What exactly is a wellness centre?
I’m glad you asked. A wellness centre is somewhere you can go when the world is spinning to quickly, as are all the plates you are spinning at the same time. Not just because you need an escape. Although most wellness centres do feel like a magical escape! You can go to centre yourself, clear your mind, bring your heartrate down a bit after a stressful week of ‘go go go’. You don’t have to go there to get some crazy psychic reading or have a yoga massage where you are being bent and stretched in ways you aren’t comfortable with.
A little about the centres themselves
Some of the wellness centre’s offer you an afternoon pass just to hang out there, in a peaceful serene setting. Most wellness centres have a space for you to just sit in a beautiful garden, surrounded by nature. There, you can simply release the thoughts and body tension you may be holding on to from the week that has passed. Maybe longer than just the week! Being away from your usual hangouts can help the mind separate from the norm.
We love the norm! But, getting away from the familiar feelings you experience within the comfort of your own home, can be beneficial to your body mind and soul. Many wellness centres also have treatments you can indulge yourself in. From massage and energy healing, to body scrubs and facials. However, these are often entirely optional, you may just want to hang in the jacuzzi of sauna.
The memorable sauna’s
I’m not 100% sure why, but every single wellness centre I have visited has had an unbelievable awesome sauna! Whether that’s a general rule of thumb or simply a lucky bonus I’ve experienced, you will probably find if the sauna isn’t ‘wow’ something else there will be! One sauna was a barrel shape nestled in between all these beautiful trees in the meditation garden. I was blown away, even the walk towards the sauna relaxed me! Another was kind of a tepee style and people were doing yoga in there! I didn’t partake, I just chilled and sweated out all my stress toxins but nonetheless I was impressed at the energy in there.
Wellness centre massages are the best
I have regular aches and pains from my busy job and life, I train a lot so I experience tweaks and injuries and they sometimes catch up with me. I indulge in regular massages to work out those knots, however, never have I ever experienced anything quite like the massages I enjoy at a wellness centre! Maybe all the super special masseuses intentionally flock there! Or perhaps you are just in a better space to enjoy the full benefits of the massage more? I’m not sure, but there’s something special about a wellness centre massage over one you get near a shopping centre!
The wellness centre general vibe
It’s hard to explain in a way that truly showcases the vibe of a wellness centre in its best light. Even as you begin to approach a wellness centre, before you have even step foot inside, there’s a grounding and calming effect. I can’t explain the real reasoning behind that feeling. Partially perhaps your subconscious brain thanking you for devoting some time just to you and your wellbeing, part because the centre is full of healing practitioners and relaxing surroundings. It’s an undeniable feeling which is not isolated to one particular centre, it’s a trend across each one I have been to. Maybe you just feel better leaving your day to day reality behind, stripping off your everyday armour (your clothes, not all of them obviously) and walking in to your most relaxed self.
Will there be lots of people around?
More likely than not, there will be people around. However, the magical thing is, that you may be slipping in to a cruisy state, but you’ll notice the vibe of the people around you. The small number of people within the centre are also in a cruisy and relaxed state. Sometimes people talk, sometimes they don’t. If they do it’s a positive exchange of how wonderful the space is or how amazing your treatment will be. Other times people will simply exist around you relaxing in their own space. There’s a beautifully calming feeling about being around other people but with everyone relaxing in a healing and mellow state.
Finding the right wellness centre
I have been to a fair few in my time, my favourite was in my hometown Bristol in the UK. It was the most magical and amazing place I had ever step foot. That centre had a profound impact on me and my obsession with wellness centres I blame entirely on how incredible this place was. I received an email saying the owner had to see and it broke my heart! The relaxation space had beds that were nestled between wooden fixtures making it feel like you were resting in a treehouse! There was a café where they brought you herbal tea in your treehouse bed while you waited for the best massage of your entire life! So I was sad that relaxation centre was no more.
It fuelled my mission to find others like it!
What I’ve learned about selecting the right place to achieve the idealistic relaxed state, is that there are a few things to look out for.
Beauty spas are different. A beauty spa will have massages (which are probably great) but also offer eyebrow and eyelash treatments. There may also be nails and things like that, not a wellness centre. I’ve been, to beauty spa’s and they are nice but not for the purpose of totally rejuvenation (in my opinion).
When selecting a wellness centre you should probably look out for.
Do they offer ‘Holistic therapies’
Holistic therapies such as ayurvedic, aromatherapy, shiatsu, reiki, reflexology and other treatments that you wouldn’t typically find in just any beauty spot. Alternative therapies that focus on the whole you, not just one area. Many are ancient healing methods tried and tested over many, many year.
Is there a relaxation zone?
Ina beauty spa the idea isn’t that you hang around for a while after your treatment, generally you’d go in and have your massage and then leave afterwards. A wellness centre often encourages you to take some time to centre and drink a herbal tea after your treatment or jacuzzi.
Do they have a sauna?
Ok, this one is loose, they won’t ALWAYS have a sauna. However, like I say, all the wellness centres I’ve tried and test have had pretty memorable saunas! And have a good session in a sauna does seem to help the body rid of toxins, clear your skin and loosen your muscles. So, a sauna is a plus and a good sign it’s going to be good!
My top picks!
I recently tried out Kiva Spa in Mullumbimby NSW Australia and fell in love. It’s tranquil, relaxing and I enjoyed the most amazing treatment there. AMAZING sauna. I also tested out Freedom Float Centrein Burleigh Heads QLD and it’s a little smaller than Kiva Spa, but they have float tanks! The general vibe was that of an awesome wellness centre so it’s well worth a visit. They too have a special sauna, in infrared sauna! I didn’t use it when I went I was vibing from my first float tank experience but please have a go and report back!