Boston, MA (PRWEB) December 09, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a small clinical study out of Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University that indicates that visiting a spa retreat for a week really does provide significant health benefits.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/a-week-at-a-spa-works-real-health-wonders) notes, this new report says that spending a week at a retreat can influence not only a person’s emotional well-being, but their physical well-being as well. There was legitimate evidence that the health of the spa-goers was significantly improved—perhaps the first scientific proof of a belief held by many for generations.
As the article “A Week at a Spa Works Real Health Wonders” reports, researchers tracked 15 people before they went into a California wellness spa and afterward. To prepare for the retreat, participants were asked to modify their diet by eating fruit, sprouts, raw and steamed vegetables, salads, vegetables, herbal teas, prune juice, and laxative teas or herbal laxatives nightly, and avoiding pasta, meat, cheese, caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods. None of the patients in the study had any history of significant illness.
As the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article details, their spa week consisted of meditation, colonic hydrotherapy, voluntary yoga lessons, and a voluntary cleansing fast of low-calorie juices. The test subjects were taught stress management, and were given time to personally engage in deep breathing and heightened awareness.
The article reports that the spa program led to reduced weight of nearly seven pounds on average, a 7.7% drop in diastolic blood pressure, reduced toxins and sodium, and a 5.2% drop in cholesterol and body mass index. There were no serious adverse effects. Participants also experienced improvements in anger, tension, fatigue, and confusion, and significant reductions in anxiety and depression levels. None of the results can be positively associated with any one part of the program (like yoga, meditation, or hydrotherapy).
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes that, while spending a week at a spa retreat can be an effective way to get one’s health back on track, it is recommended that before they go, patients talk to their doctor, and make sure that a spa retreat is in their best interest.
(SOURCE: Newberg, A., et al., “1 week at a health spa improves your health, study shows,” Thomas Jefferson University, November 19, 2012.)
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