Article | Category: Glossary Terms

A program of meditation, deep relaxation or any activity intended to reduce the ill effects of stress on the system. Most spas offer a variety of tension-relieving techniques that fall under the category of stress management (yoga, meditation, guided relaxation and visualization, stretching and breathing exercises, positive thinking, and nutritional counseling).




Other Names:

Stress Therapy


Description of Offering

Stress management is an educational and counseling program designed to help individuals lessen the effects of everyday life pressure.  To help reduce stress and tension, activities such as exercise, meditation, and nutritional counseling may be suggested. 


This offering has its roots in ancient practices.


Origin of Offering

Early Civilizations (6000+ years ago)


Brief History of the Offering

As stress has been present throughout history, stress relieving activities has always been in existence. Modern day stress management programs use a variety of techniques to combat the emotional and physical damage caused by stress. 


Fun Fact

Stress is one of the main factors causing insomnia and other sleep disorders.




Primary Benefit Received

Stress Reduction


Other Benefits

Energy Alignment, Stimulate Mind, Sense of Escape/Solitude


Research Publication

Stress Management as an Adjunct to Physical Therapy for Chronic Neck Pain

Bruflat, Balter, McGuire, Fethke and Maluf

Physical Therapy (2012), 92(10), Pg. 1348


Primary Findings of Research

Neck disability decreased by 50%, trait anxiety decreased by 21% and the duration of trapezius muscle rest in the workplace increased by 56% immediately after the PT/SM 8-week program.





Typical Length of Offering

45 - 60 minutes


The offering is most often provided one guest at a time.


Offering is primarily suited for:

Day Spa (wellness focus), Resort/Hotel/Cruise Ship Spa, Destination Spa, Medical Clinic/Spa, Hospital/Rehabilitation Center


How many treatment providers are needed to produce the offering?



Common License/Certification or Training necessary to provide the offering:

Medical Doctor, Life Coach, Mental Health Specialist


Comments about Offering Protocol

The first visit is generally an information collecting session that can often last longer than one hour. The counselor conducting the interview will ask lots of questions. The information you provide during the first session will be used to determine what services will be most appropriate for you. Typical formats for subsequent stress management counseling sessions will include your therapist checking-in with you and discussing issues specific to your goals and ways to accomplish those goals.


Type of space/facility most often used for the offering:

One on One Consultation Area


Type of space/facility that can be use for the offering:

Medical Doctor Office


How many towels are used?



Does the guest generally use a robe and/or a wrap for the offering?



How many sheets are used?



Does the offering require the use of products (i.e. lotions, lacquers, scrubs, cleansers, etc.)?



Does the offering require the use of disposable supplies (i.e. cotton squares, balls and swabs, lancets, etc.)?



Equipment and supplies needed to provide the offering:

Desk and Chair.


Beyond labor, linens, disposable supplies and products, please list any other direct costs associated with the offering?



Including only the following items (products, disposable items, linen laundry, and other direct costs---not labor), what is the typical cost of the offering?

$0 USD


Typical single session price of the offering.

$50 - $250 USD




Publication used to prepare this submission.

The Good Spa Guide

Shy Spy

Treatments to de-stress (2013)



Therapy for Stress (2016)


Full Body Medical Stress Management Massage


Spa Industry, Culture, and Evolution

Jonathan Paul De Vierville (2003)


Author Information

Daniella Velarde

Florida Gulf Coast University


Author Biography

Daniella is a Resort and Hospitality Management studentat Florida Gulf Coast University.


Editor Information:

Mary Wisnom

Professor, School of Resort & Hospitality Management, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA