5 Japanese Wellness Rituals that Will Make You Feel Better

A country rich in traditions and spiritual arts, Japan attracts lovers of well-being. With its rituals designed to purify the body and mind, its inhabitants have a record life expectancy. Inspired by their secrets is a pretty seductive idea. 

Feeling good in one's body and mind is one of the major life philosophies of the Japanese. This could well explain why Japan is the world leader in countries with the longest life expectancy. In fact, there are relaxation-based arts and techniques in this culture that have benefits for physical and spiritual well-being. In this article, we will show you five of them.

1. The shinto

The Japanese bath nicknamed "Shinto" is a real spiritual practice to purify the body and mind. Here, it is not about hygiene but about well-being. These baths are done with water heated to 42 degrees in a wooden bathtub. It is also customary to add various essential oils, flowers and bath salts to eliminate toxins, relax muscles and purify the mind.

How to do it? You can make your own shinto at home, following the same procedures. Have a hot bath, add essential oils and flower petals in a subdued atmosphere (candles, incense,…).

2. The koh-dho

This ancestral ritual is a popular Japanese practice based on incense. The Koh-Dho is intended to immerse those who practice it, in a purified sensory and spiritual atmosphere. The essences diffused by the incense eliminate the toxic elements in the air and soften the spirit.

How to do it? It is quite possible for you to do a koh-dho in your living room for example. Sit on the ground (kneeling) with your eyes closed and focus on your breathing. The essences released by the incense and dispersed everywhere in the room will then do their work.

3. Shiatsu

Already well known in the West, Shiatsu is an art that can awaken the energies of the body. It is practiced by using measured pressure of the hands or the fingers in precise areas of the body. Inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, shiatsu intervenes on the physiognomy, the physical or the psyche.

How to do it? You can try this practice by tapping your eyebrows with your fingers to relax the muscles of the face. It is also possible to evacuate the tensions accumulated during the day by kneading the neck.

4. The chanoyu

It is also called the tea ceremony, chanoyu means the preparation of matcha tea. The preparation and tasting of this tea is done in calm and meditation so that the body and mind benefit from the healing qualities of matcha.

How to do it? At home, you can also make the atmosphere as "feng shui" as possible to enjoy your tea. You can find organic matcha tea in any organic sign. The preparation is simple, just have 2 teaspoons of matcha powder in a cup, before pouring hot water. Finally, stir everything vigorously with a bamboo whisk or a simple spoon. The tea is not filtered, we drink the diluted powder.

5. The rajio taiso

The raijo taiso is a morning gym that spread to Japan in 1928. The practice aims to strengthen and stretch the muscles, as well as improve the balance. It takes place in the morning outside, usually in public gardens, which allows those who practice, to enjoy the natural light early in the day.

How to do it? When you wake up, you can do any physical activity. In the morning, it has the advantage of awakening our body and energizing us for the rest of the day. This is the idea of the Miracle Morning: getting up earlier to start a morning routine (sports or otherwise) makes you happier. Walking, cycling, yoga, stretching, all you have to do is find the right activity!

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