If during your Christmas Holidays your mantra has been “Oh my tummy, make yourself as a hut”, if you have watched all the Christmas-themed films around, from Trading Places to Miracle on 34th Street, if your sofa bears the shape of your buttocks… then it is time for you to reset your life for a brand new and energetic restart. Do not even try do procrastinate! Let your new year resolutions become true. You can start by telling yourself that the time is now – hic et nunc as romans would say – and not an hypothetical day between now and twothousandnever!
So, to please you, we have found 8 precious detox suggestions, an easy “back-into-shape” formula to use immediately.
A day at the Grand Hotel Rimini*****L Dolce Vita Spa with Emanuele Cesarini, Spa Manager.
Emanuele suggests a simple, yet complete programme:
1- Start your wellness day with a brisk fast-paced walk on the treadmill inside the fitness area of the Spa. 20 to 30 minutes will suffice for you to start sweating. Then take a full relaxation pathway with sauna, steam bath, emotional shower and a Jacuzzi in the pool with saline water to open your skin pores.
2- Choose ad hoc beauty treatments: a draining scrub with sea salt and purifying algae to start off. This eliminates the skin dead cells and helps them absorb all the active ingredients. A draining compress with a caffeine and peach mousse (caffeine helps removing water retention and fatty acids inside the fat cells). A full body massage with draining essential oils and a regenerating, anti-age papaya, mango and passion fruit facial.
For a deeper cleanse, you can choose shaping treatments including the application algae and spice compresses followed by tonifying massages with coco butter, salts, green coffee and centella asiatica.
Did you know?
During your massage session, Emanuele plays ancient musical instruments, applies crystals, uses bamboo sticks and applies warm sachets filled with herbs. Tibetan bells in pentatonic scale, tuned on the note RE, make vibrations that loosen muscular tensions, clear energetic blocks and help cellular osmosis.
The advice of the Naturopatic practitioner Cristina Bernagozzi.
After the spa experience, follow the tips below to prolong the Spa benefits, also at home.
3- Tonify your skin
Our skin acts like a barrier that stands between us and the outside world: it absorbs what surrounds us and eliminates toxins. Hence, every morning, before taking your shower, oxygenate your skin with a “dry scrub”, i.e. rub your skin delicately with exfoliating gloves. The first time you do it, apply a gentle pressure. The massage has to be strong enough to lightly redden your skin (hyperemia), but still very pleasurable.
4- Take a revitalizing shower (morning) or a relaxing bath (evening).
For your energizing shower, add a few drops of pure essential oils to the shower cream, directly onto the sponge: rosemary (stimulates blood circulation and has a skin purifying effect), juniper (fights water retention in lower limbs), mint (refreshing and astringent).
For your relaxing bath, combine a spoonful of cleansing milk (or any other greasy substance) with a few drops of essential oils and add to your bath: chamomile, lavender (soothing, calming, have a refreshing action on liver, and purify the skin) and neroli (helps cell turnover). You can use these pure essential oils combined together (2 drops each) or alone (4 to 5 drops). Should you wish to enjoy them after your bath or shower, mix them with a spoonful of sweet almond or argan oil and use daily.
Did you know?
A bath at the temperature of 30 degrees is relaxing, beyond 35 degrees, if short, is tonifying, if long becomes debilitating.
5- Cleanse YOUR BOWEL FOR A PERFECT SKIN
Here is my old grandma’s recipe to help your bowel recover its natural vitality, necessary to accomplish its daily tasks: separating the “good” from the “bad”.
Take a cup of water, add 1 spoonful of grated radish, a spoonful of grated carrots and a pinch of Cervia sea salt and bring to boil. Let it simmer for 5 minutes. Drink a cup a day, in between meals, for 3 consecutive days, stop for 3 days then repeat twice. To be avoided in case of hemorrhoids of heavy periods.
6- Clear YOUR LUNGS
Let’s not forget to breathe! Western people often have a dog-like way of breathing, with short and fast breaths. So, instead of getting rid of toxins, we build them up, thus causing body acidosis – the consequences of which are precocious tissue ageing and, on the long term, osteoporosis. Therefore, any kind of activity that makes you deeply breathe, is fundamental.
7- Tonify the lung and large intestine meridians. Try this simple movement (see image). Knees are not stiff, thumbs are intertwined and index fingers are straight; the other fingers are bent. Deeply breathe 2-3 times in this position, then bend your knees and, whilst breathing out, get back to your straight position. Exchange thumbs and repeat.
Did you know?
The Vedic scriptures calculate our lifespans in the number of breaths we are allowed during our lives. If we use this energy more quickly, then the lifespan will be shorter. Then breathe slowly to live longer!
8- Going on a diet? Yes, start now!
During this detox winter phase, do not forget to eat fresh fruits and vegetables as they provide a good supply of vitamins, mineral salts, and prebiotic material – like inulin – that help the bowel movements.
And remember, respect yourself by respecting the environment: choose only natural and cruelty-free products (not animal tested)!
Emanuele Cesarini, Spa manager at the Grand Hotel Rimini since 2004, is a physiotherapist and sport masseur. In 2005 he obtained a diploma as ayurvedic technician at the Somatheeram Kerala Hospital in India. Over the years, he has followed several courses in various olistic and natural disciplines in Asia and South America and has developed his own hot stone massage technique with the Andine shamans. He is advisor for cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies (Aquatherm, Biocell, etc.) and holds training courses for beauticians and natural wellness practitioners.
Cristina Bernagozzi, interpreter and translator, is in charge of communication within the Batani Select Hotels group. She has always been passionate about natural remedies and techniques to prevent diseases and preserve health. At the end of a four-year course, in 2013 she obtained a diploma as Naturopathic Practitioner at the Institute of Natural Medicine in Urbino. She is a member of the Italian Naturopathic practitioner Association (R.I.N.).