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Spas …The Best Stress Less Step


Staying Healthy may mean that you should take more trips to your local spa.   Studies suggest that high levels of stress can lead to obesity and trigger a raft of diseases — from heart attacks to ulcers.  Stress is the body's response to having an argument or getting hit with an unexpected tax bill. The adrenal glands crank out hormones like adrenaline that drive up blood pressure. With chronic stress, those hormones stay at dangerously high levels.

New research suggests that over-the-top stress can go beyond the temporary increase in blood pressure to actually injure cells of the body. That injury may accelerate the aging process, leaving people prone to a laundry list of diseases.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that Up to 90% of the doctor visits in the USA may be triggered by a stress-related illness.

Three out of every four American workers describe their work as stressful. And the problem is not limited to these shores. In fact, occupational stress has been defined as a "global epidemic" by the United Nations' International Labor Organization.


While the physical effects of this epidemic are often emphasized, the economic consequences also are alarming. Workplace stress costs U.S. employers an estimated $200 billion per year in absenteeism, lower productivity, staff turnover, workers' compensation, medical insurance and other stress-related expenses. Considering this, stress management may be business's most important challenge of the 21st century.

On-the-job stress is responsible for many illnesses: high blood pressure, headaches, fatigue, heart attacks, asthma, insomnia, and depression. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, a proponent of integrative medicine, which combines ideas and practices of alternative and conventional medicine, "All illnesses should be assumed to be stress-related until proved otherwise. Even if stress is not the primary cause of illness, it is frequently an aggravating factor." (Spontaneous Healing (Ballantine Books, 1995), 264.)


Relaxation is an altered state of consciousness that lies somewhere along the continuum between sleep and being fully awake, where the mind remains alert and engaged. Deep relaxation has been described as pleasurable, divine, and peaceful. It inhibits the body's release of stress hormones while stimulating the brain's production of endorphins-natural opiates that act to decrease the perception of pain and create a state of well-being. This "relaxation response," a term coined by Dr. Herbert Benson, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and author of, The Relaxation Response, acts as a built-in method of counteracting the stresses of everyday living which bring forth the fight-or-flight response.  With regular practice, the relaxation response lowers blood pressure in hypertensive individuals and has been proven effective in treating headaches, cardiac rhythm irregularities, premenstrual syndrome, anxiety, and mild and moderate depression. Regularly eliciting the relaxation response has also been associated with reductions in drug use, alcohol intake, and cigarette smoking.

Misconceptions about relaxation foster the myths that relaxation makes people lazy or less effective. In fact, just the opposite is true. Learning to relax will actually result in increased alertness, clarity of perception, creativity, and insight. A meditative practice that regularly elicits the relaxation response trains the mind to become a more powerful tool for focusing attention, enhancing concentration, and developing

a knowing intuition. A focused mind allows for more efficient decision making, strategic thinking, innovation, and skillful communication.

Proof of the effect of relaxation on the mind was shown in one study involving massage therapy. The participants in that study, despite being more relaxed after receiving massage, demonstrated increased alertness and improved speed and accuracy in math computations.  Furthermore, studies of people who meditate regularly have shown that their physiological age is much lower than their chronological age.

Relaxed people potentially get more done than their stressed-out peers because they are not diverting a substantial portion of their energy to the task of holding onto stress. Stress consultant Richard Carlson author of, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff ... and It's All Small Stuff, reminds us that "relaxed people can still be super achievers and, in fact, relaxation and creativity go hand in hand."

Spa Treatments also assist with other medical conditions, so which spa treatment should you consider?  This issue of Spavelous “Now You  Are in the Know” will provide you with a few treatment recommendations so you may see how effective spa remedies can be--and what alternatives are available.  As always, you should discuss your health needs with your physicians before considering any spa treatments. Spa Treatments are complimentary treatments to medication, exercise and dietary changes that your physician prescribes. 

Spa Treatments for Stress and Health

Spa Treatments for Anxiety & Stress

Spa Treatments for Allergies

Spa Treatments for Arthritis

Spa Treatments for Back Pain

Spa Treatments for Circulation Problem

Spa Treatments for Depression

Spa Treatments for Eczema

Spa Treatments for Fibromyalgia

Spa Treatments for Insomnia

Spa Treatments for Premenstrual Syndrome

Spa Treatments for Pregnancy / Infertility

Spa Treatments for Respiratory Problems

Spa Treatments for Healthier, Happier Life

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