03 Mar Anxiety and Kinesiology
Kinesiology is unique as it aids the body’s innate healing intelligence to clear blockages and restore balance, health and vitality.
Anxiety is a fear, apprehension or nervousness and usually associated with something that may or may not happen in the future.
Most people who have to perform in one way or another have a little anxiety; this is a normal response, which keeps us on our toes, keeps us alert.
However, when the anxiety is very strong it can affect us in different ways. Some people can’t eat, can’t sleep, can’t think and develop digestive upsets.
For others, they worry about what people will think of them to the point where they wont go out and meet new people or go to new places. This can be a form of shyness but for some it can severely inhibit their relationships.
This anxiety can appear in different ways; it can be mild and so the sufferer copes with daily life or it can be severe in which case the sufferer may not be able to function properly within the family or workplace. In extreme cases some people can’t function at all they simply cannot get out of bed.
The anxiety may be performance based therefore real anxiety e.g.:
- Having to give a presentation
- Going for an interview
- An athlete who is trying to perform at a higher level
Sometimes it is not about performance but worrying about what might happen e.g.
- What might happen to my child?
- What might happen if I go out?
- What will people think of me?
- Separation anxiety (especially in children)
For example if we see a tiger and it’s seen us then that is reason for real anxiety.
If we worry that we might see a tiger then this is perceived anxiety. Most would say “well I will worry about that when it happens” however anxious people build it up in their minds until the brain can’t tell the difference between the real and the perceived.
Very often this anxiety is out of proportion to the event being undertaken. However to the sufferer it is very real and can create real problems for them.
Other disorders that can be more severe are:
- Panic disorder or panic attacks
- Post Traumatic stress
How can Kinesiology help?
The medical system has put the tag “disorders” on these conditions I prefer to use the word imbalance. In Kinesiology we unlock these imbalances and allow the body to find its equilibrium – its balance.
Our bodies are designed to be in balance or homeostasis; it strives for it every moment of the day. For example; if we exercise and get hot, we sweat which, is the body’s way of cooling us down. However everyday events get in the way; illness and accidents are the obvious ones, business and work are another and of course our relationships with partners, family or friends.
These stressors cause imbalance within the Endocrine (hormonal) system, the adrenals in particular, which can then affect all the major systems of the body. When the tiger is chasing us constantly all our systems are in constant fight / flight upsetting the fine-tuning of our hormones and therefore the homeostasis of the body.
Using Muscle Monitoring, which I have mentioned before, I can access the underlying issue. It may be a physical, emotional, chemical or even a nutritional problem within the body, by calming the adrenals thereby releasing the fight flight syndrome the client feels better almost immediately.
That of course is just the beginning; we then need help the client become aware of why they have this anxiety and how to resolve it.
Todd had Post traumatic stress after a serious car accident. He came to see me because he worried all the time. He had trouble keeping a job because his mind was literally not on his work. He was fearful of driving a car in case he had another accident.
It took several sessions to get Todd back to a place where he started to have confidence in himself again. Todd learned to understand that although he had nearly died in the accident there was a reason he didn’t. He was meant to live and enjoy his life and see his family grow.