Stress and Anxiety can be caused by a number of factors, and we are all affected at various times. Stress in the right context is what motivates us however, unresolved chronic stress is debilitating and a trigger of inflammation in our body.

Physically it can contribute to headaches, disturbed sleep and general fatigue. It is involved in the cause of high blood pressure, inflammation leading to auto-immune disease, type 2 diabetes and is a main factor is developing anxiety and depression. High levels of the stress hormone cortisol can amplify many symptoms experienced during the menopause and can play a part in other hormonal issues such as loss of libido. Also, problems such as IBS can be triggered or made worse as chronic stress interferes with the digestive process.

Exercise, some form of mindfulness and breathing exercise, good sleep and making sure we spend time with family and friends can all help reduce the stress we feel and allow us in some part to negotiate situations that we are unable to immediately change.

Stress and anxiety is one of the common reasons people come to Shiatsu for a treatment and along with identifying held aspects in the body we would look at the balance of the Spleen and Heart and energies in order to smooth the flow of Chi and settle the Blood.

Please note these articles are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek professional medical advice for any conditions that may affect you or that you may be concerned about

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