3 Smart Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Mind for the Year Ahead

The global wellness industry may be quick to adopt the latest advances in technology—as evinced by the trend for cryotherapy to treat skin and muscle fatigue—but at the same time, it is also reacting against our dependence on them.

Rejuvenate your tired body and mind.

Multi-day programs aim to fix sleeping patterns broken by our high-tech lives, and with the nonstop stimulation of our phones and computers, more operators, spas, and resorts are proclaiming the importance of going off the grid. Here, we outline a myriad of ways to harness technology for your benefit while countering its negative effects.

Photo: Black Tomato

1. Playing the Wild Card

For a unique mental and physical challenge, the tailored Get Lost adventures by luxury travel company Black Tomato promise a Bear Grylls–style immersion into the great outdoors, minus the extreme eating. Guests can decide how “lost” they would like to be and pick out the kind of terrain—either jungle, polar, desert, mountain, or coastal—for the adventure. But the rest is entirely up to Black Tomato, which will supply travelers with the necessary training and technical equipment before dispatching them to a remote area that could be anywhere in the world. As a support team keeps careful watch from a distance, participants must find their own way out via a series of checkpoints to claim a reward at the end of the expedition. It’s billed as a mindful way to engage with new surroundings and a chance for honest self-discovery. As Black Tomato co-founder Tom Marchant explains, “We believe there’s something about true disconnection from both technology and from the traditional format of luxury travel—guides, schedules, and so on—that allows us to tap into this new state of mindfulness.”

More information here.

Photo: Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

2. California Dreaming

The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has recently added a Wellness Room category to its choice of guest quarters. A tie-up between the property and health-centric residential developer Delos, the five rooms and two suites on the fourth-floor spa level were designed with a range of features to improve guests’ physical and emotional wellbeing. These include circadian lighting to energize the body by day and enhance sleep quality by night, an air purification system, plus showers fitted with a device to reduce chlorine levels. Among the extra in-room amenities are exercise equipment, yoga mats, and meditation videos by bestselling author and alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra, while guests also have access to sleep and nutrition programs developed by the Cleveland Clinic.

More information here.

Photo: The Ritz-Carlton Spa

3. Cold Comfort

Winter may not have arrived in Hong Kong just yet, but you can now experience the bracing cold at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, which has partnered with London-based skincare label 111SKIN to launch a trio of brand-new cryotherapy facial and massage treatments. Using purified air chilled to -30°C, the exclusive 60- or 90-minute facials are suited to jet-setters and residents exposed to higher levels of pollution; extremely low temperatures have the effect of exfoliating dead cells, reducing puffiness, firming up the skin, and helping to attain a brighter complexion. Meanwhile, sports enthusiasts can opt for a 60-, 90-, or 120-minute session that combines full-body cryotherapy with deep-tissue and sports massages to soothe fatigued muscles. The final offering is a half-hour cryotherapy energy cellulite treatment—intended to stimulate micro-circulation and the lymphatic system—which can be added on to other spa therapies.

More information here.

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Balancing Act”).

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