Whether it’s altering your routine for a better night’s sleep or boosting energy through changes to your diet, sometimes, we need to step away from our schedules and focus on how we’re treating body and mind. We’re not saying you can replace a week of spa treatments in Ibiza with an at-home retreat, but a total body overhaul is possible without having to jump on a plane – not to mention kinder on your bank balance. SL contributor Georgina Blaskey has everything from improved gut health to reduced stress covered with these wellness-boosting solutions to use both home and away…
Quick Fix: This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
There’s a reason this pillow spray regularly tops the beauty best seller lists. This Works’ soothing super-blend of lavender, vetiver and camomile helps to calm both mind and body, and is clinically proven to help you fall asleep faster and wake feeling more refreshed.
Home: Hayo'u Method
Hayo'u comprises simple daily de-stress practices based on the Chinese Medicine techniques gua sha skin scraping, Qi Gong movements and deep abdominal breathing. According to Vogue, gua sha facials help drain lymphatic fluids and increase blood flow to the skin – try it at home with this jade massage tool: press-stroke gently for one minute, morning and night, after applying your favourite facial oil.
Away: Yogic Sleep Retreat, Alpina Gstaad
The ultra-luxurious Alpina Gstaad in Switzerland offers the ultimate in relaxing getaways: a Yogic Sleep Retreat. The three-day program combines Yoga nidra, pranayama and gentle Yoga practice with energy-balancing spa treatments such as holistic massage, mediation and foot acupressure.
Quick Fix: East by West by Jasmine Hemsley
Influenced by Jasmine’s recent travels in Sri Lanka and India, this colourful cookbook boasts a menu based on Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical system. In line with Jasmine’s wellness-through-food philosophy, East by West fuses healing herbs and rebalancing spices with seasonal British produce.
Home: Farmacy, Notting Hill
The brain child of Camilla Fayed, Farmacy aims to deliver the freshest, organic cuisine designed to heal and nourish the body. Offering an array of delicious plant-based dishes, the restaurant is both vegan and vegetarian-friendly, and free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals.
Away: India Luxury Detox Retreat, Ananda
One of the world’s most luxurious spas, Ananda in the Himalayas’ Ayurvedic rejuvenation package is designed to restore vitality and enhance immunity. Cleansing Panchakarma treatments, a body type-based diet and daily Yoga sessions claim to reduce stress, improve health and address common ailments such as poor sleep.
LEARN TO LOVE SILENCE
Quick Fix: Walking Meditation
To escape the buzzing in your brain and treadmill of your to-do list, go for a walk with a difference. A walking meditation involves being fully present for every step and enjoying the sense of peace it instils.
Home: Four Seasons, Park Lane
Live the high-rise spa at London’s Park Lane Four Seasons, where the views of Hyde Park make you feel as if you’re floating above the stress of the daily grind. Treatment rooms all boast floor-to-ceiling windows and private relaxation pods, for very quiet and totally private wind-down time.
Away: Therme Laa, Austria
Head to the hotel’s new Silent Spa, where the only sound you’ll hear is gentle lapping water. Take in the breathtaking architecture, unwind with a treatment, enjoy the pool, sauna and steam bath, then leave with your shoulders ten centimetres lower.
HEALING THROUGH SMELL
Quick Fix: Therapie Restore Aura Spray
Therapie’s stress-relieving spritz is perfect for a quick refresh whenever you're tired, frazzled or overworked. Just mist yourself with the alchemical blend of aromatic hydrosols, essential oils and crystal essences, to help banish bad feelings and negative energy.
Home: agua Bathhouse & Spa, Mondrian London at Sea Containers
Swedish? Esalen? Lymphatic drainage? Pick a massage technique and not only will the aqua therapist do the technique you desire, they’ll personalise it with your choice of essential oil blends, too. We liked layering soothing chamomile with lemon, rosemary and black pepper, for a relaxing yet gently invigorating blend.
Away: Kurhotel Skodsborg, Denmark
Book in for the spa’s star treatment: ‘SaunaGus’, an extreme aromatherapy sauna. Hot towels are swung around the sauna to distribute steam infused with relaxing essential oils and amp up the heat (which can reach up to 120 degrees). The experience finishes with a serious cooldown: diving into the Baltic Sea from the hotel’s private jetty.
ULTIMATE DIGESTIVE HEALTH
Quick Fix: Wild Fizz Kombucha
To help relieve indigestion, try this tea packed full of gut-friendly live cultures, vitamins, and antioxidants. Made with Japanese Sencha tea, this lightly sparkling drink claims to increase your energy, as well as easing the symptoms of IBS.
Home: iamYiam DNA Testing
Using a cheek swab and saliva sample, iamYiam claims to analyses your genetics and work out what you’re missing nutritionally. From discovering possible gluten intolerance to realising you may have low levels of probiotics, iamYiam creates a profile and diagnosis the preventative steps you can take with your doctor to ensure a healthier future.
Away: The Original FX Mayr Health Centre, Austria
Often hailed as the pinnacle of wellness retreats, the FX Mayr Health Center provides guests with tailor-made plans of vitamin infusions, therapeutic massages, and health tests from vitamin D status to urine analysis. The superspa’s head chef, Andreas Wolff, works closely with the in-house nutritional scientist to design dishes as health-boosting as they are delicious. Buckwheat crepes with carrot and herb puree, anyone?