Because, let’s face it, modern life is challenging. Our systems are under constant assault in one form or another. Today, the human body faces a toxic burden. We are surrounded by chemicals in the air, additives in our food, and demands that exceed the number of hours in a day. And it can get wearing, if we don’t occasionally recharge.
Maintaining physical, mental and emotional health can be difficult. Self-care, once derided as indulgent or a perk for only the wealthy, is now widely understood to be imperative. It’s no longer optional. You have to take care of yourself. Remember the directive at the beginning of any flight:
In case of emergency, put on your own oxygen mask before attending to others in your charge.
Yup. It’s true. You can’t take care of others, or of that never-ending to do list, if you don’t take care of yourself. And by the way, you deserve it!
Massage your way to wellness
Taking time to rest, relax and renew is essential to achieving wellness. Massage therapy is one of the best known ways to relax. Typically occurring on a comfortable, often heated, table, with dim lights & soothing music, the session time is a classic exercise in relaxation. But when you add the long-term benefits of massage, it becomes even easier to justify the treatment time as well-spent.
During massage, the pressure the therapist exerts on the client’s body results in several systemic responses in the recipient’s body. Endorphins are released and the nervous system slows which can improve sleep, and better sleep reduces the neurotransmitters responsible for pain, all resulting in decreased overall pain.
The parasympathetic nervous system is activated during massage which can reduce anxiety, and some small informal studies have suggested the effect could last for six months or longer.
The immune system is balanced by massage so autoimmune disorders may be more manageable. And since massage reduces stress hormones and increases functionality of white blood cells, it can help fight diseases like colds and flu.
Salt therapy works wonders
Another wellness treatment that is gaining popularity is halotherapy, also called dry salt therapy. Salt cabins, rooms and caves use a halogenerator to heat, pulverize and disperse pharmaceutical-grade salt into the enclosed environment. By simply sitting and relaxing in the space, respiratory and skin conditions can be improved and stress can decrease. The salt attracts moisture, and can thin and loosen mucus, making it easier to expel. The salt treatment can also open airways, absorb toxins and reduce inflammation.
Since salt is negatively-charged, it counteracts the steady stream of positive ions in our environment produced by our steady “diet” of electronics. Just taking the time to breathe calmly, sit quietly and escape outside stimulation can engage alpha brain waves similar to those achieved through meditation or hypnosis, resulting in a deeply relaxed, calm state of mind while boosting memory, creativity and intuition.
Sauna to de-toxify & more
Time spent in a sauna provides several benefits. Besides producing the deep, cleansing sweat which flushes toxins from the body, the heat of a sauna can help loosen tight muscles and improved the tone, texture and elasticity of the skin. Since peripheral blood vessels experience vasodilation during sauna, heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase as the body works to cool down. This may result in weight loss, reduced blood pressure and increased blood flow. Far infrared sauna offers all the advantages of traditional steam sauna, without the hot heavy air
which some find difficult to breathe.
So once we realize all the ways wellness treatments improve our bodies and our lives, it’s obvious that we should take the time to care for ourselves. Taking this time will provide physical and mental benefits that extend long past the treatment.
There’s no greater show of affection than to acknowledge that others in your life also need relief. Presenting a gift certificate for a wellness treatment (or two, or more!) to a cherished friend or family member is a great way to show how much you care. It makes an especially great gift because many won’t spend the time or money on themselves without prompting.
We would love to help you give the gift of wellness to yourself and your loved ones! Please contact the Pampered Spirit Wellness Center at 848-241-9577 or contact us online.