We will never tell you to skip the gym. Regular exercise is a touchstone of any healthy lifestyle. (That said, last week science did surprisingly suggest to us that people who hate working out are more intelligent…). We know how smart you are, so we figured why not offer up a few non-workout suggestions from our arsenal of vetted personal faves. We've compiled a list of treatments and at-home routines that will take your mental and physical health to the next level—without a gym membership. Whether you're looking to effectively detox, jumpstart your weight loss, or simply get a better night's sleep, these easy and utterly relaxing rituals offer an endless number of benefits.
Even if you're an avid workout buff, adding one or all of these practices in conjunction with your exercise routine can take your mental and physical fitness to the next level. The real selling point, however, is they're all 100% doable lying down. They're sort of the Amazon Prime one-click purchase level of convenience for your body. Yeah, they exist. Keep scrolling for our list of healing modalities that are almost too easy to be true.
Sweat lodges are an ancient tradition favorited by a host of cultures the world over for a number of remedies. The process of sweating out impurities in the body is thought to alter mood, as well as detoxify and cleanse—both mentally and physically. We're newly obsessed with urban sweat lodge Shape House. The day spa uses FAR infrared heating beds that penetrate the skin, increasing core body temperature. You're burning calories, deepening sleep, and improving skin all from the comfort of a secluded bed while watching Roku. Each session enhances the body's ability to detox naturally from toxic chemicals, pathogens, and heavy metals. A cleanse that comes with HBO? Yes, this is happening.
Bring home FAR infrared technology with a compact two-person sauna.
The isolation tank craze has been in effect for a few decades now. We're hooked on Pause Float Studio in Venice, California, for a solo weekend activity detox. The dark, soundproof float pods are filled with body-temperature saltwater, so you'll float suspended and weightless for the duration of your session. Expect your mind and body to go completely serene in a matter of minutes within these beautiful, womblike chambers. Benefits include reduced stress, improved sleep, normalized blood pressure, and pain relief—just to name a few. We always knew the right nap situation was all that's required.
Epsom salt is a potent source of magnesium, alleviating sore muscles after a workout and helping the body to assimilate calcium.
Lymphatic massage is a technique that gently stimulates the connective tissue within lymph nodes, increasing their drainage and filtering capability. The rhythmic, soothing practice is profoundly effective in boosting the body's natural ability to heal itself. It's remarkable for relieving inflammation and can offer relief for everything from allergies to digestion and skin conditions. Shape House urban sweat lodge offers one of our favorite versions of the service via a body wrap machine. Since most lymph nodes are located on the front of the body, manually stimulating the lymphatic system by self-massage can be an easy weekly or daily practice, especially for those who suffer from seasonal allergies.
Inquire after add ons at your regular spa. Most massage therapy centers will be familiar with traditional lymph massage technique or offer an alternative treatment. Each massage therapy style offers distinct advantages to your health. Among our favorite new zen havens in Los Angeles, The Now offers add-ons to any massage, including power classing, anti-inflammatory joint relief, and organic, enlivening essential oils.
Make your home feel as soothing and serene as a day spa with inviting, aromatic home fragrances.
If you struggle with losing weight despite healthy nutrition and regular exercise, your liver may be in need of a cleanse. The liver is responsible for processing toxins and hormones within the body. Keeping the vital organ pristine is a pillar of good health. Since the liver produces bile, an alkaline fluid used by the digestive system to break down fat, a liver detox can kick-start effective weight loss. Overall reducing toxin buildup can result in a full-body feel-good makeover. Cleansing the liver can result in everything from better skin to increased energy. Start by drinking one glass of hot water with lemon to alkalize every morning. Eat plenty of leafy greens, and cut back on refined foods and stimulants like alcohol and coffee.
Liver cleanse kits detox the liver and eliminate liver stones, leading to increased energy and weight loss.
Sleep is our favorite ritual. The right amount of z's ensures your body has proper recovery night after night, regulating everything from circadian rhythms to hormone production. Never underestimate the power of a good night's rest. Throwing off your body's internal clock has a trickle-down effect on your overall health. Your brain, organs, hormones, and body tissue all cannot perform at their peak level without the foundation of deep sleep. To get the right nightly dose, keep your bedroom dark, turn off all your devices before bed, and establish a routine around your sleep patterns. Science says you should sleep in the nude (the only thing Marilyn Monroe wore to bed was Chanel No. 5.). We're happy to report on the scientific accuracy behind her taste.
Sleep masks ensure your body recovers in pitch-black darkness, even in the midst of ambient city lights.
There's an essential oil for every health condition in the book. Oils can be used topically on the skin, ingested, or placed in a diffuser depending on the remedy. We're particularly big fans of oil of oregano; the natural antibiotic is antiviral and antibacterial. Thieves oil is also a fantastic organic hand sanitizer. Basil oil is carminative, anti-spasmodic, analgesic, antibacterial, and ophthalmic, and can be used for a number of conditions from indigestion and respiratory problems to infections and stress disorders. A world leader in essential oils, Young Living offers a wide variety of oils online. Shop their inventory to discover a remedy for anything that ails you.
Use a few drops of lavender oil blend to de-stress and soothe the body.
We asked Reiki master Jenni Finley which items you should have in your bedroom. Curating your personal space to set off powerful mental clues that boost your well-being is an easy and effective way to keep those good vibrations flowing. Learning how to sage a space properly is another tool to clear negative emotions."Pay attention to the way the room makes you feel. Notice places in your room that generate emotion. For example, if there is any part of the room that makes you feel sad, anxious, or uncomfortable, that area likely has stagnant energy that needs to move," says Finley.
An ancient healing modality, Reiki treatments trigger the body's natural healing abilities and immune responses. By channeling energy through touch, the practice is said to restore emotional and physical well-being. Finley also gave us a killer reading list of healing and transformatie books. Curl up with any one of them before bed for a healing fix you can take lying down.
Finley recommends pure white sage as the most effective for clearing energy.
Hussain J, Cohen M. Clinical Effects of Regular Dry Sauna Bathing: A Systematic Review. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2018;2018:1857413. doi:10.1155/2018/1857413
Mooventhan A, Nivethitha L. Scientific Evidence-Based Effects of Hydrotherapy on Various Systems of the Body. N Am J Med Sci. 2014;6(5):199-209. doi:10.4103/1947-2714.132935
Cleveland Clinic. 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Epsom Salt. July 20, 2019