THE AGE OF ANXIETY
Highfields kinesiologist Amy Manz nurtures growing anxiety rates with holistic health
What would you say if someone told you they were going to attempt rebalancing your body and mind through muscle testing?
By engaging with its responses, and identifying the emotions involved, measuring stress through muscles, and balancing stress through these? Would you believe this was possible? This holistic type of health is called kinesiology, and Highfields mother-of-three Amy Manz is leading the way for nurturing our new age of anxiety.
According to the Australian Institute of Kinesiologists, it was introduced in the late 1960s by American chiropractor Dr George Goodheart DC.
“As a society we are terrible at dealing with our emotions, we prefer to lock them away and tell ourselves that we will deal with them later — after all, it’s not socially acceptable to break down in public, or so we are led to believe — who taught us that anyway?” Amy says. “Sometimes we stop and deal with them, but more
. often than not, we start to feel a little better so we think we have dealt with the emotion that flared to the surface.
“What we don’t realise is that those emotions will keep coming until we deal with the cause, the emotion will continue to ge more and more intense, often bringing with it other symptoms, and if we deny the emotion long enough it may manifest into disease.”
Mother to three daughters, Kya, Ariah and Izzy-mae, Amy runs Blissful Essence, her kinesiology and alternative health service from her Highfields home.
“Kinesiology has changed my life — I am happier, healthier and more balanced than I have ever been and I love sharing what I do with my local community,” Amy says.
As a community, anxiety is a common and often unavoidable emotion, however it is curious as to whether stress levels as a collective have grown in the last few generations or decades.
“Absolutely — or perhaps we are just more aware of it now and have made it okay to talk about it?” Amy questions.
“It’s hard to know — either way, at least now we aren’t suppressing it — we are supporting people to open up about their anxiety. “Kinesiology also looks at whether our beliefs and the way we act them out are learnt behaviours, for example, if mum has anxiety, it is quite common for their child to have it too — could this be because mum has not dealt with the cause and has inadvertently passed it down to her child?” With the array of options today for self-healing and treatment when it comes to anxiety and health in general, some of the coping mechanisms prior to their availabity were different. “When I think of my grandparents generation, I believe that their way was to ‘shut up and put up’ — you definitely didn’t let anyone see you as weak, which is what I think people thought emotions were ... a weakness,” Amy says. Amy strongly believes that kinesiology, western medicine and other health services can work in addition or alteratively to each other rather than against each other. “Kinesiology isn’t a treatment, nor do we diagnose or prescribe — we work with the body’s own self healing ability and use muscle testing (a form of bio-feedback) to help find stressors and imbalances in the body — we work with emotions,” Amy says. “Yes, there are often physical symptoms that go hand in hand with anxiety but if we can help balance the emotions, the physical symptoms often dissipate. “Once we identify the emotions on board, they lose their power, we investigate the emotions in depth and then track down what it is that your body needs to help balance the negative emotion.” Anxiety is a factor in our lives that we often push to the side, and Amy believes that there are a lot of contributing factors to anxiety that we don’t consider, however, they are all stress — just not stress as we readily know it. These can include physical injury and ailments, emotional, chemical imbalances (this can be from food), spiritual, financial, environmental (places we live and work in) and familial stress. “If we are stressed about something, even the slightest bit stressed, we can be thrown into a state of anxiousness — as we go from living in the present to living in the future — worrying about things that have not and may not happen at this point,” Amy says. “Anxiety is about living in the future.” However, holistic health is not for everyone — it has been seen
Anxiety is about living in the future. — AMY MANZ, KINESIOLOGIST
as a negative alternative or a push against western medicine.
“I guess people are always scared of something that isn’t the ‘norm’ — it wasn’t that long ago that chiropractors and naturopaths were considered witchdoctors but today they are practitioners that we trust and go to for help,” Amy says.
“Kinesiology is still new so I understand people feeling like that, and they are entitled to their opinion — everything has to be the new thing at some point and as people allow themselves to try the new and begin the understand how it works, society will begin to trust the process just as we have with all the modalities before.”
Amy has a few easy tips to handle any anxiety you may feel.
“I know that sounds simple, but when we’re stuck in anxiety we don’t breath effectively,” Amy says.
“If we take shallow breaths we can’t stop our racing heart and the body can’t deliver nutrients efficiently through our circulation, the diaphragm won’t push down and the organs won’t be massaged to help them work effectively.
“Looking at this holistically, if the physical side remains in fight or flight mode, we also then can’t shift through emotions.
Breathing with Emotional Stress Release
Couple up breathing with a technique called ESR where you lightly hold your forehead.
This reflex point has a harmonising effect and helps find new options or ideas; a place where we can be creative and think of new solutions without letting the emotions of our belief system take hold.
Find a practitioner
Arm yourself with practitioners who can help you find the cause of your anxiety rather than mask it.
Trust your gut when choosing your practitioner, find those that you are drawn to — they are the ones who will help you.
Visit Amy’s Facebook page, Blissful Essence — Amy Manz Kinesiologist, call 0438 463 072 to see her in her Highfields clinic or visit her on the second Saturday of every month at the Highfields Village Markets at the Highfields Village Shopping Centre.
Once we identify the emotions on board, they lose their power. — AMY MANZ, KINESIOLOGIST
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Registered kinesiologist Amy Manz of Blissful Essence in Highfields is leading the way in nurturing our current age of anxiety.