LowCountry Wellness Center
90 Marsh Drive
Beaufort, SC 29907
Cynthia Allison-Simpkins, PT, LMT, NMT, CCLRT
At LowCountry Wellness Center I focus on your SRS!
Your Stress Response system (SRS) is what responds to the stress you are under on a daily basis. When it is over taxed it can actually kill you. The work piling up on your desk, sitting in traffic on the bridge, waiting in lines at the bank, balancing your budget, engaging in a relationship with your spouse or significant other, taking care of children or elderly family members, not having enough time in the day and especially not having enough time for yourself can put too much stress on your body and health. Having a healthy stress response system will allow you to deal with or respond to the stress in a healthier more efficient way.
What happens to your body when under stress?
Your body responds by sending out more adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. The brain increases the output of the hormone cortisol. Too much cortisol causes muscles to tighten, blood pressure to rise, immune levels to fall, limits the brain's ability to make decisions, and increases the retention of fat. Under stress, the brain also limits the release of the hormone seratonin. Seratonin helps you sleep, calms anxiety, and relieves depression. Simply put, stress will limit your performance. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances the brain's use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues.
Your stress response system usually will quiet down on its own after the stress has stopped. The thing is that most stress is ongoing meaning the body is always responding to stress. An uncontrolled increase in adrenalin and cortisol can have a negative affect on health. Over exposure to these and other stress hormones can disrupt almost all your body's processes, increasing your risk of obesity, insomnia, digestive problems, heart disease, depression, memory impairment, physical illnesses and other complications.
A healthy SRS allows reactions that are appropriately gauged to the circumstances: big reactions to big threats; small reactions to small threats.
Furthermore, people who have a sluggish SRS also tend to have more stress responses, more often, to less threatening stimuli; those responses have longer lasting effects on the body. This type of person fumes in a long checkout line, frets in heavy traffic and explodes when the dog gets into the garbage. This person may have a sluggish, but overreactive stress response and a tendency to develop depression.
Studies on animals reveal one reason for a sluggish stress response: lack of tactile stimulation, or touch. Touch improves the efficiency of the pituitary-adrenal axis or your stress response system. Receiving non sexual, nurturing, non threatening touch is one of the most important ways humans and other mammals have to keep a healthy stress response. Massage moves people from a sympathetic to a parasympathetic state. This brings about several physiological and chemical changes in the body, including an increase in serotonin secretion and a decrease in cortisol.
With a variety of massage you can pick the one that will help decrease your SRS. That is my main focus here at LWC!
Years In Practice
I received my Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training at the University of Georgia System. Then I followed up at Georgia State with my Therapy degree.
My massage credentials were earned at the Atlanta School of Massage. Due to yearly continuing education requirements and a strong desire to always be learning, I have become certified in numerous specialties of which you can read about on my website. I received my masters at Georgia State University.
Certifications include: nationally certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage, licensed by the state of South Carolina, and internationally certified by the International Massage & Somatic Therapy Council (IMSTCC) and certified by the national athletic trainers association. Memberships include the the associated bodywork and massage professionals group, american massage therapy association, and the national christian massage therapist association.
Nationally certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage
Certified by Neurosomatic Educators in NMT
Certified by Dr. Uriarte in Myokinesthetic Therapy
Certified by Ruthee Hardee in Ashiatsu
Certified by Bonnie Prudden in Myotherapy
Certified by John Barnes in Myofascial Therapy
Certified by Dr. Wise in Cranial Laser Reflex Technique