With the world’s growing interest in health and wellness, it’s no wonder that the new decade has brought a fresh influx of wellness trends. We’ve compiled a list of self-care activities for you to try in 2020.
According to the Global Wellness Institute, the global health and wellness industry is a rapidly growing market worth over USD 4.5 trillion. With the rise of the global self-care trend, the term wellness has become much more than just a buzzword, with millions being more focused than ever on health, fitness, and general wellbeing. Here’s what you need to know about the hottest wellness trends in 2020.
Shinrin-yoku (Forest Bathing)
A form of ecotherapy that originated from Japan, shinrin-yoku is a call to reconnect with nature. Directly translated as ‘forest bathing’, this practice involves tuning in to one’s senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch by immersing into a natural environment. Research has linked this therapeutic practice with a multitude of positive health benefits, such as strengthened immunity, better moods, and reduced stress.
A form of auriculotherapy, the practice of ear seeding is deeply rooted in the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture and acupressure. Based on the theory that health problems can be alleviated by stimulating pressure points on the body, ear seeding involves taping ‘seeds’ of silver or gold to certain points in the ear. It is believed that the light pressure from the seeds can trigger the reflex centres of the brain, helping to relax the nervous system and can help with issues such as back pain, weight loss, stress and sleeping problems.
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Founded by Yu Yagami in 1993, Jiriki yoga is a form of Japanese yoga designed to restore your body’s chi, or ‘life force’. Rooted in ancient Buddhist practices, Jiriki takes a holistic approach to physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing by working to harmonise the chi in the body, which allows you to build up your own natural healing ability and flush out toxins. While its main aim is to cure and prevent chronic pain and disorder, Jiriki can also alleviate stress by releasing numbness and relaxing tension in the body.
Sound Bath Healing
Sound bath healing is an ancient healing practice that uses sounds of varying frequencies to cleanse and heal the soul. It is believed that the vibrations in the sound waves have a relaxing and healing effect on the mind and body, and has been linked to reductions in stress and anxiety. Taking a holistic approach to relaxation and healing, sound baths offer an escape from the everyday stresses of modern-day life, promoting self-discovery and reflection by placing the body into a deeply immersive, meditative state.