Kinesiology for stress
Do you feel stuck or stagnant in one or several area(s) of your life?
Are you holding a checklist of things you need “to do” and feeling stressed by it?
Do you find yourself overreacting to certain situation(s) without being able to control yourself?
Have you ever wondered why certain situations seem to trigger you when the next person might not be?
Do you feel overwhelmed in one or more area(s) of your life?
Do you find it hard to make decisions?
Do you find it hard to relax or fall asleep because you keep thinking about what is causing you stress?
Is there a particular area of your life that is causing you stress? Relationship, work, finance, kids?
Are you currently experiencing a life changing situation? Career change, relocation, separation?
Are you a perfectionist? Do you find it difficult to be satisfied?
Would you like to invite flow and ease in your life?
If you answered Yes to any of these questions, Holistic Kinesiology could be your solution.
In general, stress arises from frustration, life changes, conflict, lack of control, and uncertainty. It can be driven and aggravated by limiting beliefs we hold about ourselves which constrains ourselves in patterns of “I should be…”, “need to achieve”, “trying to meet people’s expectation” creating sense of overload, irritability and anger.
Using Kinesiology, I can help you find and understand the root cause of your stress, uncover patterns and limiting beliefs your brain is running so that the body can start to let go of the stress. Various cognitive and energetic techniques can then be used to unlock and integrate past experiences to restore flow & ease in your life.
Supporting a holistic approach to stress, I will also provide you with nutritional and lifestyle advices and easy tips to help you deal with stress and replenish yourself.
The main hormones of the stress response are adrenalin (epinephrine) and cortisol.
In acute stress, such as an accident (or running away from a tiger for our ancestors), adrenalin prepares the fight/flight response to ensure survival and is responsible for increased heart rate, hypervigilance, rapid breathing. Cortisol is produced and its effects are felt over virtually the entire body and impact several homeostatic mechanisms. It raises blood sugar, insulin levels, moves blood to muscles and away from digestion, lower levels of sex hormones and break down protein store for energy. As the level of cortisol rises, its normal inhibitory feedback loop will gradually restore the hormone levels and bodily functions back to homeostasis.
Continued stress due to perceived threat whether real or imagined (whether it is running from a tiger or dealing with an obnoxious neighbour), can lead to a loss of ability to reset hormonal balance back to a non-stressed state and in the long term can lead to symptoms such as adrenal fatigue (burn out), weight gain, immune suppression (with increased susceptibility to colds and flu), joint pain, mood swings, anxiety, depression, insomnia, memory loss and digestive symptoms such as reflux and heartburn.
These hormones also counteract the efficient absorption process of some vitamins and minerals or depletes them. For example, research has identified that chronic stress depletes vitamin B6 .
Whilst some stress, of course, can be beneficial. The pressure it exerts can be an incentive to accomplish necessary goals. Long term stress as we saw above can lead to major chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, immune disease.
It is important to maintain a healthy diet when under stress and undertake some restorative and calming activities. Some of us though respond to stress and underlying fatigue by increasing the consumption of alcohol or caffeine intake. The catch 22 is that the physiological response to alcohol, caffeine and lack of sleep will actually just act in conjunction to raise the amount of cortisol in our bodies, augmenting the very stress we seek to combat.
For more information or to book a session please don’t hesitate to contact me.
1. Stough C, Simpson T, Lomas J, et al. Reducing occupational stress with a B-vitamin focussed intervention: a randomized clinical trial: study protocol. Nutrition Journal. 2014;13:122. doi:10.1186/1475-2891-13-122.