FROM FLOATING TO ACUPUNCTURE, CHECK OUT THESE 2018 TRENDS
As we follow the health and lifestyle trends going into the new year, it seems besides the ever-changing group exercise classes and cardio machines, there is a lean toward a more complete health plan, inside and out. Stress management, rejuvenation of energy, pain management and feeling balanced are topping the lists. There are several facilities popping up all over the western suburbs to cater to these needs. The following shines a light on just a few of the services that seem to be gaining popularity.
Floating – Floating is a sensory deprivation relaxation experience. Individuals will have their own darkened room or pod and lie in 10 inches of skin temperature water that is combined with hundreds of pounds of healing Epsom salts which allows a body to float effortlessly. “It’s the stillness that puts the body into a deep meditative state,” says Lindsay Reinhart, Co-Owner of Annica Float Club in Naperville. “It truly helps with stress management and lowering blood pressure.” This restorative treatment helps clear the mind same as meditation. Many people also use it to enhance creativity and solving problems.
Infrared Sauna – As opposed to the traditional sauna, which uses heat to warm the air, which in turn warms your body, an infrared sauna heats your body directly without warming the air around you. This may appeal to those who cannot tolerate the heat of a conventional sauna. The infrared sauna uses infrared rays similar to those given off by the sun and can penetrate directly into your skin to activate sweat glands and cause water molecules in our cells to vibrate and release toxins. The benefits of this therapy include lower blood pressure, boosted immune system, increased metabolism and weight loss, and an improvement in skin appearance.
Salt Therapy Room/Caves – In the mid-1800’s, doctors discovered workers in the salt mines in Poland had excellent respiratory health. Researchers have since concluded that the healing properties of the dry salt aerosol helps clear toxins and pollutants in the lungs and nasal passages to help boost the immune system. Leah Jenski, the owner of the Salternative Spa in Geneva explains their unique halotherapy within their salt rooms. “Our halo generator grinds up the salts into tiny particles that you breathe in. It puts you into ‘relaxation response’ which tells your body ‘all is well’ and it can take the time to work on healing.” Sitting in a room inhaling the healing properties of the salt for even 20 to 30 minutes could offer strong benefits.
Acupuncture – Ancient Chinese secret? You bet. Acupuncture, a form of Chinese medicine, has been around a very long time, but just recently we are starting to see it pop up in many wellness institutes and spas in conjunction with other therapies. Acupuncture is the use of hair-thin needles to stimulate the central and peripheral nervous systems that trigger the body’s natural healing abilities and the release of certain brain chemicals, such as endorphins. Among other benefits, this therapy can improve the circulatory system, improve digestion, reduce frequency and severity of headaches, lower blood pressure and pain relief. -Mindy Kyle