Self care is essential to overall wellness and improving your immune system. Taking particular care of your mind, body and soul is in no way selfish, in fact it’s one of the most unselfish things you can do. Friends, family and loved ones benefit from your good health and you provide them with a model for their own well being.
We’re heading into a particularly volatile flu and cold season. With the pandemic still looming it’s never been more important-and selfless-to strengthen your immune system. Give yourself a fighting chance against cold flu and even coronavirus this winter by improving your immune system with a spa day in Myrtle Beach.
Stress and Your Immune System
We’re all familiar with the role that stress plays in illness. The more stress and anxiety you allow into your life the easier it is to become ill. Why? Your resistance plunges when you’re under stress. Any kind of continued stress-work, relationships, traumatic events and even daily inconveniences-causes your body’s fight-or-flight response to take hold.
Since caveman days this has been how the human body responds to stress. In an effort to focus your energy your primal reaction to being chased by, say, a saber tooth tiger, or missing a deadline at work, is for your body to go on high alert. Your nervous system lets loose a flood of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline. Your heart pounds faster, your blood pressure goes up, breathing quickens, muscles tighten and your senses sharpen. Your response takes a toll on you physically and recovery depletes your immune system.
How Spa Treatments Improve Your Immune System
The best way to overcome chronic stress and give your immune system a much-needed boost is with a spa day. Just getting away from the fray and being pampered immediately lowers your blood pressure, slows your pulse and relaxes your tense and sore muscles. Focusing on your health and wellness, in the mindful environment of a spa, is the ideal balm for an overtaxed immune system and helps put your stress into perspective.
Massage is truly one of the best gifts you can give your immune system. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, medical research has confirmed a relationship between massage and a stronger immune system.
While a massage feels good and relaxes your body it also increases circulation, especially white blood cell activity. White blood cells are the cells that battle viruses and lower the risks of disease.
When you treat yourself to a body massage you experience a physical release of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, or the “happy hormones.” These two hormones provide you with a relaxed feeling of happiness and well being counteracting the effects of stress and anxiety.
Finally, massage helps flush the toxins from your system that put you at risk for certain diseases. By scheduling regular massages you reduce stress, flush your lymphatic system (which is why we advise you to drink lots of water after your massage),increase blood flow, and strengthen your immune system significantly.
Infrared Light Therapy
Much like massage, a session in our infrared sauna will work to rid your body of toxins and improve blood flow. The safe infrared light heats your body directly, revving up your skin’s sweat glands and encouraging them to pump out toxins that put your body at risk for virus and disease. The heat of the infrared sauna is directed at your body and not the air around it, encouraging circulation.This detoxifying perspiration is perfectly safe and will not cause damage to your skin.
Cryotherapy involves exposing your body to extremely cold temperatures for three minutes. The action reduces inflammation , a known immune suppressant, and has been shown to treat skin conditions and mood disorders.
Himalayan Salt Suite
Salt therapy is gaining in popularity all over the world. The healing properties of salt air are widely known and have been for centuries. Salt is a natural disinfectant, antimicrobial and antibacterial. Inhaling salt particles in our salt suite provides an anti-inflammatory response, specifically beneficial to your respiratory system. A session in the Himalayan Salt Suite is a wonderful way to ward off any respiratory virus and improve respiratory function.
What You Can Do To Keep Your Immune System in Fighting Shape
In addition to these proven spa treatments there are some things you can do at home to boost your immunity.
● Make sure to get a good night’s rest. Six to nine hours a night is the best way to restore your body and replenish your soul. ● Proper nutrition is key to preventing all kinds of disease. Get plenty of veggies and fruits, concentrating on antioxidant-rich foods, and limit fast food, prepackaged and convenience foods. Focus on a whole food diet to feed your immune system
At Cinzia Spa in Myrtle Beach we offer many different therapies to help you improve your immune system. From our popular massage option, with or without add-ons and enhancements designed to improve your health, to our selection of rituals that benefit mind, body and soul, and even our creativity-boosting (yes-creativity helps improve immunity!) workshops, you’ll find improving your immune system with a spa day the best way to prevent season colds, flu and other viruses.