Hands up if you're feeling a bit stressed about something? During this time in our lives, we've all built up a lot more responsibilities and stress is part of the course plus our hormones have the nasty habit of making anxiety worse.
However, there are ways to manage stress, to stop the dreaded overwhelm and to generally be a bit nicer to ourselves. Look at your life as ask yourself where you and your health is on your list of priorities. We've come up with 5 great reasons why taking time out to get a massage could be one of the best things you do for yourself.
- Receiving, not giving
During a massage or spa therapy, all you need to do is sit back and relax! Many people, especially parents, spend most of their day giving and helping. When you take part in a spa day, those responsibilities are able to vanish for a short time – giving you the headspace to truly relax and reduce stress.
- The Power of Touch
If you’re feeling lonely or life has left you with a reduced social life, touch is a simple tool that can greatly improve your mental health. Skin is the largest organ in our bodies, and a nurturing touch can reduce the stress hormone – cortisol – and even blood pressure. Meaning that massage is a powerful physiological tool.
- Self-love and confidence
Unwinding and relaxing is available in plenty of spa treatments. Therapies that include tackling issues such as wrinkles, pain or acne can help you feel and look better. Beauticians can also help you learn how to love your body and give you tips and tricks to keep your problem areas under control.
- Practicing mindfulness
Mindfulness should be practiced every day, but massage can help improve that. By taking time out of a busy schedule to truly relax and focus on unwinding, you’ll learn how enjoyable and stress-free mindfulness can be!
- Sleep better
Regular massage has been linked to longer and better quality sleep. Many therapists notice clients can fall asleep on the table because massage is so relaxing! Poor sleep and low energy can make stress worse, so improving your sleep through relaxation and massage can support your day to day life.