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Supporting your mental health has been a big topic in recent years, and for good reason. Around 1 in every 5 adults in the U.S. suffers from a mental illness, with 1 in every 20 suffering from a serious mental illness.

But whether you’re suffering from a mental illness or not, finding moments to relax, unwind, and show your brain and body some self-care is a must. One great way to do this is with a Zion massage.

While massages are known for treating sore muscles and relieving tension, studies suggest that they also offer big benefits for our brains and our mental health. If you’re looking for a great way to boost your mental clarity in the new year, keep reading. We’re breaking down the brain benefits of getting a Zion massage, as well as how you can save on your next visit to Five Petals Spa.

Massages and Your Brain

Treating yourself to a Zion massage is about more than treating those sore muscles caused by hiking to the top of Angels Landing. Research backs the brain-boosting power of regular massages.

Recent studies show that when you get a massage, the left side of your brain is stimulated. This is the part of your brain that is activated when you are excited or happy. Of course, this comes as no surprise; when you’re relaxing in a quiet room and enjoying a rejuvenating massage surrounded by the scents of aromatherapy, you’re likely to feel happy!

Regular stimulation of the left side of your brain over time may help to alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety. You’ll not only feel happier and more relaxed during your session, but those benefits will follow you into your daily life, too.

Stress and Brain Function

Our brains are designed to adapt to stress. However, we can only tolerate so much.

Too much stress over a period of time can cause a host of health issues throughout our bodies. As our brains struggle to adapt, imbalances may begin to occur. These often result in issues with our gut function, immune health, and our mental health. Dealing with these imbalances can have a direct impact on your mental health as well as your overall brain function.

One of the biggest benefits of enjoying regular massages is stress relief. Even after just a single Zion massage, you’ll feel yourself let go of tension, stress, and anxiety. Tension headaches will be relieved, and you’ll feel your body relax. Over time, you can reduce your body’s stress levels, and, in turn, reduce the effects of the imbalances caused by your brain’s stress response.

Less stress equals better immunity and fewer illnesses, which can also help to improve your overall health, especially if your immune health is something that you’ve struggled with in the past.

A Gateway to a Healthier Life

Getting regular massages and feeling less stressed, happier, and more energized can have another big impact on your life; it might just encourage you to get healthier in other areas, too! If you’ve been suffering from lower back pain or neck pain, getting your daily exercise can be a struggle. But with less pain and stiffness, you might find yourself able to start getting more exercise, which can snowball into other healthy side effects.

If you suffer from chronic pain, regular massage therapy may even help you to reduce your reliance on medications, and let go of any side effects that these may cause. In one study, researchers found that individuals who enjoyed a 60-minute therapeutic massage two or three times a week for one month felt relief from their chronic, long-term neck pain.

Booking a Zion Massage at Five Petals Spa

Whether you’re suffering from a mental illness, chronic pain, or are simply feeling stressed, treating yourself to a Zion massage is a great way to show your brain and your body some love.

We offer a variety of massage options to help you customize your visit. Feel inspired by the natural beauty of Zion’s Weeping Rock during our Zion Essentials Massage. Pop in for a quick Mini Massage to reap the benefits when you’re short on time. Or, customize a 60 or 90-minute session to treat any trouble spots during our Five Petals Signature Customized Massage.

Want to enjoy the brain-boosting benefits of a Zion massage? What better way to do so than to share it with someone you love? For a limited time, you can purchase our special Valentine’s Package for two. You’ll get a couples massage for two from beautiful Five Petals Spa, followed by dinner for two at Anthera, the on-site restaurant also located at Cliffrose Lodge. The package is worth $360 but is available for just $199.

The Valentine’s Package is a great gift for that special someone in your life, or as a special treat to yourself to share with a loved one. Purchase your gift certificate today to take advantage of this amazing deal