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Altru Health

Body and mind wellness

Altru Health mobilises the collaborative power of your mind and body to help you overcome everyday challenges. We do this through a range of online body-mind exercise programs.

Mind and body:
inseparable since birth

Your mind and body are closely intertwined. That means that mental and emotional distress can lead to physical symptoms and vice versa.

Anxiety

Anxiety

butterflies in your tummy

Stress

Stress

racing heart rate

Depression

Depression

weakened immune system

The good news is that you can use that power to help yourself. Calming down your body can help to soothe your mind, offering a way to relieve symptoms of stress, depression or anxiety.

At Altru Health, we emphasise this mind-and-body connection. We provide not only ‘talk therapies’ like counselling but also wellness therapies like breathwork, guided meditation and yoga. Our therapies are delivered online.

Your amazing nervous system

Your amazing nervous system

Your autonomic nervous system runs without any conscious input from you to keep your heart beating, your lungs breathing and your digestion working whether you’re awake or asleep.

Autonomic nervous system (ANS)

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If your sympathetic nervous system is overactive, then we can often create more balance by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. That can help to relieve symptoms of anxiety, stress or depression.

We do this through techniques like breathwork, yoga or meditation.

Breathwork

You breathe in and out about 22,000 times per day. Your lungs take in air, find the oxygen and send it to your bloodstream, which delivers it to your tissues and organs so your body functions. Mental health conditions can disrupt that process.

Stress or anxiety
Stress or
anxiety
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Faster, shallower breathing
Faster, shallower breathing
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Brain sense a threat
Brain sense
a threat
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Body responds with fight or flight
Body responds with fight or flight

Breathwork is a form of therapy where you take conscious control of your breathing to activate your parasympathetic nervous system.

Through slow, deliberate breathing, you tell your brain that you’re OK. Your brain then feels able to exit ‘fight or flight’ mode and tells your body to relax.

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Breathwork
Yoga

Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice that helps to create a sense of balance and union between the mind and body. It integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of your life to improve your health, particularly when it comes to easing stress-related conditions.

Yoga = mind-body fitness

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Muscle activity

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Self-awareness

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Mindful focus

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Breathing

Yoga can induce a state of wellness that’s quite different from the stressed, ‘fight or flight’ state that we often experience.

Along with improving strength and flexibility, yoga can help to:

Yoga is far more than a form of exercise. It’s a way of being. The practice of yoga helps you to improve your mental health in several ways.

Be present in the moment
Be present in the moment
Practice self-acceptance
Practice self-acceptance
Let go of expectations
Let go of expectations
Be comfortable in stillness
Be comfortable in stillness

New to yoga? It’s easy to get started. Go at your own pace with the exercises but do commit to doing them on a regular basis to enjoy the benefits of yoga.

Meditation

Meditation can produce a deep state of relaxation. It’s a great way to focus your mind and clear away the stress that so easily builds up in daily life.

There are many different forms of meditation but, in general, they all involve focusing your mind to find respite from anxious, swirling thoughts that threaten your peace.

At first, when you try to meditate, you may find that your thoughts quickly intrude again. That’s OK. Just notice their presence and move back to meditating again.

Meditation

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