Originally made popular in sci-fi movies and the online gaming world, Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for many years but has only recently been introduced to the spa industry. As a result, traditional massages are quickly becoming a thing of the past.
Now, you can strap on a set of VR goggles and receive a revolutionary, multi-sensory treatment that promises heightened relaxation and a whole lot more!
Melloney Rijnvis, Creative Director of The Wend, the leading trendsetter of immersive spa experiences, offers five reasons why you should give virtual relaxation a try:
1. Be transported into unexplored worlds and exotic destinations
Too busy to take a holiday? Can’t afford the holiday of your dreams? With the introduction of virtual relaxation, you can now explore exotic destinations in the comfort of your local spa for a fraction of the cost.
2. Decrease anxiety
Feeling anxious? Stressed? A 2017-study conducted by Psychological Medicine, showed that VR exposure-based treatments reduces anxiety.
3. Reduce pain
Suffer from chronic pain? A study by the American Psychological Association found that VR provides a suitable distraction and is a highly effective pain intervention.
4. Increased relaxation
Need to unwind and relax? Humans typically process information through images and that’s why, to establish a relaxing atmosphere, many individuals need the help of guided imagery. VR offers just that!
5. Improved sleep patterns
VR stimulates the brain to produce melatonin while lowering cortisol, thus helping people manage stress and sleep better.
“It may seem counter-intuitive to use technology as an escape, but spa guests simply love the combination of immersive technology and human touch because it provides a whole new level of wellness and relaxation,” concludes Rijnvis.