Sure, a day at the spa is a time to pamper and spoil yourself (or, more accurately, for the spa to pamper and spoil you), but did you know that many spa treatments have health benefits in addition to just making you feel amazing? Quality spa treatments can improve your physical, mental, and spiritual health. Here are a few ways that going to the spa can positively affect your health.
The Miracles of Massage
When performed properly by a professional and licensed massage therapist, massage can have many health benefits. Massage treatments can relieve aches and pains, improve circulation, strengthen the body’s connective tissues, improve posture, and strengthen the immune systemand those are just the physical benefits. Mentally and emotionally, massage can reduce stress and tension, improve mental alertness, and promote more restful sleep.
Lymphatic Draining Massage
Lymphatic draining massage has specific medical benefits, especially for people who have had lymph nodes removed and then developed swelling. Lymphatic draining massage can reduce swelling while returning body fluids back into proper circulation. Proper lymph flow positively affects the body’s immune system, drawing out metabolic waste and toxins.
A quality massage therapist will speak with you before and after a massage about specific conditions or issues with your body. They may offer observations or suggestions about postures and stretches that can benefit the specific types of muscle or alignment issues unique to your body. A quality massage therapist will help you establish lifelong wellness instead of treating you only for the duration of the massage.
Body scrubs slough dead skin cells from the top layers of skin, which allows skin to retain moisture more readily. Body scrubs not only make skin glow, but they help skin retain moisture more readily, improve circulation, promote stress relief, relieve tension, and increase skin’s elasticity.
Hydrotherapy treatments can relieve many of the painful symptoms of arthritis, fibromyalgia, and joint problems. They can also improve blood circulation while helping to manage blood pressure.
Mud packs and mineral water mud baths have anti-inflammatory properties, which can improve symptoms of psoriasis and osteoarthritis. Mud baths also reduce waste and bacteria that have accumulated in the skin, and they nourish skin with vitamins and minerals from natural elements such as soil, clay, and water.
So Long, Cellulite
Cellulite reduction treatments are not just for vanity because they actually address more than just cellulite. A cellulite reduction treatment can also alleviate loose skin, scars, stretch marks, and muscle pain while reducing scar tissue and fibrosis. These treatments also have the ability to improve circulation and increase lymphatic drainage, both of which have positive effects on the immune system.
Yoga and Pilates
Some spas offer yoga and Pilates treatments, but before you wonder if you should have gotten a gym membership instead of a spa day, don’t worry. Gentle spa yoga and Pilates classes encourage and promote relaxation, strength, alignment, and posture. Spa classes often include massage and aromatherapy in addition to standard yoga and Pilates exercises. The health benefits of these types of exercise are numerous, even if you never break a sweat while doing them.
This article was written by Lauren Fulton, a sports medicine graduate student at the University of Colorado- Boulder. In addition to going out and researching different spa treatments, Lauren recommends searching for spas with high quality pedicure equipment, like those provided by T4 Spa & Pedicure Chairs.