How many times do you feel that you need a break from everyday life to rest and recharge? And how often do you actually take a few hours’ break? Probably not very often.

How many times does your neck/shoulders/back ache and you say that you need a massage? And how often do you actually have a massage? Probably not very often.

We’re not always good at prioritising ourselves. We make time for everyone else and for work, but we often neglect our own health and well-being. Until something goes wrong and we become unwell – mentally or physically. Only at that crisis point might we decide to seek help or take some time out to relax and switch off.

Having a more proactive approach towards your health and well-being helps to minimise ill-health, helps you cope with everyday life better, and helps you feel happier and more relaxed on a day to day basis.

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is an on-going process of taking good care of yourself. Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is crucial to living a better quality life.

And there is also evidence that treatments such as massage and reflexology have physiological benefits as well as feeling wonderful at the time. Research has shown that massage and reflexology stimulate the vagus nerve – the vagus nerve is a key part of your parasympathetic ‘rest and digest’ nervous system. It influences your breathing, digestive function and heart rate, all of which can have a huge impact on your mental and physical health. A low vagal tone is associated with inflammation, depression, negative moods, heart attacks and stroke. A higher vagal tone is linked to good physical and psychological well-being. Massage and reflexology help to tone the vagus nerve, contributing to better health and well-being.

So, make a commitment this year to make lifestyle changes that will enhance your wellness. Having a regular treatment should not be considered a luxury; it’s a key component of optimum physical and psychological well-being. A once a year attempt at a quick-fix will have little lasting impact, even if it feels amazing at the time. Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make.

Alexandra House Spa has an unrivalled range of holistic treatments that help to create balance and harmony in your life – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

If you haven’t visited Alexandra House Spa before, check out our treatments and special offers here.  We look forward to welcoming you to our Spa with a Heart soon.