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From psychoactive drugs to silent spas: 2018’s weirdest wellness trends

Forget turmeric lattes and Fitbits: this year is all about smart medications, tiger nut milk and tracking your own mindfulness

Classes streamed into your living room

” Like Netflix, but for spin grades” might seem an obvious pitch, but it’s taken a while for the perfect cyclone of rapidly improving tech and outrageously priced real-life class to kick in, making at-home educate an increasingly preferable prospect. Why, after all, should you plummet a purple note to be wailed at for 45 minutes in a darkened chamber, when for half that a month you can are in favour of Peloton‘s on-demand service and be yelled at 24/7 in the convenience of your living room- and without having to queue for the showers subsequentlies?

Anna Kaiser.

Other services trade off celebrity appeal- AKT In Motion, for example, gives you on-demand access to Shakira’s trainer Anna Kaiser- and many offer live streaming or optional accessories, ranging from stretch bands to PS1, 000 spin bikes. Oh, and in case you’re worried about feedback, some offer the added “bonus” that their coaches can use your webcam to critique your form. Yes, like in the early stages of 1984.

Silence please: the rise of the off-grid retreat

Those passive-aggressive” Talk to people !” chalkboards in cafe with no free wifi? The thin end of the wedge. Expect social media wearines to peak over the next 12 months, with more Trump-weary tweeters committing to digital detoxes, and more taverns and cafe actively discouraging mobile phones. If you’re looking to get off the grid more ostentatiously, the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is the first in the chain to offer a Digital Wellness escape, complete with a stillnes rite at check-in and in-room Himalayan salt lamps” to absorb electromagnetic fields “. Closer to home, digital detox brand Time To Log Off offers a four-day retreat in a wifi-free Somerset cottage based around nature strolls, yoga and” creative activities”- none of which, presumably, you’ll be allowed to use as Instagram fodder. Also set to be big: silent spas, where you haven’t even got the friendly badinage of your manicurist to confuse you from your lack of reception.

Pop a super-charged vitamin pill

“Smart” narcotics have been an established thing with stressed-out concert violinists and medical students for a while, but they’re getting more ambitious and( maybe) less side-effect riddled, with the likes of the US-based Nootrobox offering blends claiming to” provide immediate clarity,[ and] long-term enhancement of brain and body “. Typical parts range from omega-3s( though you can get enough from eggs and fish) and vitamin D1( available in spray form, or via summertime sun) to “Ayurvedic herbs” and caffeine. Could you get similar results from eggs royale and a doubled espresso? Probably.

Get out of your brain( or into an separation tank)

With tech billionaires recruiting via Burning Man- Larry Page and Sergey Brin took Eric Schmidt along for the weekend before hiring him as CEO of Google- and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs preaching the virtues of ayahuasca, expect to see self-styled disruptors and digital nomads everywhere toting two copies of Alexander Shulgin’s pharmacological recipe volume PiHKAL and waxing lyrical about the benefits of taking micro-doses of LSD.

To be fair, there is some interesting research being conducted on the value of psychedelics for creative or therapeutic purposes, but if hiking to a Peruvian sweatlodge- or, indeed, hanging out in the wilderness with Elon Musk- doesn’t appeal, then brain stimulant, escapade sport and lonelines tanks give more entry-level options. Steven Kotler’s new volume Stealing Fire is a good primer on the available options- and pretty open about the risk-reward ratios of everything from psychoactive medications to extreme skiing.

Forage your own kombucha

Expect this gut-friendly fizzy booze- made from fermented black or green tea- to turn fully mainstream this year, with the serious soft-drink players jumping aboard the bandwagon to make up for waning sales of their more sugar-heavy offerings. This, of course, means that serious “buch-bros” will need to establish their credentials by going weird: perhaps by visiting Europe’s first kombucha tap chamber at JARR in London, or getting on the non-collins( that’s bucha, sugar syrup and melon juice) at the Pig inn near Bath, or brewing their own out of nettles and dandelions.

Track your own transcendence( or get a robot trainer)

You’re already( probably) tracking paces, stairs climbed and your own sleep patterns, but the next generation of wearables promises to bring metrics to- well, basically everything else. Fitbit and Apple are starting to offer inhaling features aimed at helping with stress, while pricier options track heart-rate variability( HRV ), a measure of small fluctuations between your heart’s thumps that might give an indication of how ready you are to handle tough workouts, disagreeable interactions or other sources of stress. Most out-there of all? EEG tracking, which self-styled bio-hackers hope can cut out all the tedious years of mindful meeknes Tibetan monks have to go through to master meditative governments. By watching your brainwaves on-screen in real time, the hypothesi moves, you can intentionally vary them via guided “neurofeedback” to reach transcendence in record hour. Too much? Try a robot personal trainer: the Vi AI trainer will never let you miss a step.

Grab a glass of tiger nut milk

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ lifeandstyle/ 2018/ jan/ 05/2018 -wellness-trends-silent-spas

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