We are in the busy time of the year. Christmas is just around the corner. It is easy to feel tired and fatigued. A fatigue is fairly common but if it lasts for some time it may be a good idea to visit your medical practitioner and have it checked as fatigue can be a symptom of other illnesses. If the symptoms of fatigue last for more than six months we start talking about a chronic fatigue syndrome. The syndrome is characterised by not a very efficient but persistent stress response. It leads to an adrenal dysfunction.
Can yoga and massage help?
Stress plays an important role in the fatigue syndrome. The body needs to return to its homeostasis, as close as possible to the rest and digest state. We need to feel nurtured to return to this state. We need to 'tend and befriend' with others or by ourselves. Both massage and yoga give you an opportunity to tend and befriend yourself. They develop body awareness. Yoga also teaches you how to breathe efficiently and how to train your attention to develop mindfulness in your everyday life. Yoga makes your nervous system resilient and massage can stimulate neuro-lymphatic points to ensure proper functioning of muscles inhibited by stress.
Not all yoga and massage styles are recommended during fatigue. Deep tissue or vigorous sport massage is not suitable nor is a fast and dynamic yoga lesson. Restorative yoga is great for increasing energy levels. Also focus on synchronising movement with breath, a short breath retention after inhalation and guided relaxation techniques.
In short, slow and mindful yoga and gentle massage can be very helpful in managing fatigue.
Science confirms that chronic fatigue and stress are more dangerous than smoking or bad diet in the long term.
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