Another View Magazine Orillia Winter 2014 - Page 17

RETNIW 4102 eussI tsriF Stress EERF More Than Just a State of Mind rehtonA weiV By Kristy La Bute ...taking charge of how you perceive and manage stress. aillirO In today’s fast-paced world there are many forms of stress, and although our civilization has greatly evolved, your physiological response to stress has not changed much. eca – weivre it’s ehT y dehsilbu When you sense danger pSwhethertaW real orbimagined P – the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight”, or stress response. The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When you perceive a threat, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones ar the aN ssenlleW & htlaeH lrouse utbody for emergency action. To prepare for the danger at hand, your heart rate increases, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, and breath quickens. enizagaM Unfortunately, the body doesn’t distinguish between physical and psychological threats. Financial stress, a hectic work schedule, or family responsibilities, all cause your body to react just as strongly as if you were facing a life-or:eussi siht edisnI death situation. If your emergency stress response is “on”, most of the time, it will eventually cause lasting damage to your physical health and well being, in addition to your mental/emotional health. Chronic stress disrupts nearly aiaG yb trA every system in your body, including the cardiovascular, the gastrointestinal, and the musculoskeletal systems, as well as our cognitive and emotional functioning. enicideM cihtaporutaN The key to preventing these and other stress-related health conditions is in taking charge of how you perceive and manage stress. There are healthy ways of dealing with en ci can reduce se toll on body and mind, includstressithatdeM ethe nihC lanoitidarT ing exercise, eating a healthy diet, connecting with others, and making time for you; relaxation and enjoyment. This includes massage. Massage Therapy eases tense muscles, gnihcaoC efiL balances the stress response, increases circulation to muscles and organs, flushes out toxins, increases tissue repair, and lowers blood pressure and excess cortisol levels. gniraewybaB These healthy, positive changes will help you to live a healthier, more fulfilling and meaningful life. ikieR ■ Kristy La Bute, RMT Road to Relief Registered Massage Therapy Valley Road Health Centre 213 Horseshoe Valley Rd. Oro Station, ON www.RoadToRelief.ca 17