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April 16 is National Stress Awareness Day

Posted: April 9, 2009

Did you know that April 16th is National Stress Awareness Day? Coincidence that it falls the day after taxes are due? The International SPA Association's (ISPA) research shows that the No. 1 reason people go to the spa is to relax and relieve or reduce stress. Following are some other facts about stress:

Dealing with your stress today can help prevent stress-related illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke and depression. "There's quite a bit you can learn at a spa to help reduce stress," says Brent Bauer, MD, director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "Things like meditation, acupuncture, massage and guided imagery--the right answer is to find what fits for you and incorporate it on a regular basis."

"Spas are not about luxury they're about teaching healthy living; they're a place where people can get tangible results and work on overall well-being," said ISPA president Lynne Walker McNees. "So many spas are offering great ways to help you manage your stress that it's easy to find a spa experience that fits into your budget."

A sampling of the stress relieving treatments offered by ISPA members during April include: