Keeping up with wellness this New Year
While physical health will never go out of style, 2020 will be the year of mental & spiritual health. Why do you think self-care has been in the spotlight so much recently? It’s all about relaxation and stress-free living. Read on to find out what health and wellness trends for 2020 you should be focusing on.
1. TAKE A BREATH
The growing emphasis on breath and the importance of mindful breathing exercises is making its way into the treatment room. Client seeking complete relaxation and rejuvenation this summer will benefit from guided breathing exercises that can be incorporated into every massage, facial and body treatment on your menu. Here are a few easy techniques you can walk your client through on their way to blissful relaxation:
• The 4-7-8 Method
This breathing technique is named after the number of counts per breath in each step of the technique. Instruct your clients to breathe in deeply through their nose for four counts. Ask them to hold that breathe for seven counts, and then release by breathing out through their mouth for eight counts. The extended breathing allows for more air to reach the depths of the lungs, providing deeper oxygenation and reduce tension.
• Yoga Breathing
Breath is an essential component of every yoga class. It supports the effectiveness of the poses and keeps you mindful in your practice. Many instructors guide their clients through breathing exercises to center their minds and keep them aware of their breath. In the treatment room, ask your clients to place their hands on their bellies and feel their breath as it passes in and out rhythmically. Simply drawing attention to the breath is a great way to relax the clients and welcome them to the present moment.
2. HAUTE HYDRATION
Who doesn’t love the taste of tropical fruits in the summer? Pineapple, mango, and coconut transport us to our favorite beach destinations. Incorporating flavored spa water is a simple and easy addition to spas of any size. These summer thirst quenchers are a healthy way to enjoy sweet, fruity flavors without all the sugar you advise your clients against during their skin analysis. Plus, clients can enjoy the benefits of antioxidants and vitamin infusion that these summer citrus fruits bring to the table.
Stir these summer spa waters into your seasonal offerings:
Watermelon Lime Coconut Water
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Serves: one half gallon
• ice cubes
• four cups of coconut water
• three-pound watermelon, cubed
• one medium lime
In a blender, puree watermelon. Strain pulp from watermelon, saving only the juice. Add coconut water and stir. Add lime slices to water. Cover and chill for at least one hour. Pour spa water over ice upon serving.
Citrus Mint Basil Water
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Serves: one half gallon
-one lemon, sliced
-three oranges, sliced
-one-half cucumber, sliced
-six detox tea bags
In a kettle or small pot, boil water and brew detox tea bags. Remove tea bags and let cool. Pour ice into a half-gallon pitcher and layer lemon and sliced cucumber on top. Pour tea into the pitcher. Chill for one hour, or until cold, before serving.
3. SALT IN THE AIR
Salty seawater and breeze are a mainstay for any summer vacation. So much so that spas around the world are adding salt rooms to their repertoire. Salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, hails from Central Europe and Asia and is being offered in the form of salt beds, salt rooms, and salt booths. Spas are lining their walls and floors with salt blocks and crystals so that clients can feel the energizing effect of these positive ions.
Salt affects our bodies at a cellular level, increasing cell activity, energy, and blood flow. Inhalation of salt can also reduce inflammation and mucus in the lungs, providing temporary relief for ailments such as asthma, allergies, and sinus congestions. Salt is also detoxifying and supports the immune and lymphatic systems.
No space for a salt room? You can still gift your clients the benefits of halotherapy this summer without sending them to the beach. Salt lamps are a popular way to receive the ionic benefits of salt. Simply light a few around the treatment room for a salty, sensual glow.
4. POOLSIDE MEDITATION
The change of seasons from spring to summer allows your clients a chance to change up their daily routines and wellness habits. Understanding and preparing for the different energy that summer brings allows your clients to flow with nature and maintain a harmony. Encourage them to shift their daily routines and take some time to center themselves with poolside mediation. Benefits can include:
• Stress management
• New perspective and problem solving
Poolside meditation involves the buoyancy of water. Floating relaxes both the mind and the body. Encourage clients to take a dip and concentrate on the sensation of floating. Instruct them to breathe deeply, using the breathing techniques mentioned above. The floating experience is enhanced by letting the water cover the ears, tuning out the world and leaving clients alone with their peaceful thoughts.
5. COLLAGEN COCKTAILS
Who doesn’t love sipping on a piña colada to cool offer after sunbathing (with sunscreen, of course)? Well, now you can offer your clients a delicious treat with added benefits. Collagen shots, meet cocktails. Adding these often flavored collagen infused boosters to your client’s favorite pick-me-up is a great way for them to let loose on vacation with sacrificing all your efforts in the treatment room.
Add a shot of flavored collagen powder or liquid to margaritas, mojitos or champagne for an indulgent drink experience that will help firm, tightening and brighten skin from the inside out. Maybe it will curb the hangover, maybe it won’t…