Understanding Body Stress
The dictionary defines stress as ’a force, pressure, tension or constraining influence’.
Body stress is a powerful factor in everyone’s life, undermining health and well-being in a variety of ways. The release of body stress is a catalyst for self-healing, both physically and emotionally. You may be unaware of its presence or misinterpret its effects. Many mysterious problems can be traced to a logical cause – body stress. Each time stress overload occurs …. Tension locks into the body, reducing its efficiency.
We are all constantly subjected to various forms of stress in our daily lives. A certain amount is necessary, to provide us with challenges and to stimulate us to strive for survival and promote growth and development, therefore not all stress is harmful.
The body is designed to be self-healing, it has mechanisms that constantly monitor all of its functions and is continuously adapting to internal changes and external influences, as well as normal daily stress. Proof of this is that the body is capable of healing wounds and fractures, counteracting harmful chemicals and adapting to sudden changes in temperature.
Stress becomes a negative, destructive factor in life when it goes beyond the individual’s ability to adapt to it. When stress overload is reached, instead of the stress being released, it becomes stored within the body as “body stress”. This may lead to stiffness, postural distortion, a loss of flexibility, pain or numbness.
A person with body stress may also feel tense, tired and lacking in energy and enthusiasm for life. Headaches, backache and indigestion may follow. It is also possible for body stress to be present without the individual feeling any pain or stiffness - you will simply come to accept as normal the sense of having less than 100 percent wellbeing. Tense muscles put pressure on nerves disturbing the body’s communication system and reducing the efficiency of the natural healing process.
As we differ in our emotional and physical makeup, we have varying degrees of susceptibility to stress overload.