Today, the word “stress” is so common that we almost forget that it has not always been in our vocabulary. A few years ago, nobody used the word “stress” to describe personal anxiety. Within the past few decades, stress has become the most widespread and common psychological concern within Western society and represents—according to many studies—the greatest threat to our health. Someone once compared stress to a silent killer capable of harming each organ and thus shattering the delicate balance we call health. In recent decades, health researchers in many different disciplines have hit upon a universal truth: stress (or rather, the response to stress) is tightly connected to aging. One can define stress as wear and tear on our psyche and body that over time makes our organic structure weaker, older and more fragile.
Chronic stress, which can cause elevated levels of cortisol, has been shown to increase one’s risk for heart disease, depression, and weakening of the immune system. Prolonged elevated levels of cortisol may also promote inflammation
“Relaxation” is a word that sounds almost foreign within our modern vocabulary. Yet, the body has its own rhythms and the mind must learn to respect them. Otherwise, the body will fall ill and will cease to function normally. Often, overactive college students, exhausted mothers and ambitious professionals deny their bodies the rest they need and unknowingly subject themselves to stressful lifestyles—a battle lost before it has begun. Learning how to relax efficiently blocks a negative response to stress and may even stop it before it starts. If we learn how to respond to stressful situations with effective techniques for relaxation, we’ll eventually eliminate a response to stress altogether.
This treatment induces complete relaxation and a rebalancing of both mind and body; it uses a soothing, slow, and deep pressure massage technique—a lullaby for weary minds and muscles. The session starts with aromatherapy: a warm, floral fragrance that recalls feelings of joy and tranquillity. A deep cleaning mask is applied to the face that stimulates the formation of new cells. The revitalizing massage, from head to toe, incorporates repetitive movements that foster lymphatic drainage and increased circulation to muscle and connective tissues. A final hydrating layer is applied to face and body.