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Your Guide To Post-Flight Wellness


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By Cherelle Mukoko on 23rd April 2024

Long-haul flights, while often necessary for exploring far-off destinations or connecting with loved ones across the globe, can take a toll on both your body and mind.

The discomfort of cramped seats, jet lag, and the general exhaustion that comes with spending hours in the air can leave you feeling drained upon arrival. However, with a few simple strategies, you can ease the transition and prioritise your post-flight wellness. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you look after yourself after a long-haul flight.

Hydration Is Key

One of the most critical aspects of post-flight wellness is hydration. The dry air in aeroplane cabins can leave you feeling parched and dehydrated. Upon landing, make it a priority to replenish your body’s fluids by drinking plenty of water. Opt for water over caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, as these can further dehydrate you. Consider bringing a reusable water bottle with you on the flight to ensure you have easy access to hydration throughout the journey. 

As someone whose job demands constant travel, whether it's short-haul or long-haul flights, I've keenly felt the toll it takes on my body and mind. Seeking a solution, I recently visited the Nad Clinic in London to explore options for rejuvenation. Intrigued by their range of IV infusions tailored to various needs, I opted for one designed specifically for frequent flyers and entrepreneurs. This infusion promised to not only replenish my body but also to enhance mental clarity, function, and focus, crucial for maintaining peak performance amidst a busy schedule. While the effects weren't immediate, I was impressed by the results. Over the next 24 hours, I noticed a significant improvement in my energy levels and mental acuity. The infusion's benefits endured beyond that initial period, leaving me feeling revitalised and better equipped to tackle the demands of my profession.

Move Your Body

Sitting for extended periods during a flight can lead to stiffness and muscle tension. Combat this by moving your body as soon as you can after disembarking. Take a short walk around the airport terminal or find a quiet corner to stretch your legs and arms. Simple exercises like neck rolls, shoulder shrugs, and calf raises can help alleviate tension and improve circulation. If time allows, consider engaging in more vigorous exercise, such as a brisk walk or jog, to get your blood flowing and boost your energy levels. Additionally, for long-haul flights, stretch your legs on the plane or do simple exercises that won't disturb other passengers. While seated, you can perform discreet exercises like ankle circles, seated leg lifts, or torso twists to keep your muscles engaged and promote circulation. I spoke with UHNW personal fitness coach Federica Gianni, who gave me some top exercises. She mentioned the top 3 exercises as forward lunges, plank, and inchworm. These exercises are important as they target multiple muscle groups and can be performed discreetly during breaks or upon arrival. Forward lunges engage the lower body, improving flexibility and strength, while plank activates core muscles essential for maintaining stability and posture. The inchworm exercise promotes flexibility and mobility, particularly beneficial after prolonged periods of sitting. Incorporating these exercises into your routine not only enhances physical well-being but also contributes to a more comfortable and energised travel experience.

Practice Self-Care

After a long flight, it’s essential to prioritise self-care to help your body recover from the stresses of travel. Treat yourself to a relaxing bath or shower to soothe tired muscles and refresh your senses. Use moisturiser to combat dry skin, and consider applying a hydrating facial mask to rejuvenate your complexion. Engage in activities that help you unwind and relax, such as reading a book, meditating, or listening to calming music. Taking care of your mental and emotional well-being is just as important as tending to your physical health. If you want to take it up a notch, consider visiting the incredible Grey Wolfe, a state-of-the-art wellness hub in the heart of London but away from the hustle and bustle. Here, I experienced unparalleled relaxation while trying the lymphatic compression boots, which effectively drained toxins and increased blood circulation. From the moment I stepped into Grey Wolfe, I was enveloped in tranquillity. The interior design, coupled with the welcoming staff, created an atmosphere of peace and serenity, allowing me to completely switch off from the outside world. Whether you're visiting London or a resident, I highly recommend Grey Wolfe for a truly rejuvenating and holistic experience.

Explore Massage Therapy

In addition to my experience at Grey Wolfe, I had the pleasure of receiving the best massage from Sarah Jane Watson. Post-flight, I found it challenging to switch off and relax; my nervous system was completely out of whack. A firm believer in the restorative power of massage, Sarah's approach is unparalleled. With over three decades of experience, she tailors her techniques to meet the individual needs of each client, ensuring the most luxurious and highest quality massage experience.

Sarah's massage was unlike any I had experienced before. Her powerful hands, combined with the soothing sounds surrounding me, made me feel like I was floating on a cloud. Her treatment lulls you into a deep state of rest, allowing your mind and body to regain equilibrium in a way that feels truly transformative.

This invaluable experience laid the foundation for Sarah's expertise and allowed her to craft her own 90-minute individualised therapeutic treatment - The SJW Signature Treatment (£450). As a skilled aromatherapist, Sarah incorporates the highest quality essential oils and aromatherapeutic products into her sessions, creating a serene space to enhance your wellness journey.

The SJW Signature Treatment combines a unique blend of Swedish, Hawaiian, Balinese, Acupressure, and ancient Indian head massage techniques to promote complete relaxation. Sarah's healing touch, coupled with powerful aromatherapy blends, ensures a synergistic experience with optimum therapeutic results. Her energetically intuitive method allows her hands to guide and read your tissues and tensions, creating a unique experience that rebalances the nervous system.

Feed the Skin

Maintaining skin hydration during and after a flight is crucial for achieving a healthy, radiant complexion. The dry air in aeroplane cabins can deplete moisture from your skin, leaving it feeling parched and lacklustre. To address this, consider indulging in a hydrating facial treatment like the RejuvICE Facial available at Ice Health Cryo Spa. This cutting-edge treatment utilises the power of cold therapy to rejuvenate and hydrate the skin, resulting in a revitalised appearance. Cold therapy is known to enhance circulation, reduce inflammation, and stimulate collagen production, promoting a more youthful look. Administered by Alla, the esteemed director of Ice Health located on luxurious High Street Kensington, the RejuvICE Facial combines cryotherapy with specialised skincare products to deeply nourish and hydrate the skin, effectively combating the effects of dehydration and environmental stressors.

Eat Nutritious Foods

Maintaining a balanced diet while travelling is paramount for sustaining energy and overall well-being. Opting for light, nutritious meals and snacks is key to avoiding the sluggishness and discomfort often associated with heavy, greasy foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and nuts are excellent choices for replenishing nutrients and fueling your body. When dining out, seek restaurants that prioritise fresh, locally sourced ingredients and offer a variety of healthy options. I learned this lesson firsthand during a recent trip when I indulged a bit too much. The effects lingered for days afterwards, leaving me feeling constantly fatigued and struggling to stay awake. It was a stark reminder of the importance of nourishing my body with wholesome foods even while on the go.

Long-haul travel doesn’t have to leave you feeling depleted and exhausted. By prioritising post-flight wellness and implementing these tips, you can support your body and mind in recovering from the rigours of air travel. Remember to stay hydrated, move your body, get plenty of rest, practice self-care, and nourish yourself with nutritious foods. By taking proactive steps to look after yourself after a long-haul flight, you’ll arrive at your destination feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to embark on your next adventure. Try to maintain as much consistency as possible with your daily routine, including mealtimes, bedtime, and exercise. Establishing a sense of structure and familiarity can help minimise the disruptive effects of travel and promote a smoother transition to your new environment.

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