Good posture - mental emotional health | Emma Simpson, Structural Integration

What Does Posture Have to Do With My Mental Health?

Here’s what Social Psychologist, Amy Cuddy had to say about this in her 2012 TedTalk “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are”

“Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Power posing — that is, standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.”

That is so…POWERFUL!

Interestingly, Amy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions – and perhaps even our own body chemistry, simply by changing body positions.

Doesn’t it make you feel more confident when you just stand a little taller, and not slumped forward with your eyes looking toward the ground?

I sure do! I feel like freakin’ Wonder Woman, in fact!

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The language of pain - what chronic pain and discomfort is signalling to your body

The Language of Pain – What Chronic Pain is Telling Your Body

Did you know your body communicates with you around the clock?

 

Many of us are often too busy and stressed with everyday responsibilities, like work and childcare, or distracted with television and technology, to recognise and receive the messages our bodies are sending us.

 

But, you can gain valuable insight into your current state of health when you tune into what your body has to say.

The Language of Pain…are you listening to your body’s signals?

Besides our love language fueled by the hormone Oxytocin, another one of the most common languages our body uses to communicate with us — is PAIN.

 

The International Association for the Study of Pain defines it as, “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.”

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The Physical Effects of Low Mood and Depression | Emma Simpson, Structural Integrator

The Physical Effects of Low Mood and Depression

Depression is a very prevalent mental disorder affecting 340 million people globally and is projected to become the leading cause of disability and the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease by the year 2020.

 

While we think of depression as more a mental health issue, it also affects your physical health and well-being – in more ways than you can probably imagine!

 

Having experienced depression myself in the past, I can attest to the fact that it’s a full-body experience. Interestingly, living with chronic anxiety and depression are what actually got me into remedial massage, yoga, and holistic & functional movement as a profession as I personally experienced the healing powers of these “touch therapies” myself.  

 

Let’s learn more about some of the most common symptoms of depression, including how it can affect your entire body, especially if left untreated.

 

(Please remember that if you’re experiencing symptoms of depression — you are not alone, there is nothing “wrong” with you, and there IS support for you!)

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Full body response - how stress affects health | Emma Simpson, Structural Integration

The Stress Response: How to Curb the Destruction of Health!

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on STRESS and how it impacts your health, body AND your mind…

 

Being chronically stressed (as in being in a state of nonstop, unrelenting stress!), as so many of us are these days – you might think that it only affects your nervous system. After all, that’s where you perceive it to be in abundance – because it’s quite literally is unnerving!

 

But, the truth of the matter is that stress also compromises your digestive system, immune system, reproductive system, other major organs, and even your posture and alignment.

 

It truly IS a full body response – health, body AND mind!

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Stress - Health effects | Emma Simpson | Structural Integration

Stress Impacts Health: It’s a full body (and mind) response!

 This is Part 1 of a two-part series on STRESS and how it impacts your health, body AND mind…

 

According to the Australian Psychological Association (APA),

“Seventy-two percent of Australians admit that stress affects their physical health, and 64% of us claim it’s not doing us any good in the mental health department, either.

The three main causes for stress in Australia are: financial concerns, health issues and family issues.”

Considering that being chronically stressed has become so mainstream these days, and it is such a regular (daily) occurrence, you might think that stress only affects your nervous system?

 

After all, that’s where you perceive it to be in abundance – because it is quite literally unnerving!

 

In actuality, stress, whether the source of it is physical, mental, real or imagined – also compromises your digestive system, immune system, reproductive system, most major organs, and even your posture and alignment. It really is a full body response!

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Scar Tissue Therapy | Emma Simpson, Structural Integrator & Remedial Massage

War Wounds: How Scar Tissue Therapy can help you fight them

We’ve all got one or two gnarly looking scars on our body. An old injury from falling off our bike as a kid, or maybe even a bigger one from a recent surgery.

 

These scars tell a lot of stories and it’s not just the actual story of how they happened that I’m referring to.

 

For a bodyworker like myself, your scars tell me HOW to treat your body. They tell me WHY you may be experiencing pain or discomfort and WHERE.

 

Our bodies are so complex that the old bike scar from childhood that you may have completely forgotten about could still be affecting you today.

 

But before I go down that rabbit hole, let me first give you a brief explanation of scar tissue.

What is scar tissue really?

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Frozen Shoulder - stretches & exercises to treat and "thaw" your frozen shoulder!

How to Thaw Out Your Frozen Shoulder

What if one day you woke up and you weren’t able to lift your arm above your head? No matter how hard you tried, it just won’t move.

 

And to make matters worse, your shoulder is swollen and you’re in a lot of pain.

 

These are just a few of many symptoms of a condition commonly known as Frozen Shoulder. As the medical folk like to call it — Adhesive Capsulitis. (See, that’s why most people prefer to just say ‘frozen shoulder’!)

 

Frozen Shoulder is a condition in which the shoulder joint experiences an extremely limited range of motion. In some severe cases, an individual with the condition will have difficulty performing basic daily tasks like getting dressed or brushing their teeth.

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SI joint pain | Why your pelvis has everything to do with your chronic low back pain

SI Joint Pain and a Wiggly Pelvis: Could This Be The Cause of Your Low Back Pain Too?

I recently had a new client in my clinic who was experiencing pain in her lower back. “Lisa” had just leaned down to pick up her toddler son, turned to grab something and…BOOM. The searing pain stopped her in her tracks.

 

She immediately gave me a call so we could start treating the problem and she could get back to her busy life.

 

After a few evaluations, I was able to determine the cause of the problem: SI Joint Dysfunction caused by Pelvic Girdle Instability.

So, my pelvis is wiggly?!

In simple terms, Lisa’s pelvis moves all over the place when she walks and therefore is unable to support her lower back and torso. And Lisa is not alone in this.

 

An unstable Pelvic Girdle (just think wiggly pelvis) is extremely common, especially among women who have given birth OR are currently pregnant — AND HERE’S WHY…

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Hips Have Heart: The powerful connection between your hips and your emotions

Hips That Have Heart: The Powerful Connection Between Your Hips and Your Emotions

What if I told you that that tight feeling you have across your hips (better known as cranky hips!) had more to do with your feelings than your daily activities or an old injury?

 

Sure, our lifestyles these days are a contributing factor:

 

We sit a lot.

We drive in cars a lot.

We spend time hunched over tech devices…A LOT.

 

And, yes these things can all cause tightness through the front of your body, including your hips.

 

But sometimes there’s more to the story…literally.

 

What if I told you that your hips are tight because of your emotions?

 

You might think I’m crazy, but read on, and you’ll see that there’s actually a HUGE connection between our emotional wellbeing and those chronically tight spots in your hips.

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Low Tox Living | How to Reduce the Chemicals in Your Life!

Low Tox Living: Top 3 Ways To Reduce Chemicals In Your Life

{Featured guest author}

 

Hi, I’m Sarah!

 

As a busy mum living in Sydney, Australia, I remember when I began investigating alternative natural ways to support my two young girls.

 

It was the times when they had a cough, when they needed to relax for bedtime, or when they needed a confidence boost when they were worried.

 

You know – natural, holistic kind of Mum stuff!

 

This investigation led me to using essential oils to support my family naturally – and it just made so much sense to me.

 

I made my own household cleaning products and body products (like bath salts, body scrubs, face creams, room sprays) – all out of natural, chemical-free products. I wondered where these amazing oils had been my whole life!

 

This led me down the path of becoming a qualified Aromatherapist so that I could guide other health seekers, and promote safe, ethical essential oil usage.

 

I was thirsty to learn everything about essential oils; from the plant extracts to chemistry (including anatomy, physiology, pathology) to the effective and safe use of them. As you may know, some are not safe for use in all situations – like ingesting them!

 

Today, I thought I would share how reducing toxic chemicals from within your home and your personal environment can be beneficial to not only YOUR health & wellness – but that of your family.

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