Understanding Anxiety

I have been a practicing reflexologist for 20 years now, and without a doubt the most prominent presenting problems that people display are often rooted with heightened anxiety.

Some people experience anxiety from time to time, however others, may experience it daily, if not several times a day, while others report a constant state, or under current of anxiety, that they simply cannot shake. This level of anxiety is usually considered a disorder when it continues for more than six months and starts to affect daily life. People with generalized anxiety disorder excessively worry about things like their job, their money situation, their health problems, and their loved ones.

Medical Science is now recognizing the latter, as ‘Acute Anxiety Disorder’.

Common symptoms of  Anxiety Disorder are the following:

  • Always feeling edgy or tense
  • Constant anxiety and worrying
  • Anxiety that is excessive given the circumstances (irrational anxiety)
  • Having a hard time concentrating
  • Feeling shaky, tired, and cranky
  • Frequent headaches
  • Insomnia and other sleep problems
  • Physical symptoms like upset stomach or diarrhea, difficulty catching your breath, rapid heart rate, and sweating.

People that I have treated with anxiety report that the anxiety never leaves them…that they feel a weight , particularly in their chest, and  report that it is almost impossible to get a full breath.

Often I have found that the undercurrent emotion that causes anxiety, is excessive sadness, depression or grief.

I have been teaching the ancient art of Qi Gong now for 13 years now, and the understanding of how the vital organs of the body support one another is one of the most profound studies I have ever  experienced. The Taoist masters of China taught that specific emotions are stored in the cellular memory within specified vital organs. Luckily, modern science now recognizes that the cells of the body to in fact, store ‘memory’.

The lungs for example store, sadness, greif, depression, where the kidneys store anxiety, stress, fight or flight, and nervous tension.

When the lungs are filled with sadness, we actually hold our breath, often unknowingly. In fact from 20 years of clinical practice as a reflexologist, and 14 yrs as a Qi Gong teacher, I would have to say that the majority of people have very shallow breath.

According to the Taoist masters of China, the lungs actually support the kidneys, very directly. When we do not breathe properly the kidneys do not function as effectively, and we are in fact that much more prone to anxiety. Thus sadness can create anxiety.

Within my practice of reflexology and through the teachings of  Qi Gong, I teach people how to source their anxiety, and teach tools on how to relieve anxiety.