Beauty trends are evolving.

However, the one thing consistent with beauty trends is that it is heavily focused on outer beauty. Due to the current global health crisis, beauty trends have been redefined. The pandemic has everyone well-informed and cautious about their health.

The global health crisis that we are facing brings an evolutionary beauty trend that focuses on inner well-being. People are wanting to treat their body and mind right to sustain a healthy lifestyle which will be reflected in their everyday appearance. Beauty today is the glow from within that is achieved by embracing wellness and making it a top priority in our daily routine. 

Here are some ways through which you can incorporate wellness to glow from within:

  1. Eat A Well-Balanced Diet

Nutrient-dense eating is vital for healthy living. The food you eat today may either strengthen or weaken your immune system. Besides fighting off viruses, a well-balanced diet with antioxidant-rich foods will ultimately be reflected in our outer beauty by enhancing skin clarity, hair and nail growth.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Up to 60% of an adult body is made of water. Water is essential in maintaining a healthy body as it helps our organs carry out its day-to-day functions. Water also aids in reducing sugar cravings, migraine, bladder infections and helps in the filtration processes of the liver and kidneys, which is necessary for a healthy and glowy outer appearance.

  1. Detach From The Real World.

The real world can be mentally exhausting; try detaching from all your thoughts and worries by doing mindful activities. Mindful activities such as reading a book, immersing yourself in a movie, or practicing yoga can help take care of your mental health, which will eventually make you a happier person. 

  1. Boost Your Immune System
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Getting a massage such as the Meridian Zenflow Therapy or Ayurvedic Massage can help with blood circulation, which gives you a flushed, glowy look. These massages also help with relieving stress and enhancing mental well-being.

Beauty today is not centred around on what you put on your face or how you dress yourself up.

It is about what you consume and what you do to take care of your physical and mental well-being, which will eventually show on the outside. 

Who doesn’t love massages?

Let’s get a little more specific since there are tonnes of massage techniques and they are all significantly different.

What kind of messages are you interested in?

Could it be an aromatherapy massage or something a little more intense like the deep tissue massage? Or are you up to something you have heard of but have never tried before?

Like the Ayurvedic massage.

The Origin of Ayurveda.

Before we get into what the Ayurvedic massage is, we must understand its origin.

Ayurveda, or the ‘knowledge of life’, is a traditional Indian medicine that persists in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka for more than 5,000 years.

Ayurveda is a health and healing system that focuses on mental-body balance and prevention of illness of health using a variety of natural guidelines, remedies, recipes, and practices. The word Ayurveda is pronounced as ‘aye-your-VAY-duh’, and the word itself originates from the Sanskrit ayur, meaning “life,” and Veda, meaning “knowledge.” 

Ayurveda is now embraced worldwide, with a growing popularity in spas as clients continue to seek natural ways to improve their health and happiness.

Understanding Doshas and Chakras

Mindful woman meditating with crystals in a lotus position at home. Quartz crystal chakra wand in hands

The elements of life (earth, water, fire, air and ether) in Ayurvedic theory can be divided into qualities called “doshas,” which express the physical, emotional, and mental characteristics of an individual. Every one of us has three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) within us. However, there is usually one dosha that dominates us, whereas at times there could be a cross of two doshas.

Vata is the energy of movement in the body. It aids circulation, walking, elimination, breathing and activates our nervous system. Those who are dominated by Vata have a slender body type and are quick, efficient and flexible. They love experiencing new things and are creative. When an imbalance of Vata happens, having dry skin, digestive issues and experiencing weight loss, anxiety, insomnia, constipation, hypertension, arthritis, fatigue and restlessness are common.

Pitta is the energy of transformation. It is associated with metabolism, digestion, and energy production. Those who have a dominant Pitta will experience high metabolism, sex drive and have a fiery energy within them. They are intellectual, have good focus on current projects and are outspoken. When this Pitta becomes imbalanced, it would result in skin rashes, irritability, peptic ulcers, heartburn and excessive body heat. 

Kapha is the energy of lubrication and structure. It forms bodily components such as fats and tissue that provide body structure.Those who are Kapha-dominant are nurturing, compassionate, patient, fertile and loyal. When imbalanced, these individuals face weight gain, can become lethargic and have sinus problems.

One of the main Ayurvedic elements of wellness are chakras, or energy systems, as some may call it. The seven chakras that exist are the crown, third eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral and root.

These chakras extend from the top of the head to the tailbone, each corresponding to targeted physical, mental or spiritual well-being regions.

As for enthusiasts of Ayurveda, they believe that blocked chakras can lead to all kinds of illnesses, so people need to try to keep their energy flowing at all times.

What is an Ayurvedic massage?

A personalised treatment that combines essential oils, usually infused with herbs, with non-traditional massages that fits the needs of an individual.

The focus in an Ayurvedic massage is on the energy points of the body, rather than on the joints and muscles. Ayurvedic massage is often considered as an “oil massage” because of how much it depends on the warm herbal essential oils that fit the needs and doshas of an individual.

The Benefits of an Ayurvedic massage.

Woman gets four hands Indian oil massage on her foots and legs. Manual alternative therapy for female wellness beauty relaxation and skin.

An Ayurvedic massage promotes physical benefits such as releasing muscle tension, having a calming effect on the brain and body, and providing nourishment for the skin.

Besides, the massage serves not only to relieve pain but also acts as preventive medicine that increases circulation, stimulates and strengthens the lymphatic system, and opens the flow of life force in order to cleanse and revitalise the body. 

Moreover, essential oils used in Ayurvedic massages are extremely nourishing and detoxifying, helping to prevent ageing as it moisturises the skin so that it stays soft and smooth.

Where to get an Ayurvedic massage?

You are in luck! You don’t have to travel all the way to India to get an Ayurvedic massage. There are several spas in Malaysia that offer these specialised treatments, but do make sure that you are under the hands of a trained therapist that is trained specifically for Ayurvedic massage. 

You wouldn’t want to hurt yourself after a massage session, would you?

Nonetheless, Danai Spa in Penang offers Ayurvedic massage which helps restore the balance of the doshas, boost your immune system, and of course, enhance overall wellbeing and longevity.

Wellness is an active pursuit of choices to live a healthier life style. Often when we hear the word wellness, we immediately equate it with physical health. However, wellness is a multidimensional model that consists of 5 elements that are interdependent on each other. Danai Wellness emphasises on all 5 elements to ensure you a harmonious way of living.

  1. Physical

Physical health which translates to an optimal functioning body is repeatedly associated with individual well-being. A healthy body is a body that is well-rested, uninfected, nutrition, able to perform day-to-day tasks and addiction-free. This can be attained by regular medical check-ups, exercise, a well-balanced diet, and avoiding substance abuse.

  1. Mental

As physical health is most people’s top priority, mental health often gets neglected. Mental health includes emotional and psychological well-being. Mental wellness is often portrayed by how we think, feel, and behave. This also influences your self-confidence and motivation to achieve self-actualization. Mental health can be improved by performing effective stress-management, talking to someone you trust about how you feel, and practicing self-care, such as taking a day off from work, or visiting a spa.

  1. Social

Your wellness is also influenced by society. Psychologically, humans need to socialize to feel belonging and trust which allows them to live a meaningful life. Our connections and interactions with people (no, we are not talking about social media) on a day-to-day basis affects your mental wellbeing. To give your social life a boost, try joining clubs and societies at your educational institute, and if you are a working adult, practice a work-life balance that allows you to take some time off for your family and friends.

  1. Spiritual

Spiritual wellbeing is the search for meaning and purpose in human existence by connection with one’s self. It is known to be one of the most powerful sources of strength, inspiration, and motivation on the journey of recovery and healing. Spiritual strength is often extremely personal and means different things to different people. Spirituality lowers anxiety, stress and depression levels and often encourages gratitude and positivity. Spirituality can be achieved through simple acts, such as journaling to connect with one’s self, connecting with nature and appreciating all things around you, or even getting an ayurvedic massage that creates balance between the mind, body, and soul.

  1. Intellectual

Our mind needs to be continuously inspired and exercised just as our bodies do. Intellectual wellness is defined as having an active mind and the will to learn. An intellectual person uses the resources available to expand one’s knowledge and enhance skills. Keeping up-to-date on current trends and participating in activities that stimulate our minds are vital. For some of us, reading a book, brain games, and puzzles engage our minds every day. Intellectually stimulating conversations and debates can strengthen this pillar.

These 5 pillars tell us that wellness is a complex integration that results in a quality life. With our range of services, Danai Wellness aims to deliver a wholesome wellness guest experience, all at one remedial retreat.