EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Michelle Calvarese, Ph.D., Associate Professor at California State University, Fresno and recipient of the International SPA Association Foundation’s Dr. Howard Murad Research Grant on Cultural Stress, has announced that the first research project funded by the grant has been completed.
The grant, named for Howard Murad, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and founder of Murad, Inc., is awarded via the ISPA Foundation to an academic researcher interested in exploring methods for reducing Cultural Stress.
“I chose to endow a research grant through the ISPA Foundation because its management and members share my passion for providing regular therapeutic spa experiences -- perhaps the most effective antidote for Cultural Stress I have encountered,” said Dr. Murad.
Dr. Calvarese, who earned her Ph.D. in medical geography from Texas A & M University, based her research project titled “Job Satisfaction, Stress and Health: A Microanalysis of California State University, Fresno Students” specifically on the correlation between general health and job satisfaction. After surveying 500 university students between the age of 18 and 35, she concluded that there is indeed a correlation between health and job satisfaction in that the vast majority of respondents who were generally satisfied with their work were also in generally good health.
“What I found particularly interesting was that the vast number of students were juggling multiple responsibilities (10-50 hour work week, full class schedule and families),” said Dr. Calvarese. “While many may not necessarily be showing the effects of this chronic stressful lifestyle yet, due to their younger age; it could quite possibly show up later in life. I believe this segment of the population may be an untapped demographic in regards to the need for stress reduction techniques such as massage, facials and other spa services.”
Dr. Murad coined the term “Cultural Stress” based on observing the effects that living a maxed-out, multi-tasking life has had on thousands of his patients. Observing that the modern “always on the go” lifestyle exposes individuals to an unrelenting stress that damages cells and accelerates aging, Dr. Murad began developing treatments and further research initiatives pertaining to the phenomenon, including the grant in his name that he established with the ISPA Foundation in April of last year.
“Cultural Stress ages us dramatically,” said Dr. Murad. “It keeps our stress hormone levels in a constant state of elevation - which damages the skin, as well as every other system in the body. The results of this new research study help to underscore the fact that Cultural Stress levels relate to job satisfaction and therefore do have an impact on health.”
For those living in a constant state of stress, Dr. Murad encourages an extra focus on self-care as part of an Inclusive approach to health – an approach that Dr. Murad sees as central to the new science of disease and aging.
About Murad, Inc.
Murad, Inc. was founded in 1989 by Howard Murad, M.D., one of the world’s foremost authorities on skin health and a pioneer of the clinical skincare movement. All of Murad’s 88 consumer products and 45 professional products are based in The Science of Cellular Water™, Dr. Murad’s unified theory of health and aging. Murad is sold in 45 countries and is the #1 selling clinical skincare brand at many locations including Sephora and Ulta.
About the ISPA Foundation
The ISPA Foundation is the nonprofit 501(c) 3 arm of ISPA and was created in 1999 to serve the educational and research needs of the spa industry. The ISPA Foundation’s mission is to improve and enhance the value of the spa experience; its vision is to advance spa culture to sustain health and well-being. The ISPA Foundation’s objectives include being the educational source for the spa industry, establishing definitive research that validates spa industry related topics and creating an endowment that sustains the ISPA Foundation in perpetuity.