Medi-spas, wellness resorts, retreats, clinics and hotels may not be open at this time but they have your health at heart and tools for support. From design tips for home spas, guiding your yoga poses, holistic therapies and green health, virtual wellness comes courtesy of the digital world from the best wellness retreats and destinations around the globe.
Nature’s nurture from the Treetops in Turkey
With 8D Technology, Hillside Beach Club brings the sound of treetops of its Sanda Nature Spa to your home. This sensory experience is captured from above the resort’s Silent Beach. The Hillside team have recorded nature’s own sounds from the treetop spa in its new 8D technology.
Staying in shape from Monaco
Set along 3.83km on the Mediterranean’s Côte D’Azur, leading Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo Wellness Spa offers a range of innovative spa, wellness and fitness facilities from its luxurious setting. Its digital therapy comes in the form of top tips for staying in shape at home. Try Cardiac Coherence – A simple, deep breathing exercise to enhance the sense of well-being, improve sleep and reduce anxiety. Inhaling through the nose and out the mouth of five seconds, for five minutes, three times a day. Or the Stair Climb – Climbing the stairs in your home to improve cardiovascular endurance. Walking or jogging up 200 steps, either one or two steps at a time, once a day.
Yoga from Ibiza
Mojo Rising Yoga is bringing yoga to people in their own homes to help support mental health and mindfulness during these difficult times. Their virtual yoga retreat is streamed globally through Mojo Rising Yoga’s Instagram page.
The Virtual Yoga Retreat includes a series of yoga livestreams aired via Mojo Rising’s Instagram feed and led by their expert instructor. Each session aims to raise money for a different charity, with participants kindly asked to make a nominal donation if possible.The first charity it is supporting is Help Refugees. All details about the virtual yoga retreat and a sign up form for interested participants is available – https://www.mojorisingyoga.com/yoga-livestream
Organic Culinary Pathways from Austria
Food has that feel-good factor especially when it comes direct from its origins. Culinary Pathways is now offered on stream to virtual food havens – think chocolate and desserts, organic of course.
Plan an edible tour of Austria’s most sustainable region, where 50% of farmers adopted responsible farming techniques decades ago. You can use the easy-to-access Via Culinaria – Culinary Pathways – section of SalzburgerLand’s website to discover the tastes of the area. Visit www.salzburgerland.com and follow three easy steps to virtual foodie heaven:
Whet your appetite with this clip: https://www.salzburgerland.com/en/the-9-culinary-pathways/
Imagine the taste of tempting chocolates, markets, cakes and cafes throughout Salzburg here: https://youtu.be/YLbwMWXqgfg
Bring the taste of the mountains to your table; prepare a feast of Freitagnidei (Pinzgau potatoes – better than chips) using easy recipes detailed on https://www.salzburgerland.com/en/pinzgau-potatoes-or-freitagnidei/
The 9 Via Culinaria pathways, a collection of 300 mouthwatering stops, are underpinned by organic produce and sustainable methods. Discover the charm of rustic mountain refuges on the Hut Lovers way.Tread the Herb Lovers path to learn about the healing and flavouring powers of indigenous plants in historic farms or monastery gardens. No meal is complete without a drink. The Beer and Schnapps Aficionados map points out where to find the finest craft beers and schnapps in Austria. SalzburgerLand’s brewing tradition dates back to 696 when Benedictine monks set up shop in St Peter’s Abbey; longevity and success is due to clear water and fresh local ingredients. Every village’s secret Schnapps recipe is passed down the generations, using local berries and herbs.
The most popular tour is the Culinary Pathway for the Sweet Tooth. Discover the greatest coffee houses and chocolatiers for seductive pastries and sweet treats including Salzburg City’s world-famous Mozartkugel (Mozart Balls).
Body & Mind from The Caribbean
The Body-Holiday’s mantra, “give us your body and we will give back your mind” now comes in a digital form. Set in St Lucia, this renowned wellness resort is supporting its guests and wellness enthusiasts by sharing its renowned expertise to help those at home to enhance their wellbeing now and all-year-round with a digital series of workshops and masterclasses.
Utilising their guidance and techniques the wellness resort has carefully curated programmes for home use. They have created their own ‘wellness weekend’ or self-care day to boost the immune system, mood and mental wellbeing:
Get your heart pumping with Mantas’ resistance workout
No need to worry if you don’t have gym equipment at home, BodyHoliday’s Mantas will show you how to utilise a suitcase to get a full body workout. You can also warm up with another fantastic video here
Boost your mood and immune system with Dr Maha’s breathing workshop
Unwind and relax your mind before bed with Tendel’s meditation
The series of videos and blog posts includes everything from cooking demonstrations and meditation sessions, to breathing workshops and exercise classes, and is available via BodyHoliday’s social media channels and website.
Wellness secrets from the UK
Dormy House, on the Farncombe Estate in the English Cotswolds, has been hosting live sessions with their wellbeing and massage guru on Instagram stories, on Wednesdays at 8pm @dormyhouse. As part of the initiative to bring its House Spa into the home, Dormy House is making it possible for us all to learn some of the trade secrets and top techniques with a series of wellbeing massage tutorials to help us unwind. www.dormyhouse.co.uk
Sleep therapy from Northern Island
Hastings Hotels is increasing its offerings for health and wellness at home which includes decluttering for mental health and sleep techniques for sleeping better at home. Their two spa properties The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa and The Culloden Estate and Spa in Northern Ireland are the inspiration behind the virtual wellness ideas.
Sleep easy with Hastings Hotels’ resident sleep expert, Phil McCartan who has taught Gary Barlow, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Chris Evans. Here are eight top tips on getting a good night’s sleep.
Sunlight: Spend more time outdoors, especially at the beginning and end of the day. The less connected you are to natural cycles of darkness and light, the harder it is to adjust to the time change
Bedroom Environment: Eliminating external light and noise can help you get a better night’s sleep. Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, relaxing and clean place. Avoid working from home in your bedroom and keep it a haven for sleeping.
Avoid Caffeine: Limit your caffeine intake in the hours before bed. Caffeine is a stimulant and can affect your quality of sleep.
Take a warm bath: A relaxing bath, shower or even a warm foot bath before bed can improve the quality of sleep and help you fall asleep faster.
Nightly brain dump: Write down any stresses or worries you might have before going to bed and leave them on the piece of paper.
Switch Off: Studies have shown that using a device set at top brightness for two hours suppresses the normal night-time release of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Try to also have at least an hour before bed without TV, phones or computers.
Relax in the evening: Relaxation techniques before bed have been shown to improve sleep quality and are another common technique used to treat insomnia. Why not try listening to relaxing music, taking a hot bath or reading a book
Stay consistent: Being consistent with the time you go to sleep and wake each morning can aid-long-term sleep quality.
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