Whether it’s boosting your immune system in a cryotherapy chamber or enjoying a red wine bath, spa and relaxation are the perfect way to recharge after a long day. And it’s not just about pampering yourself, regular trips to the spa can have a positive impact on your physical health as well.
Various treatments at the spa are known to improve circulation, reduce inflammation and enhance the body’s autoimmune response. The calming effects of massages, facials and foot therapy also promote mental clarity.
In addition to these physical benefits, regular spa trips can help alleviate anxiety and stress which can lead to high blood pressure. In fact, a study found that frequent spa visits resulted in lower absenteeism from work and fewer hospitalizations. The benefits of massage therapy go beyond just relaxation as it can also treat PMS symptoms and prevent injury by promoting muscle sustainability and helping with pain relief.
The experience of touching, whether it’s from a professional masseuse or just a friend, is important to our overall well-being and has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and sleep issues. It also makes us feel happy, and that happiness can be a powerful motivator to continue to take care of ourselves.
To get the most out of your spa experience, arrive about 10 to 30 minutes early and use the whirlpool, sauna or steam room before your treatment. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol before and after your massage, as it can affect the results. And be sure to show your therapist some appreciation, as they’ll likely be working hard all day.