Negative Effects of Stress on Health

Industrialized society has replaced natural sources of stress, for which we had refined exquisitely effective responses over many thousands of generations, with the stressful aspects of modern living. Many of these modern sources of stress have emerged within our lifetimes, making our instinctive stress responses nearly useless, even counterproductive, and making the effects of chronic stress an epidemic. Native sources of threat are transitory, and our innate stress responses were either effective, or it didn’t matter because we were dead. This parameter means that humans and animals in general never evolved comprehensive mechanisms to deal with a chronically stressful environment. Hence chronic stress manifests as hormone imbalances, chronic muscle tension, impulsive tendencies towards a ‘fight or flight” or freeze response, chronic fatigue, joint pain, fybromyalgia, sexual dysfunction, premature aging etc.

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Study of the effects of Stress on Immune Responses


In my sessions I support my clients in re-aligning with their physical and emotional center, at all of the levels we can reach. From the perspective of stress the result is happiness, a sense of wellbeing, a sense of having resources to deal with stressors as they occur and a quick recovery time when the stress manages to throw them off balance. The experiences of health, strength and balance are natural outcomes of appropriate stress management.
Stress exhibits as pattern of imbalance that can be revealed through gentle bodywork, energy kinesiology reflex integration and cranial therapy as well as diolog for context. Once these patterns are “on the table” it is relatively straightforward to help the body rework and begin to eliminate their effects / symptoms. As the body “unwinds”, it can use the gains to adopt more efficient solutions to stressful circumstances. Gracefully dealing with ongoing stress requires that we integrate our instinctive reactions and consciously / willfully respond to our situational needs. In essence float on top of our reactivity, instead of swim through it. This is much easier to do when our instinctive / reactive responses are stress free. I use a variety of bodywork skills to help this integration and to help develop the response of choice.

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Trauma is an acute form of stress response, and needs to be approached therapeutically with skill and patience. However, there are very effective manual therapies for  negating the reactivity inherent in the aftermath of a traumatic event(s).

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