FLYWELL has added a new comprehensive library of onboard exercises, mindfulness techniques, and healthy travel tips, provided via video, audio and ebook formats.
According to Charlotte Dodson, ‘Self-care in the Air’ health ambassador and instructor, the goal is to help airline passengers to help themselves, on all physiological levels. “There are no ‘cures’ offered through this easy-to-navigate IFE interactive platform – rather, it provides a diverse menu of basic-yet-powerful tools (across mental, emotional, and the physical spectrum of wellness) that puts a sense of control and self-empowerment back in the hands of individuals who may otherwise be feeling somewhat overwhelmed by current events”
The IFE library of ‘Self-care in the Air’ has a variety of content built around ensuring that an individual’s immunity levels, respiratory system and lung capacity are all operating at full strength. This content provides specific breathing techniques, gentle stretch suggestions and guided meditations which can work together in order to lower those stress hormones (such as cortisol) that compromise the immune system, while simultaneously bringing oxygen-rich blood to various organs that can become overburdened during long travel times.
Dodson adds that, “performing relaxation exercises and listening to soothing music can both reduce cortisol levels; whatever helps an individual in managing their stress will prove beneficial to their overall health.”
This series of immunological and respiratory-linked content also reminds viewers (through a series of prompts, video tips and written advice) that ‘we are what we eat’ – colds and flu can result from poor digestion or an energy imbalance originating in the digestive tract. Self-care in the Air’s onboard wellness guide provides passengers with ideas about how they can use their meal times to enhance their immunity: eat slowly and chew well in order to avoid bloating (and its negative effect on respiratory health) whilst encouraging your food to properly digest. Eating an antioxidant-rich diet is one of the best ways to optimise the immune system.