What’s your body telling you? What is the root cause of your physical, emotional or mental pain? We wanted to know, so we asked the expert, Vicky Vlachonis to share how these symptoms can affect our health.
Vicky Vlachonis (pronounced Vla-koh-niss) was born in Athens, Greece, into a sports and health-oriented family, inspiring Vicky to go on and be one of the first women to earn a Master’s Degree from the European School of Osteopathy.
Vicky began her professional career working as a musculoskeletal specialist at some of London’s most prestigious holistic clinics, including the Hale Clinic and the Integrated Medical Centre, treating dancers from the Royal Ballet and major West End theatre productions such as Cats and The Lion King.
Vicky established her own practice in 2001, combining a variety of holistic treatments and methods which include individualized, concrete steps and practices to alleviate and release physical, emotional and mental pain. She gained a reputation for achieving long-term, and sustainable results.
Vicky, thank you for taking the time to chat with us. With such a busy schedule what is your favorite thing to do to unwind from a stressful day?
My favorite things to do after a stressful day are swimming in my pool and ending the night with an Epsom salt bath and prayer meditation.
Sounds relaxing, what are 2 healthy tips you can’t live without?
I love a shot of High Phenolic Extra Virgin olive oil each morning followed by water with lemon.
What a healthy way to start the day. When traveling what’s in your travel bag you won’t go without?
I always travel with oregano oil, dry brush, and a notebook.
Awesome! So simple, yet powerful! What are your thoughts on emotions? What is the impact of emotional stress on our health? What are 3 tips to help your clients deal with emotions?
When we ignore emotional stress, it will manifest in our body; it will haunt you and hurt you. It is important to acknowledge your emotions and try to understand why they are there. Pain exists to help us evolve and send us a message. We also have to remind ourselves that the emotional stress and the pain we experience does not belong to us, and it’s in our power to release it.
Emotional stress will haunt you! Why do you see so many women suppress their emotions?
I see that culture and their upbringing can make a difference here. Most of us have been brought up to suppress our emotions, and we are now realizing that it doesn’t serve us anymore.
Sounds like our childhood can be a huge factor in this area good or bad. Can acupressure help us in some of these areas? What are the benefits of acupressure and why should we do it daily.
Touch therapy is healing, and it helps unblock the meridian and is a natural way to deal with pain.
We are starting to recognize the need for touch as part of the healing process. What about the gut? Why is gut health so important? What is the impact of gut health on overall wellbeing?
What we eat does more than satisfy our hunger – it can impact our mood, energy and physical wellbeing. 90% of our serotonin receptors are located in the gut, and when we eat foods that contain chemical additives, it can negatively impact our gut environment. The gut plays a vital role in our overall health and wellbeing so it is important to nourish it and keep it balanced.
Wow, 90% of our serotonin receptors in the gut? Amazing! What are the top 3 things you recommend to your clients to incorporate as a daily ritual?
I recommend dry brushing, water with lemon, and the 5 Tibetan Poses mentioned in my book, The Body Doesn’t Lie.