• Move your body– Get active with swimming, walking, running, Zumba . Yoga & singing & baths are more relaxing activities. Listen to soft music when stressed or upbeat music when starting to feel blue. Dance it off
  • Drink water – Water believe it or not actually assists with emotions too as well as health.
  • Eat organic and drink kombucha – the gut is the second brain and when you have a healthy guy, you have a healthy mind and body. Find a local organic grocer or coop, many companies now deliver to your door or simply grow your own organic fruit and veggies.
  • Make your own home products which are chemical free and easy to make
  • Be informed about illness. Preventative measures and what to do if it happens to you
  • Detox your own way – Sweat it out, drink liver tonic teas, add lemon juice to your water. It is important, especially when you are very sick, to detox in the correct order. Organs need to be cleared out in a particular order. This is very important. Probiotics are also a very important part of this exercise as well as fasting and drinking a lot of filtered water. You can also sweat out toxins using a sauna or hot baths. It is important to detox in the right order and change your diet to organic where possible. See the order of detoxing the body below:
Detox Order by Body Part Herbs/foods to enhance detox Other information
1st Colon Buckthorn
Psyllium husks
Coffee enemas
Cleaning tea
Colon hydrotherapy (colonic irrigation)
Slippery elm bark
Humic acid
Make your own Kombucha and fermented drinks to replace probiotics
2nd Urinary tract & kidneys Parsley
Marshmallow root
3rd Liver & gall bladder
(extracts are quicker)
Milk thistle
Root vegetables
Oils (ingest olive oil)Epsom salts – bathe in salts to push out toxins
Lemon, lime, orange, water, ice, olive oil (1tbsp), garlic clove, ginger
Carrot, beetroot salads
Green salads, all vegetables
4th Lymphatic system Cats claw
Burdock root
Essiac formula
Heat/Sauna/Steam with movement
Avoid underwire bras
Avoid anti perspirants- use organic ones insteadSauna
5th Parasite cleanse
(6 week cycles)
Black walnut
American wormwood
Epazote herb
Grapefruit seed extractOlive leaf
6th Heavy Metal Detox / Electromagnetic Parsley tea
Wild blueberries
7th Emotional & Spiritual, Organic food is more expensive but has 10 times more vitamins and minerals than non organic.
Self Love
Journal and burn
Dr Marc Cohen
  • Boosting the Immune system

There are foods and herbs that you can use to boost the immune system no matter whether have an illness or want to prevent illness.

Here are some examples:

  • * Resveritrol which can be found in blueberries, grapes, red wine
  • * Sulforaphane which can be found in broccoli, brussels, cauliflower
  • * Curcuminrates found in turmeric, cumin, curcumin
  • * Catechins found in ECGC, green tea, dark chocolate
  • * Medicinal mushrooms are cordyceps, reishi, shitake, mytohi, cortiolis (turkey tail) mushrooms
  • * Astragalus root which increases white blood cells
  • * Chinese medicine and Acupuncture are also very effective for immune boosting.
  • * Having cold showers daily is a very effective way to boost the immune system and create wellness.
  • * Bathing in a spa, hot or cold can also boost the immune system and creates homeostatic resilience among many other benefits.
  • * Herbal teas are an easy way to boost the immune system. Echinacea is the most common tea for boosting the immune system. Tulsi tea is one of the most beneficial teas you can drink. It is relaxing and stimulating at the same time and it stabilises blood sugar levels.
  • Google It – when you have an ache or pain, google the meaning of it. Every ailment we experience has an emotional/mental source. Once you understand why you have something, you can then tart to work on the mental emotional aspects which caused it. Even accidents have a mental/emotional basis.
  • Keep the body Alkaline – Keep your body as alkaline as possible. When the body gets too acid, the joints start to have issues and organs do not function at optimal capacity anymore. This can be done by reducing acid forming foods such as tomatoes, red wine, citrus fruits, dairy products etc You can use fresh lemon juice squeezed into a glass of warm water every morning to wash away the excess acid build up at the start of each new day.

Essential Oils

Our sense of smell is one of our most ancient senses. It affects our lives and emotions in ways which scientists have only just begun to explore.

Throughout history highly concentrated oils extracted from flowers, herbs and animal sources have been used to calm or stimulate the emotions and enhance well being. The use of balms, ointments and scented oils is even documented in the Bible. Scent has historically been thought to have the power to heal and repel evil and as such has played a part in religious rituals across many cultures.

Of all the senses, smell has the most direct connection to the mind and emotions. All fragrances, natural and synthetic, are able to breach the blood brain barrier (the protective membrane that surrounds the brain) and gain direct access to the limbic system – the emotional switchboard of the brain.

Studies have shown that inhaling fragrances can cause changes in both the circulation and the electrical activity in the brain.

Apart from their direct effect on the brain aromatherapy oils can also enter the blood system through the skin (for instance when used in massage), through the lining of the lungs (when they are inhaled) and, more rarely, when taken orally (this is not a method which is advised unless under competent professional supervision).

Once absorbed into the blood stream, the medicinal properties of the oils – whether they are antifungal, antibacterial, anti-viral or antiparasitic – can begin to have an effect.

What can oils be used for?

  • Aches and pains
  • Antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Headaches
  • Pregnancy and post-natal care
  • Insect repellent
  • In cleaning products and personal care products

How can oils be used?

In the bath Mix your choice of essential oil or oils in a light base oil, such as apricot kernel oil, or in a neutral, water-dispersing oil which you can purchase at some health food shops and natural toiletry stores. Alternatively, mix it into a small amount of whole milk. Pour this mixture into the bath. If possible, aim to relax in the bath for at least 15 minutes.

For massage A good way of addressing skin problems, achy muscle and joints and fluid retention.  Always use essential oils diluted in a light base oil such as almond oil.

As a compress This method is good for bruises, headaches, varicose veins, burns and scalds. Add between 8 and 10 drops of essential oil to half a cup of water.  Disperse well.  Soak a face cloth in the mixture and apply to the relevant part of the body.

An inhalation A particularly good choice if you have a cold, cough or any other breathing difficulty. A simple and portable way to make an inhalation is to put a few drops of your chosen oil on a hankie.  Wrap this in a plastic bag and carry it with you to use as and when you need to.

At home, you can make a steam inhalation using a bowl of hot water and 5 to 10 drops of essential oil. Lean over the bowl with a towel over your head and breathe deeply.

Alternatively, you can now buy handheld inhalers, which are small plastic containers, not unlike coffee mugs, with a special mask that attaches to the top.

Foot baths Fill a basin large enough to take both of your feet, with hand-hot water. Then add 8-10 drops of your favourite oil. This is a good way to soothe feet after a long day.  If your ankles are swollen, try following the hot bath with a cool one to improve circulation.  You can do the same thing for sore, swollen hands.

Room scents You can spread the scent of an essential oil throughout a room using an oil burner, or by placing one or two drops on a cool light bulb before turning the light on.  If you heat your home with radiators, place 5 drops of essential oil in a bowl containing a little water and place this on top of the radiator. You can also use through a diffuser or vaporiser in a room.

Feet You can dilute the oils in an oil base such as coconut oil and place in a roller ball applicator. Apply the oil to the bottom of the feet as the pores are largest in this area and it goes into the body quicker using this method.


What is Reiki?

Reiki is a type of energy healing that aims to improve overall health and enhance the quality of life.  It follows traditional patterns of various hand positions, resting without putting pressure on or above the body.

We already perform Reiki-like healing on ourselves and others without even realizing it. This energy or Ki is present in and around us since we are conceived. Reiki healing is usually not taught, but rather “transferred” from Master to Student, in a session called “attunement.” Once attuned, a practitioner can access more efficiently a greater amount of this ‘universal life force energy’ for the purpose of healing. Even though Reiki is an energetic form of healing and ‘spiritual in nature’ it is not a religion, it has no dogma and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use it.

The Reiki practitioner uses a process much like the laying on of hands, where they focus on the affected areas, transmitting the life force energy in order to reduce stress or invoke healing of mind, body and spirit. Current research determines that this healing method was used by Buddhists in Tibet dating back to 480 B.C. Reiki which means “universal life energy” in Japanese was rediscovered by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and continues to evolve today. The purpose is to remove energetic blocks from our energy centres (chakras) and repair tears in the auric field caused by the harmful frequencies and ‘life force’ depleting elements such as drugs, poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, poor sleep or breathing, negative psychic activity, illness etc.

Practising reiki gives you the means to regain your natural abilities to heal yourself and to give healing energy to others. When we vibrate at a higher frequency, we naturally feel happier and more fulfilled since it works on many levels emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.

During a Reiki session, the patient will usually sit in a chair or lie down fully clothed. A healing typically lasts from 30 to 45 minutes. Due to its gentle relaxing nature, some people are known to fall asleep during the healing session.

What to expect with reiki?

  • Restored energy and vitality.
  • Reduction or alleviation of stress and anxiety.
  • Relaxation and restored emotional balance.
  • Increased feelings of strength & courage in dealing with difficult life situations.
  • Relieves pain and fatigue
  • Helps relieve depression
  • Reduces headache, insomnia, nausea

Many cultures have developed techniques and disciplines that stimulate the flow of Ki energy around the body. However, Reiki is the easiest to learn and administer. The techniques are simple to master. The results are profound.

In Summary Reiki is:

  • A simple modality of healing applied by the laying of hands from which the life force energy flows.
  • Non-invasive
  • Used on its own or as a complimentary therapy in conjunction with conventional medicine or other natural therapies.
  • Pure and vibrates at a higher frequency equated with that of ‘unconditional love’.
  • Not a substitute for medical treatment nor is it a diagnostic system.
  • Using the same energy as tai chi, feng shui, meditation, yoga and acupuncture.
  • Reiki can be used on humans, plants and animals amongst many other uses.

There are three levels of Reiki certification. Reiki 1 for self-healing, Reiki 2 practitioner level and Reiki 3 Master level for higher spiritual growth.


Breathing is a vital part of life; it helps deliver oxygen into your bloodstream and remove carbon dioxide. Completing a full breath cycle involves your whole body—your chest, belly, back, and mind. It takes effort to coordinate all elements of the breath, even though the simple process seems effortless.

Breath exercise for releasing stress – Breath in through your nose & breathe out very slowly through your teeth and make an “sssss” sound while breathing out. While doing this over & over, imagine yourself at the top of a mountain on a windy day and watch as the black puffs of smoke are blown out of your body by the wind – this is all the stress leaving your body. You can also do this breathing while writing a letter to the person who you are upset with or to the universe – writing down how you are feeling and why – scribbling until you are tired and then burn what you wrote outside if possible, in a bowl with tin foil inside or a terracotta plant pot.

When you think of breathwork, you probably think of the physical aspect of breathing—the inhaling and exhaling of air. Breathing is a vital part of life; it helps deliver oxygen into your bloodstream and remove carbon dioxide.

Completing a full breath cycle involves your whole body—your chest, belly, back, and mind. It takes effort to coordinate all elements of the breath, even though the simple process seems effortless.

The physical benefits of deep breathing are often immediate. By breathing deeply, you can activate your parasympathetic nervous system, and in turn, slow down your heart rate and lower your blood pressure—creating a feeling of calm. You also rely on your diaphragm instead of your chest, inviting your neck and chest muscles to relax and engage your abs and a larger amount of oxygen to reach your body’s cells and organs.

When your body is operating under “fight-or-flight” response or stress, it releases a surge of hormones (such as cortisol and adrenaline) that causes your breathing to speed up, increases your pulse and blood pressure, and puts you in a state of hypervigilance. Deep breathing can help reverse this response and relax your body.

Try this: Next time you practice breathwork, focus on the physical aspects of your breath:

  • Watch your chest and belly rise and fall.
  • Notice the temperature and moisture of your breath.
  • Tune into the muscles and bones moving in your body.
  • Observe how your body feels when you shift from shallow to deep breathing.


10 Trends and Predicitions for 2020 and Beyond.

By Dr Marc Cohen

It is always treacherous to make predictions and in a world where change is occurring at such a rapid pace that the only certainty is that the future will be radically different from now and any current forecasts are likely to flawed. Dramatic shifts in human demographics and global environmental systems, together with new technological innovations, computer intelligence, renewable energy systems, and unprecedented human connectivity will create a future that is beyond the realms of our current thinking. The following predictions and trends are therefore written in the knowledge that that are likely to be incomplete and inaccurate at best, and blatantly wrong at worst. They are based however on current trends that are likely to continue into the near future and present opportunities and challenges that may assist spa owners and operators in their future thinking.


Artificial Intelligence will evolve to create personal AI wellness consultants that design programs informed by vast data sources including genetic, microbiome, biosensor, psychometric, geographical exposure and social-connection data. Virtual reality will also move into the wellness world with virtual experiences and getaways to exotic locations both real and imaginary. Together virtual reality and AI will also power immersive games using real-time biometrics that take us places we have not yet imagined.

This will provide spas with the opportunity to create unique experiences and treatments based on guests’ personalised data, and will challenge spa to adapt their wellness offerings to VR environments, as well as provide exhilarating and nurturing real world and augmented experiences that can compete with VR experiences available elsewhere.


The power of smart phones will be leveraged to revolutionise personal medical testing. Sophisticated technologies that are now only available in specialised labs with multimillion dollar equipment and highly trained technicians will become available to everyone at minimal cost. Expect to see a range of new low-cost nano-biosensors and devices that collect and analyse our blood, urine, sweat and tears, and measure the quality of our food, water, environment and overall health.

This will provide the opportunity for spas to compete with conventional medical services and offer spa products and evidenced-based services that positively impact on guests’ health metrics. Personal wellness metrics will also challenge spas to monitor and track their guests’ wellbeing and response to different treatments, as well as interface with existing and future medical data and record-keeping systems.


The healing power of nature cannot be overestimated and nature will become an increasingly valuable resource.  While every part of the planet is now a tourist destination and true wilderness no longer exists, people will seek out immersion in ‘deep nature’ that is far from technological and industrial influences. People will also become more attune to the variability, beauty and fragility of local flora and fauna and the changes humans are imposing on it.

This will put pressure on natural environments and challenge operators to retain nature in its pristine state despite the impact of more and more people, as well as challenge designers and architects to satisfy our biophilia by creating natural experiences in urban environments. This will also open opportunities for sustainable economic and community development in locations with hot springs and other natural wellness resources, and provide opportunities for wellness-adventure experiences with minimal environmental impact.


The war on microbes that has been raged with antibiotics, chlorine, pesticides, disinfectants and preservatives is coming to an end. We now recognise that 99% of the genetic material in our bodies belongs to the bacteria in our guts and is vital for health. Expect to see greater emphasis on microbial ecosystems and the benefits of pre- and probiotics, fermented foods, vaginal births, contact with healthy soils, and the use of stool transplants for a range of medical conditions.

An increasing understanding of microbial ecology will provide opportunities to create microbial-based cosmetics, cleansers, deodorants and other personal care products. A growing understanding of the ‘bathing biome’ will further lead to microbial-based water treatments and challenge spas to provide safe and hygienic environments while minimising the use of harmful disinfectants.


Sound is all around us and inside us, yet the dominant ambient sound in most urban environments is the hum of industrial ‘noise’. Expect to see a greater emphasis on natural soundscapes with music replacing televised news in waiting rooms and wellness offerings that include true silence. Also expect a greater use of music as medicine, sound therapy devices, and an emphasis on the personal benefits of singing, playing music and the sounds of nature.

A greater appreciation of sound presents opportunities for musicians and artists to create new forms of healing music that engages us in new ways. It will also challenge architects and engineers to minimise or counteract ambient noise in urban environment and (re)produce true silence that can be used as a blank canvass for conscious soundscapes.


Just as people move into virtual, technologically-driven worlds, they will increasingly seek out down-to-earth experiences inspired by indigenous wisdom and cultures. Expect to see a resurgence of shamanic practices using traditional foods and plant-based medicines such as medicinal marijuana and ayahuasca, along with a resurgence of ancient rituals such as sweat lodges, chanting, drumming and ecstatic dance.

The inclusion of shaman practices provides opportunities for spas to create safe spaces where guests can undergo extreme emotional catharsis and deep personal transformation. This will also pose challenges for spas in providing therapists who are skilled in dealing with intense situations and the potential for adverse reactions, as well as creating challenges around legal, licensing and training issues, while raising concerns about cultural appropriation and authenticity.


The value of pure flowing water will increase and become recognised as a true wellness resource. People are now realising their drinking and bathing water is often contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, pharmaceutical drugs and other industrial contaminants, and that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. Expect to see a rise in green chemistry, smartphone compatible water-test kits, new water harvesting, filtering and purification technologies, and more attention to water quality in food outlets, bathing facilities, and tourism and wellness locations.

An emphasis on water as a wellness resource provides opportunities for spas to promote the unique qualities of their water and treatments, and deliver on the promise of ‘health through water’. It also challenges spas to take up a leadership position with regards to water quality and reduce the use and impact of pollutants and other contaminants through measuring, monitoring and managing the quality of the water used in their facilities and their local communities.


Air quality will become an increasingly important global and local issue. Air quality is vital for optimal health and brain function, and as more people realise that traffic pollution is more deadly than the road toll we will see greater incentives for electric vehicles and people vacating cities to escape toxic air. Also expect to see a rising importance of geomedicine and indoor air quality meters and metrics, along with wellness locations highlighting air quality amongst their offerings.

Awareness of air quality and the effects of place on health will drive wellness real estate developments and lead to wellness metrics disrupting the world’s largest asset class, as well as provides an opportunity for remote locations that offer truly fresh air to capitalise on this precious resource. This will also challenge urban spas to provide fresh air havens using the latest in air purification technologies and prompt spas to consider going beyond aromas and signature smells, and design treatments around specific air quality measures.


The realisation that wellness activities reduce chronic disease and enhance human performance and longevity will cause wellness to become increasingly political with government ministers and political parties taking up the challenge to effectively measure and administer wellbeing and align policies with human rather than economic wellbeing. This is likely to play out in levies on sugar, alcohol, tobacco and fast foods, and policies around health insurance, workplace wellness incentives and environmental pollutants.

The politics of wellness provides a unique opportunity for spa services to become incorporated into workplace wellness programs, government health insurance and rebate schemes, and community-based health programs. Spa can also take up the challenge to enhance the quality of political decisions by championing the inclusion of wellness activities and experiences in the political process, and engaging politicians in nurturing their own wellbeing.


Wellness is about ‘we’ not ‘i’ and with most people owning a connected mobile device, expect to see a surge in social media use and peer-to-peer initiatives that harness geographical information systems, new sensor technologies and cloud computing platforms, along with cyber-currencies linked to wellness metrics. This will lead to crowd-sourced and crowd-funded wellness maps that transcend political boundaries, highlight resource gradients, and hold corporations and governments to account.

A greater reliance on crowd-based information will expand existing platforms and create opportunities for spas to expand their client base and engage in more meaningful dialogues through crowd-sourced treatments and viral wellness campaigns. This will further challenge spas to interface with communities, corporations and governments, and promote wellness trends that foster a global wellness culture to create a wave of positive change.