Stress has a profound effect on the body and its ability to heal and function at an optimal level. When an individual experiences ongoing stress, it can overload the energetic circuits of the body, causing them to fail or to be severely compromised. This is just like plugging too many appliances into an outlet and tripping a circuit breaker in your home. You have blown a fuse and must go reset it. Oftentimes, the body cannot reset these blown circuits on its own, so the body then must continue to function in a less than ideal state. This ultimately leads to degeneration, illness and pain in the body, a sign that it is simply falling behind in the healing process.
Sources of Stress
Nathalie uses a unique combination of acupuncture meridian therapy, qi gong energy work, and acupressure to access the healing grid of the body. These techniques are seamlessly woven into a flowing style that allow for whole body healing on the physical, biochemical, emotional, and spiritual level. Acupuncture, acupressure, and qi gong are holistic therapies that allow the body’s energy systems to be re-synchronized so they can operate as nature intended. Each system, cell, and atom is in constant communication with each other at all times. Through exposure to the stresses of day-to-day life, however, these lines of communication can become compromised or disconnected, which then leads to a decline in physical, emotional and/or mental well-being. Reconnecting these lines of communication enables the body’s internal mechanisms to function at optimal levels, thus repairing and preventing disease while rapidly accelerating the healing process. These are state-of-the-art approaches to integrative mind/body medicine. By combining Western medicine’s scientifically supported research in fields such as neuroscience, epigenetics, and psychoneuroimmunology along with a large number of highly recognized ancient healing methods, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, yoga and taoist philosophies, consciousness studies and Energy Psychology, the automatic, self-guided healing process that is part of the body’s inborn intelligence is stimulated to maintain balance within the body-mind complex.
Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese Medicine that dates back as far as 5000 years ago.
Acupuncture is based on the concept of Qi (also spelled Ki or Chi). Qi (pronounced chee) is a subtle energy or vital force that separates the living from the dead. One’s good health depends on the balanced flow of Qi, or vital force, throughout the meridians. The meridians form a highly complex and invisible network transporting and directing Qi to every part of the body. The meridian network influences all the body systems: skeletal, muscular, glandular, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, and nervous. When the Qi flows smoothly and harmoniously through the meridians, each bodily system and organ interacts with all the other systems and organs harmoniously. The Chinese model of meridians and Qi flow is the oldest holistic model of health.
Qi is meant to flow throughout the meridian network to all the body’s organs and systems. When there is a disruption of Qi flow, such as a trauma or chronic emotional upset, the uneven distribution of Qi will cause symptoms associated with that meridian network. The objective of acupuncture is to normalize the flow of Qi and balance its circulation throughout the body using specific acupuncture points along a meridian network.
Research has found that acupuncture points are strategic conductors of electromagnetic signals in the body. Stimulating specific points using acupuncture allows electromagnetic signals to be relayed at a greater rate than under normal conditions. These signals can trigger the flow of pain-killing chemicals, such as endorphins, increase local blood circulation, increase white blood cell counts, reduce local inflammation, increase muscle relaxation response, reduce pain, and release serotonin.
The WHO recognizes acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine to treat over 43 conditions, including:
- Respiratory disorders: emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies, and bronchitis
- Gastrointestinal disorders: food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia, and gastritis.
- Urogenital disorders: stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction.
- Gynecological disorders: irregular menstruation, dysmennorhea, amenorrhea, infertility, menopause, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- Disorders of muscles, bones, joints, and nervous system: arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, low back pain, neck and shoulder pain.
- Circulatory disorders: hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, and anemia
- Emotional and Psychological disorders: depression and anxiety.
Unfortunately, many people are afraid of needles and this is the main reason they do not explore the remarkable healing potential of acupuncture. Acupuncture needles are fine and flexible and about the thickness of a horsehair. A skilled acupuncturist can insert the needle with little to no pain at all. When the needle makes contact with the Qi, most patients experience a tingling, numbing, or heavy sensation. First time patients are usually amazed at how comfortable they are during the treatment.
Acupuncturists recommend regular treatment sessions to bring Qi into balance and keep it that way. This often helps replace feelings of stress with a deep sense of calm and wellbeing, which is something everyone desires!