Many of us live fast-paced lifestyles which are bombarded daily with stressors such as work and family demands, processed food, and not nearly enough sleep. We are constantly multi-tasking. Sure, it feels great to be productive and check tasks off the list, but what happens when we don’t take time to give our brain a break?
When the brain is overworked and overloaded with day-to-day pressure, a chain reaction occurs and chaos is created within the nervous system. This causes our sympathetic nervous system’s fight or flight response to become overstimulated. The result is elevated blood pressure, high-stress levels, and overactive adrenal glands.
This makes it very difficult for the parasympathetic nervous system, our body’s rest and recovery system, to kick in and do its job. This is why it’s so important to take time out of your day to practice mindfulness, relax, and take care of your mind-body health. At OWM Integrative Wellness, we offer a few different options to help restore balance in your nervous system by treating your brain to a spa day.
Facial massage treats your skin and your nervous system, as it activates the parasympathetic nervous system.
OWM Spa facials are an excellent way to detoxify and rejuvenate your skin, but did you know they can also help to reduce physiological distress as well? Aside from deep cleansing and exfoliation treatment, a proper facial involves a lot of facial massage. This nurturing human touch activates pressure points connected to your nervous system, including the Vagus nerve. Activation of the Vagus nerve, the longest cranial nerve, is important for relaxation because it is the main nerve affecting the parasympathetic nervous system.
Pleasant touch through the skin can trigger the Vagus nerve, which in turn can help regulate our heart rate, respiratory rate, and digestion, as well as lower stress hormones. This is why we feel so rejuvenated and stress-free when leaving a facial spa appointment. It’s not only a treatment for your skin but your nervous system as well.
Nurturing massage, and meditation in a peaceful atmosphere are just some of the many restorative treatments offered at OWM Integrative Wellness. You will feel refreshed and have an increased sense of well-being after you treat your brain with a spa treatment. Call us today at 716.626.6301 to learn more about our unique brain health offerings and other Integrative therapies to calm the mind and reduce stress.