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Keep Calm & Care For You

While stress in day-to-day life looks different for everyone, it can manifest itself in similar ways, taking emotional, mental and physical tolls on our bodies. Cooper Spa General Manager Lisa Boyle delves into her favorite indulgent spa services and products to help relieve and manage stress on all levels. spa massage

Specifically for helping with stress management and relaxation, Boyle recommends an 80-minute Swedish massage with the primary focus to relax the entire body by using long, gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. The Swedish massage technique decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as the hormone which triggers cortisol level spikes, arginine vasopressin.

A multitude of spa services address emotional, mental and physical ways that stress takes its toll on the body. While some treatments are more effective for stress reduction, the overall feeling of being cared for, nurtured and pampered is the key to relaxation, promoting feelings of whole body wellness. “Receiving any type of spa service helps create both mental and physical health benefits,” says Boyle. “Physical contact is necessary to our well-being, one component that all spa treatments offer.” Studies have shown that spa services such as massages, facials and skincare treatments increase sleep quality and help boost the immune system. Additional health benefits these services provide include stimulating the lymphatic system to rid the body of toxins, helping the body to release serotonin, relieving chronic pain, promoting cell regeneration and improving circulation and posture.

Cooper Spa offers a variety of retail products which incorporate aromatherapy and muscle tension relief to help manage stress in the comfort and convenience of home. On days when you can’t seem to fit a trip to the spa into your busy schedule, Boyle recommends the Sonoma Lavender Neck Pillows and Heat Wraps. “These products help to soothe achy muscles with calming scents of lavender and other essential oils. Heating them in the microwave and placing them wherever you are most tense helps relax and revive the muscles.” Another personal favorite product of Boyle’s is the RAD Roller massage tools line, designed to release muscular pain, flush out toxins, relieve trigger points and help mobilize joints.

No matter what kind of stress you find yourself dealing with, self-care is the first step in the right direction to help you manage stress and feel your best.

For more information or to book a service at Cooper Spa, visit cooperaerobics.com/Cooper-Spa-Dallas or call 972.392.7729.

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