Adapted from Spafinder
Spa and beauty treatments are usually marketed to women, so we get to take advantage of deals on self-care–and relax in blissful luxury. But what about the men in our lives? They are stressed and have sore muscles. They want to be healthy. And they want to look good. Well, we’re here to say that taking care of yourself with rejuvenating and restorative wellness practices should not be limited to females. Our dads, husbands, guy friends and brothers also deserve the gift of health. Read on to help the guys in your lives understand why health matters.
Men Are Turning on to Wellness
First, the days of men turning up their noses at massages or facials are fading away. A survey commissioned by the Miraval Group shows more men of all ages are engaging in wellness practices, especially massage, wellness retreats and meditation classes.
Yoga–The Muscle Builder
Yoga is an amazing way to blend strength-building exercise with mental discipline and relaxation. There are so many great yoga classes available for free online and most studios offer a range of classes for every level, with time slots to fit even the most eclectic schedules.
Tame His Stress with a Massage
Some guys find it intimidating to take off their clothes and have a stranger rub her hands all over their bodies. That’s where communication comes in. Once the men in your life embrace the idea of telling the therapist what they need, a whole new level of relaxation and healing opens up. Plus, there are special massages for golf, tennis and running enthusiasts and massage styles for every comfort level.
Good to Know: If he’s massage-phobic, start with a chair massage. Or treat him to a Thai massage, where he will be clothed.
Mindfulness and Meditation
You don’t have to be religious or spiritual to meditate. Mindfulness is about rooting your senses in the present and making time to get out of your head and take in what is around you. Both meditation and mindfulness are excellent ways to destress after work. Moreover, there are many kinds of meditation, from TM to guided meditations. Try out meditation with the Headspace app.
Good to Know: Remind him that many famous guys credit their success to meditation, including Kobe Bryant, Hugh Jackman and Richard Gere. After all, the only moment we can control is the present.
Facials, exfoliating scrubs, medi-spa treatments–and even products as simple as sunscreen can have profound effects on self-confidence and overall health. Gift him a men’s facial and notice how much he enjoys his clean and hydrated skin.
Good to Know: If he’s not into moisturizing, gift him a lotion that includes sunscreen. Many guys swear by Khiel’s products.
The list of ailments that can result from unkempt fingers and toes is long and, well…kinda gross. We’ll spare the gritty details and exalt the benefits of making a nail spa or salon a regular part of a man’s self-care and health regimen. The removal of calluses on his feet can prevent the formation of pressure points from uneven weight distribution. In addition, having nails trimmed by a skilled manicurist can prevent ingrown nails and hangnails.
Good to Know: If running or playing sports are part of his fitness routine then going to the nail salon should be too.
Treat your man to a spa treatment at a WaySpa partner spa.