The spa consultants here at ISM Spa, a boutique spa management company based in Asheville, thought this might be a good time to take a few lessons from the day spas we manage.
Wellness has become such an important aspect of spa design management and well as day-to-day spa management. And if ever there was a time for all of us to focus on our own physical and mental wellbeing, this is surely it.
Wellness at Home
Many of the spas we manage – including Ama Spa at The Edwin Hotel, a lovley boutique property in Chattanooga, TN and the Privai + Wellness Spa at the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld, Orlando, FL– have made wellness central to their identity. Some of the innovative spa services they offer reflect this commitment to wellness, including:
- The Whiskey & Wellness Package at Ama Spa, which draws on the invigorating properties of locally made bourbon to cleanse and revive dull skin. This decadent experience includes a Chattanooga Whiskey-infused sugar scrub followed by a sweet orange warming body wrap and a full-body custom pressure massage. A collagen infused weeping eye mask protects and prevents eye aging and Privai body butter hydrates the whole body.
Of course, visiting one of the day spas managed by ISM Spa Management Company isn’t possible at the present moment. But that doesn’t mean we can’t all continue to pursue wellness in our own homes.
Fortunately, breathing exercises – one of the easiest ways to manage stress – can be done anywhere.
Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation
As the health experts at the University of Michigan Health system explain, “There are lots of breathing exercises you can do to help relax.” They recommend belly breathing as a great one to start with if you want to relax and relieve stress.
“Belly breathing is easy to do and very relaxing. Try this basic exercise anytime you need to relax or relieve stress,” U of M says:
- Sit or lie flat in a comfortable position.
- Put one hand on your belly just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest.
- Take a deep breath in through your nose, and let your belly push your hand out. Your chest should not move.
- Breathe out through pursed lips as if you were whistling. Feel the hand on your belly go in and use it to push all the air out.
- Do this breathing 3 to 10 times. Take your time with each breath.
- Notice how you feel at the end of the exercise.
All of us at ISM Spa Management Company wish you and yours the very best during this difficult time.