Need a break? Daily stress taking a toll on your body and mind? We all experience stress when we get too overwhelmed. And our nonstop lifestyles, which carry unending responsibilities, make it easy for our bodies to rev up a twenty-four hour a day stress response. Acquired stresses like mortgage payments, difficult employees, looming exams and unemployment cause our bodies to react the same way we would if being chased by a dangerous animal. However when activated too often, or for too long unnecessarily, our woes bathe our bodies in hormones that change our brain’s ability to function optimally, as well as cause our hearts to pound, our stomachs to turn, and our muscles to tense. Long term effects of acute stress can lead to loss of sleep, a weakened immune system that’s susceptible to inflammation and disease, a weak functioning brain and premature aging. We’ve come to a point where our modern lifestyles require us to actively address our stress and manage it in ways that allow us to function more optimally, maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle, and ultimately enjoy life! 

Our medical aestheticians and therapists at Toronto’s Elements Spa understand the growing pressures of daily life, and can easily identify how these stresses affect us physically, emotionally and mentally. This is why Elements Spa has created tailored spa treatments to address areas of the body responsible for sending these stress signals, as well as allowing patients to take time out and recuperate with safe, quick and relaxing treatments that benefit the body and mind. Here are 3 ways Elements Spa can help you to efficiently reduce stress and leave you feeling, looking and performing better!

1. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been used for thousands of years to induce relaxation while treating a vast array of symptoms including seasonal allergies, headaches, gastrointestinal upset, insomnia, sinus congestion, pain, depression and general stress. It works by stimulating different points of the body with very fine needles or pins placed near nerves that send messages to the brain to release endorphins. Traditionally, Chinese doctors claim that these painless needles free energy blockages, causing the energy to flow more freely, the symptoms to subside, and the body and emotional centres to come into balance. 

Our licensed acupuncturists at Elements Spa custom tailor each session to the individual patient and their concerns, offering noticeable relaxation and comfort. These ultra fine needles create a therapeutic effect which leaves patients feeling relieved, restored and renewed.  

2. Massage

We all recognize the feeling of immediate relief after receiving a good massage. Our muscles loosen, we breathe better and our mind slows down. But what most of us don’t know is that when obtained frequently, massage can do more than just induce relaxation. Frequent massages not only decrease the production of stress hormones, they continue to have a profound effect on our immune systems. Massage boosts immune function, lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, can improve asthma symptoms, decrease inflammation, as well as can correct muscle memory! Over time patients are less likely to tense up, and the boost of energy and balanced hormones provide for immediate relaxation.

At Elements Spa we offer various massages, all which cater to each patient’s needs. Our most popular massages include the Pressure Point Massage for targeting specific areas of pain and tension, the Aromatherapy Massage which uses the highest quality essential oils to rejuvenate, the Swedish Massage for patients seeking improved flexibility and circulation, the Deep Tissue Massage to address severe muscle contraction and pain, as well as the Relaxation Massage, well known for balancing hormones and activating patients’ relaxation mechanisms. We also offer a Post Surgical Lymphatic Drainage Massage and Prenatal Massage catered toward surgical patients and pregnant women. 

3. Feel Good Facials

Facials are among the most popular spa treatments and carry health benefits that go beyond encouraging a youthful and radiant appearance. Elements Spa’s soothing Feel Good Facial treatments help lower blood pressure in a serene and calming environment. They also increase circulation, allowing for beneficial nutrients and oxygen to penetrate and encourage cell growth and renewal. These facials are specifically tailored to each patient and are beneficial in boosting the body’s lymphatic drainage system and reducing fluid retention by stimulating lymph nodes in the neck and chest. Our Feel Good Facials are also perfect for when patients are feeling congested and stressed as they work to reduce nasal and sinus pressure by stimulating certain pressure points on the face. 

The relaxation benefits of Elements Spa’s Feel Good Facials are unending. And more than that, they also carry numerous anti-aging benefits which will leave you with smoother, younger and more radiant skin! Speak to one of our experienced skin care specialists to learn more about which facial is right for you.

To learn more about Elements Spa’s stress-relieving treatments or to book a consultation with one of Toronto’s best board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeons, Dr. Adibfar.