These days we spend our lives glued to a screen. We tap away at the computer at work, scroll through our feeds during the daily commute, and come home to binge-watch the latest series on Netflix. If you think about it, it’s rare for some Internet-connected device to not be at arms length.
With all this technology literally at our fingertips, time outside of the digital world is dwindling rapidly. We’re “getting away from it all” by downloading apps for guided meditation or streaming yoga classes on our mobile phones and smart TVs. It seems we have truly forgotten how to live without the Internet.
That simple realization got us at Body by Brooklyn thinking. In the spa business, our job is to help people relax, restore and rejuvenate. We have the wonderful opportunity to encourage our clients to leave their phones in their lockers and enjoy a massage, facial, or body treatment without being tempted to check emails or snap a dozen selfies. We’re the gatekeepers to a place where people can come and be present, with no preoccupations or distractions. It’s a way of being that today seems practically incomprehensible, but the good news is, it is still very possible.
One of our favorite digital detox treatments at the spa is a platza, and if you’re in need of a break from technology, this might be just what you’re looking for. We can’t promise you won’t want to snap this experience, but trust us, it will be tough to try.
A platza is a traditional Russian bath treatment that was used by royalty and commoners alike to rid the body of aches and pains, diffuse cold and flu symptoms, and detoxify the skin. At Body by Brooklyn, we offer a modern take on the platza that will transport you back to Old Moscow without having to use the #travel hashtag.
First, you’ll enter the Russian sauna with our platza master, who uses the natural heat and humidity of the environment to prepare the body for treatment. He’ll give you a felt hat to protect your head from overheating and lay you down on a bench to ensure you’re comfortable and relaxed. Then, using an oak leaf brush soaked in a natural, herbal astringent, the platza master will perform a unique massage by scrubbing and tapping the body from head to toe. The combination of steam, heat, and exfoliation helps rid the skin, mind and body of toxins and impurities, and allows the pores to open up and the skin to breathe. It’s not for the faint at heart, but don’t worry. Before you can think about tapping out yourself, you’ll be led to the cold plunge pool for a quick dip back to reality.
In a world where we are bombarded by information, it’s a good idea to give your brain a little break once in a while. By settling into a regular routine of technology-free relaxation, you can give yourself the opportunity to be present, mindful and more fully aware. We could all use a bit more of that, don’t you think?
For more about our platza treatment or to book a session, click here.