For most of us, the prospect of visiting a spa is a thing of extreme luxury. After all, we’ve all heard about those fancy spa resorts where you go and spend a thousand bucks simply to have someone light a candle and lather your body with oil.
But what if, there’s more to a spa session than a mere luxury? Studies have found that spas can inherently improve your health. In a survey of over 3,300 Japanese workers, it was found that spa visits were directly related to better sleep, reduced leaves, and overall physical and mental well-being.
“Massage training covers a lot of medical knowledge, a lot of anatomy and physiology, how everything works inside the body and what happens when you apply certain pressure.”, says New York Spa Therapist Lara Katsman.
Most spas offer a variety of services ranging from different types of massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture, and so on. Each of these options caters to different needs—some help with relieving stress while others improve blood circulation. Based on their specific needs and wants, customers can choose a treatment best suited for them.
New York Spa Therapist Lara Katsman says that using deep pressure works in physical relaxation, but her goal is to have her clients leave feeling physically and emotionally refreshed. This is where her knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine comes in, due to its effectiveness in combating mental issues.
- Stimulates the lymphatic system, which removes waste from the body
- Provides pain relief, great for conditions like arthritis
- Mud treatments exfoliate dead cells and remove toxins
- Body wraps are great for instantly replenishing the body with nutrients
- Reduces risk of injuries
- Jacuzzis can contribute towards losing a few calories
- Facials help the skin remain youthful
- Triggers the release of Serotonin, a.k.a., “the happiness chemical
- Facilitates relaxation and helps to unwind
- Proven to boost self-esteem and confidence
- Massage therapy can reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) levels up to 50% which helps anxiety
- The use of essential oils in Aromatherapy helps combat depression
With the continuous rise in stress levels, it’s becoming increasingly important to prioritize our health. Our body works for us 24/7 and it’s our responsibility, therefore, to give it the break it deserves. This is where Massage Therapists come in. Improving our overall well-being is their area of expertise.
New York Spa Therapists have to complete 1000 hours of training before they can receive their license. Taking a few hours off for a spa session may feel like an unnecessary indulgence, but in the long run, it ensures the well-being of our most valuable assets— the mind and body.