It wasn’t that long ago that we learned about the correlation between our mind, body and our health. In the early 90’s when Healthwinds first opened, the new buzzword was “stress”. We were inundated with articles about the negative impact of stress on our physical body. We were encouraged to learn how best to manage our reactions to it.
Psychoneuroimmunology is a relatively new science. It studies the connection between our psychological processes and our nervous and immune systems. Thanks to this research, we now know that our thoughts and emotions do affect our body and our well-being. In fact, today physicians are taught that 80% of the illnesses they will treat have a significant stress component.
Learning from the Yogis, many health professionals have adapted eastern practices for the western world. Mindfulness meditation is the most common practice. It is used by doctors to help with anxiety, pain management, insomnia, gastro-illnesses and life enhancement. Some schools offer it to help young adults and children manage their stress and anxiety.
Our body is a very sensitive, complex and intelligent instrument. It lets us know when we are overdoing it, sending signals of pain and fatigue. It is not surprising that we often ignore these messages and push ourselves as we live in a society that fosters fast paced, high stress living.
Developing new lifestyle habits that promote well-being will also help to build self-awareness. Taking time to walk in nature, discovering outlets that promote laughter or spending time with friends and loved ones, all help to recharge us physically, emotionally and mentally.
Massage therapy is one of the most powerful health awareness tools. It helps to restore our health, relax and connect us to our mind and our body. The best part is that it is as enjoyable as it is beneficial.