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I tried a Japanese hot sand bath to help ease my stress

I tried a Japanese hot sand bath to help ease my stress

  • SoJo Spa Club in Edgewater, New Jersey, offers a communal, warm-sand-bathing experience that uses volcanic sand from Ibusuki, Japan.
  • It is said that the alkalinity of the sand helps to detoxify your body, ease stress, improve digestion, and calm inflammation.
  • Insider producer Medha Imam visited SoJo Spa Club to learn more about the treatment and try it for herself.
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The following is a transcription of the video: 

Medha: Hey, I’m Medha, and today I’m headed to SoJo Spa Club in Edgewater, New Jersey, to try a Japanese volcanic sand bath. SoJo Spa is the only spa in the world outside of Japan to use authentic sand directly from Ibusuki, and they really try to replicate the experience by the traditional cotton robe that they give you to wear, and they literally rake you over with the sand in a communal-like sandbox setup. Now, I’m excited to go try out this bath and learn a little bit more about the history and its benefits.

Esther Cha: The volcanic sand bath is an experience that you can add on to your day at SoJo Spa Club where you get covered in authentic Japanese volcanic sand. You relax in it for 10 to 15 minutes to get a supercharged sauna experience.

Medha: At the original site for the treatment, activity from Sakurajima volcano heats underground water, which creates the steam that heats Ibusuki’s beaches. SoJo Spa Club is the only spa outside of Japan to use Ibusuki’s special sand in a bathing treatment. It replicates the 300-year-old Ibusuki bathing tradition by evenly heating a sandbox-like enclosement. The first step in the treatment is changing into a traditional Japanese yukata, or cotton robe. When you enter the sandbox, you’ll be escorted to a sand plot, where your bathing experience will take place. To ensure the sand is pristine, SoJo Spa Club allows only one sandbox to be used at a time. The other is cleaned by submerging the sand in very hot water. Next up is a 10- to 15-minute nap, which I was definitely excited for. Sand bathing is thought to have benefits like improving blood circulation, improving metabolism, and easing pain. Hakusuikan Spa, which offers the sand-bathing experience in Ibusuki, says the experience is detoxifying because of two things: first, the sweat released when buried beneath the hot sand, and second, the alkalinity of the sand and water, which is said to have cleansing properties. And detoxification is also burdened with lots of controversy since only a small amount of toxins are excreted through sweat. Still, people travel from all parts of the world to soak in Ibusuki sand. I feel so warm. I feel like someone’s giving me a big, big hug. It does remind me of a sauna. There’s less steam involved, obviously, from the sand, but I feel like it feels better because there’s, like, a big hug that’s surrounding me with the sand. Breaking free from the sand has a few steps. This way. [laughs] I feel like a grandma getting up. Wow! I just felt, like, all of this weight leave me. I feel immensely lighter. As soon as I broke my hands from the sand and my feet as well, I just, my body felt very, very relaxed, and I felt, like, very floaty. [laughs] And I’m someone who gets really, really stressed out all the time, so it was amazing that this one treatment actually was able to relax me. I am not the best with massages or anything like that, so this was very, very helpful in terms of relaxing.

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Makeup-Heavy Passengers Protest ‘Beauty Discrimination’ in China

Makeup-Heavy Passengers Protest ‘Beauty Discrimination’ in China


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Imagine a protest that requires people to wear heavy make-up and take pictures at subway station. Many netizens did so to prevent beauty discrimination, after a girl using dark eye shadow and lipstick was asked to take off her makeup at a Guangzhou subway security check.

The movement started after a young woman with the username EIGA-Ziwoxinzhong in Guangzhou, South China’s Guangdong Province said on Sina Weibo on March 10 that she was asked to take off her makeup at the subway security check. Security check officers allegedly told her that the makeup featuring dark eye shadow and lipstick was “too scary” and “not fit” to use in a subway, she said.

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The incident sparked controversy, and a campaign was launched to express discontent with the Guangzhou subway’s behaviour.

Many deliberately put on heavy makeup and showed up at the subway station, and took selfies. Those not in Guangzhou posted selfies using colorful makeup dressed in cosplay outfits.

The topic hashtagged “posting selfies for Guangzhou subway” has attracted 5.63 million views as of press time.

Stunned by the online accusations, Guangzhou Metro apologized. It said they had suspended the involved official’s work and retrained the person in charge that day, and warned the related department not to let similar incidents happen again, Pear Video reported.

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Some netizens agreed with the officers that the appearance might cause safety risks.

Those who support the campaign claimed that there’s no law or regulation banning such behaviour.

A netizen, “Likoushi,” who joined the campaign, told the Global Times on Tuesday that the narrow fixed beauty standard and little tolerance for diversity in public leads to unpleasant incidents.

A Guangzhou-based netizen “Zhegerenjintiangelema”, who had a similar experience, said that she supports the movement, saying “the subway officials offended the passenger…the movement is to protest against such offences and call for mutual respect.”

This article originally appeared on the Global Times website.

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Why You Should Hire An Asian Wedding Photographer in Manchester

Why You Should Hire An Asian Wedding Photographer in Manchester

A beautiful thing about our big world is the fact that it has hundreds of different languages and cultures and each and every is unique. And though globalization has its strongholds our major goal should still be to nourish and enjoy the beauty of diversity. Now, in the past few decades, a lot of Asian immigrants have been coming to the UK whether because of work or to join their families and they were well received by society.

Nowadays, Indian and Pakistani are the most present in the UK out of all Asian nations and what has fascinated local people are there traditions. From food to local clothing Asians make everything much more fun. And their weddings are huge festivals and celebrations. Now, if you are planning an Asian wedding yourself or you are going to attend one we would suggest that you think about hiring an Asian wedding photography service. As mentioned above Asian weddings are a unique thing and not any photographer can capture atmosphere the right way.

Let’s go ahead and take a look at the benefits of hiring a professional Asian wedding photographer!


Benefits Of Hiring A Professional Asian Wedding Photographer

1. Now, as Asian weddings have become quite a thing in the past few years there are numerous agencies offering this type of service in cities like London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow, and If you are around the area the Asian Wedding Photography Manchester will make the whole event even more exciting. These photographers are familiar with the culture and very well know how to approach the session. And lucky for the families, groom, and bride they will have tons of videos and photos to resemble these beautiful few days.

2. Apart from the fact that this service will offer you to have a better-captured wedding atmosphere, you will be able to come out with your specific requirements depending on what type of wedding it is. For example, with the Pakistani wedding, one of the most resembling moments is the couple ceremony following the Nikkah, while with Bangladeshi wedding people look forward to the so-called bridal shower (mehndi and haldi ceremony) and if captured on a photo/video it is something that people will gladly come back to for hundreds of times. Somali people love dancing and capturing that atmosphere is a must, while Arabs see the bridal portrait as one of the most important parts of the wedding ceremony. And whether it is a Marathian or a Kannadiga Hindu wedding there will many different scenes throughout that are vital to capturing.


3. Last but not least if you decide to go for a professional Asian wedding photography service you will not regret it cost-wise either. Some professional service put much higher prices without doing the job as well. Here you will be sure that the photographer who is familiar with your culture will do everything just as you say adding his own personal touch to it as well, and all that for a fair price!

What About The Wedding Bridal Makeup Service

On the other hand, as you already know makeup is one of the most important things when it comes to the style that the bride will be rocking during the wedding ceremony. And Pakistani, Hindu, Bangladeshi, Somali, Arabs, and Muslims all have their own and unique traditions when it comes to wedding makeup. Luckily, you will be able to get excellent service and makeup done by the experienced professionals that are familiar with what you want and what you need!



Asian wedding ceremonies are a thing you all have to experience at least once in your lives. Festival atmosphere that can go on even for a few days, happy people and a lot of tasty food and good drinks. And that is why Asian wedding photography and bridal makeup service is of huge benefit – it will make the already great atmosphere even better and people will look forward to resembling it happily ever after!

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