If you’re a fan of exploring the world of health and wellness to find what makes you feel your absolute best, the past few years have probably been a whirlwind of amazing opportunities for you. There are so many health and wellness trends that have been making their way onto the scene as of late, and this year is no different. Of course, health isn’t a trend — taking care of yourself is about finding what works best for you and sticking with it rather than cycling through whatever is popular right now.
That being said, wellness trends often come into the spotlight to bring attention to an idea or practice so more people can try it out and see if it works for them. When you use them right, trends are about letting you try new things and seeing what will stick with you. While you may have heard of some of these before, others may be brand new. You can try out any number of them and see what really makes you feel your best.
While you may have heard of acupuncture, acupressure is its slightly less prickly cousin. Instead of needles, acupressure seeks to access energy and healing benefits through applying manual pressure — often in the form of massage — to various essential points throughout the body. Acupressure can be used to treat anything from stress to more serious illnesses, but it tends to really shine when it comes to treating all the mysterious yet specific aches and pains throughout the body.
Things like nausea, headaches, muscle pain and muscle tension are all great reasons to see an acupressure specialist or acupuncturist for a session. Who knows? This ancient healing practice could be the key to revolutionizing your routine.
2. IV Drips
IV drips aren’t just for the hospital anymore. In fact, the health and recovery benefits that IVs offer have recently turned them into the wellness secret many celebrities swear by. IV drips offer a surge of hydrating and revitalizing qualities directly into the body, which famously helps for a speedy hangover recovery, but can also offer an immune system boost, weight loss, glowing skin and healthy hair. Essentially, IV drips give your body a healthy boost of fluids. There are even services that deliver IV drips directly to your door for a completely safe, easy and effective at home treatment.
3. Himalayan Salt Rooms
If you’ve seen those gorgeous pink Himalayan rock salt lamps on nearly everybody’s desk, just think about an entire room filled with that glowing warmth — you may just have to check it out for the experience alone. But spending time in the salt room — also known as halotherapy — offers so many benefits that follow you even after you exit the cave.
The rock salt releases negative ions into the air, which react with your brain chemistry to produce more serotonin. This is part of the reason rock salt rooms have a calming, soothing and uplifting affect, which can help to ease stress and anxiety. Breathing in the salt can also help to ease anxiety and depression, improve breathing quality and offer skin benefits.
4. The Wim Hof Method
Wim Hof is also known as The Iceman, mostly because he has literal Guinness world records for swimming in ice and maintaining prolonged full body contact with ice. Those photos you’ve seen of that guy meditating shirtless in the arctic? Most likely him. But how can that help you? Wim Hof can do what he does through a series of body control and body connection techniques that lead him to have the mental strength to sit in ice. His philosophy is based on a combination of breathing exercises, cold therapy and commitment to self development.
Many people have begun implementing Wim Hof’s methods into their wellness routine — either going all in with the cold therapy or simply using the breathing exercises and mental awareness to gain more body control and connection.
In Sanskrit, Ayurveda translates to “knowledge of life.” Although this Indian practice has been gaining some popularity recently, it’s anything but new. Tied to yoga and yogic philosophies, Ayurveda has been around for thousands of years. Essentially, it’s all about using food, herbs and other natural remedies to bring balance to your energies and your physical body in a way that’s right for you.
While Ayurveda is often referred to as a diet, that’s definitely not all it is. In Ayurveda, you discover your dosha — essentially, your energy type — and use it to determine what you specifically need from the Ayurvedic method. It involves listening to your body and understanding yourself more as you explore deeper.
6. Practical Skincare
While years past have brought fancy skincare packed with luscious fragrances and high price tags stealing the show, those products of olde are slowly making their way out the door. More and more, people are turning to practical skincare as a means of health and wellness. Skincare is becoming a part of the health conversation — not just the beauty conversation — which makes sense, as your skin is the largest organ on your body. This means more fragrance free products, an emphasis on sun protection and more comprehensive skincare education.
Wellness Is Calling
While health and wellness practices often shift in and out of the spotlight, you can use what’s popular to guide you to all kinds of new methods you’ve never tried before. Try out whatever calls your name. Who knows? You may stumble upon something that you cant live without.