4 ways a spa getaway will make you feel healthier

Written 5th February 2020

In today’s busy world, it’s more important than ever that we take time out to rest and rejuvenate.

The majority of the population spends 1/3 of their lives at work. As well as having family responsibilities, it’s no surprise that we experience exhaustion and burnout. The rise in technology does no wonders for our health, causing feelings of anxiety and making it harder for us to live in the present moment. A spa getaway can give our spiritual, mental and physical aspects of our wellbeing the boost they need to help us perform at our best.

Relaxing treatment bed in a spa setting, with pink flower on pillow.

1. A spa experience improves cardiovascular health

It only makes sense that we do whatever we can to look after the organ that gives us life: the heart. There are many simple lifestyle changes we can make, such as being smoke-free and eating a healthy, balanced diet. We can also support our heart health through hydrotherapy. Simply relaxing in a hot tub or swimming pool (so long as the water reaches your neck line) increases your cardiac volume, allowing oxygen to flow more effectively throughout the body. This induces feelings of relaxation, and reduces stress.


2. Get a better night’s sleep

Hydrotherapy can also help us get a better night’s sleep, since immersion in water restores physiological equilibrium and lowers our blood pressure. Massages have a similar effect, helping to deeply relax the muscles and maintain a healthy heart rate. All of which relax the body and mind, preparing us for a peaceful night’s sleep. Massages increase the production of serotonin (our ‘happy’ hormone). It’s a forerunner of melatonin – the hormone which regulates our circadian rhythm, controlling our sleep-wake cycles.

Pool surrounded by comfy beds in a spa setting.

3. Improves blood flow and circulation

Spa therapies improve our overall blood flow, ultimately helping us to fend off illnesses. Increased circulation also speeds healing, delivering more nutrients and oxygen to the cells whilst promoting cell growth. Our skin also feels the benefit, being in a better position to fight off infection that comes its way.


4. A spa getaway can boost your mood

Massages and other forms of therapy promote the production of serotonin, a natural hormone that makes us feel happy. An increased presence of serotonin links to lowered feelings of depression and anxiety. This improves mood regulation, memory and our digestive functions. Whilst massages boost our serotonin production, they also reduce cortisol production – the hormone that causes heightened feelings of stress. This becomes more present and effective with regular massage treatments.

Two young people receiving head massages in a spa setting.

At Billesley Manor Hotel Stratford upon Avon, our spa treatments are designed with the individual in mind, ultimately helping to rejuvenate the body and improve physical and mental wellbeing. To find out more about our spa experiences, please click here.