DENVER -- This week kicks off Spa Week across the U.S. and spas are offering spa services at a deep discount.
But in an economy when many Americans are cutting the luxuries from their budget, we asked the question, “Are spa treatments simply a way to relax or a step on the road to a healthier you?”
With serene sounds around every corner and the calming music in the background, you might be thinking trips to the spa are an expensive indulgence.
But this week the relaxing respite of the spa won`t leave a hole in your wallet.
This is National Spa Week and for the next seven days, you can take advantage of every health, wellness and beauty treatment your heart desires.
The beauty of spa week is you can go to any number of spas across the country and for just $50 you can get services that would normally cost you at least $75.
More than 800 spas across the U.S. offer full service packages at a fraction of the price.
But most Americans see the serenity of a visit to the spa as a luxury, an expense solely for personal pampering to feel good.
But that relaxing retreat has some serious health benefits.
According to WebMD.com a study of some 3,300 Japanese government workers found a direct link between spa visits and better mental and physical health.
At Elixir Spa we ran into Denver resident, Devany McNeil, who says a trip to the spa is about much more than pampering.
“I just don`t sleep well and I don`t use any kind of sleep inducing drugs or anything,” she said.
So, Devany comes to Elixir for massage to help her relax and improve sleep
“It just gets my mind clear, and relaxes me and gives me a good night`s sleep when I do that,” she says. “It’s a 150-percent difference to me…just sharpness of mind, feeling good in your body, and how you look I think too.”
For Joel Martin, it`s more physical.
In training, this ultra-marathon runner logs 40-50 miles a week.
“I started to get nagging hip flexor injuries and a lot of soreness in different parts of my body,” he says.
So he began massage therapy.
“I noticed a difference immediately… and after two months of what I would call treatment, I don`t have any pain.”
Licensed massage therapist Kris explains the body`s response to massage.
“It increases circulation of blood and lymph which can help to bring oxygen and nutrients to vital organs of the body or areas that are tight,” she says.
A study published in “Science Transitional Medicine” illustrates exactly what Joel experienced. Researchers found massage therapy promotes muscle recovery and provide other benefits.