International Self-Care Day is celebrated annually on July 24. Asheville’s Spa Theology is the perfect place to mark the day, because we are dedicated to bringing you the spirit of wellness through the healing and therapeutic touch of the talented therapists who work at our day spa in North Carolina.
You never need an excuse to visit Spatheology, known as one of the most innovative and authentic spas in Asheville, NC , but if nothing else, this international holiday is a good reminder to all of us about how important self-care is.
WHY IS SELF-CARE IMPORTANT?
“If the average person sees a doctor 3 times a year for 10 minutes each time (total 1/2 hour), the rest of the time (365 days x 24 hours = 8759.5 hours) is in reality self-care,” the International Self-Care Foundation (ISF) points out.
“Self-care is the foundation of healthcare,” they add, “but is generally outside the formal health and social care system.”
They recommend the following self-care habits:
- Health literacy
- Self-awareness of physical and mental conditions
- Physical activity
- Healthy eating
- Risk avoidance
- Good hygiene
- Rational use of products and services
SELF-CARE & MASSAGE
We may be biased, but we think the ISF saved the best for last! Regular massage treatments at Asheville’s Spa Theology can definitely contribute to your wellbeing. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, “Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.”
The experts at the Mayo Clinic also say that some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
“Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection,” they add.
“Massage is generally considered part of complementary and integrative medicine,” the Mayo Clinic reports. “It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.”