Everyone feels anxious from time to time, it's a natural response to stressful situations, and feeling down or having the blues now and then is normal. However if stress or anxiety are more constant they can affect our daily lives. Symptoms are physical and mental and these vary from person to person and can include feeling agitated, upset digestion, tension in the body and difficulty concentrating or sleeping. Being in a state of constant worry or alert saps our energy and mood can drop with it.
"I had my first ever course of acupuncture this year. It cleared up my headaches, helped my lower back, and my general mood lifted during the weeks of the treatment"
Anxiety & Depression
A general low mood will tend to lift after a few days or weeks but one that doesn't go away can be a sign of depression. Medically speaking anxiety and depression are different conditions, but they commonly occur together.
Therapy and counseling are paramount for severe and ongoing feelings of anxiety and depression and acupuncture is a useful adjunct. It calms the mind, helps with sleep and physical symptoms. It also combines safely with medication and can help reduce their unwanted side-effects.
Why is Acupuncture So Effective?
One of the reason acupuncture treatment is so good for emotional conditions is it is a mind/body treatment so our mood, energy levels and physical symptoms are seen as inextricably connected and are treated together.
Research has demonstrated that acupuncture releases endorphins which are nature’s pain relieving messengers. It also promotes relaxation and deactivates the 'analytical' brain which is responsible for anxiety and worry and, regulates neurotransmitter and hormone levels which alter the brain's mood chemistry helping to combat negative states.
When the body is calm systems work better, hormones are balanced, we are less emotionally volatile, we crave less sugar and alcohol, we sleep better. When we are more relaxed it is easier to make positive lifestyle choices.
Different People Different Treatments
Sally often combines acupuncture with therapeutic massage which most people find very soothing and can be very helpful for people who are fearful of needles.
"I found Sally to be able to create a very positive and relaxed atmosphere. l liked the fact that she was able to adapt her practice to connect with me in a variety of ways to help make the sessions even more effective. I know this work helped move me a significant step forward in my journey."
"I have come to consider shiatsu with Sally a treat and really look forward my appointments. It is a fixed time I schedule for myself to stop and pause, and take time to think and feel how I am. It is a way of looking after my body when I am unable to motivate myself to exercise and opens me up to the energy that flows within it. Shiatsu gives me a boost when I’m flagging and can help me realise when I am tired! I come away from treatment feeling uplifted or more relaxed and have found it has helped increase calm and improve mental energy which is a great help in the midst of my busy life as a London solicitor."
"I felt really unwell at the beginning of the year - I had no energy and had periods of unexplained breathlessness. As a result my mood was very low. Medical tests proved inconclusive and I decided to seek help through alternative practice. Treatment helped me recover my equilibrium and understand how to be more in tune with my body . . . I found the connection with Sally and her touch very healing."
"I've been working with Sally for two-and-a-half years now. I say working as her treatments have led me on a path of healing, discovery and growth that I have learnt to interact with dynamically to create a more whole life for myself. Earlier this year I committed to 10 sessions: as fate would have it I was simultaneously propelled through a number of life changing events, and without help and support on a weekly basis, I don't know how I'd have got through it. I haven't just scraped through.... I've come through the whole experience feeling stronger, more dynamic and sure of who I am than I've felt in the last decade"