Stress awareness

Published: Nov. 1, 2017 at 9:42 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - If a long week at work has us feeling a little extra stressed, National Stress Awareness Day gives us another excuse to relax and unwind Wednesday.

SwedishAmerican is the only hospital in Rockford with a holistic health team, which includes massage and art therapists.

Supervisor Jocelyn Turek says the massages can have a positive impact on a patient's stay in the hospital and during their treatment.

"Usually within a hospital stay there is some stress that comes along with that and massage is extremely effective in managing the anxiety that usually accompanies stress," says Turek.

Swedes says they have been offering the free massage for patients for more than ten years.