The generation known as the “Baby Boomers” – those born in the US between 1946 and 1964 – accounts for approximately 35% of the population. This means that in the year 2014, over one-third of our citizens will be between the ages of 50 and 68. What may be surprising to some is that, more and more, these baby boomers are turning to spas and wellness centers to help them transition into their next phase of life.
Stress takes its toll
For the baby boomers, a lot is changing. Those in their 50s are likely facing empty-nest syndrome, or even career pressures due to the current economy. And those in their late-60s have likely already entered retirement, or will be retiring soon. The financial implications, along with the overall change in lifestyle can be daunting. And, as we all know, the older we get, the more likely we are to be facing illness – whether it’s our own, or the illness or death of a close family member or friend. Whatever the reason, these can be some of the most stressful parts of our lives. And that stress can have real consequences on our health.
Stress can affect:
- Your Heart – stress is linked to heart attacks, high blood pressure, blood clots, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), arrhythmias, and even heart failure.
- Your Stomach – existing stomach and intestinal problems, such as acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome can be exacerbated by stress.
- Your Lungs – chronic conditions such as asthma and COPD can be made worse by stress.
- Your Immune System – stress weakens your immune response, making it more difficult to fight off infection. You may be more prone to colds and flus, and any chronic conditions may be worsened.
Spas are healing
To some, spa treatments are simply an occasional “indulgence.” But there’s no question that spas and wellness centers can offer comfort – and even healing – that can make a great impact on overall health.
Even some hospitals are offering more “spa-like” care for their patients, as they are realizing the benefits. And many over-55 and retirement communities provide spa services for their guests.
Bel Mondo has been privileged to provide our Bio Cellulose Facial Sheet masks to several of these facilities, and they’ve been well-received by the residents.
It’s just more evidence that wellness is not simply limited to diet and exercise: relaxation and hospitality (or “pampering”) can go a long way to improve health and quality of life.