Making Time For You….Really It’s Okay!

You feel indulgent when you do something for yourself, like going to the spa, don’t you? It seems as if you’re spending time and money that could be better used for savings, for the basketball shoes your son is sure will make him able to dunk or for the house project your husband has been wanting to do. There are so many reasons not to make time for spa treatments.

Have you ever considered, though, that you may not be able to afford not to spend the time and money on spa treatments? What if you thought about it as an investment in your health, in your mental wellness and in your preventative care?

Research shows that there are significant benefits to making time for yourself to enjoy treatments like massage and heat therapy. Take a look at a few of the reasons why you should make an effort to set aside your focus on taking care of others, and instead spend some time on you:

Mental Health:

Enjoying a massage or a facial is beneficial to your mental health. It helps you regroup and think about your week ahead, reduce your immediate stress and prevent chronic stress. When you make an appointment for a spa service, it also signals to your family that taking care of yourself is a priority, and that your needs are important, too.

Family relationships:

Whether you’re a mom with children, are responsible for caring for older parents or have a high stress career (or all 3!), it’s easy to get worn out. Taking a break for a manicure, or to enjoy a massage is a great way to pamper yourself. It’s important to ward off stress and exhaustion with a little break now and then. You’ll treat the people in your care better and feel more enthusiastic about the ways you care for them when you know you’ll be taken care of, too.

When you forego self-care in the interest of taking care of others, it’s not just that your back feels a bit tight and your skin isn’t refreshed. It’s also a problem of the strain in your relationships when you feel a bit overworked in the service of others. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re taking a break just for you. You’re doing it for them, too.

Better physical health:

When you’re experiencing high levels of stress, you are at an increased risk of getting a bacterial or viral infection. You may also be low on sleep and feel the pain of a pulled muscle or arthritis more acutely. The relaxation you find in a manicure, a hot stone treatment or a facial can help you protect your health and prevent illness from attacking.

Massage therapy may also strengthen the immune system by stimulating lymph flow, which draws out metabolic waste, water and toxins. It also improves circulation, posture and can reduce swelling.

Facials clear out bacteria from the skin, preventing infection, and they also help reduce stress and tension in the face and neck.

So…how will you take your break? There are a variety of services at a spa, and most expand far beyond your typical massage and facial options. You can have a unique experience with a saltwater float that takes all the weight off your feet, back and joints in a special pool. You might also have the option of a hot stone therapy, which can melt stress and give you luxurious relaxation.

Consider choosing a package or creating a combination of services that particularly suits you. You might enjoy the beauty benefits of a facial and then get another beauty boost with a manicure and pedicure, or you might like to book a day of relaxing couples’ massage with your spouse and finish with a romantic dinner.

No matter what form your relaxing spa treatment takes, the key is to make it a priority to spend some time on you. After all, when you consider the mental and physical health benefits, and the ways it enriches your personal relationships to care for yourself, it’s not really about you at all. It’s about living the best possible life you can, and that means taking care of yourself!


The Spa at Briarcliff and Medical Spa

The Spa at Briarcliff and Medical Spa, with Tuscan-inspired amenities and state-of-the-art services offers both relaxation and therapeutic treatments. Conveniently located in The Briarcliff Village in Kansas City, it offers unique luxury experiences.

Whether you’re treating your mother to a day of relaxation, enjoying a couple’s massage with your spouse or bringing ladies from a bridal party, you’ll love the variety of services and packages available at The Spa at Briarcliff. A luxurious day at The Spa at Briarcliff also makes a wonderful gift, whether you’re treating yourself or a friend!

For more information and to learn about upcoming promotions, please visit www.thespaatbriarcliff.com.