Can Kinesiology Help Anxiety?
Worry and feelings of nervousness and anxiety are something we all experience from time to time throughout our life. It’s normal to feel anxious when:
- Going for a job interview
- Starting a new job
- Travelling in unfamiliar locations/areas
- Asking someone out on a date
- Meeting work deadlines
- Presenting at a work meeting / public speaking
- Being put on the spot
- Finding ourselves out of our comfort zone
- Facing a potential threat
These situations are often short in duration and once the pressure of the situation subsides so too does the worry and feelings of nervousness.
What happens with anxiety is the worry and feelings of nervousness become chronic and excessive. They become intrusive and interfere with your ability to carry out daily tasks whether it’s at work or home. You engage in more negative self-talk, thoughts and behavioural patterns which diminish any feelings of joy and happiness in your life. Next thing you start to experience physical symptoms and illnesses such as:
- Increased physical pain
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Digestive disturbances and/or food intolerances
- Infections / poor immune system / always sick
- Sleep disturbances
- Weight issues
- And much more
Anxiety triggers the body’s innate stress response known as the ‘fight and flight response’ or the ‘acute stress response’. In Kinesiology, we slightly expand this response to include freeze and fragmentation. Freeze refers to an overwhelming fight or flight response in which you literally ‘freeze’ and unable to take action. Fragmentation refers to being disconnected, ungrounded, vague, and scattered. In this state, you may find yourself procrastinating a lot as your ability to make decisions is impaired. You often feel like you’re ‘all over the place’ (so to speak!)
How can Kinesiology help Anxiety:
We store all our life memories and experiences (both positive and negative) in our subconscious mind. Therefore any stressful, traumatic or uncontrollable life events encountered may trigger an old memory and hence trigger a ‘flight and fight’ response or an anxiety response.
The development of anxiety is a combination of both our genetics and environment. Some people have a genetic predisposition towards anxiety however that doesn’t mean they’ll automatically develop it. Much depends on our environment, the way we were brought up, the types of life stressors experienced and how we cope with them and the lifestyle we lead. Life stressors can also be passed down through generations.
Kinesiology can help identify:
- Where in the body you are holding ‘stress responses’ from life events or from stress patterns pass down through generations
- Identify any negative self-talk, thoughts and behavioural patterns used to manage your feelings of worry, nervousness and/or anxiety response
- Identify what kinesiology correction techniques are required to release the stress and emotional hold it has over you
- Improve your awareness of such negative self-talk, thoughts and behavioural patterns you used, so you can catch yourself in the act; acknowledge them and through self-compassion slowly change them one step at a time.
Releasing the ‘stress responses’ brings your body back into balance. When in balance you generally feel calmer, centred and grounded. This enhances your ability to make clear decisions and take action.
- Beyond Blue: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/anxiety
- Centre for Clinical Interventions: http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/consumers.cfm
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