For many of us, we turn to technology to drown out the traffic, sirens, construction noises, and general thrum of urban dwelling. Our modern devices fit conveniently in our pocket and, through our earbuds, provide access to an almost unlimited stream of digital content: music, videos, podcasts, lectures, etc. We can now turn every waking moment into an opportunity for entertainment, education or productivity.
The problem is that we actually need downtime. We are always connected, processing more information than ever before and living a pace of life that is getting faster and faster. But it’s not healthy. Sometimes we just need a moment of stillness. Our minds need time to rest and recover, to process the never-ending stream of digital noise, and to reconnect to our most important values through quiet contemplation.
In some ways, this is the biggest benefit of a visit to the spa. More than the ingredients of the products or the techniques of the therapists, it is that spas are one of the only places in modern society where we separate from technology and spend some time in silence.