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Hello New Year Hello Pamper Day

By Pamela Shenk, CHt

 

I have no problem with a little pampering. In fact, I’m my happiest in a dimly lit spa waiting room, reclined in a chair and listening to classical music while floating on a cloud of lavender scents. All I need is a mani/pedi, a good massage and a hot bath. Which naturally makes me wonder, is getting pampered as good for you as it feels?

 

Well, it’s said that ninety percent of illness is stress-related. That’s because stress slows digestion, decreases circulation and compromises immune function. But research suggests that massage and other forms of pampering can promote deep relaxation, boost immunity and reduce stress. So next time you want to indulge yourself in a way that’s healthy for your body—inside and out, you may want to head to your local spa for some pampering. Don’t forget to turn off your phone so that you can tune out the world and focus on yourself. Answering phone call defeats the purpose.

 

Here are a few (well-tested) ideas to get you started and put you into a relaxation mode:

 

- Foot

- Massage 

- Acupuncture  

- Hypnosis  

- Bubble bath  

- Body scrub

- Music

- Scented candles

 

Whether you’re a man or a woman, have many children or just one, taking the time to go to a spa or create one at home might seem impossible. But setting aside an hour or more will give you a whole new outlook with your daily schedule.  You’ll find that you handle stressful moments with a much better attitude, and life just may seem to get easier.  It is worth a try to get your new year off to a great start.