Looking Stateside for the next big trends in wellness
The Bamboo Fusion Massage at the Body by Brooklyn therapy rooms in New York is the closest you’ll get to feeling reborn. Have a twitchy back muscle or cranky knee joint? They’ll be forgotten after an hour of careful, yet concentrated pummelling by Body by Brooklyn’s expert massage therapists. The treatment combines the techniques of Swedish massage and the benefits of soothing heat with the invigorating energy of bamboo. If you’ve tried hot stone and deep tissue and have been left wanting more, this is the massage for you.
Shine is a new app that delivers a personalised approach to mindfulness. With a library of interactive audio tutorials on topics ranging from ‘Ditching a Toxic Friend’ to ‘Self-Care for Online Dating’, this app provides a dose of wellness wherever you might be. Need a reminder that you’re doing the best you can? Shine Texts send messages to help you practice self-love and remind you that you’re not alone in the struggle. It’s not so much an app, as it is a new best friend.
In Los Angeles, where self-improvement is practically a religion, there’s no shortage of pop-ups designed to enhance your mood. The latest is the Instagram friendly Happy Place, which promises to boost your positivity, with a bonus sugar rush. It features art installations, such as an upside down bedroom and an illuminated bed of confetti, positive mantras and optional rainbow grilled cheese at the end. Silly, sunny, and smile-inducing stuff.
Laughter Yoga is a unique new practice that utilizes laughter as a form of exercise. Hugely popular in Los Angeles, it combines yogic breathing techniques with intentional laughter practices – without the need for jokes. Created by Dr. Madan Kataria, a physician from India, and his yoga teacher wife Madhuri, the class teaches the physical and emotional health benefits of therapeutic laughter.
Sweating out toxins is an ancient tradition that has been adopted by modern wellness practice. The Shape House, with branches in both New York and California, offer FAR infrared treatments, which can help burn calories, deepen sleep, improve skin, lift moods and change lives. FAR infrared cannot be seen, but can be felt as a nourishing heat that safely penetrates the skin to increase core-body temperature, enhancing the body’s ability to free itself from toxic chemicals, pathogens, and heavy metals by cleansing from the inside out.