We’ve found some positive wellness treatments to try in 2021. Image via Adobe Stock.
With 2020 finally behind us, let’s make 2021 the year of wellness and healing. As cliché as it sounds, it’s a new year so why not embrace a new you, and what better way than to jump on the wellness bandwagon. Because unlike a new haircut or colour, no one ever regretted making positive changes to their health, so why not start out with these five wellness treatments.
Unlike traditional saunas, which use heat to warm the air – infrared saunas heat the body up from the inside out by using near-red infrared light. Which means that for people who can’t stand the heat of a regular sauna, this might just be the perfect option for you. The infrared saunas are able to operate at a lower temperature, meaning the air in the saunas are much cooler than the original steaming hot sauna. Not only are they more comfortable to sit in for long periods of time but they are also touted for their long list of benefits, such as, reducing stress, inflammation and stimulating the cells healing properties.
EMS or Electro Magnetic Stimulation training consists of being hooked up to an electromagnetic machine, that uses magnetic muscle induction to force the muscles to contract. It sounds like an easy exercise option, but it does require you to put in the work. While wearing purpose-made attire, your workout will consist of slow exercises such as lunges, planks and squats all while the machine is sending pulses to your muscles forcing them to contract for a period of about 4 – 6 seconds, with a 4 second break in between. The appeal for this form of exercise is that the session only lasts for 20 minutes and it’s basically like getting triple the workout in half the time.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Your lymphatic system is what purges your body of toxins and keeps you healthy. So when the lymphatic system isn’t working properly, stagnant fluid containing toxins can build up in the body leaving you feeling achy, sluggish and more susceptible to colds and flus. A Lymphatic Drainage massage works to manually stimulate the lymphatic system, helping to clear these blockages. It is basically the same as any other massage, which consists of you laying on a massage table without your clothes on and your massage therapist will target the areas using long, slow, repetitive strokes. You might find that after a Lymphatic Drainage massage you will have more energy and look less bloated in the areas of treatment.
Reiki is a form of alternative healing where practitioners will use their hands or palms to transfer universal energy to their patient. Energy can stagnate in the body after such things as physical or emotional trauma and in time, these energy blockages can cause illness. It is a similar concept to the lymphatic drainage massage, where the practitioner is clearing the body of blockages, however, with Reiki you are fully clothed and the practitioner will place their hands gently over the affected area, where a transfer of energy will take place. Some Reiki practitioners will also use crystals or chakra healing wands to help aid healing and protect the space from negative energy.
The purpose of floatation therapy is to aid one’s state of mind into a more positive mindset. Flotation therapy can be used for stress relief, relaxation and to help aid creativity, it can also be used for pain relief such as muscle tension, back pain and headaches. Essentially, floating helps with pain by stopping the stress-pain cycle by putting you in a relaxation state where you can feel the pain without the stress response, therefore training your body to reset the association of pain and stress. Each session is 60 minutes long and consists of you floating in your very own tank of water.