When you think of the word “rest”, for most of us, one of the first things that comes to mind is usually sleep. But did you know that there’s more than one type of rest 一 and in fact, up to seven different types of it? With energy being constantly demanded of our bodies, minds, and spirits ー and, it seems, increasingly so in our always-switched-on modern world ー it is more important than ever that we also give ourselves enough time, space, and energy to recharge. Perhaps this looks like more sleep, a meditation that allows you to sink into a profoundly restful state, a deep tissue massage, a spot of mindfulness, a much-needed vacation where you can truly switch off, or daily pockets of time where you can take a break from the constant demands of your job, family, friends, partner(s), society, the news, and anything else demanding your energy and attention. Maybe it involves stress management, an emotional or physical release, or healing from trauma. Ideally, rest and recovery involves a combination of all of these things on a regular basis, for better mental, physical, and emotional health, and a more balanced, peaceful, and happier life.
In our fast-paced society, where much of our success is often defined by how much more we can do, many of us have forgotten that to find our physical and emotional balance, we must also sometimes allow ourselves to do less.
Homeopathic treatments were first developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann – a German physician and doctor who was later known as the father of homeopathy – around two hundred years ago. Back then, medicine was still in its infancy. And so, to cure health issues, it relied heavily on practices that were traditional at the time, yet would be considered shocking by modern standards, such as bloodletting. When Dr. Hahnemann noticed what the problem was with mainstream medicine in the past – that it harmed the body – he began to address the issue. He did this by actively pursuing ways to create a new medical approach that was not harmful – or at least less harmful – to one’s normal bodily functions. After running a series of experiments on his subjects, as well as on himself, he figured out that certain substances that lead to symptoms can, surprisingly, also be used to heal. This medical approach, which was finally directed to do more good than harm, is nowadays known as homeopathy.
Swedish. Hot stone. Balinese. Aromatherapy. Thai. Deep tissue. When you hear the word “massage”, which one of these treatment styles crosses your mind first? Throughout the centuries, this healing modality has remained popular across the globe, and there are various different types of massage that exist today, many of which have strong cultural ties and origins. For most people, the idea of a massage is an appealing one. Perhaps it's because of their seemingly magical power to tackle issues that many people struggle with in the current day (linked to our increasingly sedentary modern lifestyles), such as chronic muscle pain, stiffness, and rigidity. Massage can indeed relax the body — but it can also offer a lot more than that, since its advantages are more than skin-deep. Read on to learn more about the benefits of this practice, and discover how using it as a treatment can not only nourish your body, but also your mind and soul.
When it comes to rest, it’s difficult to choose which of these two questions is more prevalent: “How can I get more sleep?” or “How can I get good sleep?” As it turns out, they are both equally important ー and they are not the only types of rest we should be striving to get more of, or a better quality of. However, the key is in the word “striving”: ironically, to live more well-rested lives, we need to start doing less striving, and instead allow ourselves more time to recover, or simply “be”. What are the different types of rest we need? What are the differences between physical, mental, and emotional rest, and how can we get more of each kind? How long does it really take to truly recover from stress, trauma, or injury, and what are the different elements of rest and recovery? How much sleep do we really need? How do we practice better sleep hygiene, so we sleep more deeply and soundly throughout the night? Why do we experience insomnia, fitful sleep, or wild dreams? Are naps actually helpful, and how long is an ideal nap? Dig in to understand the science of sleep, and read about some of the best theories and strategies on how to get better rest and recovery.
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