If you haven’t heard by now, we are living in an era where everyone is looking for newer, better ways to take care of themselves and their stressful lives. Finding the best products that actually work has never been more necessary for a healthy mind and body. With the bustle of the holidays wrapping up, this new year calls for some rest and relaxation.
Spa and wellness treatments, just like everything else, have been trending in popular culture. Here are some spa and wellness trends to welcome in 2023.
Chakra Balancing/Zero Balancing with Healing Crystals – Irvington Wellness Center
Crystal healing massages use crystals and zero balancing energy to charge, cleanse and clear the energy systems within the body to balance not only the body, but also mind and spirit. Healing crystals have become a popular trend utilizing crystals to attract success, wellness, etc. in the last couple years, with over five billion TikTok views on #crystaltok. According to zerobalancing.com, zero balancing is a fully clothed experience and helps to clear tension and blocks through the body’s energy flow by addressing areas of tension in the bones, joints and soft tissue through finger pressure and gentle traction. The mind-body massage is further personalized by Irvington Wellness through the incorporation of oracle cards, music, bells, and crystal bowls to amplify relaxation. This experience is $125 for a 90 minute session.
Colon Hydrotherapy – Aqua Serene Wellness
Colonic hydrotherapy is a method of cleansing the colon, as well as stimulating and exercising this muscle. Aqua Serene Wellness offers a New Client Package that includes two sessions within a 48 hour window. During this hydrotherapy process, a gentle flow of warm purified water is introduced to the colon by a sterile rectal nozzle. Fret not, Aqua Serene Wellness provides videos and in-person instruction on how to use the colonic equipment during the first session. Following instruction, the first session involves 40 minutes of machine usage. The second session begins with a SOQI Spa Far Infrared session, which involves natural therapies and relaxing music to help relax and rejuvenate the body. The second colon hydrotherapy session begins following this experience.
Aqua Serene Wellness provides ample options for privacy during sessions and allows for clients to personalize their sessions by bringing a book to read or listening to music to increase comfortability. The new client package is priced at $180 for the consultation, two colonic sessions and the spa session, totaling in two to three hours.
Infrared Sauna – Indianapolis Salt Cave
Far infrared waves work to penetrate through the skin to activate sweat glands through this sauna experience. At Indy Salt Cave, the infrared sauna is a low-temperature, dry and private treatment. Alternatively from a traditional sauna, infrared saunas differ due to lower humidity and heat levels. “The main difference would be how it’s heating your body,” says Indy Salt Cave owner Stefanie Patterson.
“A traditional sauna is going to heat the air, which in turn heats your body. That’s why a lot of people get a heavy, humid feeling in there. The saunas we have, the far infrared saunas, are using infrared waves from panels in the back and in the floor to emit infrared waves to penetrate your body to heat you from the inside out so you don’t get that heavy air, ‘I can’t breathe’ type of feeling.”
This unique sauna experience works to detoxify, purify, and relax the body, resulting in blood flow, stimulation and pain relief. The infrared sauna is $35 for a 45 minute session.
3D Light and Lift Facial – Kurr Med Spa
Light therapy facials have become increasingly popular after being featured on Netflix’s Emily in Paris this past year. At Kurr Med Spa, this facial is a blend of the Kurr Signature Radiance Facial, a treatment that includes methods of exfoliation, stimulation and hydration, with celluma light therapy. This form of therapy uses three different wavelengths to regenerate skin and build new collagen, all while infusing highly concentrated serums to work towards a brighter and tighter complexion. This experience is $215 for a 75 to 90 minute session.
Sound Bath and Light Play – INVOKE STUDIO
Invoke Studio offers sound bath workshops, hosted by Devon Ginn, as a meditative experience. Sound baths involve crystal and metal singing bowls, bells, chimes, mantras, indigenous instruments and lights to create a feeling of harmony and relaxation. Sound bath workshops at Invoke Studio are $25 for 60 minute sessions.
Shirodhara – WOODHOUSE SPA
First discovered and practiced in India, shirodhara is a form of an Ayurvedic treatment that begins with warm oils flowing on the forehead and transitions to a soothing head and scalp massage to enhance mindful energy flow. Shirodhara massages are a form of ayurvedic treatments that aim to increase clarity, relieve mental fatigue and alleviate headaches. At Woodhouse Spa offers a 50 minute session for $145
Manual Lymphatic Drainage – INDY MASSAGE COMPANY
Lymphatic drainage has been a popular trend on Tik Tok via the holistic skincare routine coined as gua sha. This technique is used to drain lymphatic nodes in the face by using an instrument to scrape the skin in certain movements and patterns. Indy Massage Company offers a full body experience similar to gua sha by using gentle hand movements and pressure to facilitate the natural flow of lymph fluid and reroute the lymph in areas where pathways may be blocked. Indy Massage Company offers a 60 minute session for $110 and a 90 minute session for $160.
Narinder Kaur is an Indy Maven contributor.
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