5 Healing Spa Treatments
- Published: Friday, May 11th 2012
- in Travel & Play
When the body heals, our cells regenerate and repair themselves. In so doing, we also restore a spiritual wholeness. The body’s extraordinary capacity to heal connects the mind, body and spirit in one – read on for five wellness offerings that provide a sense of healing.
The health benefits of meditation, a self-led exercise said to relax and calm body and mind, have long been recognized, according to SpaEvidence.com. One study from the University of California, Davis (U.S.), reports meditation is linked to “positive psychological change and increased telomerase activity, a predictor of long-term cellular viability,” while a separate University of Pennsylvania (U.S.) study said “long-term meditators exhibit significantly higher cerebral blood flow in brain structures associated with attention, emotion, etc.” We say, “Ommm, yes!”
Sleep Health Therapy
Treatments that tend to the body’s sleeping processes help to improve both quantity and quality of shut-eye and help the body restore itself, along with conditions like insomnia, sleep apnea, etc. We love the Sphatika Experience® at NYC’s The Royal Sphatika Spa, a pioneer in sleep treatments: Sleep is an essential component of this luxurious ritual, which combines time in the far infrared sauna, gentle rocking, invigorating skin brushing, a nutrient-rich orchid mineral mask, relaxing steam canopy, hemp-oil body massage and lymphatic drainage facial and uses the 100-percent natural Sphatika skincare line – we’ll feel like Sleeping Beauty in no time.
This therapeutic massage provides a truly relaxing experience by boosting circulation and draining trapped water and toxins from the body through the lymphatic system. The therapist focuses on the face, neck or entire body using gentle, wavelike movements, ultra-light drumming and rhythmic pressure (no deep kneading here) in an attempt to decrease swelling, detoxify, regenerate tissue and soothe pain and stress.
Read more about Lymph Drainage.
The healing power of nature prevails in this particular holistic medical system, centered on the body’s ability to heal itself. A combination of components – from natural foods, vitamins and supplements to exercise to herbal medicine to mind-body therapies and more – are used to prevent and treat causes, not symptoms.
Dry brushing the skin, a common precursor to body scrubs, masks and moisturizers, stimulates circulation while removing outer layers of dull, dead cells by way of a natural-bristle brush. Healthy, even-toned skin renewed – just in time for bathing-suit season!