5 ways to embrace holistic health this summer

Holistic health sees the body, mind and spirit as a whole. Bringing these elements into balance is how we can cultivate optimum holistic health. In the Scarlet Spa, we find inspiration in the Ayurvedic tradition of holistic health. There are many ways in which we can create harmony and boost wellness. Below are some of our favourites for you to try this summer season:

Get outside!
Take every opportunity you can to get outside in nature to feel the elements – earth under your feet, delight in seeing an ocean view, feel the sun warming your body or a breeze on your skin, and beautiful expanse of sky above. Eat ‘al fresco’, take a lunch time walk, sit out on the grass and watch the world go by or take your yoga practice into the garden. Spending time in nature increases your sense of connection to the world around you and a sense of spaciousness in the mind – perfect if you have a high-stress lifestyle. Plus you get to delight in the beauty of nature – birds chirping, flowers bursting with colour, grass underfoot and the clouds in the sky.

Embrace your inner child!
Imagine what life would be like if you were to see it from that childlike curiosity of mind… Everything would be so exciting, new and fresh! Try something new and step outside of your comfort zone. We love Soul Circus Yoga Festival in The Cotswolds where you can try all sorts of movement and mind therapy from Acro-Yoga to mandala painting; moving like water to twerking like Beyonce; get glittered up or sit in a hot tub under the stars. And if you need to pep up after all that fun you can treat yourself to a sumptuous massage in the spa.

Eat for the season!
The summer season relates to the pitta dosha in Ayurveda. Those with high pitta dosha in their make-up are more susceptible to an imbalance with hot weather. Symptoms of imbalance include lethargy in the heat, inflammation in the joints, more tendencies to frustration and irritability. If this is you, it’s a good idea to eat foods that cool the heat of pitta dosha in the body, such as: cabbage, kale, celery, mung beans, coriander, mint, cucumber, watermelon, apple, figs and coconut water.

Kiss the earth with your feet!
Having your bare feet on the ground connects you straight into mother earth which has a negative ionic charge. Our bodies are made up of around 60% water which makes us great conductors of electricity. Negative Ions can promote detoxification, calm the nervous system, reduce inflammation, synchronise your internal clocks, hormonal cycles and physiological rhythms.

Go wild and dive in!
Embrace your sense of adventure and go for a dip in the sea, lake, reservoir or anywhere else you can go for a wild swim. The water temperature may be bracing, but it will boost circulation and enhance your immune system while also giving you a rush of endorphins to boot.