Brain Body Connection

Did you know that your mental well-being/stress levels can have a physical effect on your body?

We all have a physical-mental connection even if we don’t know it or recognise it.

The physiological responses to stress (“fight and flight”) can include:

  • Your muscles tense up ready for action
  • Your breathing and heart rate quicken to pump blood and oxygen around your body quicker
  • Your digestive system will slow down; digestion isn’t a top priority for your body if you need to run away from danger
  • Your pupils dilate
  • Sweat glands activate
  • Blood is redirected away from your skin so you may look pale
  • You may get a dry mouth – again digestion isn’t a priority when you are stressed
  • Your immune system is supressed

Massage can have a de-stressing effect and reverse these actions. It can offer relief to people who are in physical pain or who have emotional stress and tension in their lives and bodies.

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Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday 11th March 2018.

If you would like to give your lovely Mum a gift voucher for a massage then please follow this secure link…

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Footprints In The Snow…

Check your footprints in the snow!

If your prints are particularly turned out (i.e. you walk like a duck!) it could indicate that you have a tight piriformis muscle.

Tightness in the piriformis muscle can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, which can cause back, buttock and leg pain. But, not to worry! A massage and a few stretches should help to remedy that!

Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day is on its way!

If you would like to treat your partner to the gift of relaxation, pain relief and stress relief then I’d highly recommend a gift voucher.

Please follow this link to buy online https://dashboard.giftupapp.com/place-order/31f0f4d2-847f-42c6-a8cf-6fab0385cbfd

Buying Vouchers Online

You can now purchase vouchers for massage online!

Please follow this link to the secure checkout: Gift Up!

Vouchers are available in half hour or one hour increments, or you can purchase an Indian Head Massage voucher!

If you would prefer a physical gift voucher then please contact me to arrange.

 

Insomnia

Luckily I rarely suffer from insomnia, however a couple of weeks ago I found myself wide awake until the early hours of the morning.

I tossed, turned, fidgeted, turned the pillow to the cool side, opened the window, closed the window, but nothing seemed to be helping. Eventually I realised what was going on and was able to use my knowledge of the nervous system to drift off.

Earlier that day I’d been in a bit of stressful situation, nothing too traumatic or dangerous, but enough to make my heart race. When our brains perceive a stressful situation, which could be anything from being chased by a tiger to having to give a presentation at work, our sympathetic nervous system is engaged.

The sympathetic nervous system is often referred to as our ‘fight or flight’ response. This brings about a number of changes within the body so we are able to run away quickly or stand and fight our ground. Sometimes the body can stay in this state of high alert even after the stress has gone away, meaning sleep that night may be disturbed, difficult or even non-existent.

To turn off our sympathetic nervous system we need to engage the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system (also called ‘rest and digest’) reverses the changes made by the fight or flight response, returns the bodily functions to normal and hopefully allows us to get some rest!

One way to activate this ‘rest and digest’ response is to massage the vagus nerve, but unfortunately this isn’t always convenient when you’re lying awake in the middle of the night. Another method of stimulating the vagus nerve is to take some deep slow breaths.

And so that is exactly what I did! I took in a big deep breath, allowing my belly to expand so that the diaphragm was engaged, and then slowly let the breath out, I probably did this for a couple of minutes and then I don’t remember much after that, so I must have drifted off quite quickly.

If you find you are having trouble sleeping give the deep breathing technique a try, however if insomnia becomes a common occurrence then I would recommend getting yourself booked in for some regular massage sessions.