Jordan is a licensed massotherapist and certified reflexologist, in practice since 1992. She studied at the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in Santa Fe and with Laura Norman & Associates in New York. Jordan incorporates energy and intuitive techniques in her work.
Jordan and her husband Dr. Michael Polsinelli work together at the Advanced Spinal Care Center.
by Jordan Brown, LMT
These days, with our lives moving so fast, most of us readily comprehend “too much stress.” But it’s worth pausing to assess this common condition more deeply. Some of the ways it shows up may surprise you.
Not all stress is bad, and what affects one person may roll right off another person’s back. But too much “good stress” can flip to “stressed out,” if we don’t learn to manage it.
Symptoms fall into several categories: physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral. A few examples of each should help us take stock.
According to WebMD: low energy, headaches, upset stomach, muscle aches and pains, rapid heartbeat, insomnia, frequent colds, and jaw clenching are symptoms of physical stress.
Emotional stress can come as feelings of overwhelm, agitation, frustration or moodiness, or by difficulty relaxing, low self-esteem, loneliness, depression, and avoiding others.
Cognitive symptoms include worrying, forgetfulness, disorganization, inability to focus, and negative thoughts.
Behavioral stress may be seen via changes in appetite, avoidance of responsibility, increased intake of alcohol and cigarettes, and pacing or fidgeting.
These symptoms can also indicate illness, so consult a doctor should they continue unabated. But, since chronic stress can lead to illness, taking regular steps to reduce stress just makes good sense.
“I’m so pleased with myself that I made this appointment, and kept it. I’m so much happier to be in my body. Magical, mystical, medical…” ~J.N.