Kinesiology Balance for Stress and Anxiety.

Stress and Anxiety or a Hormonal imbalance that causes inflammation and digestive issues.. food for thought!

Most people have no idea what stress can do to your body or that women are 8x more likely to develop a thyroid disorder because of how they react to or ‘perceive’ stressors. So it is no surprise that stress, in all its forms (Chemical, Mental, Physical and Energetical) actually plays a vital roll in most dis-ease.

  •  Heart Disease
  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal problems (Fight or Flight/ Rest  and Digest)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Accelerated aging
  • Weakness and aches in muscles and joints

The list goes on…

I really had no idea how stressed my body really was and am currently changing my whole way of being in the quest for the happy life I know I can achieve if I push through all my limits and Misguided belief systems.

When you are stressed your body releases cortisol to help your Sympathetic Nervous System in its fight or flight mode. This is the body’s amazing way of keeping you safe. To stay healthy you want to be in a predominantly parasympathetic state, rest and digest. I have recently discovered a guy called Wim Hof who believes he can control his Nervous System and therefore his Health and Happiness through controlled breathing and extreme cold! Definitely worth a look!

There are a few muscles linked to your Thyroid and Adrenals, which are the two things that need to be in balance if you want to combat stress and anxiety.

Everyday stresses wear down the Adrenal glands ability to respond to further stress.

IT SCARES ME TO KNOW THAT WE ARE UNDER STRESSORS THAT AS A  SPECIES, WE HAVE NEVER ENCOUNTERD BEFORE AND THEREFOR CANNOT NATURALLY FIGHT.

A few of the muscles I would start to look at would be:

Teres Minor – Triple Warmer Meridian (Energy flow) Linked to Thyroid gland and    Endocrine system (A system of ductless glands which control out metabolism and reaction to stress)

Type of problems related to weakness of this muscle:

  • Wrist, elbow and shoulder problems
  • Hormonal issues
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss/ gain
  • Stress and Anxiety

Emotion that may be related to weakness (Interestingly all the below muscles relate to the same Emotions)

  • Feeling un safe unable to express yourself
  • wanting to run away from using your voice

The Throat Chakra is related to the Thyroid and balancing this can help with communication skills and self expression.

Organic sources of Iodine help strengthen this circuit

Sartorius – Triple Warmer Meridian (Energy flow) Linked to Adrenals.

Type of problems related to weakness of this muscle:

  • Knee and hip problems
  • Allergies
  • Long term tiredness
  • Prone to infections
  • Stress and Anxiety

Emotion that may be related to weakness:

  • Feeling un safe unable to express yourself
  • wanting to run away from using your voice

This circuit often needs high amount of Vit C, B3, B5 and Adrenal substance to restore natural balance.

Gastrocemius – Triple Warmer Meridian (Energy flow) Linked to Adrenals.

Types of problems related to weakness of this muscle:

  • Can effect your Knees
  • Walking on tip toes from a young age
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Were you a premature baby?

Emotion that may be related to weakness:

  • Feeling un safe unable to express yourself
  • wanting to run away from using your voice

Can need high amounts of Vit C (with Bioflavanoids rather than ascorbic acid) B3 & B5 to restore natural balance.

Gracilis – Triple Warmer Meridian (Energy flow) Linked to Adrenals

Types of problems related to weakness of this muscle:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Knee problems
  • Low blood sugar
  • Allergies
  • Long term tiredness
  • Prone to infection

Emotion that may be related to weakness:

  • Feeling un safe unable to express yourself
  • wanting to run away from using your voice

Can need high amounts of Vit C (with Bioflavanoids rather than ascorbic acid) B3 & B5 to restore natural balance.

Infraspinatus – Triple Warmer Meridian (Energy flow) Linked to Thymus and Immune system.

Types of problems related to weakness of this muscle:

  • Low Self esteem
  • Frequent infections
  • Persistent neck problems
  • Anxiety and stress

Emotion that may be related to weakness:

  • Feeling un safe unable to express yourself
  • wanting to run away from using your voice

Can need high amounts of Vit C (with Bioflavanoids rather than ascorbic acid) B3 & B5 to restore natural balance.

Soleus – Triple Warmer Meridian (Energy flow) Linked to your Adrenals.

Types of problems related to weakness of this muscle:

  • Can be weakened by shock/ trauma
  • Unable or difficulty standing on tiptoe

Emotion that may be related to weakness:

  • Feeling un safe unable to express yourself
  • wanting to run away from using your voice

Can need high amounts of Vit C (with Bioflavanoids rather than ascorbic acid) B3 & B5 to restore natural balance.

There are lots of other muscles and techniques we could look at if non of these were relevant, I just wanted to give you an idea of just how complex our Bodies are, It makes sense that many aspects need to be considered to keep balance. I don’t know if they will ever uncover all the magic that happens inside us (They are still discovering new Hormones after all!) but I know that we definitely have enough information to tap into that magic and start working with it to heal.

The power of positive thinking.

There’s a vast amount of research from a number of different fields to suggest that just changing the way we think about a situation, even if we don’t feel differently straight away, can help conquer fears, Addictions, Anger, Anxiety, panic disorders, compulsive behaviours, guilt, insomnia, grief etc.

Even more interestingly there is a process that has actually been known to rapidly change a whole range of physical conditions too, from back and neck pain to Fibromyalgia (Phil Parker ‘The Lightening process’)

I found this very interesting because in Kinesiology, although we initially use muscle testing to figure out exactly where in your body issues are arising, a big part of the healing process is acknowledging and releasing emotions and misguided belief systems.

Thinking positively is powerful but so is the opposite. I’ve spent a lot of time arguing with myself recently, telling that whiny voice in my head ‘ actually….No. It is NOT unfair that I have to do my own washing up or take my daughter to school or do the weekly food shop, it’s a part of life and I definitely don’t need to get my knickers in a twist over it!’ Once I actually realise what I am stroppy about in my head and that I don’t actually feel that way it’s like a fog has been lifted. I realise that I was spiralling because of situations that had happened in the past that I no longer felt the same about.

‘There are two types of people: those who think they can and those who think they can’t, and they are both right’ Henry Ford

I haven’t actually studied The Lightening Process but have been practising positive thinking for a while now and to me there are two places healing has to begin, they are the Brain and the Gut. Interestingly there is also something referred to as our gut brain or enteric nervous system. In my mind this is the key to understanding just how much what we eat/ are prescribed effects our mental  and physical health. I love the way this man explains things!

Another Holistic helper working with the powers of positivity are Bach flower remedies. They help guide you from whatever negative emotional state you are feeling or supressing to the positive state where you have the power to deal with whatever was troubling you. These little beauties have helped me more than I could actually put into words. My knowledge of emotions used to be quite lacking. These remedies actually helped me to understand what I was feeling and, with a little talking to myself… why.

Something else that I found interesting; Stockholm University did a study of 50 adults to see if a Virtual Reality training app could ease fears of public speaking. The participants reported feeling significantly more confident after just 3 hours and less shaky and sweaty when given a real life exercise to try  (Journal of Anxiety Disorders doi.org/cvkn)

Just imagining that they were confident made them feel more confident. This is the power of positive thinking. If you think of being happy/healthy (even if you may not feel it) you are allowing the body to start working toward this reality. Every time you think negatively about your future you are creating a mental block, not allowing yourself the future you desire.

You are coping, you just don’t think you are!

 

 

Bach Flower Remedies

These little beauties have popped into my life quite a few times over the years. If I’m honest I didn’t really give them much thought. I had no idea of their amazing healing powers. They heal by allowing us to process emotions that would normally leave us in a state of dis- ease. Until recently I really thought I had a good grasp on these emotion things but how wrong I was.

My daughter was going through a hard time at school and I really felt her pain. I started thinking back to my school days when I would hide under   the buildings or in the toilets at lunch and break times because the thought of having to go up to my peers and make conversation terrified me. I spent years thinking that no one really liked me and to save embarrassment I would rather just avoid those situations. I had just never realised the emotion I was feeling was embarrassment, which comes from lack of confidence, which is why I presumed they didn’t like me.

Imagine my reaction when my daughter picked out ‘LARCH’ for lack of confidence from my Batch flowers. I’d tried giving her the incentive of a toy of her choice if she could go a week without running after me at the school drop off and she did it, but I could tell she still felt the emotions, she was just suppressing them. So i made her up her own little bottle of water and the Larch remedy. She had a couple of drops on her tongue before school and within a couple of days there were no more tears. I had my happy little person back

Since then I use the remedies all the time and have found they really help with my anxiety. ELM for overwhelm really helps when I have so much to do and no idea how I’m going to fit it all into my day.

I use these remedies in my treatments as a lot of the time we don’t actually realise which emotion we are feeling. If we don’t know what it is, we can’t release it.

If you’d like to check out a systematic review re Bach remedies for psychological problems and pain then this link on the University of York website will take you to one.

I Personally use these Healing Herbs Bach flower essences as I was taught with them and have seen first hand just how powerful they can be! There are lots of different options out there though. Here is a link to their shop.