It is a sad fact that the state of the modern condition is that we all seem to be continually stressed, whether it be from a work related issue, a relationship gone awry we just can’t seem to switch our minds off. The reason that high stress levels matter is because they are not only in the mind, mental stress shows itself in the body and can produce all kinds of aches and pains that will keep resurfacing at the first sign of stress. It used to be the norm that stress was dealt with at a symptomatic level, for example, if you had aching shoulders you would go and get a shoulder massage rather than figuring out why you got that ache in the first place. There is now a shift toward stress management, which does the exact opposite of the status quo and teaches people how to manage their stress at the root cause. So how do you switch your mind off and become more in tune with a relaxed, stress free version of yourself? Well, there are a number of different therapies on offer and each one could work for you depending on your needs…
One popular method of stress management is Autogenic Training, which is a relaxation technique that clients learn over several sessions and then can return home to master them and implement into their everyday lives. Autogenic training works with the power of auto suggestions to get the body back to a natural state of balance and restore calm to the central nervous system. Within all of us we have a ‘fight or flight mechanism’ which dates back to our primal beginnings but in the modern world this mechanism can become over active and leaves us feeling over stressed. Autogenic training teaches 15 minutes visualizations and pre agreed poses to induce relaxation and prevents your fight or flight mode from kicking in sporadically. You can head to Tekla Kosa for sessions of Autogenic Training, get in touch for a free consultation.
Another stress management technique that has come to the fore in the last decade or so is Naturopathy. This is a method that brings together a whole tool box of holistic and natural techniques to treat the root cause of someone stress and not the symptoms associated with it. As it is a well recognised method, Naturopathic therapists tend to get a lot of GP referals as clients for people’s whose bodies have reacted in an extreme way to stress. A naturopathic therpapist will use a combination of massage, acupuncture and diet (to name just a few techniques) to treat a client and each treatment is bespoke and tailored to the client’s individual needs. You can head to Katie Ruane’s practice for the fully accredited Naturopathic treatment on Harley Street.
Mindfulness has been the wellbeing world’s buzzword for the last year or so now and there is a good reason for that. The technique, with an ideology rooted in meditative practices, is proven to have a powerful impact on a person’s ability to manage stress. Mindfulness works on the principal that many of us get stressed because we are not aware and full in tune with ourselves. Rather than treating the symptoms of stress or even relaxing the body, Mindfulness techniques create a frame of mind where you can tackle the issues you are facing in your life head on to improve the quality of your life and wellbeing. In a similar practice Katrin Jonas teaches Feldenkrais which “In a nutshell, it is a relearning of our natural functions which is completely different to any outer approach of how the body should be. It is a remembrance of how the body should be as “seen” through the “inner eyes” means how the body is felt using the inner perception. “ If you would like to talk to Katrin Jonas about Feldenkrais and how she can help you become more in tune with yourself then get in touch here.