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The impact of stress on the digestive system is un-mistakable. Throughout the digestive tract there are more than one billion neurons (more than in the spinal cord) ready to receive signals from the brain through the autonomic nervous system making how your body responds to stress a significant factor in digestive health.
Research shows that decreasing stress will greatly reduce symptoms of digestive conditions such as; Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Esophageal Reflux, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s & Colitis.
Founder of the Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing, Nikki Remic, became increasingly interested in holistic health through her own path of healing from Crohn’s Disease.
"I have seen over the years both personally and professionally the positive impact and lasting change that can occur from learning how to tap into your emotions and acknowledge the signals that the body uses to communicate imbalance."
In many traditions around the world the abdominal area and digestive track are considered to be the emotional centers of the body, and are extremely useful tools for monitoring what we are experiencing on a deeper level. Fear, anger, resentment, anxiety, low self-esteem/self-love/self-worth, or the lack of experiencing personal power are among some of the emotions that can place your digestive system under a heightened state of stress.
In daily life we can recognize the emotional connection to our digestive track by small things such as the experience of "butterflies" in our stomach when we are anxious or the feeling of nausea when we are nervous or fearful.
"Your mind may try to lie to you, but your body never will."
The digestive system deals with the assimilation of nutrients and the body’s ability to receive the vital energy that is available from our foods. If our digestive system is not functioning properly then our entire body, including our immune system, become compromised and is unable to function properly.
"If you choose to not listen to the messages of your body then its voice will only become louder."
Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, The Arvigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Massage, Cellular Expansion & Healing, Combination Sessions, Reiki, Hot Stone Massage, Reflexology, and Psychotherapy are all useful tools for managing stress and nurturing digestive health at all levels.