Self Love: How it improves your health and happiness

Misia at Soothe

Hopes to raise awareness of the real physical, mental and emotional benefits that regular spa attendance can offer. In many parts of Europe, regular treatments for the whole family is a cultural norm. Here in the UK we still tend to view it as a once in a blue moon ‘treat’ rather than a weekly or monthly essential.

Our lives are fast-paced, digitally sabotaged, and busier than ever before. And now, when we need love and human touch the most, we’re encouraged to avoid it for fear of Covid-19. However, in the same way, regular gym attendance keeps us physically fit, regular spa attendance is an effective way to help combat the long term effects of everyday stress that we have become accustomed to living with and the power of touch has been shown to have a profound effect on these levels of stress.

The effects of stress on the mind and body

There are numerous effects that we often don’t associate them with stress. From your mental health to your skin, stress is something that can wreak untold damage. Here are some of the ways stress can affect your life.

Brain – poor concentration, anxiety, depression, poor memory, mind fog, irritability, insomnia, headaches

Cardiovascular – high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, higher cholesterol levels, palpitations

Skin – acne, dry dull skin, impaired healing, brittle nails, dull, brittle hair.

Gut – constipation, bloating, diarrhoea, nutrient malabsorption, indigestion, pain and discomfort.

Joints and Muscles – aches and pains, muscle tightness, inflammation, tension.

Immune system – impaired immunity, increase in colds and illness, slower recovery.

Reproductive system – loss of libido, increase in PMS symptoms, fertility issues

Does ‘Skin Care’ really work?

Benefits of reducing that stress

If your stress response doesn’t stop firing, and these stress levels stay elevated far longer than is necessary for survival, it can take a toll on your health. Recognising that stress is taking a toll on your life is the first step in reversing those elevated stress levels. Pay attention to the things that get your blood boiling and your heart racing and your mood plummeting to the floor and start planning how you can remove them from your life or manage them in a much healthier way. Reducing stress will improve your long term health and quality of life.

How we can reduce stress at home or work

  • Walk away from the inciting situation. Go outside if you can.
  • Take a walk outside in nature. Better still, take off your socks and shoes and plant your feet firmly on the earth. Barefoot contact with the earth can produce instantaneous changes in including reducing stress, pain reduction and improved sleep. Is that because somewhere deep down within us, our ancient instincts and wisdom are ignited?
  • Breath deeply and slowly and use a mindfulness app to help guide you. We like Ten Percent Happier, Headspace and Chopra Meditation & Well-Being
  • Read a chapter of a book you’ve been making excuses you’ve not got time to read.
  • Exercise regularly, even if it’s that five-minute walk. Doing this first thing in the morning will set you up for a much more positive, energised day.
  • Listen to calming music on your headphones and block out the world
  • Light a candle and take a bath
  • Visit a friend you know makes you laugh (if you’re not restrained by Coronavirus!)
  • Mood board your next escape – plan your perfect holiday – something to look forward to. Stepping out of the day to day drudgery by planning great things for the future.
  • Book a relaxing massage or facial massage at your local spa and before you leave, book your next one. It’s very important to feel that you’re doing something for yourself.

Every suggestion you’ll come across for reducing your stress levels will point to you taking care of yourself. Showing yourself some love. Doing the things you love. Taking time out. However you look at it, nourishing your soul reduces stress and makes you feel happier and more content with, and appreciative of life.

How we can reduce stress in the Spa – effects of treatments on the mind and body

It has been shown that regular hands-on treatments nurture the soul. There’s something magic about the human touch.

Aches and pains reduce, anxiety and depression become more manageable, and the body seems more resilient and able to cope and heal. Massage, reflexology and holistic facial massage with someone caring and experienced can transform the way you feel, and if you feel stronger, more powerful, guess what? You become stronger and more powerful! Ready to take on the world! Making it a regular and important event in your diary will keep that feeling somewhere safe, within you, and nobody else can take that away.

Suggested treatments – gifts for others (vouchers)

Sometimes, you don’t know what you need or want until you’re there, in the room. We know that. Mostly, we reserve any ideas we might have about appropriate treatments for you until we sense you, your ‘vibe’ or actually touch you. It’s been known for us to completely change the treatment that was booked for you, to the treatment that’s actually needed. And boy! Do you thank us for it!

Helping others

Because we don’t always know what a person needs, it makes choosing a gift difficult. We suggest a beautifully presented Gift Voucher which enables us to tailor your gift for your loved one. After all, what better than the gift of health and happiness?

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