5 Health Benefits of Puppy Play

puppy interaction for good health at Santa Fe spaToday, in honor of National Puppy Day, I’m excited to share the health benefits of puppies. Yes, cuddling their cute furry faces and playing with four-legged friends provides a real wellness boost. Talk about man's best friend! That’s why it’s a key experiential program at the new Sunrise Springs Integrative Wellness Resort (Santa Fe, NM). Animals have a long history of assisting humans in rehabilitation and treatment, and there’s a lot spa-goers can learn from spending time with puppies, adult dogs, and even chickens (more on that here). Check out the top benefits of animal interactions, according to Sunrise Springs:

  1. Increases self-awareness and self-esteem
  2. Increases cardiovascular health
  3. Reduces physical, mental, and emotional stress
  4. Improves adjustment to bereavement
  5. Develops leadership, communication, and relationship-building skills

Does your spa incorporate animals in therapeutic programming?