The Cold Shoulder: Why “Stonewalling” is Harmful to Relationships (and what to do differently)

giving the cold shoulder

Have you ever been in a disagreement with your significant other when you or your partner just stops interacting? Perhaps you/they leave the room, pick up their phone, or just generally stop being responsive to you. This type of withdrawal from the conversation is called “stonewalling” and it can be incredibly frustrating and can cause disagreements to go unresolved and/or one or both people left feeling unheard. This can develop into a pattern over the course of time that could lead a couple to become angry, distant, and resentful. Stonewalling…

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The Immune System: One of Your Body’s “Healthy by Nature” Mechanisms

your natural immune system

Did you know that the name of the clinic has been thought through by the osteopaths of the team because it just about sums up what osteopathy is about? An osteopath’s job is to assist the body’s natural self-healing mechanism. In medicine, this is called homeostasis, a management of the different systems composing your body in order to stay healthy (an automatic well-being thermostat, if you like). This changes the game, as we are not saviors but, rather, are here to give a hand to a well-oiled machine that is…

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Psychological Immunity: Increasing our ability to Deal with Difficult People

dealing with difficult people

The body’s immune system is set up to resist and reduce the impact of elements that negatively impact the body. It does its best to either fight off or do damage control against bacteria, viruses, and even foreign objects. But what if the offending agent is another person? How do we protect ourselves from the impact of an irritating, mean, negative, abusive, or otherwise intolerable presence in our life? Most of us have someone in their life who rubs them the wrong way. It could be a member of your…

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Colds and the Immune System according to Traditional Chinese Medicine

immune system warrior fights colds

The system in our body that we rely on so much when there are colds/flu going around is our personal “warrior”: the immune system. In Chinese Medicine, the immune system relies heavily on the state of the body’s Wei Qi (“way-chee”), otherwise known as defensive qi. This defensive energy is like a protective “rain jacket” that circulates on the exterior of the body and can be affected by both internal and external factors known as pathogens (like nasty bacteria or viruses). Internally, the immune system is most commonly affected by…

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