Relax and Feel Great
Acupuncture stimulates your natural ‘feel good’ hormones to boost mood and wellbeing.
Up to half a million people in the UK experience work, family or financial related stress every year.
The trouble is that modern life is so full of frustrations, deadlines, and demands that many of us don’t even realise how stressed we are until we start developing medical conditions. Whatever your job, by recognising the symptoms and causes of stress, you can take the first steps to reducing its harmful effects and improve your quality of life.
When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speeds up your reaction time, and enhances your focus. This is known as the “fight or flight” stress response and is your body’s way of protecting you against attack.
However, when Stress levels don’t switch off and go beyond their natural limits, they stop being helpful and instead start causing harm to your mind and body.
Stress and anxiety affect your mood, the quality of your sleep and how well you cope at work. If you don't sleep well enough this may exacerbate your stress levels during the day. You may feel worried, anxious, irritable, or develop low self- esteem. You may also notice that you lose your temper more easily, drink more alcohol to help you relax or act unreasonably.
Acupuncture has the ability to switch off these continuous “fight or flight” responses. It counteracts the physiological effects of stress, triggered by the sympathetic nervous system. During a deeply relaxing acupuncture treatment, your stress levels are reduced, enabling the body to release chemicals which make your muscles and organs slow down, increases blood flow to the brain, allowing your body and mind to completely relax and regenerate. It is an ideal treatment for the management of reducing anxiety and stress.
After a course of acupuncture treatment, most people find they have more energy, sleep sounder, work more efficiently and feel better in themselves.