Mind Matters

Working on your mental good health is just as important as being physically healthy. Opening communication and the act of talking is a huge step towards tackling mental health.

Figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

I am a huge believer in the power of massage for health and have seen the positive benefits for those suffering with insomnia, depression and anxiety. Massage and meditation are a proven and natural way of replacing chemical medications to treat and calm the bodies nervous system to help feel more relaxed and soothed.

Mindful meditation, while not a new method, is becoming increasingly popular for its stress-busting qualities and research has revealed that for those that take part regularly it has some astonishing effects on the brain*.

There are numerous benefits of meditation that can specifically aid those looking to work on their mental health, including increasing self-awareness and acceptance, it benefits cardiovascular and immune health and can slow the aging process.

Massage therapy is another effective method that can be used to challenge anxiety, digestive disorders, insomnia related stress, myofascial pain syndrome and many other physical and mental issues.

“At Lanes we are passionate about your health,
not just for your body, but for your mind too.”

 

Emily Evelyn, Lanes Wellness Manager has worked in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Paris and Thailand teaching yoga and holistic health methods. Her own personal journey led her to taking up yoga ten years ago where she has first-hand experience in the benefits of yoga to help anxiety.

The mind is a key area for Emily and she strives to understand mental health further. Emily currently teaches meditation, yogic sleep and the totally unique and very popular Just Breathe classes at Lanes Health club Rustington.

*MRI scans of a brain have shown that after an eight-week course of mindfulness practice, the brain’s “fight or flight” centre, the amygdala, appears to shrink. This primal region of the brain, associated with fear and emotion, is involved in the initiation of the body’s response to stress.

 

For any further information about studies or to talk with Emily about how we could help, please email emilyvevelyn@laneshealthclubs.co.uk