Recent research suggests the biggest growth in spa treatments is wellness, due to today’s state of unparalleled stress.
With our lives connected 24/7, for many people it has become difficult to define work-life boundaries. People are craving solutions for better sleep, reduced stress levels and authentic self-care.
Salons and spas that develop treatments centring on the idea of mindfulness and reflection, creating an unplugged oasis and incorporating nature, are providing just that.
New research indicates long-term stress speeds the indications of aging, leading to inflammation, dryer skin and increased sensitivities.
Researchers have also found tangible changes in brain structure from mindfulness practice, backing up our need to address this emerging trend.
How do we combat stress in our daily lives?
VOYA has addressed this by developing an amazing, 90-minute sleep ritual treatment, Mindful Dreams, offering you a heightened sense of tranquillity in an exceptional sleep encouraging experience. This wellbeing focused treatment, which is now available to spas in New Zealand, evokes instant peacefulness and nurtures inner mindfulness, calmness, and serenity.
With wellbeing at the heart of VOYA’s philosophy, we encourage you to take a reflective moment each day and be mindful. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to reduce stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. Those things that happen when you are stressed, such as increased heart rate, fast breathing and high blood pressure, all decrease as you breathe deeply.
To reach a state of inner calmness and relaxation of the body, take a moment to yourself, close your eyes, relax and soften your body. Take a deep breath in through your nose and hold for a count of three, releasing that breath out through your mouth. Repeat until your breath slows and you feel calm. When you are ready, open your eyes.
Lavender and Rosemary
Studies show that lavender is a calming and relaxing herb - it has frequently been used for insomnia, anxiety, depression and natural stress relief. Much of the data supports the benefits of being anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory also. It is calming yet simultaneously mood-lifting and can easily be introduced into your life.
Rosemary has been seen to reduce cortisol ‘the stress hormone’. Fittingly, its name means ‘dew of the sea’. Benefits of rosemary are stress reduction, improvement in memory, mental performance and concentration, and as a potent, natural remedy for anxiety. Simply inhaling the scent of rosemary can lower cortisol levels and activate the ‘relaxation response’.
Tranquil Bodycare Range
VOYA’s new Tranquil range will help ease the stresses of everyday life, inducing a feeling of calm and serenity. The unique floral blend of lavender and rosemary will leave you feeling calm, soothed, balanced and deeply relaxed. This is a perfect tonic for a stressful day or to help with sleep.
Within this award-winning range there is a body wash, body oil, body scrub, bath and shower oil.
True Tranquil is a lavender body wash infused with the natural purifying properties of wild organic seaweed sourced from Ireland’s untamed Atlantic coastline. True Tranquil captures the serenity of a calm sea in a relaxing body wash that will hydrate your skin and soothe your senses. Our mild yet effective organic foaming body wash contains essential oils and naturally-derived cleansing and conditioning agents to help soften the skin and leave it feeling nourished. Active seaweed extracts help to relieve muscle stress and fatigue. Great for de-stressing at the start of the day or to assist in promoting a good night’s sleep.
Mindful Moments is a beautifully fragranced and ultra-nourishing body oil. Enhanced with the finest evening primrose and Argan oils, and combined with the antioxidant qualities of himanthalia elongata seaweed, this sublime oil will deeply nourish and hydrate the driest of skins. Lavender essential oil will de-stress the mind and assist in the prevention of sleepless nights, while rosemary oil will ease mental fatigue and uplift the spirits. For best results, apply after True Tranquil relaxing shower gel. The perfect wellbeing ritual designed to ease the mind throughout the day or to promote a good night’s sleep.
Rose quartz crystal has been called the ‘Love Stone’ due to sending vibrations of love and happiness. It is the symbol of unconditional love that opens the heart chakra. Getting its name from its rose-pink colour, rose quartz varies in shades of pink to sometimes being almost purple. Its name derives from the Greek word ‘hyalos’, meaning glass.
Rose quartz works on your personal growth and spiritual development. It has a calming and soothing effect, so you can expect to feel calmer and more collected when dealing with people in tough situations. Rose quartz symbolises love of yourself.
During VOYA’s Mindful Dreams sleep ritual, rose quartz is used to calm the psyche, balancing emotions while strengthening self-love and self-esteem. Rose quartz is placed on your heart chakra during your treatment helping to relax, unblock anxiety and promote emotional healing.
To achieve quality of life we must all strive to maintain an optimal level of wellness. Everything we do, from our emotions to our actions, impacts on our wellbeing. Our wellbeing also impacts on our emotions and actions. Wellbeing is the centre of balance - without looking after our wellbeing we no longer have balance in our lives. Everyone needs to strive for optimal wellness to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions.
Take the first steps today to create balance in your life. We wish you good luck on your personal wellness journey.