Wednesday, 28 October 2020 14:29

The Gift of Wellness

Written by  Kelly Brown
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Wanderlux Beaty and Wellness Spa. Wanderlux Beaty and Wellness Spa. Courtesy Photo

Self-care isn’t a “trend” of the moment. 

In fact, this practice, which looks different from person to person, is now a way of life in 2020. 

Taking care of yourself ranges from marathoning Netflix in a face mask to sweating it out in a sauna or at the gym. No matter how you define it, these wellness gifts make it easier to incorporate self-care and general wellness into your daily practice. This list is packed with must-try experiences and shops with everything you need to integrate mindfulness and become your best you. 

Whether you’re looking to pamper yourself or want to buy something special to encourage those around you to take a well-deserved break, self-care and wellness gifts are the perfect holiday treat.

Wanderlux Beauty and Wellness Spa
713 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids

For the full spa day experience, schedule a service (or two) at Wanderlux in Grand Rapids. The menu of services includes massage, energy healing, infrared sauna, lymphatic drainage, facials and much more. Not to mention the fact their beautiful space is an oasis, in and of itself. Once you’re done with a day of treating yo’ self, head to the online store to purchase a facial kit to create a spa-day experience at home.

SWET Sauna 
4551 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids

Sweat out your holiday blues with a 30- or 45-minute session at Swet Sauna in Grand Rapids. The three infrared sauna rooms include everything you need to decompress and warm up this winter. Bring your favorite book or plug in and listen to a podcast while your body heats up in the comfortable temperatures of 100 – 145 degrees. Unlike traditional saunas, infrared heats your body from the inside out. The experience is comparable to laying in the sun on a warm day. This technique is said to promote healing, increase blood circulation, improve athletic performance and boost immunity. 

1555 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids

Cleanse your mind of every overplayed holiday song this season with a 60-minute float in a sensory deprivation tank. Let go of all expectations and prepare to find total stillness. The state-of-the-art tanks are filled with body-temperature saltwater, which allows your body to float perfectly without effort. There is no light to see, your audio signals turn off with the lack of sound, and tactile sensations disappear as your body becomes one with the water. Regular “Phlot-ers” experience better sleep, mental clarity, stress relief, enhanced athletic performance and much more. 

Oasis Hot Tub Gardens
5041 Alpine Ave. NW, Comstock Park
4600 W. KL Ave., Kalamazoo
2301 S. State St., Ann Arbor

If a hot bath is your ideal version of self-care, then check out Oasis Hot Tub Spa. Located in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Kalamazoo, Oasis Spa offers indoor and outdoor heated tubs to enjoy with groups of up to eight people — though the limit is two people for now, due to COVID-19. Spend hours rejuvenating your soul in the perfectly pH-controlled water. Hot tubs improve muscle and joint mobility, ease sore muscles, and increase circulation. 

Mason Jar Plant Shop
116 W South St., Kalamazoo

While a plant itself might not help you lose weight or make your hair, skin, and nails look better, there are numerous health benefits to having a house filled with lush greenery. Houseplants purify the air in your space and create a cozy atmosphere that helps promote healing and prevents stress. Your work-from-home productivity can even be boosted by working in an environment with living plants. Mason Jar Plant Shop is new to Kalamazoo and boasts a wide variety of plants, with an experienced staff that can take any plant newbie to expert plant parent in no time. 

Grassy Knoll CBD Shop
1407 Robinson Rd. SE, Grand Rapids

It’s starting to seem like CBD is the answer to all our biggest concerns in life — lack of sleep, aches and pains, headaches, brain fog, and more. Grassy Knoll Boutique, located in East Grand Rapids and Woodland Mall, offers high-quality CBD products for every ailment. The CBD shop specializes in sourcing a wide variety of quality products including teas, powders, tinctures, gum, and cartridges. CBD isn’t just for humans! Pets can enjoy the benefits of CBD too, with Grassy Knoll’s line of treats for Fido.

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