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Thursday, May 16, 2019

5 Unique Types of Wellness Treatments That Make a Difference

In a world where everything is moving at a rapid pace, debt is at an all-time high, and technology has impacted our daily lives and loosened our ability to live in the present moment, connecting with ourselves has become more challenging than ever. Managing our day to day lives has become chaotic, and can feel like a never ending struggle for many. With so much going on in our lives and all around us, conscious self-care and mental wellness is more important than ever.



Chromotherapy, also known as color therapy, is the process of using light and color to create homeostasis in the body. Homeostasis is the body’s internal equilibrium—its physical and chemical composition. Ancient Egyptians once created solariums with paneled glass in different colors to benefit from chromotherapy. So what exactly makes chromotherapy work? For starters, it’s a clear that everything on Earth depends on light. With that in mind, it should make sense that we could learn to use light to our advantage. Different colors in chromotherapy represent different things:

     Red: good for energy and helps stimulation circulation through the body and heart. It also increases collagen production.
     Blue: a calming color that stimulates the body’s parasympathetic system, relaxing the heart rate
     Green: a sedative color that can reduce tissue and joint swelling, as well as relax the body’s nervous system
     Violet: known to promote consciousness and self awareness, enabling spiritual growth. It’s also useful for promoting the lymphatic system

Sensory Deprivation

Sensory deprivation chambers work by eliminating the stimuli from the world around you. In a normal situation, you could induce your own sensory deprivation by closing your eyes and putting on soundproof headphones. However, you may not realize it, but there are plenty of other stimuli in action. A sensory deprivation chamber is void of all scent, and remains at the same temperature as the human body. In the chamber, you are immersed in water to create floating sensation that eliminates the natural feelings of gravity.

The ultimate goal of this type of therapy is to help ignite feelings of higher consciousness, and to put you in a meditative state that’s difficult to reach in a traditional settings. One study conducted in 2014 even found that it could help you be more creative, improving your imagination and originality. Additionally, many people who spend time in these tanks feel much more relaxed afterwards.


Hydrotherapy involves using water as a therapeutic practice. This is no new type of therapy: water has been used as treatment for thousands of years, going way back to ancient Roman and Greek times. Hydrotherapy can involve a variety of different types of treatments, such as steam showers, saunas, aquatic massages, a Sitz bath, and much more. Just fifteen minutes of a steam session alone can provide ample benefits: you’ll be able to reduce your stress, lower your blood pressure, clear up sinuses and congestions, and give your immune system a much needed boost.

Wilderness & Horticulture Therapy

Nature is inherently therapeutic, and there’s a reason why plants and wilderness have a special effect on the human mind. John Muir once said, “I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” Many others have shared this sentiment. According to research, having contact with nature can improve mood, health, and cognition. The connection between feelings of happiness and immersion in nature are very much interlinked.

“Wilderness areas, in particular, are portals to present-centeredness, transporting us to an attuned awareness of the here and now, capturing our conscious attention, and anchoring us in the moment,” says psychotherapist and author Dan Mager. “When we connect with nature, we re-connect—both consciously and unconsciously—with the most original and authentic parts of ourselves, and expand our capacity to connect with others and the world through an enriched awareness of the commonalities that link us all together, as well as a greater sense of our place as part of a much greater whole.”

With the effects on nature clear, two types of therapy in particular have spawned to help capitalize on it: horticulture therapy, and wilderness therapy. Because nature has been known to reduce anxiety and stress, it makes sense that these outdoor therapeutic practices have sprouted. According to one study on outdoor wilderness practices, 83% of the participants of who left these programs were able to maintain some of those positive changes for at least a year.

On the other hand, horticulture therapy is a mixture of play therapy and wilderness therapy. Working directly with nature and helping bring plants to life and restore wilderness spaces has proven to be highly therapeutic. Research has found that through therapeutic gardening, elderly people were able to reduce stress, pain, and improve their memory. However, people of all ages could benefit from horticulture therapy.


Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese medicine and the belief that some diseases and ailments are a result of disruptions in the body’s energy flow. It works by stimulating certain points on the body with thin needles, which ultimately help to diminish pain or other ailments you might feel. Several studies have proven the effectiveness of this treatment—including a massive meta study that confirmed acupuncture was a good solution for treating chronic pain.

“Strong evidence exists that acupuncture is effective for chronic pain conditions,” said Hugh MacPherson, an acupuncturist and senior research fellow at the University of York in England. “For depression, we have evidence that acupuncture is a useful adjunct to conventional care. In one recent trial patients on antidepressants who received acupuncture did significantly better than those who just took medication.”

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