04 Jul 2017
Relaxing Around the World
Stress is a pretty universal language. All around the world, people are juggling between work, school, family, friends – anything that causes stress. And we all have ways to relax. Take a look at some different countries’ ways of relaxing:
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that mixes acrobatic and ballet moves with dance and percussion. It was developed in Brazil mainly by Angolans, at the beginning of the 16th century. It is known for its quick and complex manoeuvres, predominantly using power, speed, and leverage across a wide variety of kicks, spins and techniques. Practitioners believe its philosophy is in the dialog between two bodies’. It is not violent or aggressive and body contact is avoided. People of all ages practice its graceful movements and hypnotic music are known to improve flexibility, strength and body control.
Indian head massages date back thousands of years and are believed to alleviate stress, stimulate the lymphatic system and relieve migraines. Various massage techniques are used to relieve accumulated tension and stimulate circulation. It is a deep massage that taps into your seven “‘chakras” or paths of energy and encourage healing and balance in your whole body.
As a volcanically active country, Japan has a great deal of natural hot springs – onsens – in which you can relax for any reason at all. Onsens were traditionally used as public bathing places and today play a central role in Japanese domestic tourism. Japan has thousands of onsens scattered throughout all of its major islands and they are said to have many different medical benefits. It is believed that a good soak heals any aches, pains and diseases you might have.
In many hot countries, the siesta, Spanish for ‘nap’ is practiced. It’s historically common throughout the Mediterranean and Southern Europe, but we attribute it most commonly to Spain. Whilst it is dying out to some extent in modern Spain, due to a more competitive job market, the siesta has a wide range of proven health benefits – a 37% reduction in coronary mortality among them.
Fika is a Swedish (and Finnish) concept where the basic meaning is to ‘meet up, have coffee and a chit-chat’. The coffee is often accompanied by various sweet treats – seven different kinds, traditionally. Nowadays the term has become more general and there doesn’t have to even be coffee involved. In many companies, people take fika breaks around 10 a.m. and 3 p.m, bosses and employees all come together. You might be considered rude if you don’t. It’s a chance to slow things down a little and appreciate time spent in good company. Sounds pretty relaxaing to us!
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