The Women's Journal

9 Symptoms Caused By Stress And The Best Spa Treatments To Treat Them

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By Joanne Graves,  Owner of Sanctuary Spa

Stress describes the pressures we all face every day – physical, emotional, mental or even chemical. It activates your sympathetic nervous system, releasing stress hormones throughout your body, and this makes you ready to handle a sudden stressful event. It prepares you to take emergency action.

But when there’s no relief from stress, no down time, that’s when it becomes a problem. Then it becomes “distress,” which is a negative stress reaction.

But there are ways to manage and alleviate stress. Take a break and schedule the most helpful spa treatment for the specific type of stress you are facing.

1. Anxiety

Try an aromatherapy massage with lavender, which is thought to reduce the negative effects of stress hormones such as cortisol.

2. Tense muscles

Thermotherapy, such as  steam or sauna, is a heat therapy that causes your body temperature to rise. Your body recognizes this increased temperature as fever and responds by producing more white blood cells, which in turn boost your immune system. Thermotherapy reduces adrenaline and increases endorphin levels, too, so they are also good for your mental health.

3. Body aches

These can be reduced through stretching and massage. Choose a day spa that offers massage which includes stretching.

4. Insomnia or other sleep problems

Massage for insomnia, sometimes combined with aromatherapy, helps your body decompress and relax into slumber. There are also spas that offer homeopathic options to use at home.

5. Nail biting

Schedule a relaxing manicure and throw in a pedicure, too.

6. Headaches

Massage that focuses on the neck, shoulders and head will decrease the discomfort and pain of tension and migraine headaches.

7. Skin problems

Reserve a facial to nourish and repair your skin or a full-body exfoliation that will leave you feeling relaxed and silky. Or go in for a makeup lesson and application.

8. Impatience or short temper

Massage increases your level of serotonin, the hormone that makes you happy and causes you to have a positive outlook. And smelling a fragrance during an aromatherapy treatment causes your olfactory receptors to send a message to your limbic system, which deals with your instincts, moods and emotions.

9. Back pain

People have used hot stone therapy since ancient times. Usually, heated basalt river rocks are used because they retain heat and are smooth. They warm, relax and soothe aching muscles.

Don’t let stress get the best of you. We offer solutions to help you! Contact us at or call us at 302-475-1469  for a personalized consultation!