7 Ways A Spa Break Can Boost Your Mental & Physical Health
SO MUCH WELLNESS...
During Women’s Wellness Week, spa booking agency Spabreaks.com worked with spas all around the world gave away free massages for charity.
At 11am GMT, 1000 women around the world took time out of their day to get a massage. It was the largest ever simultaneous global fundraising massage-athon, with all money raised going directly to Willow, a charity that helps seriously ill young adults.
The idea behind the dreamy concept is that every woman should take some time for herself and do something that makes her feel good, especially when nowadays being a woman equals more pressure than ever. Juggling between a career, family, social life and the idea of nailing it every single minute can be exhausting.
So if you can’t quite channel your inner Beyonce anymore and feel more like Britney circa 2007, take a deep breath and book a spa break asap. With or without your mates, it’s time to treat yo’self! Just like Paris, a Spa break is always a good idea.
We headed to Zafiro Palace Palmanova in Mallorca to try it out for ourselves. Here are seven ways a spa break is a much needed boost for your mental and physical health...
Water allows you to exercise without hurting your joints - it literally washes away your problems. The calming sound of water is also proved to have a soothing effect and help to relieve stress.
When your schedule for the day consists of switching from an outside pool to an indoor pool, you’re literally living the dream. Aquagym classes are also fun and no one will actually notice if you can’t do the choreography properly, because - as we've learnt from experience - what happens underwater stays underwater!
Massages are an amazing response to our unhealthy sedentary lifestyle. It counteracts all the sitting we do all day, eases muscle pain, soothes anxiety and depression, improves sleep and boosts immunity.
On top of that, massages make you feel SO DAMN GOOD.
Vitamin D is key to fixating the calcium on your bones but also crucial to fight winter depression known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
This condition is mainly caused by a lack of sunlight, affecting the production of certain hormones in our bodies. Melatonin which regulates sleep and serotonin which regulates appetite are the main ones. Sun’s out, buns out!
Chilling out on holiday (hopefully) means you'll have less to do - so you’ll probably feel hungry and thirsty more.
Make sure you get your 2.5 litres of fluids a day; it’s not only good for your skin but it helps regenerate brain cells, too. Less alcohol than usual too is a good idea, as well - giving your liver a break will show on your complexion as well as on your bank account!
It could be stress-inducing at first (the more plugged in you are, the harder it gets to switch off), but focus on your time off as an opportunity to relax.
Disconnect and read books, daydream, write, make lists and plans. It will increase your creativity and productivity to do a tech detox.
6. Breathe deep
It’s a self-fullfilling cycle - if you breathe better, you’ll feel calmer and if you are calmer you’ll breathe deeper.
Deep breathing helps detoxify your body, reduces anxiety and pain, stimulates the lymphatic system and gives you more energy. It also improves digestion and regulates weight.
7. Focus on yourself
When you're on your hollibobs, the idea is that you’re not thinking about chores or obligations you have back at home.
You’re in a bubble where nothing else matters. With no work emails, no gym membership to use and no social events to attend, it’s just you - and focusing on yourself is a healthy way to recharge your batteries.
MTV Travelled With... SpaBreaks.com, and stayed at Zafiro Palace Palmanova in Mallorca to celebrate Women's Wellness Week. Spabreaks.com offers a five night stay at the five-star Zafiro Palace Palmanova from £553 per person. This price is based on five nights’ accommodation in a junior suite on a bed and breakfast basis, and includes a 60 minute a la carte massage and full use of the spa facilities. Flights are not included in this price but can be arranged. www.spabreaks.com / 0800 043 6600