Elements Massage®, is encouraging all Americans to sit back, relax, and take a much-needed break on August 15 in celebration of National Relaxation Day. From pressures at work to family demand or health issues, stress comes at all of us from many directions. Beyond the mental drain, stress can also produce physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches and muscle tension, which makes taking the time to relax even more important.
“According to a study by the American Institute of Stress, 77 percent of adults regularly suffer from the physical symptoms of stress, while 48 percent of people report that stress keeps them up at night,” said Eric Stephenson, Elements Massage’s Chief Wellness Officer. “In our increasingly fast-paced society where we are all connected to digital devices, it is vital that you disconnect regularly to re-center yourself.”
While most of us wish that we could escape to a tropical island and relax on a quiet and secluded beach, getting away from the daily grind is easier said than done.
Stephenson has 5 easy tips to melt away stress and help you achieve your total Zen:
- Go on a walk a few times a week
- Spend 30 minutes reading your favorite book
- Take a nap, even if it is only for a few minutes per day
- Meditate and take three deep breaths several times per day
- Schedule a Massage
"Research suggests that more than 90 percent of illness is worsened by stress alone. The good news is that a 60-minute massage can reduce pain and stress, leading to increased quality of life and a greater sense of well-being,” said Stephenson. “Most people think that massage therapy is just getting pampered, but in fact, the mental and physical benefits are immense. Massage helps boost your body’s ability to reduce pain, anxiety and even feelings of sadness."
Whether it’s taking a few minutes out of your day to decompress, or enjoying an hour-long massage, Elements Massage® is committed to making relaxation accessible to everyone. Click here to find an Elements Massage Studio near you.