We’re fortunate to live in a time of self-care validation. In the last few years, the concept has morphed from a vague indulgence to a legitimate healthcare factor. And that’s because “self-care” has been recognized by medical science as an important part of our mental and physical health—and something that’s been dismissed from too many modern American lifestyles.
But for starters, congratulations! If you live in Bradenton, then you at least have some sense of how self-care contributes to a healthy, happy lifestyle.
But what exactly does “self-care” include? And how can it affect our physical health and overall wellbeing?
Here we present: Bellagena’s guide to Bradenton self-care, or “How regular, consistent acts of self-care—including, facials, massages, saunas, red light therapy and other spa treatments—helps our overall health and wellbeing.”
Is “self-care” really a legitimate health concern?
Yes, “self-care” is not some imaginary invention of luxury brands. In fact, resistance to self-care is a stigma in American culture that might date back to our Puritanical roots. And even in more recent generations (up to and including “Hustle Culture”), the need to work ever-harder without acknowledging our own wellbeing has reached near epidemic proportions.
Nowadays, even the National Institutes of Health recognizes self-care as a behavior that “can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy.”
So What Does Self-Care Include?
Now that we acknowledge the importance of self-care, we need some specifics of how to practice it.
Self-care should increase our day-to-day functional abilities as well as our happiness, while also extending our wellness in the long-term. And in fact, improvement in one part of our wellness will almost always affect the others, too. That’s why we can’t discount how we feel emotionally, because ultimately that is both an indicator of and a contributor to our overall physical health.
The fundamentals of self-care will always include movement/exercise and seeing healthcare professionals for regular checkups and when you need them—including physicians, dentists, mental health specialists, and yes, skincare and med spa experts.
Self-care Goes Hand-in-Hand with Stress Management
Not only are exercise and basic healthcare associated with their own physical and mental health benefits, they also fall under the umbrella of “stress management.” Stress, we now know, has monstrous effects on our health, so much so that it can even make us more vulnerable to disease and shorten our lifespan.
In short, physical health and mental health will always affect each other. Self-care includes all the activities that have direct, positive effects on those two twin pillars of our wellness.
Do Spa Treatments Like Facials and Massages Count as Self-Care?
Of course they do!
You knew we were getting to this. But after all, at Bellagena we’re always focusing on skincare and wellness procedures that produce legitimate results—both in how you feel right now, of course, but also in your body’s long-term wellness. This is self-care!
Just like visiting other healthcare experts, a trip to the No. 1 Bradenton med spa is both a way to maintain your body’s physical health while managing your stress levels.
Facials, for instance, provide necessary skincare maintenance as well as immediate physical stress relief. They are also a treatment that affects the way you see yourself in the mirror, which is actually an important part of our emotional health and autonomy.
Massages from a licensed Bradenton massage therapist likewise generate both immediate stress relief while also triggering physiological responses that improve blood flow, joint and muscle health, lymphatic system responses and much more.
Just check out some recent blogs on any of our other treatments below to see how they can improve your quality of life, making them legitimate parts of our self-care healthcare routine.
- LED/Infrared light-enhanced facials rejuvenate skin cells by enhancing their own natural functions.
- Non-invasive red and infrared light treatments and saunas can also penetrate the skin throughout the body to treat chronic pain and inflammation.
- Compression treatment works on a number of conditions that can limit your movement and drastically affect your overall quality of life and wellness.