Dealing with stress is a necessary evil in everyone’s life. Every day, we encounter stressful situations, ranging from minor irritations like traffic jams to more serious worries, such as financial issues and relationship crises. Stress will activate the body’s stress response, flooding it with hormones that cause the heart to pound faster, the muscles to tense and rapid breathing, among others. 

Typically, a person under stress might feel:

  1. Over-excited, e.g. angry, flustered or nervous
  2. Under-excited, e.g. depressed, unsociable or disoriented
  3. Frozen, e.g. paralysed in fear

Countering the stress with some relaxation techniques will help to activate the body’s natural relaxation response and bring both body and mind back to their normal state. 

Relaxing Body and Mind 

Relaxing is not about sleeping in or zoning out in front of the TV. It is about actively focusing on attaining a state of deep calmness via specific relaxation techniques. 

Physical exercises, such as running, cycling, yoga or simply just walking are some examples of relaxation techniques. Besides that, deep breathing, visualisation and meditation can also help. Consequently, the breathing technique, also known as deep breathing exercise, is a simple way to get stress levels back in control. It is easy to learn and can be practiced almost anywhere. 

Basically, you start by breathing deeply from the abdomen, thus getting as much oxygen as possible into the lungs. In doing this, a group of muscles will tense up as you breathe in and relax as you breathe out. This helps to give your muscle groups a workout in a specific and systematic order. Subsequently, the body relaxes and the mind will achieve an equilibrium state; tension and anxiety are then alleviated. 

Relaxation techniques may require a little effort, but practicing them on a daily basis will help improve your physical and mental wellness. As a matter of fact, Harvard Medical School suggests for individuals who are stressed to practice relaxation techniques for at least 20 minutes a day to achieve optimal inner health.  

Moreover, there is another technique for stress relief. Getting a professional massage at a wellness centre can help reduce stress, relieve pain, and ease muscle tension.

To enhance relaxation, a therapist would use aromatic oil or scented lotion with mindfulness or deep breathing techniques.

In recent years, people are becoming more and more proactive in taking care of their health. Detoxification practices are some of the more popular ways to rejuvenate a tired body. There are various detox practices that can be found on the internet including consuming specific commercial products, detox diets, or even fast for a specific amount of time to achieve the so-called ‘toxin removal’ goal, thereby enhancing health and encouraging weight loss.

The term ‘toxin’ in the context of detox refers to the pollutants, contaminants, heavy metals, and synthetic chemicals in our bodies that could affect our health negatively. However, there is little to no evidence of study to signify detox diets can remove toxins from the body. These random and unproven detox practices sometimes could be very misleading, and do more harm than good to the body. 

Providentially, our bodies are well-equipped with complex systems that can eliminate toxins through organs like the liver, kidneys, digestive system, skin, and lungs. In other words, as long as these crucial organs are in a healthy state, the body does not have to rely on special diets or excessive health products to carry out the detoxifying process. 

So here are several safe, practical, and fundamental practices everyone can practice to promote the body’s natural detoxification. 

Control Alcohol Consumption 

Our liver will metabolise 90% of our alcohol consumption every time we drink. According to a research by Duke University, the only way our liver can ‘digest’ alcohol is to metabolise them into acetaldehyde which will be removed by the body later. 

The whole process is simply too stressful for the liver, that is why excessive drinking can severely damage liver function by causing inflammation. Limiting or restraining entirely from alcoholic drinks is the best way to keep the body’s detoxification function strong.

Have Sufficient Sleep

A night of adequate sleep ensures the body promotes its natural detoxifying nature. With sufficient rest, the brain will remove toxic waste by-products such as beta-amyloid. Having insufficient sleep will cause build-up of the toxins which can affect several aspects of health.

It is recommended to have 7 to 9 hours of sleep regularly for the body to stay healthy.

Drink More Water

Drinking water is more than just quenching our thirst, as it regulates the body temperature, lubricates joints, promotes digestion, eases nutrient absorption, boosts energy levels, and detoxifies the body. Besides, drinking water can also help remove carbon dioxide through urination.

Hence, staying hydrated is essential to maintain the body’s detoxification process. It is recommended for an average person to drink about 3.2 liters of water a day.

Cut Sugar & Reduce Consumption On Processed Foods

Processed foods and other foods that are in high sugar contents are thought to be at the root of many health issues. High consumption of sugary and highly processed foods has been linked to obesity and other chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Health issues as such will obstruct important organs that carry the body’s natural ability to detoxify itself. Hence, cutting down on high sugar foods can keep the body’s detoxification system healthy.

Workout Consistently

Regardless of losing weight, exercising consistently is also associated with promoting better cardiovascular health and a reduced risk of health conditions like type-2 diabetes, inflammation, and heart diseases. The key essence here is the condition of inflammation as it helps us recover from the infection and wound healing.

However, too much inflammation will weaken our immune system and our body’s detoxification capabilities. Study shows that exercising as little as 20 minutes can show signs of the body promoting anti-inflammatory effects. By reducing inflammation, the body can function properly with a better immune and detoxification system to free the body from harmful contaminants. 

The Takeaway

Trendy detoxification practices and diets are said to be able to remove toxins within the body while promoting weight loss. However, there are minimal clinical studies and 

proven test results to back it up to be reliable and safe. 

Also, these ‘unknown’ practices are not necessary as our body is highly efficient in detoxifying toxins on its own. 

Valentine’s Day is the day that reminds us of what’s important and to show appreciation to the people we love. It is the day when we take that golden opportunity to propose or tell our loved ones how we feel about them. Many of us have overlooked the fundamental structures of relationships and pay more attention to material things. Improving relationships can be as simple as just showing small expressions of love and appreciation. For this reason, Valentine’s Day offers a great chance to recommit to truly appreciating and loving each other. 

Here are our 5 picks of fun activities to do on Valentine’s Day: 

Take a couple spa treatment together

If you’re going to make things a little more serious, look no further than going for a couple spa. Having a couple spa will do the trick just as well as having a romantic dinner date with flowers and chocolates. Spa retreats could possibly be the perfect place to amplify the romance between you and your loved ones, as well as giving you the benefits of selfcare from the massages. 

Dress up in your finest attire 

It doesn’t matter how you are going to celebrate your Valentine’s Day, whether or not you’re going out for a fancy dinner. It is a special day for the both of you to leave everything behind and dress up in your finest attire. Looking your best will definitely make the occasion special!

Plan an unforgettable weekend getaway 

From romantic city escapades to relaxing beach vacations, you will not go wrong with a special getaway with your loved ones. Make this special day your perfect occasion with plenty of wow-factor with a fun and exciting getaway!

Spend quality time with your loved one

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, it is not necessary to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a fancy way. Sometimes, things can be as simple as making time for your loved ones, getting them involved in your day and spending quality time together. Avoid distractions from your phone, pay great attention to your loved ones to make ‘growth’ in your relationship. The quality of attention your loved ones give you is the key to experience the ‘heartfelt connection’, the most beautiful and powerful ‘loving bond’.

Spend the Valentine’s Day with your friends 

Valentine’s Day is not necessarily all about romance or just for lovers; many people actually spend their Valentine’s Day with friends. Whether or not one is single or just not into hyping Valentine’s Day that much with their loved ones, Valentine’s Day is the day where people show love to the people who mean the most to them, showing appreciation for their love and care.  

How will you be celebrating your Valentine’s Day? Share with us in the comment section below!

Always feeling tired, lethargic, pain from muscle soreness and backaches?

Well, you’re not alone! 

The common muscle soreness is a side effect of the stress that we put on our muscles when we exercise and this happens when the muscles are required to work harder than they are used to or in a different manner from the usual way. 

On the other hand, sleep deprivation occurs when you do not get sufficient sleep. The National Sleep Foundation Guidelines states that sleep is essential at any age and healthy adults are advised to get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night. 

Well think again, do we, as adults, get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night?  The answer might be a NO.

So, the majority of us today are facing issues of being sleep deprived! Although this may not be a real problem to numerous people but to your actual surprise there are many adverse side effects to this issue. When you are constantly facing sleep deprivations, you are more prone to risks of developing high blood pressure, cardiac arrest, depression, anxiety, impairment to the immune system, and brain function. Now does that sound alarming?

Rest assured, we will now tell you the ways to recover from your muscle soreness and sleep deprivations.

Rest and Recover (Double R Formula)

When your muscles are too strained and inflamed, it can be painful and you don’t want to overwork them more. So, getting sufficient rest is an essential method to recover from your soreness. This same formula applies to those who are tired from being sleep deprived. All you need now is to take a break and get proper hours of sleeping time.

No matter how occupied you are, remember to rest and recover!

Get a Proper Massage

The last thing you want to do is to get a massage by a masseur who is not professional.  

A professional massage will help with muscle soreness, pain, or discomfort. Speak to your therapist about your pain or discomfort, and they will be able to activate your body’s acupressure point which helps to improve blood circulation, stimulates lymphatic movement, and detoxification. 

The recommended Meridian Zenflow Massage helps to restore the physical, mental and spiritual realms and relieve tension associated with stress. This therapeutic massage can facilitate deepening sleep, boosting the immune system, and metabolism.

Far-Infrared Therapy (FIR Therapy)

This may sound foreign to many but you are on the right page to check out what this therapy is all about. The FIR therapy reduces soreness on nerve endings and muscle spasms as muscle fibres are heated. This therapy relaxes your muscles and relieves muscular aches, therefore reduces back, shoulder, and neck pains. In addition, the FIR therapy alleviates tension and stress in both body and mind. 

This therapy comes with many additional benefits to the body as it enhances blood circulation and skin complexion, deeply detoxifying for the improved functioning of major organs in the body and strengthens the cardiovascular system. The Zenflow Far-Infrared Healing Treatment is highly advisable for those with muscle soreness and chronic pain conditions. 

Now, we’ve known a few ways to recover from muscle soreness and sleep deprivations. Ready for your healing therapy? Book your appointment at Danai Wellness today!

Congratulations, mom-to-be! Parenthood is a huge transition and you are preparing for perhaps the biggest change in your life! Being pregnant is wonderful, but you may experience physical changes that can be uncomfortable for you.

From the excitement in the first trimester to having pain, aches and swelling in places you never even knew about, you might start to ponder: How to safely indulge at the spa while pregnant? I want to ease my discomfort, but will that harm my baby?

Read on to find out our top recommendations of spa treatments that are safe for pregnant mothers!

1. Prenatal massage

A professional prenatal massage is safe and beneficial massage therapy for expecting mothers at all stages of pregnancy. It helps to relieve back pain, improve sleep quality, and more importantly it helps mothers to relax and de-stress. 

2. Facials

Basic facial treatments without electric currents, chemical peels, or laser therapies are safe for pregnant mothers. Facials are highly beneficial as they treat dehydrated or pimpled-skin and work to promote your pregnancy glow. We recommend deep cleansing facials, oxygen facials, and hydrating facials to exfoliate and moisturise your skin. 

3. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is proven to be extremely beneficial and effective during pregnancy as it not only nourishes the body but it also helps to reduce unpleasant early symptoms (especially during the first trimester) such as nausea, fatigue, and heartburn. The acupuncture points for pregnant mothers will help relax and soften uterine ligaments and promote blood flow to the pelvis which eventually prepares the cervix and uterine muscles to contract when needed.

4. Reflexology

Yes, you are right! You can get your hand and foot massages during pregnancy as it promotes the much-needed relaxation. However, extra care needs to be taken on certain areas around the ankles and feet. A qualified health professional or reflexologist will focus on the areas that relieve heartburns and other unpleasant pregnancy symptoms.

5. Manicure and Pedicure

Yes, it is completely safe to get your nails done! If you find yourself facing difficulties clipping your nails especially during the third trimester, it is okay to indulge in a relaxing  mani-pedi session. However, it is best to avoid nail polish with contentious chemicals such as toluene or formaldehyde. It might also be best to skip the foot and calf rub since manicurists are not pregnancy- trained reflexologists.

So, just ensure the foot bath and nail tools are in proper hygiene, and you’re good to go!

Visit Danai Spa and book your appointment with us today!

The therapeutic hot stone massage is one of our specialty spa treatments that promotes deep relaxation and ease muscle stiffness. This treatment involves using flat, smooth and warm rocks placed on specific points of your body to relax tired and aching muscles.  The stones act as an extension to the hands of your therapist, as they apply light pressure through movements such as long strokes, circular motions and kneading during the session. 

Here are some benefits from getting a hot stone massage.

Relieves muscle tension and pain

Stress and tension can work its way into our  muscles and joints, manifesting itself in a form of pain and stress-induced disease like ulcers and nervous breakdown. The combination of super smooth stones heated at the right temperature, aromatherapy oils and steady pressure can relieve muscle tensions and pain.

Reduces stress and anxiety

Hot stone massage can be a helpful way for stress and anxiety relief as it promotes deep relaxation. A 2013 study by the NCBI reveals that a single session of massage therapy has a positive effect on hormones in blood that regulate blood pressure and water retention.  

Promotes sleep

beautiful young woman is sleeping in the bedroom

Poor sleep quality can disturb your thoughts, emotions and motivation. A hot stone massage can help you achieve that ultimate good night sleep that benefits your mind and body.    

Increases joint flexibility

Muscle tensions can make moving joints difficult and even painful. A hot stone massage helps relax the muscles and increase joint flexibility, making movements feel more comfortable. For people with certain joint disorders, hot stone massage may benefit them particularly well.

Boosts immunity

A scientific study showed an increase in lymphocytes after a single session of massage. Lymphocytes help white blood cells fight infection in the body.

Strengthen your infection-fighting cell as your stress melts away during a hot stone massage. Book your appointment today and enjoy the ultimate experience of relaxation.

Feeling burnt out? Experiencing physical pain or have recently been injured?

Wondering what you can do about it?

Oftentimes when people think of massage therapy, the farthest thing from their minds is prevention. The lack of knowledge about remedial massage therapy and its purpose has made the majority of the people associate massages with words like ‘luxury’, ‘indulgence’, or ‘pampering’. 

It is often seen as a treat that people allow themselves every few months.

Now is the time to change the way you think.

Here are 5 surprising ways a massage therapy can heal your body, mind and soul.

Soothes Anxiety And Depression

Massage therapies are known to be used for the treatment of mental and emotional problems including stress, anxiety, and depression. As it is also a relaxing technique, massage therapies may be able to help reduce tension and generate feelings of deep relaxation. Hence, releasing endorphins in your body helps you to feel happy, energised, and at ease.

Boosts Immunity

When you have high levels of stress or tend to get stressed out frequently, you are more likely to get sick more often.  Stress leads to a myriad of negative side effects such as sleep deprivation, bad diet and weakened immune system.

A massage therapy can help alleviate stress and boost the immune system’s ability to fight off bacteria and infection. 

Improves Sleep & Promotes Deep Rest

People with severe back pain appear to have issues with sleeping and experiencing pain in regular body movements every day, such as bending, sitting, and standing. A massage session can help fix the difficulty in falling asleep or tossing and staying asleep. 

Besides, it also calls for a higher quality shut-eye.

Relieves Pain

When your muscles and connective tissues become stiff, it can cause chronic pain and then limit your movement. Massage therapy can relieve the tension in your muscles and other soft tissues as it is manipulated to promote relaxation.

Helps Lowering High Blood Pressure & Improves Blood Circulation

A person with poor blood circulation can suffer from a variety of discomforts including cold hands and feet, fatigue and achiness created by an accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles.

A massage facilitates blood circulation because the pressure technique moves blood through the congested areas. 

The release of this same pressure stimulates the flow of fresh blood. The squeezing and pulling often flush the muscles with lactic acid and increase the circulation of the lymph fluid that eliminates metabolic waste from the muscles and internal organs, resulting in lower blood pressure and improved function of the body.

The Takeaway

People should be aware of the power and reaping the medicinal benefits that massages have to offer. Massage therapies have no long or short-term side effects. It is also a great way to improve your health and quality of life.

Visit Danai Spa today to have a massage with our best masseurs today!

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
Physical therapist doing massage of male’s shoulder

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.