20 Jun Take 10: The Science of Stress-Fix
Every wonder how the Aveda Stress-Fix aroma of certified organic lavender, lavandin and clary sage from the French Alps actually works in the body? Here are also some valuable facts from Aveda Institute Denver EC Team Lead, Yogi, and Ayurveda guru, Alicia Christus, that you can use to educate guests while offering them a Stress-Fix ritual of renewal.
First, understand these systems:
1. Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) = “fight or flight” response = increase heart rate, body temp and blood pressure. This means that the body/mind is stressed. These days more and more often we live in the SNS which means we are constantly under stress.
2. Parasympathetic Nervous System (PSNS) = “rest and digest” response = once SNS is activated, PSNS comes back in to play once the mind/body addressing the SNS. Meaning, once you recognize you are stressed and you begin to calm down, PSNS activates.
How does it work? Stress-Fix triggers the SPNS to activate so that the body/mind can calm down. During the rituals, guests may feel they can relax their body, take deeper and longer breaths, become present and thus slowing the heart rate and regulated body temp and blood pressure.