If you’ve visited us at the spa, you have likely been welcomed with an herbal tea, home-brewed with fresh herbs harvested on the property at The Farm at Hōkūala. Going into the new year, we hope to continue to utilize locally grown medicinal herbs and plants to bring our clients a full mind, body, and sensory experience. “The use of tried and true cultural treatments with a focus on wholesome spa ingredients and herbal remedies is another way of returning to nature,” Kristine explained.
At the core of upcoming wellness trends lies a common thread: connectivity. The connection to self—mind, body, spirit—and others holds a constant place in the wellness field, and rightfully so. By connecting on a deeper level with the world around us, we are allowing ourselves an elevated sense of peace by coexisting in harmony with ourselves and others. With that in mind, here are some trending wellness practices for 2024:
Indigenous Native American Healing Traditions
In traditional allopathic systems of care, health is defined more by physical condition and mental capabilities, whereas in Native American culture, the two are more directly linked. With this thought in mind, Native American healing traditions include a deeper connection to not only the individual but the larger collective. Native American (NA) traditional healing is identified by the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) as “a whole medical system that encompasses a range of holistic treatments used by indigenous healers for a multitude of acute and chronic conditions or to promote health and wellbeing.” The idea of “walking in beauty” as a connection to ourselves and each other sits at the forefront of these healing practices, not dissimilar to Native Hawaiians’ connection to all living things.
Based in Indian culture, the Ayurveda treatment is a purification process that begins from the inside out. To begin, a special diet is required to rid the body of toxins, followed by naturally-based herbal remedies, massage, yoga, and other efforts to purify the body. Again, the concept of interconnectedness lies at the basis of this practice as well as rebalancing the body (prakriti), and life forces (doshas) for optimum physical and mental health.