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With health and government measures requiring us to stay home, we’ve been introduced to a whole universe of unique workouts and movement styles that expand across all continents. Of course, we’re all missing connection with our fitness communities in our favorite studios, yet there is a certain level of vulnerability we have access to, when trying new methods at home. Being able to breathe like a bull, dance like a child, and flex our abs like a bodybuilder, and without the external concern for what we look like, we can freely connect to the many benefits of new movement styles that elevate our physical and mental wellbeing.
We all store energy in our bodies, which is why we can feel mental stress in certain areas of the physical body. As the quarantine progresses, there are more stressors we’re facing as a collective. It is important to release negative energy from our bodies and awaken our connections, so we can bring our best selves to whatever new mission is in front of us, whether that’s being a more compassionate partner, or embodying a peaceful presence for the people we’re sharing our homes and our lives with. For instance, in a Quantum Flow Fitness class, it’s not uncommon to feel negative stressors when starting a class, and, through the process of a body and breath activation, you’ll leave feeling more peaceful, euphoric, and ready to tackle whatever life throws our way. That’s the power of activating our mind and body connections.
In collaboration with Dean Grafos, CORE40 Co-Founder, and Juan Pablo Barahona, the holistic teacher and creator of Quantum Flow Method, the Quantum Flow Fitness Method was born out of a shared mission to elevate the vibration of our planet by using fitness as a vehicle for personal transformation. Quantum Flow Fitness is “a mix of science, embodiment and spirituality which leads to a powerful method of manifestation.” In practice, the method uniquely blends intense and slow core movements, interval training and resistance training with specific breathwork. The method was designed to amplify strength, energy, flexibility, mobility, focus and coordination for all levels of fitness practitioners. And, you can do it all from your own living room.
If you’re ready to experience a journey of sweat, challenge and bliss, join the upcoming 40-minute Quantum Flow Fitness live stream led by CORE40 Co-Creator, Dean Grafos (he’ll be streaming live from Costa Rica). Dean is a fiercely passionate soul with infectious energy, and, over the last 10 years, he’s used his body as a lab for creating personal evolution. From mastering the Megaformer at his Lagree studios in San Francisco and Amsterdam, to practicing meditation and breathwork, to honoring his body through a healthy diet and sacred medicine journeys, Dean believes in harnessing the power of self-love to dissolve false limitations, because we’re all here to live an exceptional life.
Whether you’re tuning in from your living room, your backyard, or your kitchen, we hope to connect and move with you soon, no matter what it looks like. Let’s feel good, together.
Times are strange right now, as you all know. We’ve all heard the phrase “new normal” about a million times already, and all the while, things are still changing every day. If you asked me a few months ago what I’d be writing about right now, I would never have guessed I’d be interviewing someone about what it’s like to get a haircut.
Nonetheless, we’re all doing our best to band together and help each other out right now. You may have noticed salons and spas offering messages of support, video tutorials for DIY beauty, and now, waitlists and announcements of reopening their doors. But as we all know, this isn’t the “old normal” anymore, and there will be changes.
Here’s what you can expect to be different when you finally head back into the salon or spa:
As salons and spas begin to reopen, they’ll likely have to make changes due to new social distancing requirements. When you enter the space, you’ll probably see a complete rearrangement. Stations will be separated by at least six feet, and some might even be removed to allow for more space. Salons that don’t have that much space to spare are putting in temporary walls or partitions.
On top of that, there may be fewer appointments scheduled at the same time (and definitely no walk-ins) to limit the number of people in the building. Say goodbye to waiting rooms and lobbies—you’ll likely be asked to wait outside or in your car until the exact start time of your appointment to prevent too many people crowding the front.
In addition to their increase in space, salons and spas will likely up their cleaning standards and procedures. We surveyed active consumers on the Mindbody app and learned that among the many changes beauty and wellness businesses can make upon reopening, following rigorous sanitization guidelines is the most important. You’ll probably see social posts or confirmation emails that outline new cleaning protocols, and you may notice some signage hanging around the building to reassure that the areas have been disinfected. Employees, and even guests, will be wearing masks and/or gloves, and you may even get a spritz of hand sanitizer at the door. According to Salon 124 Group, getting these supplies is turning out to be one of the largest obstacles for reopening.
In between each appointment, they’ll thoroughly disinfect the area before the next client arrives. Not only that, but each time you move to a new station (like from shampoo to haircut), they may also wipe down the station as soon as you get up to make sure it’s clean for the next guest.
After a good haircut, we all want to check ourselves out. And now that we’re all more cautious of germs and bacteria, we also want to literally check ourselves out at the end of our appointments. Out of the various fitness, beauty, and wellness businesses on our platform, consumers feel most comfortable returning to hair salons, and 62.7% said hair cutting, coloring, styling, barbering, or blow-drying would be the first beauty service they book once restrictions are lifted. An extra, important layer of comfort can be added in the form of contactless payments.
Many salons and spas will likely be incorporating some sort of contactless checkout process to limit touch points. They may end up taking your payment information at check-in via text and removing the front desk, so you don’t have to interact with another person face-to-face.
All-in-all, you can expect changes—and lots of them. Whether it’s increased retail offerings, curbside pickups, virtual consultations, at-home appointments, or video tutorials, many salons and spas are getting creative with how they offer support to their clients. Above all, they want to help us feel beautiful, confident, and somewhat normal during this time—and for that, we’re so thankful.
Want to hear about a real salon experience firsthand? One of our own got her hair done at a reopened salon in Georgia—here’s how it went.
Are you a salon owner yourself? Check out the Reboot Kit for Salons, Spas, & Wellness Businesses for extensive info and advice on how to prepare for reopening.