Finding it hard to #GoLove a long commute? Here’s one way to make it better:

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In recent years, more and more studies have shown that commuting has an impact on a person’s physical and mental well-being. A 2010 Gallup survey found that “one in three employees with a commute of more than 90 minutes say they have had a neck or back condition that has caused recurrent pain in the past 12 months.” If you Google the keywords “long commute back pain,” you’ll find alarming articles with titles like “Your Commute is Killing You,” “A Commuter’s Guide to Solving Your Bad Back,” and “Long Commutes are Sucking the Life Out of You.” Swedish researchers have even found that couples in which one partner commutes for longer than 45 minutes are 40 percent likelier to divorce.

So how do we avoid these impacts on our health and relationships? Changing your commute would be the simple answer. However, not all of us have the option to live closer to work or to telecommute. NBC suggest five ways to have a healthier commute if you’re stuck in the car, but we have a sixth option: give your back some relief with a day at the spa.

As one of this year’s #GoLove scavenger hunt sponsors, Flawless Day Spa is offering a free couple’s massage and facial package for one #GoLove winner and a friend. I paid a visit to their tranquil Chapel Hill location to tour the spa and find out more about their approach to relaxation and wellness. The owner, Wendy, has created a beautiful, calm space and the staff was extremely knowledgeable. Click through the slideshow above to see photos from our visit and get a better sense of the Flawless Day Spa atmosphere!

Our #GoLove scavenger hunt ends Friday, so if you would like to win a day at the spa, be sure to find the latest #GoLove scavenger hunt clue on one of our GoTriangle social media sites:

Good luck scavenger hunt sleuths,

Grace

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