Stress Awareness Month!


As we spring into Spring, our bodies are awakened with new energy.

Spring’s organ are the Liver and Gallbladder.

In Chinese Medicine our Liver helps to move Qi and Blood through the body, when stressed, it is not able to it as efficiently.1. What is stress?

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic and alert. Stress can also help you rise to meet challenges.

Chronic stress happens when we exist in a space that puts us in Sympathetic mode too often. In the modern world, this is usually a mental or emotional stress rather than a physical one. Working long hours or in a high pressure environment, or not being treated well and facing conflict in your work or home life can all contribute to this problem.

According to statistic Canada In 2014, 23.0% of Canadians aged 15 and older (6.7 million people) reported that most days were ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressful’. Since 2003, females were more likely than males to report that most days were ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressful’. In 2014, the rate for females was 23.7%, while for males the rate was 22.3%

The sympathetic and parasympathetic system

Sympathetic system

The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is part of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), which also includes the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).The sympathetic nervous system activates what is often termed the fight or flight response

Parasympathetic system

The parasympathetic nervous system is one of three divisions of the autonomic nervous system.

Sometimes called the rest and digest system, the parasympathetic system conserves energy as it slows the heart rate, increases intestinal and gland activity, and relaxes sphincter muscles in the gastrointestinal tract.

2. Do you know what stress looks like to you?

Stress can present itself in different forms in different individuals. Here are just some examples; Sleep disturbances, autoimmune disease, thinking and memory problems, digestive problems and depression and anxiety.

3. How can we help?

Numerous studies show that moderate pressure massage is more effective than light pressure massage for reducing  pain associated with different medical problems including fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. Regular massage therapy effectively reduces anxiety, improves emotional resilience and enhances feelings of general well-being in anxious patients.

Acupuncture helps your body’s release of serotonin, endorphins and GABA to name a few. Serotonin and GABA are two of the main neurochemicals that keep the brain happy, relaxed, and able to handle stress in a healthy way. Endorphins help your body manage pain and stress. This means that acupuncture also helps the body switch from fight or flight to rest and digest.

Massage increases parasympathetic activity and decreases cortisol levels.

Now you know how stress can impact you, and what stress looks like.

We are here to help you manage it!



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