STOP STRESS BEFORE IT STOPS YOU! At National Spa Awareness Week 4th to 8th November 2013

With work the main cause of stress for one in three people* and costing UK businesses more than £1/2 billion**, this year The UK Spa Association has teamed up with the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) in a combined effort to raise awareness about the importance of managing stress in everyday life.  This year, National Spa Awareness Week coincides with National Stress Awareness Day (6th November) and will be run in support of the military charity COMBAT STRESS.


Berni Hawkins, Board member at National Spa Awareness Week says “We’re delighted to be supporting Combat Stress as our charity for National Spa Awareness Week. Being from a family with a strong military background myself, Combat Stress is a charity that is particularly close to my heart. From joining together with this charity we hope to be able to give military and ex-service members the support they need to ensure they live healthy and stress-free lives long after serving the country. National Spa Awareness Week encourages wellbeing and good health across all of those in the British Armed Forces and across the nation”

National Spa Awareness Week, sponsored by professional skincare product house, Germaine de Capuccini, brings together over 250 spas which will be offering a range of stress free solutions includingpromotional events, competitions, offers, fundraising activities and a range of relaxing spa experiences and packages.


Announcing this year’s National Spa Awareness Week, Head of The UK Spa Association, Charlie Thompson says: “We know that stress is responsible for over 50% of all work related illnesses.  By raising awareness and educating consumers, in particular the business community of the health benefits of regular massage and spa treatments, we are ideally placed to provide a proactive and preventative solution to help control this problem.  Instead of turning to alcohol, drugs, sleeping pills, anti-depressants etc, we are promoting regular ‘power massage’; simple breathing and release techniques; detox and sleep therapy.”


For further details on National Spa Awareness Week and to get involved please visit www.spaweek or contact Jacqui at The UK Spa Association on 08707 800 787. 



*Research commissioned by MIND in March 2013

**Research commissioned by International Stress Management Association in 2013



About the International Stress Management Association

ISMAUK is a registered charity with a multi-disciplinary professional membership that includes the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It exists to promote sound knowledge and best practice in the prevention and reduction of human stress. It sets professional standards for the benefit of individuals and organisations using the services of its members. ISMAUK fulfils its purpose by: –

Setting standards and encouraging excellence in professional practice by: –


§  Setting Criteria for Stress Management Professionals

§  Applying criteria for acceptance into full membership

§  Validating Stress Management Trainers and Coaches

§  Promoting Continuing Professional Development

§  Providing and maintaining a Code of Conduct

§  Linking those who need and those who provide stress management services

§  Close liaison with the Health and Safety Executive

Dissemination and exchange of knowledge through: –

§  Conferences and Events (Regional, National and International)


§  National Stress Awareness Day

§  The Journal “Stress News” and other publications

§  A distinct and high search engine ranking internet presence

§  Professional Networking


For more information about Combat Stress visit