We offer several different types of stress and anxiety therapy in Southend at The Body Matters. Stress therapy treatments are available from our clinic based in Leigh-on-Sea.
Stress Therapies at The Body Matters
It would seem that stress is an unavoidable part of everyday life but it does not mean it has to rule your life. There are a variety of techniques available to help you manage or overcome the physical, emotional or psychological symptoms experienced with stress. Some people would say that there is a time and place where a certain amount of stress is a good thing, but there are times when it can be too much, and the feelings or symptoms are too overwhelming.
Stress can affect people in different ways; these are some conditions that can be brought on by stress:
- High susceptibility to colds, flu and illness
- Hair loss
- Feelings of being unable to cope
- Heart Disease
- .. And there are many more..
A combination of diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques can change how your body reacts to stress. At The Body Matters we offer the following to help overcome the symptoms and in most cases the cause of stress:
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCM)
Jennie Chew our Chinese Acupuncturist writes: Acupuncture can treat a variety of conditions but more recently I have noticed that there have been an increasing number of clients suffering with stress and anxiety.
When I first met Anna (assumed name), she was looking quite pale, worried and distressed. She told me that she had collapsed one evening at dinner and was rushed into hospital. She had an MRI scan and other investigations were done, but the doctors could not find anything medically wrong with her.
Anna had complained of headaches, IBS, interrupted sleep, lack of focus and concentration. She was feeling quite distressed, feeling incapable of managing her life and demanding job. Altogether, she found it difficult to function.
Stress is an invisible disease, as it produces symptoms which are easily ignored.
After Annas first session of Acupuncture she was feeling calmer, that night she slept better than she had in months.. She felt more in control and was able to think clearer. She had a course of 6 treatments, each treatment working on balancing the energy flow through her bodys meridians (energy pathways).
In my experience, a patient experiencing stress will require frequent treatment initially, as our body, mind and spirit gradually learn to become more balanced, thus balancing our energy and health.
When Anna came in for an Acupuncture treatment, she was seeking help with physical problems such as insomnia, headaches, IBS. I worked on treating all the different levels of imbalance by inserting needles into different parts of her body. Anna’s symptoms improved and eventually she did not need further treatments, although she still sees me occasionally when she feels the need for it.
I used Traditional Chinese Acupuncture to treat Anna, but I am also able to treat using Japanese Acupuncture which uses needles but it doesn’t pierce the skin.
Hypnotherapy has been used for many years to help reduce stress levels, and there are a variety of techniques used to help.
One technique will promote a permanent change to a reaction to stress. This technique can be quite challenging but is extremely rewarding especially when the changes are obvious to see. Clients who have chosen this route, have never looked back, and have said it has changed their life in a positive way.
And there are other techniques that can be taught so the client can practise at home.
There are a number of other techniques in between… the therapist and client work together to discuss the best options available.
Sometimes hypnosis is used to bring about the changes required to reduce stress levels: even now there are misunderstandings and misconceptions regarding hypnosis. When in fact there is nothing magical or mystical about it. Hypnosis is just a tool that a therapist uses, to enable changes to take place at a deeper level, sometimes permanently. Everyone probably hypnotises themselves on a regular basis although we don’t generally know it by a name or label.
Can you think of a time you were engrossed in a TV program or a computer game, and someone is talking to you but you were ‘ignoring’ them because you were so engrossed in the TV program/computer game. Well that’s hypnosis!
It has been proven that a massage is a great stress buster. Sometimes it only takes one session to alleviate pain and relax your stressed and tired out muscles. Massage will give you more energy and can help reduce fatigue and can even improve your memory !
All of The Body Matters massage therapists are full time massage therapists and know precisely where our clients hold tension in their body, we can feel it in our clients body as we work and instinctively know the areas to work on and the correct pressure to apply.
We work with our clients to understand their needs, sometimes clients like to talk and sometimes they don’t. We are perfectly happy either way. The time spent in the treatment room is for you and no one else. We work to a schedule so you know the time in the room is entirely yours. Our clients prefer this, so they can completely switch off, they do not have to be concerned even with time.
A therapist cannot buy experience but at The Body Matters you will always get that, an experienced Massage Therapist.
Reflexology is used to relieve tension and to help treat stress related illnesses such as migraine, insomnia, hormonal or digestive issues. Reflexology can even be used to help musculo-skeletal pain such as sciatica, and can even help treat allergies.
Reflexology can work quite specifically to help the body to heal itself. Many of our clients discover how relaxing reflexology can be and how beneficial it is for their whole well-being and health.
Stress is a normal reaction that can take its toll on a physical, chemical and psychological toll on a person. Reflexology aims to balance the mind and the body to maintain a state of homeostasis to reduce the body reaction to stress.
Diet has a profound effect on how well the body copes with stress.
Imbalanced blood glucose levels trigger not just the secretion of insulin, but also that of adrenaline several times a day.
Adrenaline is a stress hormone. Its purpose is to release glucose stored in the liver and muscles to supply the energy needed for the ‘fight-or-flight reaction’, the body’s physiological stress response. When we evolved the typical stressor was imminent physical danger, say through a predator or hostile tribe. Our options were to run or to fight, both which we would require extra energy resources, hence the release of glucose.
Elevated blood glucose is no longer helpful nowadays when we are dealing with modern stressors, such as a high workload, debt, divorce or bereavement, yet the physical response is exactly the same. In some cases this can be harmful.
You can take a load off your adrenal glands, where stress hormones are made, by balancing your blood glucose level through a low-glycaemic diet.
Balanced blood glucose levels not only strengthen your resilience to stress, but are also crucial for hormone balance, the reduction of inflammation, and weight management.
Our Nutritional therapist can help you to balance your blood sugar levels.
Reiki is a natural healing system that uses variable frequency energy to heal. The energy is electromagnetic in nature and can work on any level, physical, emotional and spiritual.
Reiki can be used to work on any condition physical or otherwise. Alternatively, Reiki can be a way of life, the start of a beautiful and fulfilling spiritual journey leading to understanding, happiness and ultimately completeness and oneness.
Everyone that comes to Reiki will have their own reasons and their own journey to travel.
There are different methods to meditate; it is about finding the right method for you. The different methods might include being mindful of your breath, mindful of your body, loving kindness meditation and chanting meditation where you chant silently.
Historically meditation has been used to aid treatment of a number of conditions including stress, anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia etc.
It has been shown to rest the mind, it can have a dramatic effect on brain activity, promoting relaxation of the body’s nervous system. This in turn, will alleviate stress and anxiety, as well as having the effect of reducing blood pressure.
Louise, the owner of The Body Matters can talk first hand of her experience of meditation. Louise has been practising meditation since 2008, and in 2010 she spent 3 months in China learning to become a teacher of Meditation. Since practising meditation she has realised and been able to understand herself in a different and deeper way. Her mind is clearer, things or people that used to upset her don’t anymore; she is more able to ‘let things go’. She is much happier and more relaxed in her mind and body. She truly believes she wouldn’t be where she is today if it she didn’t meditate.