Wellness Around the World
People everywhere are always coming up with new ways to prevent aging, manage chronic pain and maintain their mental health in its optimum condition. An amazing trait about our ever growing world is the ability to learn and borrow practices from all around the globe to help with almost any and every ailment. Countries all over the world have found unique and thoughtful ways to benefit from whatever is at their disposition. Geographical location, tradition, cultures are all variables whose ingredients contribute to the discover and development of new holistic practices. Iceland has hot springs, China has acupuncture, Egypt has cupping, the practices are endless! Keep reading to learn about these amazingly beneficial wellness practices from around the world!
People from all over the world make Iceland’s Blue Lagoon a must travel destination. Iceland’s Blue Lagoon has built its popularity with its healing, creamy blue waters, which is one of the main reasons people visit this hot spring. So much so that it brings in 400,000 tourists a year! This lagoon is known as a medicinal spa. Its hot waters are kept at 98°F - 102°F, making it warm and relaxing. The waters richness in therapeutic minerals create a silky, blue color. What makes the waters a healing aid is the abundance of silica! Silica is a natural trace mineral and the second most abundant element in Earth’s core. The combination of silica, algae, sulfur and other rich minerals in the water prevent premature aging, melt away pain and stiffness associated with rheumatic diseases and is praised for its healing effects on psoriasis and arthritis. The beauty and healing the Blue Lagoon brings make it the perfect travel destination for those seeking physical wellness as well as an outstanding experience.
The ancient practice of cupping first derived in Egypt. Cupping is the process in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction to stimulate blood flow and reinforce healing. It is known to increase blood flow, release toxins and inflammation. The cups traditionally used are made of glass, but cups made of bamboo, metal or silicone are also used. Cupping begins by lighting a fire to consume the air within the cup, hence creating suction. It is said that cupping brings a profound sense of relaxation and pleasure. After a few cupping sessions people have noticed an extraordinary detoxifying effect on the skin due to the cleansing and removal of toxins. If this sounds like something you could benefit from, contact your primary care physician to see if this is the right practice for you!
Like cupping, acupuncture is an ancient practice that has provided amazing results in health. Acupuncture first began in China where it quickly became a standard form of therapy. There is a theory which states that energy flowing, known as Qi (chi), through pathways within the human body can be channeled to create balance and health. Sterilized needles are used to access these pathways through 350 points in our body in appropriate combinations. Each and every combination is unique to the benefits it provides. Acupuncture stimulates muscles and connective tissue which increases blood flow, activating the bodies natural pain killers. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture relieves tension headaches, migraines, back pain, neck pain, knee pain and many other physical body strains! People all around the world have also picked up on the benefits of acupuncture stating that it helps reduce not only physical pain, but impacts ones emotions by reducing stress and anxiety. Contact your physician to see if this is a good practice for you!
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