Managing Anxiety at Home
The stressful events we face today are often subconsciously reminding us of old stressful events that have happened to us in the past, and can cause a cycle of recurring stress or conditioned response.Some things to try at home as a starting point to relax the fight-flight system when you feel an anxiety attack approaching are:
CONNECT TO THE SENSES:
Find five things you can SEE, four things you can TOUCH, three things you can HEAR, two things you can SMELL, and one thing you can TASTE. This is called grounding and can help when you fell like you have lost all control of your surroundings.
Place your hands on your stomach just above your navel with your two middle fingers touching. Take a gentle deep breathe, and as you do allow your stomach to rise. As you breathe out allow your stomach to drop. Continue to breathe this way, allowing your breathing to become longer and slower with every breathe you let go. You can also imagine breathing a calming colour through your heart as you do this and allowing it to soak through all the muscles and bones of your body.
ACUPRESSURE PULSE POINTS
This technique is designed to help you relieve symptoms of anxiety using acupuncture pulse points.
Place one of your wrists with palm facing up into your other hand. Using three fingers of your bottom hand, gently touch the three pulse points that are located on the thumb side of the (palm up) wrist. The three fingers should be lined up along side each other so you’re touching the three Acupuncture pulse points on either your left or right wrist.
Gently place one hand across your forehead (see picture) and take some log deep breathes, whilst concentrating on the feeling of anxiety or your stressful circumstance . If possible try to deeply feel the uncomfortable stress associated with the situation.
Change hands and repeat this step with the three Acupuncture pulse points on the other wrist.
HOW DOES THIS TECHNIQUE WORK?
In the acupuncture system, there are organs that are associated with different elements - Fire, Wood, Water, Metal and Earth. These elements are associated with many different emotional responses —
• Fire (heart) can be linked with vulnerability
• Wood (liver) can be linked with anger
• Water (kidney) can be linked with fear
• Metal (lung) can be linked with grief
• Earth (stomach) can be linked with worry
When using this technique for managing anxiety, the person uses one hand to touch 3 of the wrist pulse points (which represent the organ meridians and cover many of the emotional responses) and then places the other hand on the forehead to cover the 2 points related to stress (located halfway between the pupil and hairline).
While touching these acupuncture points and taking a few deep breaths , the stress-related 'charge' will typically be significantly reduced.
Neuroenergetic Kinesiology and NEPS (Neural Emotional Pathways) works with the interplay between emotions metaphysical elements (eg chakras and meridiens) and anatomy and physiology to bring about healing. Neuroenergetic Kinesiology teaches that every psychological imbalance has a corresponding physical imbalance. It does not matter if the psychological imbalance is a mild, temporary feeling or a full blown mental condition, there will be neurological imbalances that manifest in all parts of the body's anatomy and physiology. These methods have advanced clinical applications for kinesiology to work in the areas of memory, learning, behaviour and emotions that allow precise formatting for neural structure and function.
Applied Physiology (AP) was created and developed by Richard Utt. His combined expertise in electrical technology and computer science as well as his extensive studies in nutrition, anatomy, physiology, Chinese medicine and acupuncture produced a system that has a capacity to resolve a broad range of health and emotional issues. Applied Physiology is constructed on a foundational premise of Energy Kinesiology that considers stress stored in body’s physiological and energetic systems as the underlying cause of all illnesses. Thus, once the underlying stress is removed the body will progress towards its natural balanced healthy state.
By addressing the physical, emotional, biochemical and energetic structures that make up eachindividual, AP has the ability to efficiently tackle a broad range of health and wellness issues, from every day concerns to complete chronic health challenges. The AP practitioner identifies the stress patterns in the body through muscle monitoring and applies an appropriate correction technique to correct the imbalance. Correction techniques include acupressure, flower essences, chakra balancing and emotional stress diffusion.
Applied Physiology gave a solid foundation to other holistic systems most notably LEAP created by Dr Charles Krebs.
RMT/Reflex Integration Program
Primitive (infant) Reflexes are repetitive, automatic movements that are essential for development of head control, muscle tone, sensory integration and development. From very early on in utero, the primitive reflex movements literally help develop the brain. The movements lay down the patterns of neural networks and myelination of pathways that allow the connection of the various areas of the brain that are so important later on for learning, behaviour, communication, relationships and emotional well being.When the primitive reflexes remain active then many difficulties can emerge.
Incomplete integration of primitive reflexes may be a contributing cause of ADD/ ADHD, autism, learning challenges, developmental delay, sensory integration disorders, vision and hearing challenges, behaviour challenges, and extreme shyness, lack of confidence, addiction, inefficient, effortful striving, and constant feelings of overwhelm. Working with Rhythmic Movements help children and adults complete the primitive reflex patterns and transform the challenges into integration.
Integration of the primitive reflexes is important because:
They are the basic of our nervous system and our ability to move
They originate in the brain stem. This area of the brain is responsible for survival. If under stress we are still moving from here then we are not able to easily access our prefrontal cortex where we can process and analyse information. Instead we stay in survival and stress.
As we get older our unintegrated reflexes trigger the flight/flight response even when there is no ‘logical' reason for the stress. So stressed behaviour becomes are pattern of responding.
When our movements come from active primitive reflex movement patterns then there are challenges with coordination. This can lead to reading and writing difficulties; language and speech delays; disorganisation; fidgeting; concentration etc. Other challenges may be seen in poor bladder control; breathing difficulties; skin problems; and having a uncontrollable sweet tooth
Low muscle tone; muscle weakness; chronic body aches; poor endurance; and fatigue.
Using a combination of kinesiology techniques and modalities such as RMT (Rhythmic Movement Training), NOT (Neural Organisation Technique), NK (Neuroenergetic Kinesiology) and Applied Physiology, a primitive reflex program can be tailored the integration of primitive reflexes.