More people are opting for massage therapies and spa treatments to relieve tension and stress. In the U.S. alone, some 184 million people visited the spa in 2017. The trend has also been growing in other parts of the world, including the UK. But going to spas for pampering and relaxation is not a new concept.

In Somerset, Bath is famous for its spa breaks and retreats because of its naturally hot waters. Interestingly, the Roman-built baths in this area have been around since 60 AD and declared as a World Heritage Site. Besides being significant for its history, Bath is known for having one of the first documented spas that catered to male Roman citizens who needed relief for various aches and pains. These included generals, public officials and members of the nobility.

Nowadays, spas in Bath and other parts of the world are open for anyone to enjoy. If you are looking for a relaxing getaway for some personal time or a quick bonding trip with family and friends, you can plan a spa break and enjoy the following benefits.

Anti-Aging

Facial spa massages are known to help prevent wrinkles by hydrating and removing dead cells from the skin. Soaking in mineral springs like the ones in Bath also helps promote cell renewal and increased blood circulation. Hot springs contain lots of minerals that can make the skin look younger and healthier. This is also the reason mud and salt from the Dead Sea are being used in skin care products and treatments.

Weight Loss

While there are many things to consider in weight loss, going to a hot spa regularly is said to promote weight loss by opening the skin’s pores and cleansing off toxins from the body. It also helps burn calories. Deep tissue massages break down the fatty deposits in your body through the application of friction and pressure in the skin.

woman getting a massage at the spa

Prevent Varicose Veins

This helps both men and women who are always up on their feet, either walking or standing up more than six hours a day. These activities cause veins to become enlarged and swollen. Soaking in a hot bath helps relieve pressure and allows the veins to return to their normal size.

Boost Happiness

One of the biological effects of going to a spa or getting a massage is that it releases serotonin in your brain, which is the hormone associated with happiness. This is the reason many people’s moods improve after a visit to the spa.

Reduce Frequency of Headaches

Headaches can be triggered by too much stress and lack of sleep. This is where spas and massage treatments help because they reduce the frequency of the migraines and headaches that people experience.

If you want a much-needed break from work or family life, take some time off for a spa break. It will help you relax, take a breath, and come back to all your duties and obligations well rested and more focused. Self-care is never a bad thing.