The journey can be long, tedious and sometimes frustrating but you can look forward to a fantastic vacation if your accommodation type has the added benefit of an in-house spa. Asides health benefits you get to enjoy, its also a money-saver (you don’t have to drop more cash to visit a regular spa) and you leave with that overall-relaxing feel whether as a solo or couple traveler. OMOLOLA ITAYEMI lists ten reasons why you should check into one of the many accommodation types with spas dotting the landscape of the country.
1 Health and fitness
After only one trip to the spa, you will feel refreshed and relaxed. It also helps to reduce stress and manage pain. Most of us lead busy lives and by making the most of spa treatments and therapies, you can relieve stress and relax in beautiful surroundings. Take advantage of the jacuzzi, the sauna or the steam room, and let your worries melt away. Spa treatments are also great for general aches and pains, which can be bought on by over-exerting yourself.
2 Improved breathing and flexibility
Spa services and beauty treatments can help strengthen your respiratory system; and massage, heat therapy and hydrotherapy will not only improve your joints and flexibility, but it will also improve your general sense of well-being.
3 Lose Weight
The old “fat farm” days of 800 calories and all-day exercise for rapid weight loss are (mostly) over. Now most destination spas teach your how to eat for long-term health and have spa treatments that can make you lose two sizes or more, generally helping you manage your weight.
Our environment has all kinds of harmful toxins -- physical and mental. A few select spas specialize in detox. Some of the options include juice fasting and colonics or Ayurvedic panchakarma. Yoga classes and treatments like lymphatic drainage also help with detox.
5 Mind benefits
Spa treatments can be beneficial for your mind, as well as your body. Physically and mentally you will feel cleansed and relaxed after a visit or two to the spa, which often results in higher self-esteem and confidence. Massage also provides emotional and psychological benefits, which we often need in order to feel good about ourselves.
6 Improved circulation
Many spa treatments and massages help to improve blood circulation, and reduce high blood pressure. Better general circulation of blood reduces the risk of blood clots and sprains, and eases stress. Improved circulation will not only improve your general health, but it will also increase your desire to be more active and exercise.
7 Healthier skin
If our skin looks good, we look good, and regular spa visits will make your skin glow. Facials and body treatments specifically target skin problems, and will leave you feeling fresh and relaxed, reducing wrinkles and putting a spring in your step.
8 Improving Sleep Patterns
Regular visits to the spa will help you to maintain a better sleeping pattern, and eliminate sleeping disorders and insomnia. If you sleep well, you are much more likely to lead a healthy and stress-free life.
If you are looking for the motivation to start exercising, lose weight, or simply change your ´couch potato´ lifestyle, then a trip to the spa should provide all the encouragement you need to start improving your health.
10 Peaceful haven
If you are looking for a peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of every day life, a spa is the perfect place to wind down and let your troubles float away. Spa treatments not only make you look good but they also make you feel good, and you will feel fit, healthy and glowing after a couple of treatments.
If these ten reasons are not enough, see it as an opportunity to pamper yourself. In times of crisis, stress and busy lifestyles, there is no better place to pamper yourself than at the spa. Whether you want to experiment with anti-ageing treatments, get fruity with a pomegranate and apple body scrub, or recharge your batteries with a seaweed body treatment, you can find it all within one place.