The embattled economy might not just be putting strain on Americans’ wallets, but on their bodies and minds as well.

Elizabeth Masiero, owner of Soul Spa on 24 School Street in Lee, said people are definitely coming into her spa more frequently because of their economic situation … Masiero noted that two of the biggest reasons people come in for a massage are because of stress and injury, two things that have escalated in these dire economic times.“Because people are working harder to make money, they are getting hurt more often and coming in,” she said.

Berkshire Record, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Oct. 12, 2008