As we find ourselves in December, rumours are beginning to circulate that this is going to be a cold one. Good news for anyone dreaming of a white Christmas. Bad news for our immune systems, noses and the letter ‘m’ - which somehow turns into a ‘b’ during flu season. While there’s no cure for the common cold – although a good chicken soup can work wonders – there is an entire industry devoted to healing treatments. All we need to do is find the right one for our symptoms. Aching joints? Red nose? A severe case of the sniffles? Read about out favourite pampering remedies….
Dating back to ancient Roman, Egyptian and Chinese cultures, aromatherapy works on the belief that certain smells have an uplifting effect on our mood - like brownies baking in the oven. Most treatments involve an aromatherapy massage using oils tailored specifically to your mood, wellbeing and symptoms. The oils are rubbed into the skin and absorbed by the blood stream leaving you feeling relaxed, energized or whatever you need from the inside out. Used to treat symptoms of stress, travel sickness and insomnia, bear it in mind if you’re planning any long journeys over the festive period or if finding that perfect gift is causing you to pull your hair out.
Feeling a bit blocked up? Hopi Ear Candling helps relieve wax build up, tinnitus, sinus problems, migraines, flu and stress simply by placing candles inside the ear. Don’t panic – and don’t try it at home just yet - they’re not just any candles. Hopi ear candles are made from hollow cotton tubes impregnated with beeswax, honey and therapeutic oils. When lit, the candle vaporises the ingredients, generating heat and providing a light suction to decongest the ear leaving you feeling fresh, clear and ready to hear those sleigh bells ringing long before even the keenest ears.
Reiki is an ancient Japanese touch therapy that works with the seven main ‘chakras’ that lie between the base of your spine and your head. Reiki therapists ensure all chakras are spinning freely (as they do when we are happy and healthy) by gently placing their hands on the body, removing blockages and refueling wherever energy is low. Each position is held for three to ten minutes, or until your therapist senses anything interrupting the spin of each chakra has been removed. Reiki is used to relax the body, order thoughts and banish stress as well as treating health complaints from stomach-aches to bee stings to colds and flu. We’ll take two…
If there’s something going around and you still haven’t caught it now might be a great time to try out preventative steam and sauna therapy. These heat-based therapies encourage perspiration to rid the body of toxins and impurities that can lead to bugs. Steam therapy works by sitting in a room filled with steam and relaxing while your body warms up and pores open to excrete waste – aka sweat. Sauna therapy involves sitting and sweating in dry heat to rid the body of toxins as well as soothe aches and pains by increasing muscle stimulation and encouraging recovery. Beats the most Christmas dinner sweats.
An icy igloo might not be your first port of call for winter healing, but a Halotherapy igloo (made of salt) might be just the remedy you’re after. Inside the igloo, or cave, salt particles are circulated and inhaled allowing them to penetrate the respiratory system, clear airways and work to reduce inflammation. Halotherapy is used to treat respiratory conditions like asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis and other health complaints like eczema and insomnia. And they say too much salt is bad for you. Actually, it is. Please season responsibly this Christmas.
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