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The Stress Test: Body Language
Stress isn’t always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode with unresolved pressures, your body pays the price.
Why? Because emotional stress leads to physical tension. Most of the time we don’t even associate the silent signals – those niggling aches and pains – with our unchecked worries.
But you can protect yourself by learning how to recognise the physical symptoms of stress and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects. It’s time to take action and let Hayo’u help you bring your nervous system back into balance.
The Heat Is On
Doctors know that the stress response creates high levels of acidity and inflammation inside the body. In Chinese Medicine, this inflammation is referred to as ‘heat’ and as the body attempts to keep it away from your vital organs, it deposits it in joints and tissue instead. It’s why when you feel stressed, you get tense.
The three most common areas where we store tension are the shoulders, neck and lower back. Take the stress test and discover if you’re holding stress and tension in these areas:
1. The Neck.
There’s usually a lot of natural tension held here, typically from spending large amounts of time on the phone, poor posture or spending too long sitting at a desk. Relieving neck pain can reduce headaches, improve sleep and encourage better concentration.
Start by pressing gently turning your head from side to side. Slowly look down to your belly button and then up to the ceiling. Rotate the head in both directions, noticing any areas of stiffness, tension or tenderness.
2. The Shoulders
The shoulders are where most of us hold our tension, especially when we are sitting immobile at a desk, hunched forward. Test your shoulders by rolling them forward and back. Do they move smoothly or can you feel crunching in the connective tissue? If it’s tight or crunchy this is usually a result of your muscular adhesion - muscles sticking rather than gliding smoothly.
3. The Lower Back
Finally, press across your lower back with the tips of your fingers – it may well be tight and painful. Lumps and bumps are natural here, so don’t worry!
Your lower back is directly related to your kidneys and your adrenals - hence why it is such an important area to keep healthy. The lower back is often weak and it might feel cold, so treatment here is additionally good for warming the area up and promoting circulation.
The Scores Are In
If you’ve noticed tightness, tension, tenderness or discomfort in any of these four areas of your body, it's a sure sign that you’re storing emotional tension and making it difficult for the body to function naturally and healthily.
The good news is that it’s really easy to remedy - all by yourself and in the comfort of your own home - thanks to a Chinese Medicine technique called Gua Sha.
It’s a technique that simply activates the circulatory system to clear congestion and physical blockages. We’re created a One-Minute Body Restorer Ritual to show you how to quickly press-stoke our Body Restorer tool in each of these areas and gain immediate and long lasting relief.