4 mental health benefits of visiting the spa

A visit to the spa can recharge your body and mind. We outline 4 ways a spa visit may boost your mental health, like improved sleep and reduced stress.

We’ll cut to the chase: life can be stressful! That’s why it’s more important than ever to carve out time to prioritize your mental health, just as you would your physical health.

January is often called the saddest month of the year, thanks to factors like residual holiday stress and bills, colder weather and shorter days. A visit to the spa may offer mental health benefits like improved sleep, reduced stress, better mindfulness and more!

4 mental health benefits of visiting the spa

Improved sleep

So many of us are lacking in quality deep sleep, which is essential to our overall wellbeing. Practicing good sleep hygiene (like turning off electronics at least an hour before bedtime) is key, but if you’re looking for an extra boost to help with your zzzzz’s, a visit to the spa is just the ticket.

Treatments like massage therapy and reflexology will help the body relax and reduce muscle tension, priming you for a good night’s sleep. (And doesn’t a hot stone massage sound delightful on cold winter days?)

Read more about the health benefits of massage on our blog.

Reduced stress

Like fatigue, stress can have a lasting impact on our bodies and minds, even contributing to health issues like heart disease and depression. Engaging in relaxing treatments in a tranquil environment can help reduce overall stress levels.

When you’re at the spa, allow yourself to take in the soothing music, breathe in the scents of the products and fully immerse yourself in the calming ambiance. This will help activate your body’s relaxation response, reducing the levels of stress hormones like cortisol.

Check out some of our favourite relaxing treatments at our Greater Toronto Area day spas. Or, schedule an hour of bliss into your day with a relaxation massage, designed specifically for stress relief. (Note: This treatment is performed by our spa therapists, not RMTs, and is not covered by insurance programs.)

Increased mindfulness

Activities like yoga and meditation can improve the mind-body connection, and so can treatments like massage therapy and facials! By being more present in the moment, you can release some mental clutter. Disconnecting from those stressors can also help give you a refreshed perspective.

Feel-good hormones + other physical effects

Some spa treatments (like massage) can stimulate hormone release to enhance your mood and further relieve stress. For example, feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin can induce feelings of relaxation and happiness. Other hormones like endorphins act as a natural pain reliever.

By targeting specific areas of the body, different massage modalities can also reduce muscle pain and stiffness from built-up stress. When that tension is released, the mind can relax, too!

A visit to the spa is a great way to help recharge your body and mind. Whether through a spa or other practices, it’s important to take the time to prioritize your mental health—you’re worth the investment.

Your sanctuary is waiting. Book your next spa day at our Burlington, Newmarket, Vaughan or Waterloo locations today.

Please note: This blog is not intended to replace advice from a health-care professional. Please consult with a health-care provider if you’re experiencing issues with your mental health.