The first quarter of 2021 has passed and despite our efforts to relieve the planet, the pandemic is taking far longer to leave than we hoped it would. And, it’s not like life was not throwing its usual problems at us before, but now escaping to a spa to heal a little, like we could pre-COVID, is more challenging than ever. In the face of these difficulties, here are some fun ways for spas to innovatively offer clients the chance to unwind, de-stress and heal in 2021.
Switch it off
Digital detox is the latest trend in spa and wellness trends. Life in the digital age is far from ideal and working from home means that our on-device-time has doubled. The negative psychological and social impacts of being on a device are well knows. We hear of more burn outs, depression and anxiety than ever before and these might be related to being connected to our devices 24X7.
The only way to create distance from our device addiction is a digital detox. Switching off from digital gadgets allows us to reconnect with ourselves, with people around us and with nature. Unfortunately going offline is not easy and is even harder when we are at home; hence the popularity of digital detox breaks, where someone locks away your gadgets for you. Spas which are often located by picturesque nature, or with calming and soothing interiors when in the city, are the perfect place for clients to hand over their device for a few hours or few days of complete, pampering, switching off!
Run for the hills
Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, simply means spending time outdoors, surrounded by trees. In Japanese, “shinrin” means forest and “yoku” means bath, or immersing oneself in the forest and soaking in the atmosphere through all our senses – sight, smell, touch, taste, and feel. This is not always possible for city slickers, but the good news is that even a small amount of time in nature can have an impact on our health. Even a two-hour forest bath can help one to unplug from technology, slow down and heal. Numerous studies conducted have shown that shinrin-yoku has real health benefits. This is the latest treatment on the menu of several spas, and something all clients should try.
Signature treatments and rituals making use of high frequency, healing crystals to help elevate vitality, balance and overall sense of wellbeing are gaining popularity at spas. Rose Quartz infused baths, Cambria Quartz saunas, Quartz Lined Steam Rooms and therapeutic body rituals like Himalayan Salt stone massage or Alpine Arnica Muscle Repair are just what clients need to unwind.
Doing the Goat
Caprine vinyasa, or ‘goat yoga’ originated on a farm in Oregon in 2016. Since then the idea has gone viral. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, animal therapy has been said to help with physically lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, fostering connections for children with autism, and even diminishing overall physical pain. The mental health advantages include helping with lowering anxiety, increasing mental stimulation and reducing loneliness. Goats, which are undoubtedly adorable, are said to be the ideal therapy animals; they don’t need to develop a special bond with a human before they start interacting with them. When combined with Yoga which is one of the most popular activities at a spa, Goat Yoga offers a welcome break from one’s usual mindset. Goat Yoga allows one to be feel and be to positive and happy; not only does it get you out of your head, it most certainly gets clients out their comfort zone. Goat yoga is a guaranteed de-stressor and pushes clients into having a funny, and unusual albeit calming time – it’s a must for all spa menus this stressful year.