It’s a national trend. Instead of more expensive treatments, folks are opting for on-the-go facials and quickie massages. Jack Ward, owner of Spa South Salon in Gastonia, explained that people are using spas as an escape from all of the doom and gloom they’re hearing about.

“You can get a $25 manicure and have someone massage your arms much easier than you can more expensive services like new clothes and new cars, those things we used to do to reward ourselves,” Ward said.

While any spa treatment can be relaxing, Ward said he recommends a massage to work out the tension in the neck, back and shoulders for a person under extreme stress. Also recommended are regular facials, especially for women, who tend to show their stress in the form of acne and bags under their eyes.

–The Gaston Gazette, April 14, 2009