THE ACCESSORIES OF WELLNESS

11/11/20

Hospitality is a real art, both in daily life and in the beauty and wellness sector. And that’s the reason why the accessories that you choose to use in your business are so important. They allow you to combine your technical and manual skills with the emotional significance of the beauty and wellness experience, creating unforgettable rituals for your guests.

 

There are several types of accessories on the market, and each one has its specific characteristics. Let’s have a look at the most popular:

 

 

 

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PINDASWEDA BAGS

What are they?

These are small cotton bags (technically “boluses”) filled with natural herbs and spices and essential oils, warmed in medicated oil or through steam in order to spread out the effects of the thermal treatment.

 

How to use them 

Heritage of the Ayurvedic tradition, the Pindasweda treatment starts with a relaxing massage with medicated oil, followed by the massage with the boluses, used to stroke the body with circular motions and to apply pressure. The boluses are then laid on specific areas of the body. The massage is followed by a reaction phase of relaxation for about half an hour before having a hot bath.

 

Benefits

The Pindasweda massage is particularly suited to:

  • ease joint pain and muscle contractures
  • fight arthritis, rheumatisms and arthrosis
  • eliminate toxins and skin impurities
  • fight cellulitis

 

Tip

The Pindasweda bags can be prepared at home too, following the tips on the internet for an easy DIY preparation. Perfect for a “wellness” gift!

 

 

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HOT STONES

What are they?

These are basalt stones. Basalt is an effusive volcanic rock, characterized by its very dark color and its capacity to absorb and retain heat. The stones are smooth, flat and naturally blunted by the sea or by the flows of the rivers. The stones come in various shapes, and their size is generally proportional to the size of the treated muscle.

 

How to use them

The massage with hot stones is a specific kind of physical treatment where the therapists use these accessories as an “extension” of their hands or resting them on the customer’s body when massaging other parts of the body. Cold marble stones are sometimes used too, as they are particularly suited to treat inflammations and for the stimulation of the nervous system.

 

Benefits

The Hot Stones massage is particularly suited to:

  • ease joint pain and muscle contractures
  • favor lymphatic and venous circulation
  • treat backache and cervical pain
  • smooth and tone the skin
  • help the psycho-emotional sphere, fighting insomnia, anxiety, stress and nervous tension

 

Tip

“LaStone Therapy” is a patented brand, with a very meticulous and rigorous method of use that requires 54 hot stones and 18 cold stones, which benefit not only the body but also the balance of the chakras.

 

 

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BAODING BALLS

What are they?

These are metal balls with a diameter of about 5 centimeters. They are generally warmed up to reach a very similar temperature to that of our body, but they can also be used cold to obtain a revitalizing effect and to fight fatigue marks around the eyes.

 

How to use them

The body is sprinkled with a mix of essential oils, such as lemon, cypress, rosemary or bitter orange, that have a relaxing or reducing effect. The operator places two balls under the palms of the hands and slides them along the whole body, applying pressure of different intensity according to the treated area.

To fight cellulitis, for example, the balls are slid on the lymphatic stations on the belly, on the groin and behind the knees, so as to make the stagnant liquids flow towards the lymphatic channels and facilitate their elimination.

 

Benefits

The massage with baoding balls is particularly suited to:

  • fight water retention
  • alleviate muscle stiffness and tension
  • boost skin microcirculation

 

Tip

The baoding balls are hollow spheres, each containing a small chime: during the massage, they produce a pleasant jingling sound that favors relaxation. According to Chinese tradition, the vibrations produced help mental and physical balance.