Deerfield’s in-house spa, Riverwalk Spa, invites you to experience the healthful benefits of treatments such as acupuncture and massage. Everyone has heard the old adage “when you look good, you feel good”, and who could deny the interrelated nature of how one looks and how they feel. This outlook has led to a dizzying array of industries generating considerable revenue around the globe in an effort to help us look, and feel good.
Let us consider the possibility that the old saying had it completely backwards all along. Here is where wellness comes in. A much-trumpeted buzzword, already heavily used in the health and beauty segments, it is a concept worthy of further investigation. Wellness, according to the World Health Organization is “a state of physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity”, or in the words of The National Wellness Institute, “a conscious, self directed and evolving process of achieving full potential”. The wellness approach could be considered empowering to the individual, holistic in nature, and based on the intention that people feel and look their very best.
A great example of this shift in understanding is massage therapy, once considered a luxury of the wealthy, now increasingly recognized as an alternative medical treatment. Research has shown massage therapy to enhance blood flow and improve general circulation, reduce the bodies production of proteins that contribute to inflammation, stimulates mitochondria-the energy producing units in cells that aid in cell function and repair, reduce cortisol levels and regulate the bodies sympathetic nervous system.
Not surprisingly, most of these benefits directly counter the negative effects that stress has on the body. Is it possible that the damages done to our bodies and spirits in the name of stress could be offset or even prevented by treatments such as massage and acupuncture?
A striking example of the wellness approach is China, one of the largest skincare markets, where acupuncture—which epitomizes wellness there—is widely used for beauty. Even the products we use for facials at Riverwalk Spa are integrated into this wellness approach. Product lines once touted for their ability to cover or correct undesirable symptoms now utilize natural and nourishing ingredients such as Manuka honey, to address the root causes, instead of the symptoms, and heal from within. That is ultimately our goal at the Riverwalk Spa, to nourish mind, body and spirit in an effort to heal from within. Will your next acupuncture treatment make you more beautiful or your next massage make you the picture of health? The answer is for you to decide, but if it feels right, then it may be a good start.