Spas have been around for centuries, and date all the way back to ancient Greece. In the time between then and now, the curative power of spas has been contested countless times. Spas had always banked on the idea that the mineral-rich waters they had held some power of restoration or curative property. However, that turned out to not be the case. So why do we still have spas, and why are they so popular in rehab? Well, a lot has changed since ancient Greece, and while we now know that no amount of mineral water alone will cure you, we do know that spas have an environment that can be used for many healthy activities with a little relaxation in between.
Spas are now a mainstay in most places, and are a lot different than what was so popular in ancient times. In the mid 20th century, scientists and doctors fought against spas, saying that advertising any kind of healing power was harmful rather than helpful. This effort changed what spas do now. What used to be simply bathing in mineral water is now an entire variety of experiences available to anyone who walks through the door. Popular choices are massages, bathing in hot springs, mud baths, saunas, body wraps, hair care, mani/pedicures, and waxing. While none of this is going to cure a disease, it has perfected the model of client relaxation. Going to a spa is almost guaranteed to relax you. This is in part why spas are becoming a very popular and important part of drug and alcohol rehab.
In rehab, it can be pretty hard to relax at first. You’re in a strange, new place, and for better or worse you’re without your normal environment and comforts. So how can you focus on your recovery when you’re distracted by so many things? This is where the modern-day spa treatment comes in. Massages and wraps not only help your mind relax, but can also help tense muscles unwind which may have been hurt during addiction by malnutrition or the effects of the substances consumed. Many offer water therapy, where exercises are completed in hot pools. The heat of the water helps muscles keep from tensing up, while the resistance of the water helps restore strength to the body. Hair cuts and nail care also play an important role, as self esteem is deeply tied to recovery. It can be hard to feel good if you don’t think you look good. Nails and hair can also become damaged by addiction, leaving them thin, damaged, or ragged. Hair and nail care can help restore them to their glory, and make you feel whole again.
While spas are no longer peddling magical healing waters, it doesn’t mean spas can’t use new treatments to help heal your body and make you feel better again. You’ll get excellent care, treatment, and attention, and it can actually be a part of your treatment program. With spas in rehab, recovery has never been easier.