Do you have a tendency to bottle up emotions and burying them thinking it will make you feel better?
Do you indulge in eating comfort foods those foods high in sugar and carbohydrate starches like cakes, pastries, donuts, potato crisps, lollies, etc when you feel stressed, anxious and/or depressed to make you feel better?
Let me explain something that might help those that do and prevent serious illness from occurring!
Suppression of emotions impact on nitric oxide production and puts the body in fight/flight/freeze states! When these states are experienced during times of stress, anxiousness and/or depression those comfort foods you eat do not supply positive energy!
They exacerbate the feelings of stress, anxiety and depression by causing imbalances to the neurotransmitters in the brain which leads to inflammation! This sets of an inflammatory cycle which triggers hypersensitivity reactions to certain foods, those very comfort foods you indulge in!
With these reactions that are occurring and the constant indulgence of foods high in sugar and carbohydrate starches i.e. gluten this can lead to several nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin B1, B3, and B6; vitamin C; Zinc; Selenium; Tryptophan; Magnesium; Calcium; Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids just to name a few and many more nutritional deficiencies and potentially also lead to chronic disease states such as an autoimmune disorder if left untreated!
If this sounds like you or you experience frequent stress, anxiety and/or depression and are not sure how to stop bottling up and burying your emotions then please consider making an appointment so you can get your health and life back on track the holistic way!
Recent research published in the renowned British Journal of Sports Medicine shows children as young as 7 years of age switch off from exercise!
Exercise is a critical key element for achieving healthy growth and development, aim for 30 - 60 minutes daily of moderate intensity activities!
How to get your children more active?
The history of massage therapy dates as far back to the 5th dynasty of the old kingdom which was between - 2686BC to 2181BC. This was the ancient/early Egyptian times when references were first made to the benefits of massage. In the artworks on the tomb of Ptahlotep it has imagery of what is lead to be believed as him having a manicure and pedicure along with his legs being massaged by a servant. Some convey this imagery as the earliest depictions of positive record of massage.
In the 6th dynasty of the old kingdom on the sun temple’s walls show imagery of King Niuseurre enjoying a foot massage along with various other imagery showing preparation of oils.
Another reference is to the tomb of the physician – Ankmahor; in his tomb it shows artworks of two men having work done on their feet and hands. It was not until 3000BC that massage was recognised as having healing values. The Chinese were the first of many to acknowledge massage therapy as a way of healing the body and soul.
Massage was portrayed as a way of relaxation, both roman and Greek philosophers prescribed it to restore after war and for general preservation of the body and mind. Massage soon became part of a daily regime for relaxation, after bathing oils were used to rub the body from head to toe in preparation for a massage.
Over time herbalists resorted to massage to heal body and soul by using balms/oils and by laying their hands on the suffering to exude any evil spirits lingering and to clear the mind.
Massage became more popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with credit made to the works of Per Henrik Ling (1776 – 1839), a Swedish man who travelled to China to learn their massage techniques and returned after to progress from what he learnt to originate his own system of massage based on various types of movements consisting of pressure, friction, vibration and rotation. Ling’s system was soon spread worldwide; it was not long before both medical and non medical fields of expertise looked into the benefits of massage therapy. Ling’s system is basically the foundations of what massage is today which mostly is the same as the early Swedish techniques Ling created.
Massage therapy can be used as an adjunctive treatment alongside homeopathy, aromatherapy, naturopathy, nutritional medicine, kinesiology, chiropractics and/or osteopathy as it does not interfere with the body’s natural abilities to heal and restore homeostasis.
Massage can be used for many health complaints it does come with some contraindications such as deep vein thrombosis. Massage is often used to relieve chronic stress emotionally, mentally and physically which is an underlying cause of many illnesses.
The underpinning philosophy of massage originated from the natural medicine philosophy and principles as a whole. The natural medicine philosophy offers guidelines to the practice of massage as it is a form of healthcare that recognises and draws on the body’s natural ability to heal itself by treating the whole person.
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Recent research conducted by the University of Queensland in Australia discovered this link! They found teenagers in Bangladesh who spent 2 hours and longer on screen time and less than 1 hour of moderate exercise per day were twice as likely to report depressive symptoms!
Signs and symptoms of depression
• Feelings of sadness, unhappiness, guilt, frustration,
lacking in confidence.
• Having thoughts of “I am worthless”, “I am a failure.
• Headaches and muscular pains
• Changes in appetite
• Weight loss or gain
• Irrational thoughts
• Panic attacks
• Feeling on edge, fear, tense.
• Increased heart rate and shortness of breath.
If you have adolescents that are experiencing any of the above signs and symptoms and would like some help to improve their health and well being please do not hesitate in contacting me!
The essence of life is movement: the everlasting cycles of birth to death.
Ocean tides rise and fall; the seasons move inexorably - spring, summer, autumn, winter, and back to spring.
Every living thing moves. Sap rises, new leaves spring from tightly closed buds, flowers, blooms, birds migrate, rivers rush with new rains.
Time never pauses.
No sooner do we think of this movement as 'Present' than it is 'Past'.
In the same way, our thoughts are in constant motion. One thought becomes a doorway to another and another.
Even mountains, a symbol of solidarity, evolve over time. The great Himalayas move upward at a rate of about 5mm per year. And they fall away.
Rocks cascade into river valleys; soil washes away, the faces of mountains change.
All movement in humans of body, mind and speech comes from mobile force. Its force is responsible for the movements of our hands and legs, for the movement of every organ in the body and its nervous system.
Every second of every day, we breathe in and out, our chests rise and fall, our blood moves. We process constantly changing information through our senses, emotions move through us; our sexual passions are aroused, we digest food and eliminate waste.
In its normal, balanced state, mobile force maintains the body.
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