Looking after our bodies. looking after our minds.

How many of us really look after our bodies? How many of us abuse our bodies?

Many I know have damaged their bodies by various forms of exercise, either through lack of knowledge or a passion for their sport/profession/hobby. Many others have done different damage through not paying attention to diet.

Others, largely through stress have ended up with conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

I see looking after our bodies and minds as being inextricably linked. Exercise has been demonstrated to help mental health. Those admitted to hospital for mental ill health have been shown to perform poorly on many health measures.

This is why when I see a client for the first time, I am interested in more than just their physical complaints. Of course if a client does not wish to talk about their psychological life I respect this but often clients do end up talking about this even when I don’t question them directly about it.

While not qualified in nutritional therapy, I will take issue with some who work in that area. I believe that supplements should be the exception rather than the rule and that a healthy diet will normally supply all our body’s nutritional needs.

By the same token, we need to find ways of giving our mind the right stimulation to keep it healthy. That means noting what causes us stress or what makes us unhappy and doing something about it.

This is not a one size fits all prescription. I enjoy circus skills, cycling, gardening and bee keeping among other things. For some that last would prove extremely stressful.

What I would say is that virtually anyone can benefit from aromatherapy and massage which can really help in reducing stress as well as aiding physical complaints.