Understanding Your Stress at RAKxa Wellness

Understanding Your Stress at RAKxa Wellness

Stress is our natural, built-in defence mechanism. The reactive defence is activated when we encounter situations that our body recognises as stressful situations such as competition to drive a project at work, or address uneasy situations and problems, generally.

Body Response to Stress

When the body detects a stressful situation, the brain makes the call to activate the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) which is responsible for “fight or flight,” causing the release of stress hormones from the adrenal glands.

These stress chemicals result in increasing heart rate variability (HRV), respiration and muscles tension which can naturally protect our body in an emergency event by preparing us to react immediately. After the stress passes, the rest-and-digest mode, which is controlled by the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), will be switched on, allowing our body to become calm.

When does it become unhealthy stress?

When a stressful situation is prolonged for an extended period of time beyond what is necessary for survival, then it becomes chronic stress. Chronic stress, which is unhealthy stress, is detected by high cortisol, high blood pressure, short breathing, sleep disturbances and tension headaches. These can have a negative impact on the body’s primary system such as respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems which can negatively impact our physical and mental health.

Integrative Approach to Addressing Unhealthy Stress

RAKxa Wellness introduces you to a balanced lifestyle, to keep your body healthy and mind resilient through harmonious alignment in a sustainable way.

Yoga and Tai Chi, two of the slower-paced exercises, help restore a healthy balance and connection between the body and the mind by combining physical activity with mental focus. Because stress and pressure in the temples often go hand in hand, Scalp Massage is an effective healing touch treatment for easing tension in the head and temples and promoting restful sleep. The ancient breathwork technique from the Ayurvedic approach of Pranayama helps switch the autonomic nervous system from the fight-or-flight sympathetic mode to the restful parasympathetic one countering common shallow breathing and getting more oxygen into the lungs. The effects can be enhanced with Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Therapy (HBOT). HBOT has been shown to improve neuronal functionality and brain oxygenation, reduce anxiety and stress, and create a calming effect.

RAKxa is nestled. on the idyllic island of Bang Krachao, across from Bangkok on the Chao Phraya river.


RAKxa is an hour drive away from both Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport, and can be easily reached by taking the expressway heading south of Bangkok. We do provide limousine pick-up service from both airports. If you select our pick-up service, a RAKxa representative will be waiting for you at Gate 5 at Don Mueang International Airport or the luggage collection area at Suvarnabhumi Airport.


To take the RAKxa private shuttle boat, head to Wat Bangna Nok Pier, which is an 8-minute taxi ride from Bang Na BTS station or you can park your vehicle at RAKxa’s parking building located at “Wat Bangna Nok”. From there, our shuttle boat will take you on a short 10 minute journey across the mighty Chao Phraya River to reach our private pier.

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Thomas has a university background in the UK and in Latin America, with studies in Languages and Humanities, Culture, Literature and Economics. He started his Asian experience as a publisher in Krabi in 2005. Thomas has been editing local newspapers and magazines in England, Spain and Thailand for more than fifteen years. He is currently working on several projects in Thailand and abroad. Apart from Thailand, Thomas has lived in Italy, England, Venezuela, Cuba, Spain and Bali. He spends most of his time in Asia. During the years Thomas has developed a great understanding of several Asian cultures and people. He is also working freelance, writing short travel stories and articles for travel magazines. Follow Thomas on www.asianitinerary.com

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