Why can't we relax?
It happens to high powered executives, to teachers, to stay-at-home parents. It happens to school children and university students, even to youngsters in primary school. It happens to almost all of us.
We often make plans to relax, by taking some time off. We try to relax and restore ourselves. But somehow, it doesn’t seem to happen.
A Google search of “relax” comes up with 362,000,000 responses. That number, without looking at the results themselves, tells us two things. Firstly, we are desperate to find ways to unwind; and secondly, we may be going about it the wrong way.
By now we all know that our bodies affect our minds and that our minds affect our bodies. To stay healthy, we know we must have well-exercised, well-rested and well-fed bodies; we know that the same is true for mental health and productivity as well. So we work at exercising, work at eating the way we’re supposed to, and work at playing.
Physiologically, stress, anxiety and depression trigger the sympathetic nervous system – home of the famous “fight or flight” mechanism. Relaxation triggers the parasympathetic system, which is where we breathe and our muscles (including those powerful muscles of heart and brain) work most easily. Scientific research suggests that when we stress about relaxing we simply cannot achieve that relaxation.
How can we relax?
We target special acupoints, or acupressure points, that lie along meridians, or channels, in your body. These are the same energy meridians and acupoints as those targeted with acupuncture. Through these invisible channels flows vital energy — a life force called Qi.
The 12 major meridians connect specific organs or networks of organs, organising a communication system throughout your body. The meridians begin at your fingertips, connect to your brain, and then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian.
When one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, stress, restlessness and even illness can result. Acupressure and acupuncture are among the traditional treatments we give to help restore balance.
What we do to help you relax:
Acupuncture is a wonderful way to improve circulation within the body. It has shown to be an effective solution by many to treat systems associated with stress. Stress tends to tighten up the muscles, leading to several aches and pains. Acupuncture helps to alleviate this pain by opening up the meridian channels to relax the muscles
In China, every village has several places to get a foot massage. The feet are major conductors of energy for our heart, liver, kidneys, and other internal organs so it’s important to take care of them!
Chinese Medicine uses a unique form of massage that focuses not only the muscle but on the Qi circulation in the body. By opening up the meridian channels in the body; the muscle will naturally relax. This form of massage is also great to relieve several aches and pains in the muscles brought on by stress.
There are hundreds of herbs in Chinese medicine specifically designed to work on balancing the body to reduce stress. We look at the entire body as a working organism, we can get our certified herbalist to pinpoint where the imbalances are.
In China’s city parks thousands of people meditate every day. Doctors in China encourage people to meditate because of its value in reducing stress and promoting health and wellbeing . There are several forms of meditation used in Traditional Chinese Medicine such as Qi Gong, Tai Chi, or sitting meditation; we can advise a suitable meditation style for your personal needs.
Chrysanthemum is a light yellowish flower that has been used for thousands of years in China; it is drunk on a daily basis to relax and maintain a healthy liver.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, jujube seeds are used to reduce stress, and produce a calm state of mind. It’s also used in tea and has been used for to help people sleep.
Valerian Root has been used for several thousand years in China as a way to relax. It has also been used by the Greeks as a natural remedy for stress. It’s most commonly found as an ingredient in teas.
Xia Yao Wan is one of the most purchased Chinese medicine supplements in the world. It is used to relieve liver stagnation which is believed to help balance emotions.