Stress free travel doesn’t really exist. Crazy travel schedules, lack-luster hotel rooms, back-to-back meetings, pressure to make the sale…all of it mounts up to make business travel stressful. The good news, however, is that the amenities of hotels often include the hotel spa. Although you may not see the benefit in going to the spa, it can be a business traveler’s best friend in helping to create a comfortable stay. Further, over the last five or so years, hotel spas have become much more gender neutral, appealing to both male and female guests.:
- Relieve Stress and Tension: A visit to the hotel spa is one of the best ways to relieve stress and tension due to business travel. Most spa services help you relax and decompress. Further, you don’t need to purchase a treatment to see benefits. Just sitting in the jacuzzi, steam room or sauna can be beneficial to relieving stress.
- Detox: When we travel for business, our travel diet can sometimes be less than healthy. We tend to eat unhealthier foods and drink more alcohol than we might otherwise. Sitting in the sauna or steam room can help flush out impurities and eliminate toxins and excess fluids that can contribute to loss of energy, constipation, bloating and water retention.
- Improved Circulation and Blood Pressure: Flying, lack of exercise and sitting all day at the client can negatively impact our circulation and blood pressure. Many services, such as massage, can help to improve circulation and reduce blood pressure.
- Improved Sleep Patterns: Whether it is a result of jet lag, late dinners and early breakfasts, an uncomfortable bed, or long work days in general, getting a good night’s sleep in the hotel isn’t always easy. Going to the hotel spa – especially before bedtime, however, will help you relax so that you can fall off to dreamland more easily, ensuring a more comfortable stay and a more productive work week.
- Sore Muscle Relief: Business travel requires that you carry heavy luggage, sit for hours on airplanes and sometimes, sleep in uncomfortable beds. This, unfortunately can all add up to sore and achy muscles. Many treatments can help alleviate pain, symptoms of arthritis and fibroymyalgia, and loosen knots and relieve stress and tension in your muscles.
If a visit to the spa seems like a good idea, here are a couple of tips:
- Visit the property’s web page prior to your visit so you know what they offer
- Ask the Spa Manager who is their most popular therapist and what is their most popular treatment. These are probably safe bets in getting the best experience.
Have you used the hotel spa on your last business trip? Did it create a more comfortable stay for you?