May 31, 2015 11:52 am

Spa Trend 2015 – Cannabis and Forest Bathing

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Some people believe that spa is the way for them to recover their health from stress and relaxing their mind. Spa treatment is always become the first choice for people who wants to released their heavy load from their routine work. According to SpaFinder Wellness 365, world spa trend for 2015 are cannabis and forest bathing. Even though it sounds weird when we heard about cannabis and forest bathing, but it is become the new alternative spa treatment to recover your health.

Forest Bathing

The term “forest bathing” has nothing to do with water, and is more than just a poetic way of describing a “walk in the woods,” something humans have, of course, been doing for five million years (if never less so than today). The Japanese government coined the term in 1982, a translation of “shinrin-yoku,” which literally means “taking in the forest atmosphere.”  But now, walking in the woods for wellness is taking root around the world.

For some people might guess that phrase of forest bathing might invoke visions of nudists running wild in the trees, that’s not quite it. Actually forest bathing is more like spending time relaxing in a forest, with heightened awareness of your surroundings. When done correctly, the back-to-basics spa treatment is proven to have great restorative healing value for the mind and body, including reduced stress levels and lower blood pressure.

There are too many hot springs hotels and spas that integrate “forest bathing” across Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and countries in woodsy Northern Europe to name. Now forest bathing programs are not only moving West, they’re appearing on menus at several high-profile destinations, with properties putting their own innovative spins on the concept.

For example Blackberry Farm, a 30-year-old resort gem in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains (U.S.), just opened Wellhouse, a comprehensive spa/wellness center,with a specific focus on Japanese forest bathing. Its new “Deep Healing Woods” activities (from inforest yoga and meditation to endurance hikes) all end at an platform deep in the woods, and the spa uses a rich harvest of forest-found, seasonal flowers and herbs, etc.

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Cannabis: New Spa & Wellness Connections

Because cannabis has been long criminalized (legally equated with substances like heroin), both medical studies and pharmaceuticals have been held back. Over 100 trials on medical cannabis exist (the vast majority positive), with the strongest evidence of benefit for nausea, wasting in AIDS and cancer, epileptic seizures, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and chronic pain.

There’s nothing like a day at the spa. There are only a few things that can beat a 90-minute massage. That is, of course, unless that massage is kneaded in using cannabis-infused lotions as a part of marijuana spa treatments.

With the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado, many industries have capitalized on the evolving needs of consumers in the state. The use of topical cannabis products is a recent addition to their list of services, which include traditional facials and sauna wraps, as well as specialty treatments such as laser teeth whitening, chemical peels and botox.

Another Colorado-based company, Mary Jane’s Medicinals, makes a cannabis tea bath ball that users can purchase at dispensaries and bring home for a do-it-yourself marijuana spa experience. The Heavenly-Hash Bath is presented in a large cheesecloth ball which contains lavender, chamomile, peppermint, grape seed oil, dead sea salt, Epsom salts and cannabis leaves to create a sense of calm and alleviate any anxiety or stress.

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