5 Tips to Add Sleep Benefits to Treatments

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Spas can supercharge their treatments with sleep inducing modalities.
Photo courtesy of Myndstream

Myndstream's new educational content series, “Mastermynds,” in partnership with Universal Companies, focuses on sleep wellness. In the latest Mastermynd episode, Elie Gottlieb, M.D., head of Applied Sleep Science at SleepScore Labs, details five ways in which spas can supercharge their treatments with sleep-inducing modalities that can be bolted onto existing treatments or offered as a standalone or a course of treatments.

“While sleep deprivation affects nearly every physiological function in the body, the physical and mental benefits of sufficient, consistent, and quality sleep are endless," Dr. Gottlieb said. “Research has shown that optimal sleep health improves memory, prevents weight gain, strengthens the heart, improves mood and creativity, can improve skin hydration and barrier function, is a natural performance and productivity enhancer, and strengthens immunity and fertility.”

Freddie Moross, founder of Myndstream said, “This partnership with SleepScore Labs marks a significant step towards empowering therapists with science backed solutions that help harness the benefits of the spa in new and innovative ways. We are excited about the prospect of these enhanced spa treatments, coupled with our new Fast Asleep album one hour before bed in delivering better sleep and overall well-being for our clients.”

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1. Create a Sensory Sleep Oasis

Creating a multisensory approach to the atmosphere may trigger the parasympathetic nervous system helping relax the body and mind and supporting overall sleep health. To create this, use dim, warm lighting, infuse the air with relaxing essential oils, and hit play on one of Myndstream’s soundscapes.

2. Massage Magic

Gentle Swedish or aromatherapy massages can promote relaxation, reduce muscle tension, and can reduce levels of cortisol, all supportive of a good night's sleep. Spa pros can also harness aromatherapy oils that may improve sleep, such as comforting lavender and vanilla or calming jasmine and cedar wood.

3. Targeted Trigger Points

Preliminary data suggests that 3–5 kg of pressure for one to five minutes delivered to the wrist, specifically the HT7 (Shenmen) acupoint, may improve sleep quality.

4. Warmth Works Wonders

Hot stone therapy, saunas or even the use of heated massage beds or warm baths can enhance body heat dissipation, thereby reducing the core body temperature, which is essential for the onset of sleep.

5. Post-Treatment Practices

Equip your clients with sleep hygiene tips and encourage them to speak with their doctor if they suspect they may have an undiagnosed sleep disorder. Recommend keeping their bedroom comfortably cool, quiet and dark, with a consistent and relaxing pre-sleep ritual. Sticking to the same bedtimes and wake-up times can support their circadian rhythm, avoiding bright lights in the 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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