A visit to a quality Euro-spa may be good for the body; you know that. But it is also very good for the mind as well. Sure, a great massage or some aromatherapy can help to release physical stress or inflammation in the body but these things—among many others—can also help you release mental stress as well.
How is the Spa Good for Your Mind?
NYU professor of psychiatry Virginia Sadock, MD, advises that a visit to the spa is a great way to feel taken care of, but it is not only physically satisfying; it is psychologically satisfying, as well. Furthermore, it is culturally acceptable—unlike other things that people claim they do to destress: like drugs or alcohol. She warrants, “We can carry that feeling of being cared for with us for a period of time, and very often that can help us cope better with stress.”
In terms of things like massage, she also explains that “Physical contact is necessary to our well-being.” This includes not only hugs and other caresses from loved ones, but even a handshake from a stranger. In addition, if that “stranger” has a professional proclivity to heal and pamper—like through a massage—then their touch will certainly be a healing one.
You Are In Control
Whether you are aware of it or not, one of the great benefits of getting a massage is that while you are at the mercy of the practitioner’s skills, you are ultimately in control of the strength of the pressure. Indeed, Sadock hopes to remind people that some spas provide services that might be too intense for some people, and that is not just in terms of massage. For example, those who suffer from claustrophobia—a fear of tight spaces—might not enjoy hydrotherapy or tanning beds or a full body wrap.
Accordingly, she advises, “Some people like the feeling of being cocooned or swaddled, and others feel like they have to get out – if you think you might feel that way, ask if the spa will leave your arms out of the wrap, which lessens the anxiety.”