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What is Touchless Wellness??

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, our approach to wellness and self-care has undergone a remarkable transformation. The concept of touchless wellness has emerged as a groundbreaking trend, reshaping the way we prioritize our physical and mental health. But what exactly is touchless wellness and what are the benefits?

Touchless wellness embraces a holistic approach to health and well-being. It encompasses an extensive array of techniques and technologies dedicated to enhancing physical, mental, and emotional health without requiring direct physical touch.

Selection of touchless technologies shown above. Images provided by Gharieni, Halotherapy Solutions, HydroMassage, ReLounge.

Here are some examples of touchless therapies:

  1. Cryotherapy: Cryotherapy involves exposing the body to extremely cold temperatures for a short duration, typically using a cryotherapy chamber. This treatment is used to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, alleviate muscle soreness, and boost energy levels. Users stand in the chamber, the cold air envelopes the body, promoting various health benefits without direct touch.

  2. Halotherapy (Dry Salt Therapy): Halotherapy is a natural therapy that involves inhaling dry microsized salt particles. It is often delivered in a room, cabin or booth, but there are handheld devices available too. The fine salt particles are dispersed into the air, where clients breathe them in. Halotherapy is has been proven to have respiratory and skin benefits, helping individuals with conditions like asthma, allergies, and eczema, as well as alleviating stress and anxiety, all without any physical contact.

  3. Infrared Sauna: Infrared saunas use infrared light to heat the body directly instead of the surrounding air. These saunas can help with relaxation, pain relief, detoxification, and improved circulation. Users sit or lie inside the sauna cabin, experiencing the therapeutic effects of infrared heat without any physical touch involved.

  4. Floatation Therapy (Sensory Deprivation): Floatation therapy involves floating in a sensory deprivation tank filled with warm, buoyant saltwater. The tank eliminates sensory stimuli, promoting deep relaxation and stress reduction. Floatation therapy is a touchless experience where clients float effortlessly in the water.

  5. Magnetic Resonance Therapy (PEMF): Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy involves the use of electromagnetic fields to stimulate cellular healing and regeneration. It is used for pain management, improved sleep, and overall wellness. Users typically lie on a PEMF mat or use a handheld device, experiencing the therapy's effects without touch.

  6. Light Therapy (Phototherapy & Photobiomodulation): Light therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to treat conditions like seasonal affective disorder (SAD), depression, and skin issues. Devices like light beds, panels or wearable light therapy glasses emit therapeutic light without physical contact.

  7. Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS): EMS therapy is a non-invasive technique that uses electrical impulses to stimulate muscle contractions, which can help improve muscle strength, increase blood flow, and reduce muscle tension for various therapeutic and fitness purposes.

  8. Wellness Loungers: Heated loungers provide a cozy warmth for relaxation, while massage loungers offer soothing muscle relief and relaxation with built-in massage features including rollers, airbags and vibrational elements. These elements are often used to mimic the actions of human massage.

  9. Sound Therapy: Sound therapy involves the use of sound and vibration to promote relaxation and well-being. Instruments like Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, and tuning forks produce calming and resonating sounds that can help reduce stress, anxiety, and promote a sense of balance. Sound therapy sessions typically do not require any physical contact between the practitioner and the client and can be combined with a number of different therapies to enhance and elevate the experience.

  10. Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy utilizes essential oils extracted from plants to enhance physical and mental well-being. It can be delivered through diffusers, inhalers, or by simply inhaling the scent of the oils. Aromatherapy can have various therapeutic effects, such as stress reduction, improved sleep, and mood enhancement, all achieved without physical touch.

  11. Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy (HBOT): HBOT involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or chamber. The increased atmospheric pressure allows the lungs to gather more oxygen than normal, and the bloodstream carries this oxygen throughout the body, promoting healing and providing various health benefits such as decompression sickness, non-healing wounds, and certain medical emergencies.

The above is not an exhaustive list of touchless therapies available, but it shows the incredible variety of options on offer.

Image of HaloIR with treatment tables combing the power of massage with touchless wellness, provided by Halotherapy Solutions

Benefits of Touchless Wellness

  1. Enhanced Experience: Touchless therapies enable you to therapy layer or stack with both human touch therapies such as massage & facials at the same time, giving the guest an elevated and enhanced experience.

  2. Convenience: Touchless wellness practices can be integrated into our daily routines, saving time and effort. Whether it's taking 10-minutes for a breathing or meditation break or a 3 minute cryotherapy session, these practices are accessible to everyone.

  3. Customization: Touchless wellness allows individuals to tailor their self-care routines to their specific needs. Whether you're focused on stress reduction, fitness goals, or mental health, there's a touchless solution for everyone.

  4. Accessibility: Touchless wellness is inclusive, providing access to wellness resources for individuals who may have physical limitations or live in remote areas where in-person services are limited.

  5. Alleviates the effects of Staff shortages: Touchless therapies can serve as valuable alternatives in situations where there may be limited staffing resources available.

  6. Enhanced Safety: In a post-pandemic world, reducing physical contact is still a concern for some people. Touchless wellness alleviates concern by minimizing the risk of infection while prioritizing health and well-being.

Touchless wellness represents a dynamic shift in how we approach self-care and well-being. It offers a safe, convenient, and personalized way to prioritize our health in a world that increasingly values contactless solutions either due to preference or due to labor shortages. By incorporating touchless wellness practices into daily life, everyone can work toward improved physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

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Comprehensive summary of many contactless options. I think it’s worthwhile to include how these treatments also benefit the disability sector.


Integrating Touchless Wellness Techniques into Spas offers a huge enhancement to your guests' physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It's so wonderful putting these options for Spa & Wellness facilities together and to help educate further the leaders of our industry.

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