'The jaw is where we hold our stress – when you clench you trigger your fight-or-flight response.. The jaw is one of our most important joints. It is where we hold most of our stress, emotional and physical. And when you clench your jaw or grind your teeth, you trigger your sympathetic nervous system, your fight-or-flight response.” Which can, if it becomes a default state, cause a wide range of health issues. Until now, says Lynn Rae, “it has been hard to find the right person to help when you are struggling with jaw tension”. “The muscles inside the mouth… you have to be very gentle… you are kind of listening with your fingers, having a conversation. The more gentle you are the more effect you can have. If you press too hard you can create tension. If you feel and wait and move a little bit, it kind of happens.” Lynn also gives her clients techniques to build upon her work in their daily life. “I teach improved posture and alignment. The tongue should sit on the roof of the mouth, for example, which relaxes the neck muscles, allows the face to lift, and improves posture.” *** Lynn trained as a sports remedial massage therapist, and as an instructor in both Pilates and
I am attending seminars on Yoga & Mind in London next week and will be updating this blog with news. Heart & Mind Connection Our emotional health and wellbeing requires harmonizing the interplay between the heart and the brain and I advocate focused relaxation - an hour or so away from the daily stressful life - among my clients. A few words about emotion and meditation and chants by Dr Alan Watkins Alleviating Stress and Anxiety "Yoga and focused breathing appear to enable the person to divert their attention from an upsetting state to a point of inner emotional stability" By changing breathing patterns, we can alter the messages from the body to the brain. Through these pathways, we can see how specific breathing techniques can alleviate anxiety, insomnia, intrusive memories, over-reactions, distorted body perceptions, disconnectedness and loss of meaning. This research attracts worldwide attention and reflects a new development that crosses psychology, psychotherapy and physiology. Also, while chanting, our heart rate and blood pressure dip to its lowest in the day. Even listening to chants normalises adrenalin levels, brain wave pattern and lowers cholesterol levels. "By doing yoga, we are rooted in the body when the mind focuses and settles." Emotional Brain [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GMSczR7xrs] Open Hearts - positive emotions induced by loving
November is a month of Stress Awareness in Britain and doctors have seen more symptoms of stress - including sleep and digestion issues, in recent months.Follow the Winter Skincare Rules above. Wrap up warm and watch for that tight skin feeling that signals low levels of hydration when outdoors. Strengthen your immunity - lemon and echinacea work wonders for me - and look after your work/life balance and emotional well-being. And try to sleep as much as you can! Source: A nation of weepy, tired and stressed out people. BA April 2010 10 % of Brits admits to falling asleep or crying because exhausted at work 20 % have taken time off to catch up on sleep 24 % admit to making an error due to being tired 37 % blame money matters 24 % blame health or appearance issues 77 % believe society is more pressured than 5 years ago To fight the sleep deprivation: 45 % reach for a coffee or tea to gain more energy and feel mentally alert 25 % eat chocolate 10 % drink energy drinks and eat sugary snacks
There is a growing evidence that more women in office-based jobs are developing a "computer face" and premature signs of ageing. Working long hours in front of a computer screen results - in a decade or so - in sagging jawline, "turkey neck" and deep-set wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. It is a habit. When stressed or thinking hard, people often put on a grumpy face to appear more serious. Concentration leads to frowning and squinting that overtime brings on the frown lines. Sagging is due to shortened neck muscles and sitting in one position for too long. This repetition leads to pre-mature signs of ageing - and in two decades of looking at the screen - these may be really significant. To me, it is not the Botox but small changes to break the habit include: taking regular screen breaks stretching neck muscles - Dr Prager, a London cosmetic surgeon, also recommends "Kiss the ceiling" exercise we teach in facial yoga classes and raise your computer screen higher so that you are not looking downwards at it. Come for facial yoga tuition or organise a facial yoga party. Source: Eccles, L. Screens put years on you. Daily Mail Sep 2010.
A Pocklington grandmother who won a Mother’s Day competition has a new look and a portfolio of photographs. Mavis Goodwin, 58, was nominated for the competition to reward a deserving Mum with a series of relaxing and anti-ageing facial massages by her daughter, Jayne Bell, who wanted to give her mum some valuable ‘me time’ from her role as a full time carer to Jayne’s father. Organised by FaceWorkshops in conjunction with Mark Kensett photography, the competition attracted many deserving entries but we were so moved by Jayne’s nomination that we awarded the £600 prize of a three month course of anti-ageing facial massages plus a photo shoot package to Mavis without hesitation. As Mavis reached the end of the course of facial massages that have helped to energise and tone her skin; she said; “Not only is my skin glowing, but I have benefited in other ways, too. It has helped to take away stress, and forced me to make time for me and to relax. It’s been lovely and Mark’s photos are a great reminder of my experience.” Mavis’s daughter Jayne accompanied her mum to some of the treatments. “My dad had an accident three years ago that left him brain damaged, unable to speak and totally reliant on Mum, so the last
Stratum corneum, as many of you will know, is the top-most layer of the skin and for a long time it has been thought to be only a "passive shell" that holds in all the more important organs. Nowadays we understand that this wonderful and smart layer protects us from the environment, senses what’s around us and also gives away information about our own well-being. It shows very well what is going on inside - whether we are in love, embarrassed or chronically ill. Stress and Ageing of the Face - The prestige skincare brand Estee Lauder have looked in the past at what role day-to-day psychological stress plays in skin ageing and how our skin reacts. Taking Care of Dry Skin in Winter - Topical for this time of the year, much research is still devoted to dry and sensitive skin. Primarily the Dove brand (Unilever) and Nivea (Beiersdorf) are looking into the worsening of winter dryness - tightness and redness that people with dry skin experience in cold weather. Glycerol and urea are beneficial, although my favourite is hyaluronic acid. Olive Oil in Skincare is Not Beneficial - Olive oil is a staple ingredient of many natural and organic skincare products. Research from the University of Sheffield shows that, although it opens up our skin to