Wow it’s been over a month since we relocated our clinic from the city to Felixstow.
We’ve noticed it is so quiet and tranquil here, just the birds singing instead of cars rushing down the street. We are certainly enjoying the change with more energy, vitality and a sense of clarity. Everyone seems less stressed as they come to the clinic – no searching for a car park or the need to rush off at the end of a session, just in case the parking inspector is out and about!
Did you know stress can interfere the body’s capacity to heal? Since many of us are in a continual state of stress, it’s little wonder why we suffer from so many symptoms like pain, digestive disorders, insomnia and hormonal imbalance.
The body has two operating systems, fight or flight mode – controlled by the sympathetic nervous system and rest and digest mode- controlled by the parasympathetic nervous system. It’s only when your nervous system is in parasympathetic mode does your body’s healing mechanisms fully function.
While the stress response is designed as an emergency system to protect you, many of us find ourselves in this mode on a day to day basis. Over time, this can lead to inflammation, disease, illness and pain. Gentle techniques directed at the skull have been shown to enhance parasympathetic nervous system function while counterstrain techniques directed at the rib cage can reduce sympathetic over activity. Simple breathing exercises, yoga and meditation techniques can also be added to your treatment program to enhance your recovery.
What do you do to reduce your stress so your body can repair itself? Do you regularly exercise, laugh, listen to music or the sounds of nature? Do you eat freshly cooked foods, use chemical free household and personal care products? Epsom salt baths and essential oils (we recommend Young Living Oils for their purity) can also assist in the regulation of the nervous system – especially Bergamot.
Do you listen to your body? Is it trying to tell you something?