Moving into the end of the year, most of us are throwing our wellness routines to the wayside as we take on more social obligations. We’re pulled out of our day-to-day routines, and we begin to feel more wear and tear on the body; aches and pains in our joints, back pain, frequent headaches, brain fog with scattered thoughts, seasonal weight gain, and fatigue with irritability.
We find ourselves feeling sluggish and disconnected from our normal state of mind & body. It can feel like our body is failing us. All while trying to hold it together for the next event!
Processed foods, chemical exposures from cleaning supplies, prescription medications, toxic skincare and cosmetic products, molds, and air pollutants. These are just a few of the toxins that we encounter daily! It should be no mystery as to why our body isn’t feeling well. Most of us don’t think about the amount of toxins that enter the body. This buildup of junk creates dis-ease seen in the form of unruly skin breakouts, weight gain, and muscle aches with spasms. Furthermore, these toxins must be processed by the liver before they can be removed from the body (either through the bowels, urine, and skin). Talk about toxin loading on the body!
Our negative ideas and thoughts can create imbalances in the body. Or, in other words, stress! Research now shows us that today, we are experiencing 300X the amount of stress that our grandparents experienced. Our thoughts create stress within the body; stress in turn causes us to carry our shoulders up to our ears, breathing becomes shallow with less oxygen going to muscles and organs, tension builds in the back of the neck and carries into our head leading to frequent headaches. Stress that is left unchecked can contribute to many health consequences including high blood pressure, sugar cravings, weight gain, inflammation, and trigger undesirable behaviors. Prolonged stress can lead to anger outbursts, mood swings, overeating and undereating, drug or alcohol misuse, social withdrawal and depression, and an upset stomachs.
Trauma is the most recognized cause of body imbalances. We think of major traumas caused by slips, falls, car accidents, and old injuries. However, there are daily microtraumas as a result of our habits that lead to imbalances. Carrying a heavy purse or bag around for hours while shopping, sleeping on our stomach with our head and neck kinked to one side, looking down at the computer for a long period of time, staring at our mobile devices in bed while looking down, crossing our legs at work all day, sitting on the job… all day, or walking around with a misalignment in our hips, back, and spine that ultimately leads wear and decay of our joints.
The collective buildup of Thoughts (Stress), Toxins, and Trauma in the body is similar to filling a glass with water. When the glass of water becomes too full (the body becomes overloaded), the water begins to spill over the top and out of the glass. This spillover effect is similar to how the body becomes overloaded with toxins, stressors, and microtraumas and those effects begin to spill over to other areas in the body. This spillover effect is essentially the breeding ground to the creation of imbalances in organs, cells, and tissues. As the body becomes bombarded, it must work harder, and on overtime. Sounds exhausting, doesn’t it? Not only do we feel fatigued and run-down, but it creates a spillover of unwanted breakouts in the skin, organs become dysfunctional and ill (high cholesterol, inflammation, headaches, blood-sugar imbalances, cravings), muscles become tight and sore. Symptoms begin to appear, and our body is starting to really feel like it is breaking down.
Don’t worry, there is hope! The reality is, stress is not going to go away. Instead, we must learn to adapt to it! This is where wellness routines can actually help fight the effects of the toxins, traumas, and thoughts. Time for some much needed self-care.
At West Health Spa, our goal is to remove interferences that prevent the body from healing. By helping our guests develop consistent wellness routines, we stand to help our guests reverse and remove stress, toxins, and trauma.
Just like we prioritize routine maintenance checks in our vehicles (like balancing the wheels or servicing the oil), our bodies continually need maintenance and balance checks to make sure we aren’t trenching through life while stacking more toxins, stress, and microtraumas on our bones, joints, organs, and tissues. The longer we ignore those maintenance checks, the more time, money, and energy you’ll invest in those items later when you’ve lost your optimal state of health.
Consistency in your wellness routine is going to help you achieve your best self. We can’t expect change to happen overnight (especially if you’ve been living in a compilation of toxins, traumas, and stress for years). But what we can do is take one step forward.
I encourage you to stop throwing away your health when times get tricky and tough. There is a lot you can do on a daily basis that can help propel you toward the healthiest version of yourself. But, instead of just defining your health goal, I want you to define the wellness routine that coincides with the health goal. Routines are a series of actions regularly followed with the goal of achieving a desired outcome.
We truly believe that your body has an incredible ability to heal itself. There are so many different journeys to choose from at West Health Spa that can help you remove toxins, traumas, and stress. Our goal is to help you feel your best by encouraging your body’s natural ability to heal through ultimate relaxation. To book your first treatment, call us at 352-331-3649 and our Spa Associates can help you find which service is right for you.
In True Health,
Dr. Karen West