Complementary Therapies - Decrease Stress, Headaches And Back Pain
DURING a health day at a Suffolk Airbase I had the pleasure of speaking with the most contrary man I had ever met.
I never did discover his rank, but his whole demeanour oozed sergeant major status, and I have to admit I felt quite intimidated by his abrupt and forceful personality.
The aim of the day, for me as a therapist, was to offer soldiers and their families a chance to try out mini treatments of Indian head massage.
In just 15 minutes my clients were able to feel the benefits of this relaxing, energy balancing massage, which leaves the receiver de-stressed and revitalised.
Although each person left my therapy chair in a floaty state of bliss, the obvious effects of the treatment were not enough to persuade “sergeant major” onto the seat.
“Stress is a sign of weakness,” he bellowed, sending some young soldiers scurrying for cover.
I thought how strange it was that this powerful man standing before me preaching about the sins of stress was in fact so obviously suffering from stress himself.
He was stepping from one foot to the other in an agitated manner and his entire behaviour was that of someone who was extremely uptight and in need of some deep relaxation, but definitely not someone I would describe as weak.
He continued to lecture me on how many of the soldiers attending the health day had never, in his opinion, experienced true stress and only felt overwhelmed because they were being ordered to work harder than they ever had before.
He told me that the problem was not just with soldiers, but civilians too. He believed that many people felt they could not cope with the amount of work they had once promised to carry out when they signed their contracts.
He stated that the soft British work force were too used to being paid good money to dither their way through their daily tasks rather than knuckling down to the hard days graft the recession had inflicted upon them.
He was right, of course, that many workers were being asked to carry out more work than they were used to. They were often being asked to do their own work and that of colleagues who were dwindling in numbers due to cut backs and redundancies.
However, he had not accounted for the stress people suffered when this increased work load resulted in them making mistakes and having to deal with the subsequent reprimands and aftermath.
One of my clients in such a situation worked for the National Health Service. She gave years of unfaltering dedication to the NHS, until staff shortages caused her to make a mistake which concluded in terrible consequences for a patient.
This devoted woman not only felt awful about the outcome of her mistake, but she then had to face the trauma of the ensuing investigation and disciplinary process.
Although the patient suffered terrible trauma, my client also had to be treated for the stress which, if left untreated, could have caused her to become very ill.
Indian head massage is an ideal treatment for stress, as it is profoundly relaxing and helps to rebalance the body.
This calming therapy which increases energy is based on the ancient system of medicine known as Ayurveda which means the science of life and longevity through the balance of body, mind and spirit. The system has been practiced in India for thousands of years.
In a seated position, the client’s upper back, upper arms, shoulders and neck are massaged to relieve the build up of tension and toxins in the muscles.
Massage continues over the head and face using pressure points and drainage techniques to promote relaxation and the removal of toxins from the body.
Indian head massage also eases aches and pains, promotes healing on all levels, increases the circulation, encourages hair growth, and benefits PMT, headaches, poor sleep patterns and restlessness.
Although “sergeant major” was the perfect person to debate the topic of stress with, there was no way he was going to allow me to free him of his nervous tension.
However, I did suggest he buy his wife a complementary therapy gift voucher as I was certain that living with this character justified some well-earned pampering for her.
As for the young soldiers, many had been uprooted from their families to be based hundreds of miles away at the former RAF site, and then had to face being flown half way across the globe to fight in Afghanistan.
If this does not warrant a stressful situation, I don’t know what does.
As a therapist, I only hope that on this one short day I offered these brave youngsters a touch of maternal healing before their epic journey.
Helen is a complementary therapist and beauty therapist offering treatments to ladies in Ipswich and Suffolk. For more information on swedish body massage, hot stone massage, Reiki Healing and Reiki Attunements, click on these links.