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stress Tag

Hi there, it’s Ron, the infamous massage therapist, from team tonika health in Surry Hills. I want to share with you a simple technique that's helped countless patients alleviate challenging moments in their lives. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the phrase ‘fight or flight’. It refers to the sympathetic nervous system, as opposed to the parasympathetic nervous system (which is associated with the phrase 'rest and digest'). You see, when one of these systems is switched on, the other switches off. In today's world with constant stressors and stimulation, our sympathetic nervous systems are most often switched...

Hi all! It's your friendly student nutritionist and front-of-desk, Nina. Do you get occasional tummy troubles and digestive issues? Well I'm here to save the day! (Or at least to help you save yourself from those stinky burps and farts, stomach aches, reflux, toilet troubles, etc). Here are 10 easy tips to help support better digestion (fun fact - your digestive system extends all the way from mouth to anus...

Hey there! It's Amy, tonika health's acupuncturist. Recently, I've been treating clients who are experiencing anxiety. Did you know that summer, joy and your heart are all related according to Chinese medicine? And that anxiety is often tied into this equation? According to the five element theory in Chinese medicine, everything in the natural world is made of five elements - fire, earth, water, metal and wood. In the body, these elements correlate to organ pairs. For example earth relates to the spleen and stomach. All of these have their own energy pathways, called meridians, that also relate to emotions and...

Keep calm and stimulate your what? Your vagus nerve! It's an important nerve in your body that stems from your brain all the way down into your abdomen. It plays a part in all sorts of functions, from regulating your heart rate to digesting your food. In fact, the vagus nerve runs your parasympathetic nervous system (your body's own personal peace guru, or the 'rest and digest' system), signalling a sense of safety and calm to your body and mind. This system runs in opposition to the sympathetic, or 'fight or...

Did you know that one of the most useful tools for promoting relaxation and managing stress is something that we all do each and every day (actually, each and every second)? Breathing is an excellent and incredibly simple tool that we can all use, anywhere and anytime, to help calm our nervous system and reduce stress and anxiety. The next time you feel wound up / upset / anxious / etc, try one of the breathing exercises below and see if it helps you.   Coherent Breathing Inhale for six seconds. Exhale for six seconds. Repeat. A...