As an aware individual, you must have seen the sudden spurt in cardiovascular issues globally, especially post-Covid 19. A spate of factors – from an unhealthy lifestyle to an unbalanced diet- is touted to be the cause. With the aspirins and beta blockers running out of their course, it is time to look at the concept of alternative medicine.
Currently, medical practitioners are encouraging people to opt for complementary or alternative medicine – with the recently explored Japanese concept of Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) running at the forefront. In this article, you will see how the techniques, via the assistance of med-spa, will heal you internally and drastically reduce your chances of getting affected by the ‘lifestyle diseases.’
What is the concept of med-spa?
Theoretically speaking – a medical spa treatment, mostly medically prescribed, is based on primal natural healing techniques. Forming a well-being cuisine for the healing of the body, this strategy involves using natural remedies (or those that were used in ancient times) to heal the body on the whole and strengthen the immunity system.
However, as a newbie – distinguish a med spa or a therapeutic spa from a wellness center. A wellness spa is a usual spa that most people visit to get a variety of beauty and rejuvenation treatments. On the other hand, a therapeutic spa includes the wellness factor but is supervised by a licensed medical practitioner and categorically is the nerve center of alternative medicine-based treatment.
How is this spa used to enhance alternative medicine?
Though the concept of alternative medicine has been in practice for years together (what we colloquially refer to as the health remedies of mothers and grandmothers), it is only recently that complementary and alternative medicine has emphasized its importance in formal medical practice.
Let us see what the optional medicinal formats are –
This Indian practice is touching 5000+ years of existence. The core of this treatment is to balance the ‘dosha’ in the body to ensure the body’s ‘chakra’ enhances the energy flow. From the traditional head-body massage to the chakra balancing technique, this format focuses on ‘well-being’ by changing diet and massaging the body, strengthening blood flow, and heightening immunity.
- Traditional Chinese and Thai medicines and practices
The Chinese and, by extension, the Thai individuals have been heading some of the most intricate well-being treatments for an eternity. The Chinese healing technique is based on the concept of Qi, which flows through channels called meridians. This is a concept that even the Thai traditional approach believes in.
Therefore, the concept used here is how to correct the body’s energy flow. Acupuncture, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Acupressure are the techniques used to channel energy. Using herbs (consuming herbal tea or herbal oil massage) and reflexology (zoning Qi energy) is an integral part of this.
This Japanese technique again believes in the concept of Qi, but instead of piercing needles – it uses the hand to channel the unbalanced energy in the correct direction.
One of the oldest treatment formats, this Greek therapy uses natural elements to heal the body. This technique is essential for dealing with water retention and inflammation issues, from using algae as wraps or mud baths (algotherapy) to getting dipped in an extensive mineral-enhanced pool (hydrotherapy).
One of the best modes involved in enhancing the chakra balancing of the body – this therapy is essential to deal with anxiety issues or depression patients. LED facials and Chronotherapy baths affect the psychological state of a person.
On following these medical strategies, the healing process is enhanced comparatively.
Is it worth the investment?
From what the global statistics state – the share of the global therapeutic spa market is supposed to exponentially expand to reach US$63.79 billion in 2032, from US$16.31 billion in 2022 (at a CAGR of 14.6%). Also, there has been a significant 5% growth in licensing by these categories of spas in the last 5 years (a value that has left many stunned).
With this data, one can definitely state that – it will, without a doubt, be a physically fulfilling and mentally rejuvenating session if you decide to invest in a quality therapeutic spa. Also, most medical practitioners – as a form of aftercare suggest that one must book and continue their sessions of alternative medicine, which in notable research have been found to assert greater benefit vis-a-vis traditional medical aftercare.
What must you check before opting for a session?
You must have comprehended by now that – a therapeutic spa is not similar to the usual spa, and apart from a handful of differences – it is the availability of the wellness service that differentiates this from the lot.
Having said that – what are the key factors that you must check when you decide to opt for a medical spa session? Here they are –
- What is the qualification and credentials of the medical practitioner who is heading the spa? Does the person or group of individuals have the credentials to partake in this form of complementary and alternative medicine? Is the supervisor a licensed practitioner himself/herself?
- Please note before you book a session if the therapeutic spa has FDA-certified equipment.
- What are the available services? Ayurveda and traditional Chinese techniques are a regular affair. But if you specifically wish for treatments such as – balneotherapy or thalassotherapy, or even the recently popular radon therapy, then clarify the same beforehand.
- You also need to check the licenses and documentation of the concerned spa. Is it CQC -licensed? As a potential client, you have a right to ask to view the documents.
- A hygienic atmosphere, positive social media footprint, trained staff, and transparent pricing are some of the other key factors you need to check before finalizing the spa.
With all these factors in tow – you may be assured of receiving a service that matches the set standards of therapy.
With the rising ‘lifestyle health issues’ constantly affecting one’s schedule, a simple medical format of problem-solution is not the key to success. Rather, what one requires is a connecting post-care opportunity that will allow one to recuperate completely.
From rejuvenating the body to managing its level of hydration, the treatments provided by a medical spa believe in internal healing rather than ‘working’ categorically on the affected area. Be assured – once you book a quality therapeutic med-spa session, physically, you will be in a better place.