Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from the 9th May 2022. It is an annual event, aiming to help the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago. Each year the Foundation continues to set the theme, organise and host the week. This year's theme is loneliness. Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this. (Source: Mentalhealth.org)
What is Mental Health?
People with a physical disability are more likely to experience a mental health problem, while people with a mental health problem are more likely to experience a physical health problem.
- More than 15 million people - 30% of the UK population - live with one or more long-term conditions, and more than 4 million of these people will also have a mental health problem.
- People with long-term physical conditions are more likely to have lower wellbeing scores than those without.
- People with cancer, diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure are at greater risk of a range of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and PTSD.
- Of people with severe symptoms of mental health problems, 37.6% also have a long-term physical condition. This compares with 25.3% of people with no or few symptoms of a mental health problem.
This has been taken from the Mental Health Organisation https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-physical-health-conditions
These statistics are frightening and over the years to help address this I have studied psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, positive psychology, emdr plus along with a few others to help address these problems. This gives you the opportunity to have a gentle hands-on-therapy, to be able to talk, not talk or a combination of the two. It really is about what you need to do.
Bowen Therapy for mental health problems whether it be insomnia, anxiety, depression, or stress works with the body’s nerve receptors to calm down the nervous system. This prompts the body to move from the fight, flight, freeze mode to the parasympathetic mode. Bowen Therapy works with the fascia which holds onto trauma throughout the person’s lifetime and can help to release these emotions. It is common not only for a person to feel very relaxed but to experience a release of emotions, either during or following a Bowen treatment. Some other benefits that make Bowen Therapy a good choice is that the treatment is very gentle and can be carried out through light clothing so there is no need to undress. There is no force, or manipulation during treatment and after a few moves there is a break allowing the body to do the work.
A common feature of people with anxiety, depression and stress is poor posture as people hunch over and cross legs and arms to make themselves as small as possible so that they feel safer. This inhibits breathing which in turn can make the anxiety worse and can cause misalignment in the body which can cause pain thus compounding the problem. Bowen Therapy can help address the misalignment problem as well as the mental health conditions and there are specific moves to help with breathing.