full experience, as it typically takes 5-21 days to complete. That may sound rigorous, but at Surya Spa, each day starts with a four-handed oil therapy massage and finishes with another soothing oil therapy, poured over your third eye to promote deep, restorative rest. Sounds pretty chill to us.
If you haven’t experienced an amethyst biomat, you’re in for a treat. It’s essentially a juiced up nap with healing properties. When you arrive for your Biomat Session at Gentle Wellness Center, a pre-warmed, softly lit room welcomes you to lie on a biomat-lined table. The crystals in the mat produce negative Ions, “which deliver a molecular level massage.” It’s been touted as a great way to accelerate cleansing and healing and supercharges your body on a cellular level. It’s even said to balance the body’s pH, reduce stress, pain, and balance hormone secretions. And all you have to do is lie there.
The massages at Poppy & Someday are unlike your usual $40 under-the-table cash deal: instead, they offer a deep and luxurious Ayurvedic experience called Navar Kizzi. It’s part of the spa package, and it’s a truly sensory experience. A bolus of Ayurvedic herbs and medicinal rice is used to massage and exfoliate while infusing the healing properties of its ingredients deep into the skin. This dislodges any stagnant fluid in the body and is extremely detoxifying to the tissues, not to mention incredibly nourishing for the nervous system.
A colonic can seem pretty intimidating if you don’t know what to expect. Whether you’re embarrassed or simply afraid of discomfort, you wouldn’t be the first to feel hesitant about the treatment. That’s why the professionals at Blooming Waters are so great at what they do. They make sure your procedure is comfortable and tailored to your specific needs. Get ready to deeply cleanse in a way that is just not possible otherwise.
If you’re looking for a boutique dermatological studio to be your home away from home, look no further than FACILE. Concierge-like service meets cutting edge when it comes to their menu of services. From several levels of lasers, LED treatments, peels, oxygen, and tailor-made serums applied deep into your skin with multi-tasking technology, microneedling with PRP, an injectable menu, and more populate the carte for a one-stop-shop to cater to all your facial needs. And the crushingly cute interiors and comfy facial rooms don’t hurt either.