Refreshing the Body – Reflexology
You’ve just been to a really tough spinning class at your local gym, your shoulders ache, your back is all bent up – what do you do? Most of you will just go home and vegetate whilst you wait for your body to recover, but this isn’t going to help you as much as real relaxation could!
Instead of lazing around waiting for the pain to fade, go try out some reflexology. Reflexology works by placing various amounts of pressure upon specific point on your feet or face – foot reflexology is common practice in comparison with facial reflexology, but the choice is yours.
The theory is that these specific points on your feet are actually trigger-points which represent different parts of your body, and by placing pressure on them your body will respond to that particular area of your body and will stimulate the renewal process – this works especially well for back pain, improving the functionality of organs and soothing the nervous system.
Alleviating Pain and Pressure – Acupuncture
So feet don’t take your fancy – it’s no biggie! Acupuncture is just as effective as reflexology but it works in a slightly different way; acupuncture attempts to stimulate the flow of qi (pronounced ch-ee) within your body. Qi is your ‘life force’ or ‘prana’ in Hinduism and is encouraged through the use of very fine needles that are placed on meridian lines around the body.
It’s believed that a strong flow of qi within the body will promote good health and rapid healing; however, this is something that you will have to experience for yourself before you can believe its positive effects. It’s also hard to believe that acupuncture isn’t painful – but it’s long been touted as one of the most relaxing and healing of all holistic medicines. Most health spas that offer acupuncture do so in a relaxing environment, far from the hospital rooms that we all imagine!
Due to the use of fine needles it’s suggested that you visit a professional spa facility or a therapist that is experienced in this treatment – this is to prevent any little accidents from occurring; nobody wants to be stabbed with a needle by somebody who doesn’t know what they’re doing!
Hydrotherapy – The Best Healer!
So you’re a little bit fussy, you don’t like feet, and needles freak you out – do not fear! Hydrotherapy is one of the best treatments that you could undergo, and there are so many forms of it!
There’s a water treatment to suit every taste; three dimensional massages, natural outdoor baths and mineral baths.
Three dimensional massages are massages that use a series of underwater jets to apply pressure to various parts of the body, this technique is often used as a part of physiotherapy; it’s that effective! Hydrotherapy, as the name suggests, is always a treatment that contains water – due to this it’s incredibly unlikely that you could ever encounter negative effects from this type of treatment.
Water is a natural cleanser and purifier – after a difficult workout there could be nothing better for your skin or for your mental health than to allow yourself to soak in a mineral bath or undergo an underwater massage. Hydrotherapy is more effective than an ordinary bath or shower as whilst the water washes away the sweat from your workout the minerals begin to work on your skin to rejuvenate it and remove toxins that have built up – the use of hot and cold water will also release the tension that you have created within your muscles. By ridding yourself of all that unnecessary strain you are enabling your body to prevent cramp from occurring and you’ll also feel much fresher!
Hydrotherapy really is the best healer, so why not give it a go?
There are many others ways in which you can take relation to the next level without having to stray far from your own home; all you have to do is experiment a little and find out what makes you feel better.
Amanda Bryant is a health beautician and spa consultant based in London. Having worked in the industry for more than a decade, she has had more than a few opportunities to sample the relaxation techniques above!