Part of our philosophy at Evolutions is to offer services and treatments that yield a “return”. Our medical spa services offer superior results and our day spa treatments offer relaxation and rejuvenation. When we added Evolutions Day Spa to our Santa Barbara Medical Spa business, we were very excited to offer massage services to the people and visitors of Santa Barbara because the benefits of a massage are abundant – both immediately and afterwards.
During a massage, most people’s heart rate slows and their blood pressure lowers, lulling them into a relaxed state. Massage is also known to lower cortisol levels (the hormone that is produced in response to stress). When cortisol declines, there is an increase in serotonin (which plays a role in people’s moods, appetite, digestion, and sleep). An increase in serotonin can remain, even after the massage is done. A decrease in cortisol also allows for an increase in Natural Killer (NK) cells. These cells are the frontline of the immune system. An increase in NK cells can indicate a boost in immunity. In addition to boosting immunity and decreasing stress levels, studies have shown that people who receive massage on a regular basis spend more time in deep sleep – the most restorative stage of sleep for your body – which is the optimum time for your body and skin to repair and regenerate.
Some people see massage as an “indulgence” while others treat it as a “necessity”. Whatever the reason is that brings you in for your Santa Barbara massage, know that you will reap the benefits even after the massage is over.