Acupressure: Acupressure is an ancient Chinese treatment involving manipulating pressure points that lie along the body’s meridian lines — through which chi (a type of energy) is said to flow. Like acupuncture but without needles, the therapist applies blunt pressure using thumb and finger to points corresponding to specific organs or other parts of the body. Although there is no scientific consensus on how the treatment might work, some theorise it may influence the autonomic nervous system and promote the release of pain-relieving endorphins. Acupressure can be used to treat many ailments, especially nausea, aches and pains, immune disorders, allergies, and chronic fatigue.
Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy uses concentrated plant essences, or essential oils, to treat conditions such as stress, depression, insomnia, and digestive problems. Spas use the essences in massages, but you can also try aromatherapy at home by adding a few drops of essential oil to your bath, moisturiser or an oil burner. The scent of the plant extracts is said to stimulate the part of your brain connected to smell, which in turn affects the system controlling emotions, releasing relaxing chemicals. Popular oils include lavender, peppermint, thyme and jasmine.
Ayurveda: This ancient Indian form of medicine, translating as ‘science of life’, uses different ingredients and techniques to create a tailored treatment programme depending on your body and your needs. It’s based on the belief that everyone has a unique mix of energies, or dosha, and the therapist should ask you questions to work out what’s right for you. Typically, an ayurvedic massage will involve a lot of herbal oil — including on your face and hair — and if you’re taking part in an ayurvedic retreat it’ll be combined with a personal diet and exercise plan. Popular with celebs including Jennifer Aniston and Oprah, ayurveda’s said to be good for detoxing, and your general wellbeing