Sunday, May 13, 2012

Spa Girl says thank you to all the women in our life

Happy Mother's Day to all those brave women who love us, protect us, support our dreams and care about our well being.
Mother's and women generally tend to look after everyone else's needs before they even think about themselves.

Today give the women in your life a gift that keeps on giving, a day at the SPA!

Going to the spa is such an amazing experience, especially for those of us who tend to pamper--sometimes around the clock--all those we love and care about.  We do it naturally, without hesitation, and when treated to a day for ourselves it feels like such a guilty pleasure.  Spa Girl say GET OVER IT, charge your own batteries and put going to the spa on your "to do" list each month.

Whether you opt for a massage, manicure, pedicure, or hundreds upon hundreds of glorious spa treatments, research tell us, being touched makes us feel good about ourselves.  And needless to say, when we feel good about ourselves--those we love and care about will reap the benefits!

one of 200 bloggers from around the world contributing, a website dedicated to self improvement with a focus on personal productivity, motivation, and self education shares 6 reasons why you need to be touched.

1. Feel connected to others. We are social beings, and although we all fall in different places on the introversion – extroversion scale, we all need to have that sense of connection to other members of our tribe. While some of that connection can come from having conversations with others, touch also plays an important role in human communication. 
2. Reduce anxiety. Simply touching another person can make us feel more secure and less anxious. It can make us feel grounded and safe and not so all alone. It’s not just children who could use a warm, reassuring hug to make things a little better, so if you’re feeling like a bundle of nerves, go ahead and ask for a hug. 
3. Bonding. Touch is one of the ways romantic partners bond with each other and parents bond with their children. When partners and families get busy and let touch go out the window, they’ll often find that they don’t feel as close and relationships suffer. Regular touch is one of the ways that we continually renew our bonds with those we love. 
4. Lowers your blood pressure. Studies have shown that those that get regular touch often have lower blood pressure than those that don’t. Even having a pet can have beneficial effects! Touch can also slow the heart rate and help speed recovery times from illness and surgery. 
5. Improve your outlook. It’s harder to get into a pessimistic funk when you feel the confidence of being connected to others. Touch can make people feel more optimistic and positive and less cynical and suspicious. A positive, trusting attitude towards others can reduce tension in our daily lives and improve our relationships. 
6. Give us the sensory input that we crave. Scientists are just discovering how truly important it is to exercise all our physical senses for proper brain and emotional development. All the various kinds of touch from butterfly kisses to deep tissue massage send our brains the physical inputs it needs to make sense of the world. So, along with touching other people and pets, make time to explore different textures and touch sensations such as letting cool sand run through your fingers or taking a warm relaxing bath. 
Don’t let yourself get too busy that you starve yourself of touch. It’s important for your physical, mental and emotional well being to touch others and let others touch you.
We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth—Virginia Satir, family therapist

"Extensive research by the University of Miami's Touch Research Institute has revealed that human touch has wide-ranging physical and emotional benefits for people of all age groups. In the Institute's experiments, touch lessened pain, improved pulmonary function, increased growth in infants, lowered blood glucose and improved immune function.", a website dedicated to self improvement with a focus on personal productivity, motivation, and self education.

New York Times: Evidence That Little Touches Do Mean So Much

Complementary Healthcare Information Service - UK

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