Say Om: Compelling Reasons for a Pampered Spa Vacation

Spa-goers have traditionally been women, so even the International SPA Association was surprised to find that men now represent 47 percent of the spa-going population in the United States.

“The number one reason both men and women visit a spa worldwide is to learn how to manage their stress. Men and women may deal with stress in different ways, but surprisingly, they both find spas as an outlet,” says ISPA President Lynne McNees.

“Visiting a spa gives you permission to pause.”

While a spa vacation may seem like a self-indulgence at $500-$1000 a day depending on the season, research shows it can actually have long-lasting mental and physical benefits that make it almost a necessity. In fact, a study from Thomas Jefferson University concludes that a one-week stay at a spa can launch a whole new health start at home.

Here are seven reasons to book a spa trip now.

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