Seat of Fear: What you don't know about the adrenals


You’ve probably heard the term ‘adrenal exhaustion’ as it seems to be the term floating around social media and health sites.  And you’re probably drawn to this article because you have an inkling it might be relevant for you or a loved one.  Let’s take a look at the adrenals, where they are, what they do and what impacts them to create the condition of exhaustion and what you can do to remedy this from happening or support your system to recover from being adrenally exhausted.


Adrenal glands are situated on top of the kidneys.  These glands produce adrenaline which is released in response to fear.  In Chinese medicine the kidneys are seen as the ‘seat of fear’.  The main function of the adrenals is the release of adrenaline, the hormone associated with the flight or fight response which is activated by fear, stress or danger.  This would be fine if the adrenals only responded to real danger, but they also respond to potential danger which may simply be stress from a screaming baby combined with telephone ringing, one too many roadworks causing long delays, or an alarm call during the night.  Stress tells our body to get ready to fight the situation or to run from it, when in fact neither response is appropriate.  This means that the adrenals are continually activated, causing extra wear and tear on related organs, with a corresponding increase in exhaustion, muscle ache and digestive problems.  With nowhere for the adrenaline to find at outlet, stress accumulates in the body resulting in symptoms like:

  • excessive fatigue and exhaustion

  • non-refreshing sleep (you get sufficient hours of sleep, but wake fatigued)

  • overwhelmed by or unable to cope with stressors

  • feeling rundown or overwhelmed

  • craving salty and sweet foods

  • a feeling of not being restored after a full night's sleep or having sleep disturbances

  • poor digestion

  • low immune function

  • food or environmental allergies


In order to avoid damaging the adrenals it is essential to spend time relaxing and creating more equilibrium in your life.  At Northwest Bowen, we work with people experiencing adrenal fatigue and help to successfully bring balance and rest back into our client’s lives.  Let’s take a look at why that is..

Bowen Therapy treats the whole body with a series of moves, sequences and timing intervals that stimulate a variety of anatomical or physiological responses resulting in long term and immediate resolution of problems and pain conditions.  Bowen taps into the Automated Nervous System (ANS)which controls over 80% of the bodily functions and is very susceptible to external stressors.  Most people today live in a constant state of high stress and sympathetic ANS over-stimulation (fight, flight or freeze mode).  Healing can occur only after the ANS shifts from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance (rest, relax, repair mode).  Bowen Therapycatalyzes this shift.  Bowen procedures target muscles, tendons and ligament sites, stimulating proprioceptors (nerve messengers within the nervous system) to activate the shift from fight, flight or freeze mode into rest, relax, repair mode.  During sessions clients quickly drop into deep relaxation or fall asleep, and loud peristalsis is often heard.  Both of these changes are indications of profound release from stress and shift towards parasympathetic dominance.  This shift could explain, in part, the common observation that Bowen Therapy sessions seem to reactivate the recovery process in situations where healing from trauma, sickness or surgery has stalled or reached a plateau.


About Genine

Genine is a Bowen Therapist in Sydney and has trained and worked within the natural therapies industry for over 20 years and helps people to relax and manage stress in simple, practical ways.  She is a qualified Bowen Specialist, Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and Teacher.

Genine works with clients both privately in Frenchs Forest, Norwest and within the Medical system (Maternity/Birthing Centre, Palliative Care, Geriatric and Intensive Care).  She supports those seeking relief from stress, trauma, injuries, cancer, recovery from surgery, depression, anxiety, learning, speech and behavioral issues.   Genine has been described as a caring and professional therapist, offering clients a truly holistic experience.

Telephone: 0415 703 725


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