Balance Health's 3 Step Destress Program
It's time to Destress!
Balance Health offers an integrated and holistic three-step solution to destress your life, body and mind.
Take time out and slow down! This outstanding stress-away package empowers you to manage stress successfully and makes you master of your body and mind.
Relaxing hands-on treatments accompany your journey to a new stress-free you and operate as balm for your rushed soul.
Learn more about our special Destress Program.
What happens when you are exposed to long-term stress?
Today we activate this primary instinct although we don’t face a life threatening situation and although we can neither run nor fight. Instead we face modern day saber-tooth tiger – for example our demanding boss – raging in a meeting and all we have to do (against our nature) is to “control ourselves” and to “deal with it”. This kind of unresolved emotional conflicts and suppressed negative emotions cause severe levels of stress. As a result, our body’s natural “fight or flight” response may be stuck in a continuous on position. If you don’t learn to turn it off , stress can have serious consequences for your health.
The longer the ongoing stress lasts, the worse it turns out to be for your body and mind. Following symptoms can occur:
○ Decreasing energy levels and constant feeling of fatigue
○ Unable to concentrate
○ Easily irritable for no good reason
○ Headache or migraine
○ Chronic cold or inflammation
○ High blood pressure
According to APA's 2012 Stress in America survey, stress keeps more than 40 percent of adults lying awake at night, what even increases the symptoms during daytime as the body has no time to recover. According to a study conducted by the Oregon State University, individuals who tend to live a more stressful life have a 50% higher chance of dying. Stress may also cause sequelae from overeating, extensive smoking, alcohol abuse or other harmful habits people develop to cope with stress. When it becomes as severe as stress starts interfering with your ability to live a normal life for an extended period, stress itself can become life threatening, as the number of raising people affected by burnout or the alarming numbers of Karoshi victims demonstrate.
Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and releases neurochemical messenger molecules triggering biochemical changes in the body’s homeostatic mechanisms. Those changes support the body’s self healing abilities and promote thereupon physical and emotional well-being.
Research (Hui, 2010) has shown that acupuncture treatment significantly benefit anxiety disorders and depression symptoms as specific areas of the brain are stimulated which are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress. Furthermore, acupuncture promotes relaxation of the “analytical brain” which is responsible for anxiety and worry. Chinese herbs help your body to restore the balance in your organs and to overcome mental pain. The prescription can be modified, allowing to tailor your treatment to your conditions and needs.
Aromatherapy utilizes naturally extracted aromatic essences from the roots, leaves, seeds or blossoms of plants to improve the health of body, mind and spirit.
Aromatherapy massage utilizes aromatic essences as the skin absorbs the essential oils while they are breathed in at the same time. It is used to treat a wide range of conditions: It can help to relieve pain, stress and depression. Several essential oils such as lavender, orange, lemon, rose, sandalwood, bergamot and others have also shown to relieve anxiety and fear.
Energetic Kinesiology is a complementary alternative healing therapy that uses calming and muscle testing techniques to unlock and assess the wisdom of your body to find information about physical/ structural symptoms and mental/ emotional conditions. Muscle monitoring is used to detect imbalances in tissues or organs and to indentify how stress impacts on your body.
In today’s fast paced society we continuously expose our bodies to stress. The endless list of stress factors trigger a fight flight response in our endocrine system that releases adrenaline and cortisol, and simultaneously reduces the digestive and immune system. Ongoing overuse of this fight flight response is nowadays recognized to be the leading cause for depression.
One of the most important benefits of Kinesiology is its ability for reducing external and internal stress in your physical and mental state and creating the balance you need.
Shiatsu is a form of traditional Japanese bodywork that aims to release tensions from body and mind. It stimulates the body’s natural healing ability by applying gentle pressure to specific points across the body.
Our Shiatsu practitioner aims to identify and correct imbalances in the body by means of physical stimulation, stretch and joint mobilization techniques. Shiatsu Massage helps to restore your hormonal balance in reducing stress and in correcting your cortisol levels, and is beneficial with the following:
○ Removes toxins from your body
○ Improves circulation
○ Stimulates reproductive glands
Sleep Profile Test
Poor sleep quality can be harmful to health on a number of levels. Test your hormonal balance of Melatonin and Cortisol during one light-dark cycle for a better understanding of your sleep quality.
Balance Health’s Stress Assessment helps you to identify the factors that effect your wellbeing during work, leisure and sleep and that consume your resources. Our Stress Assessment helps you to manage stress, enhance recovery and exercise right.
Discover your Stress Profile
Identifying and rating the stressors in your life is the first step. Find out your stress profile with this easy and quick questionnaire.
Measure Resilience and Manage Stress
Juggling everything in life can leave you feeling stressed out and if you’re not careful, burnout can creep up on you, leaving you physically, mentally and emotionally drained, unable to function in and outside work. In severe cases, it can take years to fully recover from. But how do you know if you're at risk? AURA is a tool which helps assess your resilience level in relation to peers, identify warning signs and provide personalized, practical actions to address issues and support ongoing well-being. Start measuring now with AURA.
Eliminate the Root Cause of Your Stress with HRV Stress Assessment
HRV Stress Assessment captures the whole picture. Find out what is happening inside your body and why it is happening. Discover the true causes of stress and promote recovery with your personal goals with HRV Stress Assessment.
Body Talk addresses stress by looking to better the management and distribution of stress in the body. One thing we can do with BodyTalk is to reduce the belief systems that inhibit a healthy relationship with our environments. Perhaps the biggest part of mitigating stress, however, involves helping people manage it themselves by making them aware of the areas in their life where stress triggers can be found.
Every thought process has an associated biochemical reaction in the body as well as a neural map. These lead to our habituated reactions to life. Changing our thinking or detaching from thoughts will alter our biochemistry and neuroanatomy.
BodyTalk Treatments address pathological Belief Systems which amplify stress in relationship, work and different aspects of life through Active memory technique and through consciousness work.
Our practitioner Angie Tourani is Hong Kong’s only Advanced Certified BodyTalk Practitioner and Instructor. She specializes in working with emotional issues, anxiety, depression, insomnia, immune system weaknesses, and sensory integration disorder with both adults and children.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT therapy for stress enables you to deal with stressful situations more effectively through discovering why specific situations create a stress response in you; learn how particular patterns of thinking and behaviour you hold may be keeping you stuck and preventing you from feeling better; discover new ways of thinking and behaving that can eliminate some stress factors from your life completely and enable you to cope better with unavoidable situations which can make you feel stress; develop a new understanding and increased confidence in your ability to deal with stressful situations in the future
After a good course of cognitive behavioural therapy for stress, you should expect to feel more at ease, in control and better able to handle life situations which give rise to stress and also to prevent certain situations from causing you stress in the future.
Katrine Cheng is a Mental Health Counsellor. She has been offering counseling and psychotherapy pertaining to attachment disorders, grief, and loss, traumas, relationship problems, distress intolerance, mood disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, perfectionist behaviors, stress management, self-image, body image, insomnia, and nightmares to adults and teens.
“Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.”
– Hans Selye
What is the ‘fight or flight’ response?
From an evolutionary perspective our inherent “fight or flight” response was extremely valuable for the survival of the human being. When we had to run from our perceived threat, a sequence of firing nerve cells and chemical release prepared our bodies for either running or fighting. These patterns caused our body to undergo a series of considerable changes:
○ Increased stress hormone levels
○ Accelerated heartbeat & increased respiratory rate
○ Increased muscle tension
○ Deteriorated digestion
○ Intensified awareness
○ Shut down of the immune system
Do It Yourself - How can I reduce stress on my own?
The American Psychological Association recommends:
○ Identify what’s causing stress
○ Build strong relationships
○ Walk away when you are angry
○ Rest your mind
○ Get help
Get help for example with the De-Stress Package from Balance Health. Take your time to leave your cares behind.