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What are Panic Attacks and How Watsu and Aquatic Healingwork Help?

by Alex Medin January 15, 2023

What are Panic Attacks and How Watsu and Aquatic Healingwork Help?

A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense anxiety or fear that can cause physical and psychological symptoms. These symptoms can include heart palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating, shaking, dizziness, and a feeling of impending doom. These symptoms usually peak within 10 minutes and can last for several hours.

During a panic attack, the body's "fight or flight" response is activated, releasing a flood of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. This can cause physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, chest pain, and difficulty breathing. The individual may also experience feelings of unreality or detachment.

Panic attacks can occur unexpectedly and without warning, and can be triggered by a variety of factors, including stress, anxiety, and certain medications. They can also be a symptom of a panic disorder, which is a condition characterized by recurring panic attacks and a fear of future attacks. People with panic disorder may avoid certain situations or activities, due to fear of having a panic attack.

It's important to note that panic attacks are not dangerous and do not cause physical harm, but they can be very distressing and disruptive to daily life. If you suspect you have panic disorder or have frequent panic attacks, it's important to seek professional help. A therapist or psychiatrist can help you develop coping strategies and may recommend therapy or medication to manage your symptoms.

 

How can Watsu and Aquatic Healingwork Help?

Watsu

Watsu, also known as water shiatsu, is a type of bodywork that combines elements of shiatsu massage, stretching, and movement with the buoyancy and warmth of water. It is typically performed in a pool or other body of warm water, and the therapist uses the water to support the client's body while performing the massage and stretches.

Watsu has been found to be effective in helping to reduce anxiety and stress, which can be beneficial for those who experience panic attacks. The warm water and gentle movement of Watsu can have a calming effect on the body and mind, helping to reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation. The sensation of being held and supported by the water can also help to create a feeling of safety and security, which can be especially beneficial for individuals who experience panic attacks.

Watsu may also help to improve overall mood and reduce symptoms of depression, which can contribute to the onset of panic attacks. Additionally, the deep relaxation achieved through Watsu can help to improve sleep and reduce insomnia, which can be a common symptom of panic disorder.

It's important to note that Watsu should not be considered a substitute for conventional medical treatment for panic disorder or other mental health conditions, but it can be used as a complementary therapy. It's important to work with a qualified practitioner, and to let them know of any medical conditions you have before starting the session.

It's important to note that Watsu should be performed by a trained professional and that those experiencing panic attacks should consult with their healthcare provider before starting any new treatment. 

Give us a call or book your appointment online when you're ready to experience the benefits with Watsu.




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