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Phobias

Phobias

As we go about our daily lives, an irrational fear and type of anxiety disorder could arise due to a reaction, perhaps unique to the individual. This reaction can then be termed a phobia. The sufferer having relentless dread of a living creature, place, thing or even an event. These sufferers will go to great lengths to avoid the outcome and even anticipated reactions will instil fear.
The experience could bring forth accelerated heart beat, flushed skin, dry mouth, sweating, trembling, a sense of panic and other abnormal symptoms.

Professional people believe that phobias may be caused by a combination of life experiences, brain chemistry and genetics, but origins may even have evolved from much earlier times. Prehistorically, the environment offered wide open spaces, having the increased risk of being attacked by wild animals or even eaten by predators. Young children living in caves and huts learned rapidly to avoid dangers such as spiders and snakes.
Even having contact with another tribe could have initiated fear and distrust, the outcome possibly resulting in the formation of phobias.

There are thousands of different phobias with appropriate names, too involved to be discussed here. Readers will identify with the term claustrophobia, a fear of crowded places. Also commonly known are fears of the dark, of flying, of needles, creepy-crawly insects, dirt, strangers, dying, of speed and water to mention a few.

But, the question arises as to what is normal and what can be classified as a Phobia. For example getting fearful at the sight of a pitbull is fairly normal, but never crossing a park where dogs are found is fear in an exaggerated form.
Getting goose-flesh whilst peering downward from a skyscraper is not uncommon, but to refuse a good job offer because the office is on the 12th floor is a little paranoid!

Overcoming Phobias

Self-help can be beneficial in conquering fears and being in control has a positive effect. Once the phobia begins to lose it's power, one's confidence will be reinforced. There is a method of gradually exposing oneself to the source of the fear and eventually learn that it is not as life threatening as imagined.
However, it is not advisable to watch a program like "I should not be alive" if a nervous disposition exists!!

Spa Pampers are also known to help with overcoming phobias through relaxation — a day indulging at Mowana Spa will certainly go a long way in improving physical and mental well being; and with open treatments rooms overlooking the natural wetlands and tailor-made treatments to suit, even those who suffer from phobias like Claustrophobia will enjoy the luxury and decadence that is Mowana.

There are thousands of different phobias with appropriate names, too involved to be discussed here. Readers will identify with the term claustrophobia, a fear of crowded places. Also commonly known are fears of the dark, of flying, of needles, creepy-crawly insects, dirt, strangers, dying, of speed and water to mention a few.

And for those who have a fear of being touched meaning massage is definitely not an option, remember that this phobia has no correlation to a person touching objects. The ability to touch and feel some of the Matsimela products available from Mowana Spa is a real treat often allowing the person to overcome the phobia and enjoy a 1-hour full body hot stone massage or therapeutic foot massage at Mowana Spa!

Set in the tranquil bushveld gardens of the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Sandton; the Mowana Spa is a wellness sanctuary which will revive your senses, rejuvenate your body and soothe your soul. The Mowana Spa, which takes its name from the majestic Baobab Tree of African Lore and Legend, offers wellness journeys based on Tribal Massage in keeping with the healing spirit of the “Tree of Life”.

Phone: +27 (0) 11 840 6780
Email: reservations@mowanaspa.co.za

William Nicol Drive & Pieter Wenning Road Fourways

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