No matter your age, it’s important to continually create healthy habits and check in on your body. This roundup has helpful tips for taking care of your body and being the best you.
Try Alternative Wellness Treatments
If your body is feeling a little worn down after the past year, we get it. This guide will give you all the tips you need to try out alternative wellness treatments that will help you relax and destress. These six treatments are highly recommended.
Halotherapy is a treatment that uses pink salt to offer relief pain from skin, body, and respiratory diseases. The Indianapolis Salt Cave is a great local option to get this treatment done. It features a man-made cave inspired by an underground salt mine in Poland. The cool and humid climate is ideal for breathing and can help with problems like asthma, allergies, bronchial infections, pneumonia, COPD, and cystic fibrosis.
Indianapolis Salt Cave, 8899 Kent Avenue, (317) 991-4921, https://indysaltcave.com
Cosmetic acupuncture is used to make skin look younger, healthier, and smoother. It is a safe and natural alternative to Botox and plastic surgery. It works by stimulating your lymphatic and circulatory system and production of collagen which helps even your complexion and improve elasticity.
Project Gorgeous, 6251 N. Winthrop Ave, Suite 7, (417) 631-7506, https://projectgorgeous.com/services/
If you feel like you’ve been stuck in a rut, consider chakra balancing. Irvington Wellness Center offers chakra balancing that incorporates healing crystals and zero balancing techniques. It may also include oracle cards, music, crystal bowls, bells, and toning.
Irvington Wellness Center, 17 N. Layman Street, (317) 292-2802, http://irvingtonwellnesscenter.com/
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy works by using 100% pressurized oxygen to decrease swelling and inflammation, promote tissue recovery, and accelerate cellular removal. This treatment is especially helpful if you suffer from an acute or chronic medical condition that causes pain, discomfort, or inflammation.
Indy Vital, 5252 E 82nd Street, Suite 300, (317) 593-3097, https://www.indyvital.com
Try one of the vajacials offered by Heather Brown Face and Body Studio. Options include the peach express, which features a 30-minute raspberry and peach enzyme mask that exfoliates the skin and the 25 karat cookie, which features a 45-minute vajacial that accelerates antioxidant absorption and reinforces the protective barrier on the skin. Both vajacials reduce pigmentation, ingrown hairs, and bacteria.
Heather Brown Face and Body Studio, 11057 Allisonville Road, (317) 537-7043, https://www.heatherbrownstudio.com
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
A lymphatic drainage massage from Indy Massage Company uses light pressure and long, rhythmic strokes to increase flow of lymph and reduce toxins. This treatment can help reduce the chance of suffering from minor colds, help your body fight off infection, and speed up healing.
Indy Massage Company, 4735 Statesman Drive, Suite D, (317) 288-0929, https://indymassagecompany.com/
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Check in on Your Health
Not sure what you should be doing for your health at this stage in your life? We’ve got you covered. These local experts have tips for women of all ages to ensure your body is the healthiest it can be.
- 20s: develop healthy habits, start getting regular pap smears, and use lots of sunscreen
- 30s: continue to create healthy habits, start thinking about fertility, and begin doing self exams on your skin
- 40s: begin colonoscopies and mammograms, consider laser resurfacing, and use exfoliating acids and higher retinols on your skin
- 50s: keep up on your immunizations, address symptoms of menopause, and continue sun protection and routine skin maintenance
- 60s: begin bone density tests and glaucoma screenings, treat urinary incontinence, and moisturize more often and visit a dermatologist
- 70s: fall-proof your house and continue to do cardio
Pay Attention to Work from Home Side Effects
Wear and tear from working from home may have your body in need of care. This story has advice from Indy Massage Company on where to pay special attention during your next massage.
- Tension in the back and neck can be treated with a massage and by moving throughout the day.
- Poor posture is a common side effect of working from home. Good treatments include: activated stretch, deep tissue, thai massage, myofascial release, and Melmasan.
- Touch starvation can also be a problem especially after the last year. A good treatment is a Swedish massage.
- Poor cardiovascular health can be a concern after eliminating walking or commuting to work. Good treatments include: cupping, graston, and gua sha.
- Poor digestion can be caused by stress, anxiety, and inactivity. A massage and a healthy diet can help.
Boundaries are important and these local experts have the tips you need to help you build them. Here are a few ways you can start creating them in your life:
- Trust yourself
- Say no and know you don’t need to justify it
- Understand your needs and capacities
- Set realistic expectations
Be Your Own Advocate
Another important health tip to remember is that you know your body best. Your pain is real and if something seems wrong, it probably is. That’s exactly what Ronni Morgan learned after she muddled through hip pain for years. Read her story and get inspired to advocate for your own health and well being.
Ellie Allen is Indy Maven’s Editorial Intern.
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