The past couple of times I’ve spoken at spa industry conferences, I’ve heard industry experts describe the consumers’ perception of a spa as “a place to get fluffed and buffed,” implying that spas are purely meant for superficial grooming benefits. Sure, there are definite beautification benefits, but the reality is that there are a lot of mental and physical benefits that you can reap from a trip to the spa. This misperception, once again, inspired me to create a top list of reasons to venture out to the spa.
1. Stress Management and Relaxation: Every type of treatment or service , including massage and body work, can help you relax and decompress. Further, you don’t need to actually buy a treatment to see the benefits. Just sitting in a jacuzzi, steam shower or sauna, amenities a lot of spas, wellness, and fitness centers offer, can help you to relieve stress.
2. Detox: Many types of services promote detoxification, which eliminates toxins and excess fluids that can contribute to loss of energy, constipation, bloating and water retention.
3. Increased Self Esteem and Confidence: Taking time to pamper yourself and to take care of your body and mind can significantly improve your body image, increase your body awareness, and improve your self-esteem.
4. Improved Circulation and Blood Pressure: Many services, such as heat therapy, hydrotherapy, massage, and body treatments, help to improve circulation and reduce blood pressure.
5. Anti-Aging and Healthy Skin: Taking care of your body, mind, and skin helps to ward off the aging process. Treatments, such as facials and other skin care  services, as well as body treatments, target skin problems to keep you looking your best.
6. Psychological Benefits: Being touched therapeutically through massage and other types of services provides many emotional and psychological benefits.
7. Pain Management: Many types of services can help alleviate pain. Further, some treatments are known to help relieve symptoms of arthritis, fibromyalgia, and nerve problems.
8. Improved Sleep Patterns: Through the relaxation process, people find that they are able to sleep better at night. Further, some spas offer sleep therapy programs for those who have serious sleep disorders.
9. Improved Breathing: Sauna and other heat related therapies, as well as massage, can help to improve your breathing. Further, spas that offer movement classes, such as yoga or Pilates, can also help you strengthen your respiratory system.
10. Improved Flexibility, Range of Motion, and Athletic Performance: Massage, heat therapy and hydrotherapy help to improve your joints and increase your range of motion. Further, yoga and Pilates help to increase your flexibility.
So, next time you might think that a trip to the spa is merely a “fluff and buff, ” think about all of the wonderful benefits you will see from the experience. Why do you go to the spa?