The many benefits of massage

Written by: Anneka Greenway

Last year brought us a lot of stress and showed us all that we can’t take our health and wellness for granted. The new year is a perfect time to start new habits for a healthier and less stressful future.

In times of economic crisis, investing in rest and relaxation probably doesn’t seem like a necessity, but looking after yourself should be a priority. Exhaustion and stress affect not only you, but your loved ones, too. Taking some time for yourself is good for your well-being and will leave you feeling healthier.

The spa is one place you can go to de-stress and recharge. Here are my top five reasons to visit a spa.

Me time

Everyone needs some "me time," a time separated from electronics and everyday life. A spa day guarantees that you have time to dedicate to yourself without sharing it with your work, family, friends or cell phones. Taking time out to soak in a whirlpool bath and enjoy a relaxing massage will help you de-stress, feel more grounded, clear your mind and increase mental productivity.

Better sleep

Spa days are the epitome of relaxation. The more relaxed your body is, the better you will sleep at night. Massages and other spa treatments transport you into a state of relaxation, thus aiding you to fall asleep faster at night. You will also wake up feeling brighter, lighter and healthier.

Relieves soreness

Exercise, sleeping on an unsupportive mattress and sitting for long periods of time at a desk can all contribute to general aches and pains. A great way of relieving these aches is by having a massage. A heated salt stone massage works 10 to 20 times deeper into the muscle than a massage with hands alone.

Weight loss

With the holiday festivities over, losing weight and getting into shape is on the to-do list of many. Thermal spa therapies open up the skin’s pores, helping to eliminate toxins and encourage the body to burn calories. Additionally, deep tissue massages can help break down fatty deposits through the pressure and friction exerted on the skin.

Increased happiness

Among the many benefits of spa treatments is the effect it has on your body, including on your happiness level. Massages at the spa are known to release serotonin, which is the hormone associated with happiness. Massages can improve your mood even after your massage has finished. It is said that our body works like a mirror, reflecting what it is on the inside. A relaxing day in the spa can reflect a more relaxed and happier you.

Anneka Greenway is the manager of the Spa at Seafire at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa.

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This article appears in print in the January 2021 edition of Camana Bay Times. 

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