From meditation and breathing techniques to art therapy, holistic therapies are increasingly being made available virtually to help support those in need of physical, mental and spiritual rejuvenation at this time of uncertainty and social isolation.
Whether you are a complete beginner or someone looking for the next step in their wellbeing journey, these are the best virtual holistic therapies the Bazaar team recommends…
For breadth of treatments: TriYoga
TriYoga might be best known for its immensely popular London-based yoga and pilates studios but the wellness company’s new virtual service means that wherever you live you can now access perhaps the most extensive range of holistic therapies out there. From free guided meditation on Instagram to on-demand homeopathy, reiki healing and ayurvedic therapies over video link, whatever you need to calm your mind, you’ll find it here.
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For art therapy: Masterpeace
You might consider mindfulness to mean sitting around doing nothing while you try to empty your mind, but that’s a strong misconception. As Masterpeace, a company that is currently providing remote painting classes using Zoom demonstrates, art can help refocus your mind and give you something to physically take away from the experience. Luckily, you don’t have to be too artistically gifted to take part as the sessions are expertly guided and provide lots of tips and tricks. Simply rustle up your underused art supplies. Log on and get creative.
£7 per class. To find more information go to the website
For breathing techniques: Terrence the Teacher
Normally available for appointments at the Harrods Wellness Clinic, Terrence the Teacher knows firsthand how transformational breathing techniques and mindfulness can be – he credits it for saving his life after a health scare. His guided breathing sessions are especially helpful for anyone who is new to (or cynical about) the practice as you will immediately feel your shoulders relax and your heart calm. The experience is as enjoyable as it is instructive.
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For sound healing: Re:Mind Studio
Sound healing works by harnessing the perceived healing properties of certain vibrations either through instruments, such as glass bowls and gongs, or the human voice. That’s why it is so important that, when done virtually, the sound quality is high and you can feel connected to the teacher even when far apart. Re:Mind’s live-streamed classes tick all those boxes and with suggestions to light candles, use comfy cushions and keep a thought-tracking journal to hand, the sound bath sessions are a really rather lovely and uplifting act of self-care.
£11 per session. For more information go to the website
For the body: KXU
A lot of us are feeling more achy than usual, whether that’s because we have recently taken up a rather zealous exercise routine, find working-from-home uncomfortable or are missing our regular massage treatments. Luckily, while KXU therapists can’t currently come help knead out knots in person, the talented team are still available for virtual appointments so you can get the physiotherapy exercises you need to limit injuries and discover ways to treat aches and pains from home.
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For herbal remedies: Cloud Twelve
If traditional therapies have fallen short of helping you with certain health concerns, including fears about your immune system, digestion or fertility, the founder of wellness sanctuary Cloud Twelve, Jenya Di Pierro could help. Passionate about the power of herbs and how they can transform your health, she is offering her one-to-one herbalism consultations virtually for the first time. In each session, she utilises a combination of Greek, Chinese and Indian Ayurveda medicines to ‘prescribe’ natural tinctures and teas, while helping you better understand a 360-degree picture of your health and emotional wellbeing.