In your quest to feel better not older, each day brings new opportunities for practicing self-care. Zen and Vitality’s Self-Care Space is a physical space containing a treasure trove of self-care tools ready to help you shift your body and mind closer to their optimal states.
When you reserve this room in La Plata, MD, you can use one, two, or all of the tools offered depending on your needs at the time. Instructions are offered but the tool usage is self-directed. Experimentation is encouraged as is asking questions and getting answers directly from Zoa. Remember that when a wellness activity is easy, it is more likely to be accomplished!
Wellness Tools in the Self-Care Room
- Targeted Light Therapy to Heal Skin and Joints
- Inversion Table to Decompression the Spine
- Smoky Quartz Crystal to Let Go of the Past
- Fascia Releazer to Soften Muscle Tension
- Rebounder to Stimulate the Lymphatic System
- Selenite Crystal to Encourage Positivity
- Orthopedic Back Stretcher and Spine Aligner
Self-Care Tools in the Meditation Cave
Wellness Tools in La Plata, MD’s Self-Care Room
Targeted Light Therapy to Heal Skin and Joints
The Sunlighten LumiNIR LED wand provides therapeutic grade light in Near Infrared, Red, Blue, and combinations of those for the purpose of healing, cell renewal, clear skin, anti-aging, and pain relief. Switch the LED colors by swapping the head of the wand and customize your light therapy session by session. Heal cat scratches, reduce acne blemishes, reduce localized muscle soreness, and so much more!
Inversion Table to Decompress the Spine
Gravity makes you shorter, compressed your spine, hips, and the joints in your legs. Fight gravity by lying inverted – head below heart. You can be upside down a little or a lot! An inversion table allows you to rest in your anti-gravity state rather than working for it. Choose from a very slight inversion to fully vertical depending on your comfort level and body needs. Inversion can help condition such as tight hips, sciatica and other compressed nerve conditions, and low back pain.
Smoky Quartz Crystal to Let Go of the Past
Crystal healing is an ancient tool although it might be new to you! Smoky Quartz is a hard mineral that is often called to action when someone is having a hard time letting go of the past, processing a painful time of life, or moving forward after a difficult experience.
Holding or stroking the crystal structure of smoky quartz is a soothing activity that helps ground you in the present rather than the past. The quartz will accept your unwanted sadness and pain; it has often been associated with those experiencing grief after a loss.
In order to move forward and accept new opportunities, we must release what we have now to make space. Smoky Quartz will help you!
Fascia Releazer to Soften Muscle Tension
The Fascia Releazer is a tight muscle’s dream come true! The vibration gets deep into the body to soften the tension in your fascia system. Clicking joints, tension related pain, and your emotions all get released with the self administered pressure and movement of the Releazer.
The Fascia Releazer also has a “breathing mode” to improve heart rate variability and the coordination between your respiratory and cardio systems.
Rebounder to Stimulate the Lymphatic System
Rebounders are just mini trampolines designed for adults and perfect for stimulating your immune and lymphatic systems.
Start with the Gentle Health Bounce by keeping both feet on the trampoline and perhaps your hands on the walls for comfort then just gently bend your knees and ankles or lift and lower your heels to get a little movement. This is enough to stimulate your lymph flow to detoxify your body.
Your pelvic floor will get a little push/pull from the bouncing which gently encourages strength and flexibility which are both needed. The gentle repeated pressure on your bones supports increasing bone density and strength in the entire body. Your core muscles will wake up and work better during and after bouncing.
Start with 2 minutes and work up to perhaps 10 minutes a session. When you engage in the Gentle Health Bounce, there is no impact to your joints or spine since your feet never leave the trampoline!
Selenite Crystal to Encourage Positivity
Crystals have been used as healing tools throughout the ages. Selenite, named for the Moon Goddess, is sometimes referred to as “liquid light”. This soft, white water sensitive mineral is typically used to help dispel darkness and negativity and bring light to the bearer.
Selenite helps to balance and bring stability to your emotional body. For some, holding a selenite crystal feels like they are using an eraser to remove negative thoughts, discontent, heartache, self doubt, and stress.
Orthopedic Back Stretcher and Spine Aligner
A tight back is uncomfortable, sometimes to the point of pain. Pilates, Yoga, and Fascial Release classes get you and your spine moving and help you strengthen and loosen your spine supporting muscles. Realistically, you don’t always have time for an hour long class when your back is feeling tight.
After a few minutes lying with your spine supported by the curves of this creature, breathing deep to encourage relaxation, your back tension will ease and you will feel like a new person!
Wellness Tools in La Plata, MD’s Meditation Cave
Zen Sand Garden for Mental Reset
Meditative activities abound in the world, but sometimes we need to remove distractions in order to appreciate them. Sitting in the Meditation Cave, a Zen Sand Garden awaits you.
Pure white sand holds the shapes you create with a tiny rake. As you smooth and ripple the sand, you create order and beauty inside and out. Small black pebbles dot the white sand to add complexity or simplicity to your design.
Smooth it all out and begin again, or leave it for yourself and others to appreciate. Either way, you will have gifted yourself contemplation time and a much needed mental reset.
Acupressure Mat for Relaxation
Acupressure is one of the better known healing modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This mat stimulates the acupressure points all over your back while you lie back and relax in the Meditation Cave, possibly listening to a recorded guided meditation.
The tension release from just a few minutes on the acupressure mat works like a magic wand to calm your nervous system. Improved circulation to your back brings healing blood to sore muscles and more.
Wellness Tools to Rent in La Plata, MD
HeartMath Biofeedback for Everyday Stress Relief
HeartMath offers real time biofeedback to help you slow your breathing, calm your mind, shift your emotions, and focus on your heart. Follow this device’s science-based feedback on your heart’s rhythmic patterns and activate the part of your nervous system that restores balance to your body, mind, and spirit. Your heart, emotions, and the people around you will thank you for acting from a place of love more often!
Sensate for Activating your Relaxation State
The vagus nerve branch winds through your body from your head down past your gut. It is a major player in your ability to calm yourself after a stressful situation.
The Sensate device vibrates directly onto your sternum (breastbone) while specialized music/sounds stream from the app on your phone. The combination is like a magic wand for your nervous system. You will feel the relaxation during your first 10 minute session – and thereafter!
Joovv Mini Light Therapy for Energy and Sleep
Light Therapy does wonders for your mood, energy level, sleep, skin, inflammation, and ability to detox. Sometimes you need more opportunities to get in the red/infrared lights than you can make happen by coming into Zen and Vitality for a whole body light therapy session. When you rent this small unit, you can use it daily at home to help get you going in the morning, ready for bed at night, and any time in between. Use this for a few months as you proactively address your wellness or as a test to see if you are ready to invest in a larger unit for your own home.
Our own body is the best health system we have–if we know how to listen to it. ~ Christiane Northrup