Anxiety is defined by the American Psychological Association as ‘an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure’.
When we become anxious we may avoid doing things because we are unsure what the outcome may be. Anxiety can bring on physical symptoms such as sweating, increased respiration and heart rate. When axiety is our emotion we are connecting to fear. Fear will keep our nervous system stimulated and our adrenal glands (respondible for regulating metabolism, sugar levels and heart rate) pumping around the clock. When the mind cannot rest neither can the body. In response to the emotion of axiety our bodies prepare us for the unknown that lies a head. What ever comes our way we will be ready to fight or flee, even when we are attempting to sleep at night.
Anxiety can be triggered by a tramatic event we once experienced or the uncotrolled thoughts of the mind. Regarless of its origin, anxiety chokes us of our breath and unltimately it chokes the joy out of life. There are many alternative treatments to work with this emotion including mindfullness practices, meditation, yoga, myofascial massage, polarity therapy and craniosacral therapy.
Myofascial Massage is an approach to bodywork that uses very little, if any, lotion. Strokes are held for a longer amount of time giving the connective tissue a chance to take a deep breath. When the connective tissue takes a breath our nervous system responds by switching over to the rest and digest mode. Our levels of oxygen increase and tension can be released for both the physical body and the mental body. Myofascial massage is deep tissue without the pain or discomfort. It is one way to melt our anxiety and fears.