We hear the word spa, and we’re instantly relaxed. How does it make you feel? Say it: Spa. Sp-aaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. OK, that’s enough – better stop before you start craving a massage. And a facial. And a mani-pedi, and, and, and.

We’re pretty sure heading to a spa tops every woman’s leisure wish list, and yet, it always seems out of reach. Like an oasis in the middle of this desert we call life. The elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. We’ll get there. Sometime. We hope. We pray. Yeah, right. When?

Now. Now is our excuse to force a wind-down, take a time-out and treat ourselves to what we deserve. That means planning a visit. Besides, going to a spa isn’t just lying on a slab and slipping into la-la-land. It’s actually good for our health, didn’t you know?

Need reasons to get your butt to a spa? You shouldn’t! But here they are anyway.

5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOING TO A SPA

To Relieve Stress 

Massages, facial treatments and everything else you enjoy at a spa take place in relative quiet and can reduce stress – fast. Not only do your muscles get a break, but so does you – from your cellphone, job, and your overly-demanding life.

To Recharge Your Mind 

Even just relaxing in the massage chair while you enjoy a manicure, pedicure and foot scrub goes a long way toward recharging your mind. Letting your mind wander helps to bring balance and a healthy state of calm amid the chaos.

To Get Detoxed

Bet you didn’t know that an herbal body wrap or salt cave session can help elminate bloating and rid the body of various toxins.

To Feel Youthful

Skin care treatments make your face feel fresh and youthful again, especially after exfoliation of dead cells that have been there too long. When you look in the mirror, you’ll be glowing.

To Reduce Pain 

Therapies such as deep tissue massage and invig-organic treatments reduce or eliminate the aches and pains we consider just a part of life. Try them to boost circulation, reduce cellulite, release muscle tension, and even decrease arthritis pain.

Angela Padgett is CEO & Owner of Skin Sense, a day spa in Raleigh, NC.  

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