From chilling cryotherapy, sweaty infrared saunas, boujee IV drips, blinding steam rooms, and futuristic sensory deprivation float tanks- there seems to be an overwhelming variety of ways to relax and put your muscles and mind at ease these days. While the sheer amount of stress relief tools in today’s society might seem unnecessary or even obnoxious at times, our team encourages you to try at least ONE of these hip ways to chill out (even if that may mean subjecting your body to extreme heat).
*Warning, not for the faint at heart* If you can handle needles without becoming squeamish, intravenous therapy is for you. For an added shot of vitality right into your bloodstream, IV drips are your best bet and can help your body rebuild with amino acids mixtures or hydrate with electrolyte blends. These drips have the power to boost your body with vitamins and minerals that you may be lacking and can help cure a hangover, boost your immunity, increase your metabolism, boost your energy levels, improve anxiety, and improve seasonal allergies.
Don’t have the patience to cook your body in a sauna for 30 minutes to produce only one drop of sweat? Just step foot into a steam room and you will be greeted by a thick fog of heat ranging from 160-200°F. If you are looking to burn more calories, loosen stiff joints, and sit in a pond of your own sweat-steam rooms are for you. Not only do they help you relax- they also put your muscles at ease, improve circulation, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, clear congestion, and produce glowing skin. Who would have thought sitting in a small hot room for ten minutes could benefit you so much?
We have all heard about the digital detox, (when your phone dies and there is no charger around to save you) but what about a detox from ALL external stimuli including sound, light, and gravity? Welcome to a sensory deprivation tank where you are in a dark, soundproof tank that is filled with a foot or less of Epsom salt water. Individuals claim this experience is euphoric as they float on their backs in the tank and even claim to have enhanced creativity and increased imagination after just one session.
Can’t handle the extreme heat from a steam room? Don’t enjoy sizzling in sweat? Infrared panels easily heat up your body and penetrate deep without heating up the air. For better sleep, relaxation, detoxification, weight loss and relief from sore muscles, infrared saunas are perfect for you.
Behold, the secret cure for jet lag! Prefer the cold? Cryotherapy uses extremely low temperatures -110-160°C to decrease inflammation, improve skin tone, and reduce muscle pain. Forget the ice packs, ice massage, and ice baths! While it may sound absurd that sitting in a cold chamber in freezing or near freezing temperatures for a few minutes could treat tissue damage, we assure you to give it a shot if you can bare the icy temperatures.
While recovery may seem overly complicated in today’s day and age, there is truly nothing that sets the stage for ideal muscle recovery and repair like adequate sleep and good nutrition. When all else fails, simply go back to the basics but don’t forget to treat your mind and body with these unique alternatives when you’re looking to spruce up your wellness routine.