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Many of us don’t realise how mental emotional stress changes our physical bodies. Stress causes increased heart rate, shortness of breath and digestive problems in the short term, and long-term problems like decreased immunity, chronic low back pain, neck aches, and restricted movement of any kind.

Managing stress through bodywork involves using various physical and relaxation techniques to reduce tension and promote overall well-being. Here are some effective methods for managing stress through bodywork:

1. Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic adjustments can help relieve tension and pain, headaches, and poor sleep. Regular visits to a chiropractor can help maintain spinal health by increasing blood flow and movement into restricted areas.
2. Massage Therapy: Regular massages can help relax your muscles, release tension, and reduce stress hormones like cortisol. Various types of massages, such as Swedish, deep tissue, and aromatherapy, can be tailored to your preferences.
3. Yoga: Yoga combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation to promote relaxation and reduce stress. It helps improve flexibility, balance, emotional resiliency, and overall body awareness.
4. Acupuncture: Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote relaxation. It can help alleviate stress-related symptoms and promote a sense of balance.
5. Meditation: Mindfulness meditation and other forms of meditation can help calm the mind, reduce stress, and improve overall mental well-being. Regular practice can enhance your ability to manage stress effectively.
6. Aromatherapy: The use of essential oils in massages or aromatherapy sessions can have a calming and stress-reducing effect. Lavender, chamomile, and eucalyptus are some examples of relaxing essential oils.
7. Hydrotherapy: Activities like hydrotherapy, which involve water-based relaxation, can reduce stress. Examples include floating, water massages, and hydrotherapy pools.
8. Self-Care: Don’t forget to take care of your body through good nutrition, regular exercise, and adequate sleep. These foundational practices can significantly reduce stress levels.
Remember that the effectiveness of these bodywork techniques may vary from person to person. It’s essential to explore different approaches and find the ones that work best for you.
Consulting with a qualified practitioner or therapist can also help you customise a stress management plan that suits your specific needs and preferences.

Dr Judy Gebhart