Some stress is natural, but often times stress becomes a problem when it leaves you feeling overwhelmed and out of control. Seventy seven percent of Americans report experiencing physical symptoms of stress, according to a 2012 study done by the American Psychological Association.
In fact, on an average day, 1 million Americans call into work sick for stress-related reasons. Looking for a way to reduce the stress in your life? The answer may lie in a massage with aromatherapy. Both have been scientifically proven to aid people in reducing their feelings of stress and the resulting health issues.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) looked at the effects of touch massage on stress responses and found that after five minutes participants’ heart rates decreased. Levels of cortisone, a stress-related hormone, were also significantly lowered. An added bonus? Massage has been shown to make people feel better about their bodies, too.
Meanwhile, another NCBI study found evidence of lowered stress levels in high school students who were given aromatherapy. Lavender in particular is known for its calming properties, but other relaxing fragrant oils that can help include chamomile and vetiver.
A more relaxed you could just be a massage (with aromatherapy!) away.
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Christopher Stipp is the Director of Online Marketing for Massage Envy. Connect with Christopher on Google+.