Whilst I’m someone who likes to take care of my health and wellbeing, ashamedly as work started to pile up, I realised that I had let things slip up a bit. Exercise started to become infrequent, I was overindulging in all the office treats and I was having far too many late nights and it was showing on my skin. I was well and truly burning the candle at both ends.
I live a busy life and like most twenty-something city dwellers, my week involves a lot of deadlines, client meetings, trying to fit in a yoga class or two and socialising with friends. Basically I’m always go, go, go.
So when it was suggested that I head to Scottsdale, Arizona to try out a range of restorative treatments at some of their top spas, I squealed in my chair from excitement.
Here are the restorative treatments I tried and how they boosted my wellness and can boost yours, too.
Sound Bath Therapy
What is sound bowl therapy?
This is an ancient sound healing practice that harnesses the body’s own vibrational and material properties on a cellular level.
The singing bowls can be used to activate the chakras and remove energy blocks, making it suitable for anyone who is interested in finding a way to declutter the mind, relax and destress.
Sound Bowl Therapy Review
Nestled in the Sonoran Desert, just outside of Scottsdale, Arizona CIVANA wellness resort is the perfect place to relax, restore, move and nourish yourself.
I’d seen a lot of sound bowl pics on my Instagram feed but didn’t know too much about it. However, a quick Google search informed me it was the latest in wellness for some much-needed headspace, making it perfect for a stress head like me.
The room was set up with mats and blankets and at the front of the room was a massive gong, tuning forks, bowls in different sizes and colours and lit candles.
Mat chosen, I got cosy under my blanket and followed the teacher’s instructions to let go and listen to the sounds. To begin with, the sounds started off soft and wind-chime like which was very soothing and I soon found myself drifting off into a bit of meditative state which is very rare for me. However, as the class progressed, the sounds deepened and got louder; you could literally feel the vibrations throughout your body.
Once the 45 minutes were up and the sounds began to slowly fade and we were gently awakened, we ended with a few 3-4-5 breathing exercises to further relax the body and mind.
Post-sound bowl therapy I certainly felt a lot more relaxed and at ease than when I walked in. Having the sounds to focus on made it easier for me to let go of my thoughts than with traditional meditation.
What is a HydraFacial?
Most skin – whether it’s oily or dry – can be dehydrated, which is caused by a lack of water in the skin. Step in the Hydrafacial.
The HydraFacial uses a clever hydradermabrasion device that simultaneously provides cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, as well as hydration by infusing the skin with serums filled with antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. This is basically a glass of water for your face.
Standing at at three stories and nearly 40,000 square feet is the uber luxe Phoenician spa part of the recently renovated luxury Phoenician Resort which has seen the likes of President Obama and Michelle Obama stay.