Stress is widely accepted to either cause, or be a contributing factor in the majority of contemporary illness. In 2015/16 stress accounted for 45% of all working days lost due to ill health in the UK.
The stress "fight or flight" response causes the body to produce adrenaline. This causes inflammation so the body then produces cortisol to reduce this effect. In small doses this is healthy, but excessive levels of adrenaline and cortisol instantly disturb basic functions like heart rate, sleep, breathing and digestion. This can make us sweat, cause muscles to tense up, cause common day to day ailments such as low-immunity, bad sleep, inability to lose weight, premature ageing, skin disorders, aches and pains.
Constant stress leads to chronic stress which results in chronic inflammation. This in turn helps to keep cortisol levels soaring, and in turn involves the immune system.
The immune system instructs cells to produce Cytokines - molecules that stimulate the movement of namely white blood cells towards sites of infection and trauma in order to heal itself, which in the case of stress is all over the body or old areas of historical trauma.
An unchecked immune system responding to unabated inflammation can lead to a myriad of problems including almost every known chronic disease — heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, autism, dementia, depression, allergies, asthma, arthritis and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease.
The entire process both acute and chronic creates high levels of toxicity and heat inside the body. According to Chinese Medicine the body will attempt to eliminate this via its excretory functions such as orifices and skin or deposit the toxicity in areas such as joints and tissues.
This is why stress results in ageing the skin and creating tension in the body. It's the reason that symptoms such as stiff neck, aching shoulders and backache are so prevalent, today more than ever. These are the first signs that the body is overloaded and trying desperately to store stress away from the organs. It is also why we appear so aged and tired during an onslaught of stress.
Tackling Stress At Source
Hans Selye (who coined the term ‘stress’) once said, “It’s not stress that kills us – it’s our reaction to it.” The solution lies in being equipped to deal with the stress easily when it happens. Hayo'u tackles stress at source by undoing the damage of stress in daily, one minute bursts. Thanks to the persistence of Chinese Medicine Physician, Katie Brindle, largely unknown ancient healing techniques have been distilled and translated into everyday rituals that can easily be understood.
According to Taoist theories, stress and tension are the most corrosive enemies of health. Thus, over the past 5000 years in China, Taoist science has accumulated vast swathes of evidence linking the powers of body and mind, neurology and immunology and has developed simple, relevant techniques to counterbalance stress. This system was known as yang-Shen or 'health preservation' all of which was practiced on a daily basis by the patient themselves, not administered by any doctor. Just as people did then, we need to deal with our stress ourselves on a daily basis to stop it getting a foothold in the body and creating illness.
Undoing The Damage Caused By Stress
We know exercising and a good diet are essential but when life gets on top of us it doesn't always happen. In fact on the days you are the most stressed these measures are most likely to fall by the wayside.
The answer is to undo the damage of stress, one minute at a time and to find a time of day that you can stick to. We recommend first thing in the morning or last thing at night - just before or after brushing your teeth to help it become habitual as quickly as possible.
The techniques that underpin our One-Minute Rituals are those shown to be most effective in safeguarding your body from daily stress; Gua Sha self massage, Qi Gong and Mindful Bathing.
Taoism is an ancient tradition of philosophy and religious belief that is deeply rooted in Chinese customs. According to Taoist theories, stress and tension are the most corrosive enemies of health. Thus, over the past 5000 years in China, Taoist science has accumulated vast swathes of evidence linking the powers of body and mind, neurology and immunology and has developed relevant techniques to counterbalance stress.
Gua Sha, The Secret Weapon
Gua Sha uses simple Self Massage Tools for body and face to literally pull the tension and congestion from areas that store emotional stress. They provide great side-effects of radiant, younger looking skin, tension-eased body and improved sleep. In fact, in independent testing 8 out of 10 people would recommend our products, noting immediate effects as well as improvements that lasted throughout the following day. (Source: Opinium Research Panel, 200 Consumers, November 2016) Qi Gong relies on movement using full body shaking, twisting and body drumming to restore correct blood flow. Mindful Bathing combined with deep abdominal breathing removes toxicity via lymph flow and immediately stops the stress response in its' tracks. Find out more here here.
Our One-Minute Rituals are all very pleasurable to do and easy to perform without the need of an instructor, so no agonising over difficult yoga poses or dragging yourself out to the gym or spa needed here.
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