The stress that kids “catch” from their parents can have lasting effects on their well-being. For instance, one study showed that when parents are stressed during the first few years of their child’s life, some of the latter’s genes—specifically those involved in brain development and insulin production—can be adversely affected even into adolescence. Furthermore, another study reveals that children of stressed parents tend to eat more fast food, something that further contributes to the nation’s burgeoning child obesity epidemic.
Fortunately, getting a massage from Folsom spas and wellness centers like The Healing Station can help parents manage the stress they feel. In fact, research shows that it can lower heart rate and blood pressure levels, while increasing the body’s production of endorphins—otherwise known as the “feel good” hormone.