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In Celebration of National Relaxation Day, Elements Massage® Encourages Stressed Out Americans to Relax on August 15

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Elements Massage's Chief Wellness Officer Eric Stephenson shares tips
to renew, relax, and revive your physical and mental well-being

Elements Massage®, one of the fastest-growing therapeutic massage
franchises in the nation, 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 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.

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"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. As a result, Stephenson has some easy tips to
melt away stress and help you achieve your total Zen:

  1. Go on a walk a few times a week
  2. Spend 30 minutes reading your favorite book
  3. Take a nap, even if it is only for a few minutes
  4. Meditate and take three deep breaths several times per day
  5. Express your emotions and release creativity by writing, drawing or
    painting
  6. Socialize with friends who make you laugh, which can help lower tension
  7. Sip a glass of wine or drink green tea (both of which have proven
    benefits)
  8. Spend uninterrupted time playing with your kids and/or pets
  9. Take a group exercise class or set time aside to work out with a
    personal trainer
  10. Implement regular massage into your regular health and wellness regimen

"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."

Elements Massage offers a variety of unique massage therapy services
that promote relaxation not only on National Relaxation Day, but
year-round. In 2017, Elements Massage was the first national massage
franchise to introduce Himalayan Salt Stone Massage in all locations.
For new clients, Stephenson recommends trying this service because it is
a unique way to experience the benefits of heat therapy, which helps
stimulate circulation, improve sleep and reduce inflammation.

This year, Elements Massage launched its newest service, AromaRitual™,
which creates a personalized aromatherapy experience that stimulates
your sense of smell. This is tied directly to the part of the brain that
processes emotions and controls your heart rate, breathing and stress
levels. Elements offers three exclusive scents called Energize, Refresh
and Calm, available only in its studios.

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. To learn more tips or book a massage,
visit RelaxWithElements.com.

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