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Common Forms of Stress and Local Natural Relief

Dec 31, 2017 08:51PM ● By Allie McFee

Five common categories that stress impacts include physical, nutritional, emotional, mental and from injury. Local holistic businesses share methods that help in each area.

1. Physical Stress

Physical stress may come from repetitive muscle motion at work, lack of sleep, sore muscles from new year’s goals of fitness, or even pulled muscles.

The Art of Healing, in Greenwood, offers a range of modalities for reducing stress held in the body, including various types of massages like hot bamboo massage, deep tissue and Swedish.

Their Aroma-Touch technique is described by owner Cody Adkins as “a clinical approach to applying certified therapeutic essential oils along energy meridians and visceral contact points of the back and feet to help balance sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of the body.”

In addition, the spa includes infrared saunas and floatation tanks with 900 pounds of Epsom salts for a sense of weightlessness.

“My art is to help people become the best and happiest versions of themselves,” says Adkins, who is certified in therapeutic massage, cupping, UsuiReiki, aromatherapy and health coaching.

For sprains and pulled muscles, Goddess Mountain Naturals offers their popular Marvelous Mend salve that contains the mending herbs calendula and plantain infused in coconut oil and olive oil, Indiana local beeswax and vitamin E.

These salves have been found to ease pain from sore muscles, joints and tendons, heal bruises out faster and aid in the restoration of wounds, cuts and scrapes. Soothing essential oils are also within this salve, like lavender, peppermint and rosemary.

2. Stress from Diet

A diet high in sweets and foods with chemicals, dyes and preservatives can stress the body and irritate the intestinal lining.

Family herbalist Derek Weaver offers nutritional and herbal strategies in his consultations and classes like Medicine Mushrooms in which he teaches about the top three adaptogenic mushrooms for handling stress: reishi, chaga and cordyceps. The next class is from 6 to 7 p.m. on January 8 at Heal Your Disease.

“During the holidays, we eat a lot of insulin-building foods which can block our bodies from eliminating properly, and drain and tire the system,” says Weaver. “We then go to coffee and caffeine to boost our energy, but this can drain our adrenals, dehydrate us and increase stress overall.”

The mushrooms are a good source of beta-glucans, which make up a type of polysaccharide that help feed and diversify the gut-microbiome, helping nutrient absorption and better elimination.

If infrequent bowel movements are causing stress from toxin reabsorption, Cleansing Waters Wellness Center offers colonics, to improve and tone muscles in the colon, and remove backed up waste matter with the gentle process of hydrotherapy.

“Colonics are an excellent and safe way of eliminating toxins from the body,” says owner Nancy Spahr, “and less toxins help boost the immune system, which helps the body to be able to combat stress more effectively.”

3. Emotional Stress

Emotional stress is brought on when emotions are unexpressed and unprocessed, such as guilt, shame, grief, anger and fear.

Colette Liose, also known as the “TAPNGRL,” offers a mix of Law of Attraction Coaching and Tapping, also known as EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique to alleviate stress.

“Tapping is acupuncture without the needles,” says Liose. “You literally tap on meridian end points on the body while focusing on problems to de-stress the body and mind.”

Liose works with clients with a wide range of stressful issues such as chronic pain, from fibromyalgia or PTSD, and uses EFT to help eliminate habits like smoking, and change beliefs around finances, self-worth, body image and purpose in life.

Another unique treatment is Vibrational Sound Therapy, also known as “sound massage”, the striking of singing bowls on top of and around the body to invoke deep alpha brainwave states for slowing down heart rate and breathing.

Becky Hillman, certified Vibrational Sound Therapist and owner of Good Vibrations, says emotionally distraught clients attain greater peacefulness after a session, which increases the ability to focus, make decisions and feel creative.

4. Mental Stress

Mental stress includes worrying and anxiousness, and may come from long workdays, deadline pressures, and fear of undesired outcomes.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaches participants to use the wisdom of the body to handle stressful situations with meditation practices, yoga and gentle stretching.

An eight-week program is offered twice yearly through CenterPoint Counseling, taught by Scott Sweet, LCSW, LCAC. Orientations for the upcoming session will take place in mid-January, with classes starting at the end of the month.

Attendees of MBSR programs can live more fully in the present, increase their awareness about habits and how to shift from unhealthy behavior.

5. Stress from Injury or Trauma

Injuries such as concussions from sports or an accident, can over time manifest fatigue, anxiety, depression, poor balance and migraines.

NeuroHealth Services specializes in treating brain injuries and sport injuries with a functional neurological and metabolic approach in their Concussion and Brain Healing Program.

“Brain injuries inflame the brain,’ says owner Dr. Ralston, DC, DACNB, DABBIR. “However, this inflammation may not turn off, and will continue to damage brain tissue like a slow spreading fire.”

NeuroHealth assesses the chemical environment of the brain, its nourishment, oxygen, neurotransmitter status, whether dietary or environmental compounds are worsening brain health, and already existing brain development issues. Through these assessments, a personalized treatment program is developed in conjunction with the patient.

Local Resources

The Art of Healing, 3019 Meridian Meadows Rd., Greenwood. For more information, call 317-360-6336 or visit

Goddess Mountain Naturals are sold online and at Good Earth in Broad Ripple, Eclective at 2915 S Meridian St, Indianapolis and, a local farmers’ market delivery service. For more information, visit

Heal Your Disease, 6352 Guilford Ave., Indianapolis. For more information on Derek Weaver’s upcoming classes and consultations, visit

Cleansing Waters, 5501 E. 71st St., Ste. 1A, Indianapolis. For more information, call 317- 259-0796 or visit

For more information on EFT sessions with Colette Liose, visit

For more information on sessions with Becky Hillman of Good Vibrations, call 765-586-0525 or visit

CenterPoint Counseling at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 North Meridian St., Indianapolis. For more information on MBSR classes, call 317-252-551 or visit

NeuroHealth Services, 9302 N. Meridian St., Ste. 299. For more information, call 317-848-6000 or visit

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