Good News from New Research
If you’re trying to decide where to go for your next vacation, a health spa may offer more than just a relaxing getaway. New research has revealed that even a week-long stay at a health and wellness retreat can have a marked influence on your health.
At one such spa in California, visitors follow a very low-calorie diet (a juice fast/cleansing of 800 calories a day) and participate in programs such as yoga, meditation, stress management and colonic hydrotherapy (a type of colon cleansing).
- An average weight loss of nearly 7 pounds
- A nearly 8 percent decrease in diastolic blood pressure
- A 5 percent decline in cholesterol level and BMI (body mass index)
- Decreases in mercury, sodium and chloride levels
- Improvements in anger tension, vigor, fatigue, confusion, anxiety and depression
- Significant changes in their feelings about spirituality and religion
Participants ranged in age from 21 to 85, so it appears that people of virtually all ages may get a health boost from visiting a health spa.
Is Wellness Tourism for You?
So-called “wellness tourism” has been on the rise in recent years, with the spa industry growing from $60 billion in 2007 to an estimated $73 billion in 2012. The number of spas worldwide has increase 22 percent during this time, with more than 87,000 spas in operation today.[iii]
Of course, a visit to a wellness spa is a luxury many cannot afford, despite the potential health gains offered. A six-day retreat at the California spa used in the above-mentioned study will set you back anywhere from $2,300 to over $3,700, depending on time of year, the type of room desired and occupancy … and that’s not including travel expenses.
If you can swing it, regular visits to a health spa are just what the doctor ordered … but if not, there’s also Trigger Point Therapy, which is the next best thing to having your own personal massage therapist, right in your own home. If you have aching “knots” or “trigger points” in your neck, shoulders, back, hips or legs, these points of irritation can lead to ongoing inflammation, tension and pain in your body.
The link between trigger points and pain was first discovered by Dr. Janet Travell, former president John F. Kennedy’s personal physician, who is credited with helping him relieve his chronic, disabling back pain. Dr. Travell discovered that deep manual pressure applied to trigger points had a dramatic therapeutic effect by quickly eliminating pain. You can see a professional for this, but the success of the treatment depends on the skill level of the practitioner … and it’s often pretty pricey.
The Trigger Point Self-Treatment System is a welcome alternative, because not only is it incredibly effective, it allows you to lie down and relax while you essentially melt your pain away in the comfort of your own home.
A week-long retreat at a health spa is a treat everyone should get to experience at least once … but in the meantime bring the spa to you with the Trigger Point Self-Treatment System.
[i] Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal December 2012