The times we live in make us want to escape into another world every so often, even if it's just for a few hours, to shut off from external stimulation. This urgent need to 'get away', especially in the urban scenario, is becoming an increasing reality.
The healing powers of touch therapy have been expounded on since ancient times. Spas and touch therapies are thus intrinsically connected. The nurturing touch of a skilled therapist's hands on one's body has benefits that go beyond the realm of the physical.
A massage session is a break from your job, your family, friends... to slow down and de-stress
A massage improves blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
Going to a spa is a way of getting taken care of that is psychologically and culturally acceptable -- and “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. Moreover, most spa treatments involve being touched, a key element in helping us relax and feel better”, says NYU professor of psychiatry Virginia Sadock, MD.. Physical contact is necessary to our well-being, and even if the touching is from a stranger, if that stranger is a professional there to pamper you, that touch will have a beneficial effect. And at least some studies show that these benefits can translate into better health. In one study of more than 3,300 Japanese government workers, frequency of spa use was linked to better physical and mental health, including better quality sleep and fewer sick days. In a similar study on German data conducted by researchers from Florida State University and George Mason University, spa therapy reduced both absenteeism from work and hospitalizations.
Some of the benefits..
Yoga and alternative healing therapies are nothing new, and people have actually begun to understand the inherent benefits these things can provide to the mind, body and soul.