A long day of a relaxing massage, heavenly facials, therapeutic body treatments, and soothing hot baths? Don’t mind if I do! When it comes to a spa day, my answer will always be yes. And guess what: I don’t feel bad about it, and here is why you shouldn’t either!
“Spa” stands for salus per aqua in Latin, which means “health through water.” It refers to both water-based and non-water facilities that provide various health, medicinal, beauty, and relaxation services.
The interest in using water in medicine has shifted from century to century and from country to country. The medical world has had numerous reactions to it, ranging from ecstatic to critical, and from useful to destructive. However, in today’s modern world, spa therapy is experiencing a resurgence, thanks to revived interest from a variety of medical specializations and health tourists.
People seek spa treatments primarily for stress reduction, to unwind from day-to-day life, and to pamper themselves. However, many people also find spa treatments useful for treating specific health issues, weight loss, fitness, and exercise. Cosmetic spas also appealing, but for different reasons; they specialize in medical procedures such as skin smoothing laser treatments, facelifts, botox, or cellulite and body shaping treatments, which are recently becoming more popular in the industry.
Can I gain actual health benefits from spa treatments?
Of course, you can!
Why don’t we start with physical health benefits?
Even though the effects are short-term, spa treatments have been proven to benefit muscle tone, joint mobility, and pain intensity. It is most likely the result of a number of contributing factors, the most important of which are mechanical, thermal, and chemical.
Psoriasis and psoriasis arthritis can be effectively treated with Dead Sea spa therapy methods. Except for generalized pustular psoriasis, all other kinds of this skin disease responded to treatment. In addition, heliotherapy (light therapy) was also used to treat psoriatic erythroderma successfully. How about a ticket to the Dead Sea?
Chronic back pain:
Low back pain; Story of my life, and also a major health concern for many people across the world – back pain can last seven to twelve weeks. Spa therapy, especially balneotherapy (treatment of disease by bathing in mineral springs,) contributes to treating patients with this health concern. A study was conducted to evaluate how individual spa treatments affected patients with persistent back pain over the course of three weeks. Its results showed long-term effects, especially with exercise therapy and spinal traction.
Spa therapy showed long-lasting outcomes in patients with primary knee osteoarthritis, which reduced painful symptoms and improved functional capacities In this case, spa therapy can be an effective backup to pharmacologic treatment, as well as a viable alternative for individuals who are unable to tolerate pharmaceutical treatment.
If you thought you had exhausted all your options for losing weight, think again! You might want to try incorporating spa therapy. While spa therapy alone has shown positive effects in weight loss, increased physical activity, and improved quality of life, personal training programs amplified its benefit.
What about mental health benefits?
Sleep disorders and stress:
A study was conducted on 500 volunteers to investigate the relieving effects of hot spring balneotherapy on mental stress and sleep disorder. The results came back positive! Now find yourself in a hot spring to treat any stress or sleep disorders you might have.
We know that spa therapy is a luxurious experience: the cost often limits those who can enjoy and benefit from it. But fear not, because we’ve come up with a list to help you create your own home spa!
How to create the ultimate home spa
Set up the mood
- Remember, it’s about the experience, so it’s okay to go heavy on the candles.
- Lay out your fresh, clean towels for later use.
- Set up a humidifier for a spa-like feel.
- Pull out your favorite essential oils for a perfect aroma experience.
- Prepare a hot bath to relax those tense muscles. If you don’t have a bath, starting off with a hot shower works too!
- Decorate with plants – real plants – to create that natural atmosphere.
- Put your cell phone away. Turn off the TV. Shut off the radio. It’s your time to reconnect with yourself.
- Play relaxing music as a final step to take you on your own therapeutic journey.
The home spa experience begins
- A long relaxing bath. You deserve it after a long day of work.
- A steam facial. A clay purifying face mask. A hydrating sheet mask. Do whatever your skin needs.
- A body scrub. Exfoliate your dead skin, and let your new fresh skin flourish.
- A post-shower self-massage. Your body will thank you afterward.
Again, it’s all about the experience, a therapeutic, relaxing experience you deserve. Pamper yourself!