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Did you know that October, November, and December are typically the most stressful months of the year? Many feel overwhelmed by the multiple holidays, the shopping, the spending, food preparation, travel, and the overall holiday planning that goes into making this season memorable for your loved ones. Women tend to experience this type of seasonal stress more than men do and often neglect to schedule themselves the much-needed rest they need.

A good massage is truly a treat and offers many health benefits that go beyond mere relaxation. R3 Spa tends to offer many types but what massage should you choose for you? The thing to do is discuss this with our massage therapist.

There are many benefits to managing stress with massage therapy, but here are the four best reasons to treat yourself, unwind, and put yourself in the hands of relaxation professionals.

♦ Your Well-Being Depends on It:
Taking the time to focus on you–and only you–is critical to creating the best you possible.
Those who choose not to take time for themselves to engage in relaxing hobbies and activities like listening to music or meditating showed a significant decrease in well-being scores. A massage therapy session at R3 Spa is all about you, and it is one of the more highly recommended ways to give yourself the you-time you deserve.

♦ Your Heart Needs a Break:
Your heart is an intricate, beautiful muscle that keeps your body and brain in tune. Unfortunately, your heart is also highly susceptible to stress and anxiety. Managing stress is not only good for your heart, but the ways in which you choose to manage stress can benefit your overall heart health. One of the best ways to manage your risk of heart disease is to reduce stress levels through self-love activities like massage therapy.

♦ Your Skin Will Thank You:
Have you ever seen someone’s skin change during times of high stress? It should be no surprise that the natural glow that healthy skin exhibits come under some pretty heavy fire when things are stressful. Stress has been shown to trigger acne flare-ups, spur on psoriasis, and assist in developing premature and more severe wrinkles. Not only does your skin benefit from the reduction in stress through massage therapies, but your mood will also be improved, and that burst of positivity will make your skin radiant.

♦ You Will Regain Your Energy:
If you are looking to fight off the stress and regain that energy and vitality that you’re losing this season, a massage is exactly what you need to boost your energy. Holiday season stresses coupled with the decrease in daylight hours are notorious for zapping energy levels right when you need them the most, but you don’t have to let decreased energy get the better of you. Massages give you a boost in serotonin, the neurotransmitter helps regulate mood, sleep, memory, and learning, all of which suffer when you’re under stress.