05 February 2017

Spa Treatments For Men

By Carolyn Simi

We lead hectic lives - without question. Work demands, commuting, social obligations, friendships, husbands/wives, children, girlfriends/boyfriends, school, extended families, the house, the car, the neighbors, keeping up with the mail, bills, jury duty, work travel, vacation planning, emails...STRESS.

For the most part, whether you talk about men or women, we typically do whatever it takes to meet the demand... power through it... tough it out. But, there comes a time when we have to say "enough is enough". Sometimes that moment coincides with the vacation which, in America at least, is an annual event that doesn't even come close to lasting long enough. But, that's a topic for another article.

Stereotypes aside, women have a built-in mechanism for reducing their stress, and they do it with relative frequency. There's shopping (especially for shoes), the hair salon, the nail salon, facials, massage, lunch with friends, spa treatments. I'd like to point out that there is an element among these few examples that is common to each of these activities: the aspect of sensuousness. It's the thing that takes envelopes you and takes you completely away, even if it's only for a couple of hours.

Men have their escapes too in the form of sports, either viewing or playing, drinks with the guys, the gym, or running. Granted, some prefer more cerebral pursuits like losing themselves in a good book or enjoying a well-played game of chess. However, very few men opt for scheduling an appointment at the spa. Mind you, I'm not making a brash generalization here. There are a few guys who realize the mental and physical health benefits of spa treatments - it's just not typical...yet.

Going to a masseuse to heal a sports injury or muscle pain is justifiable, for obvious reasons, but if the objective is to have a sensual, rejuvenating, relaxing, luxurious, spirit-reviving escape... not so much. The good news is that I am starting to see new evidence that men are slowly showing interest in spa treatments as part of their overall health regime and I say Bravo to that. Equally true, they are showing more interest in grooming products, moisturizers, eye creams, cleansers and applying proper skin care techniques. Major Bravo to that, as well!

Interestingly, I was just reading that 35% of spa goers are men and that number is expected to increase in the coming years. The point that they are starting to understand is that spas are necessary rather than luxury and should be considered therapy rather than pampering. This is not an affront to your manliness but rather an opportunity to take good care of yourself. After all, if you don't, who will?

Spas have gotten wise, too. The robes are "man sized" so you don't have to feel uncomfortable, the massage tables are long enough to accommodate your body comfortably and you won't leave smelling like a rose garden. However, you will leave feeling rested, relaxed, rejuvenated, more confident, happy...basically like a new man.

Consider the possibility of taking your girlfriend along or make it a buddy date. No matter how you slice it up, you cannot lose with a spa treatment.

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