Happy April and Happy National Stress Awareness Month!
How have you been feeling lately? Happy and healthy, I hope! But despite all of our best efforts to feel happy and healthy, each of us is affected by stress at some point in our lives. And just as each one of us manifests the effects of stress differently (headaches, stomachaches, acne, insomnia, high blood pressure…), each one of us manages stress uniquely as well. I think it’s vital to have tools in place to help us manage stress so it doesn’t become chronic and debilitating.
We’ve talked about the effects of stress in past Bliss Bites, but the long and short of it is that when we are in a chronic state of stress, it’s like we are constantly being chased by a tiger. Our body’s fight or flight response kicks in, increasing our heart rate, blood pressure and mental alertness. Our adrenal glands, which are located above the kidneys, secrete adrenaline when there is an emergency or perceived danger. When we are in a chronic state of stress, our adrenal glands can become overworked, negatively impacting our overall health.
Deep rest and relaxation are key elements for dealing with stress. When we practice relaxation techniques, we slow our actions down, ultimately moving into stillness so that we allow the muscles to stop engaging, which allows the heart rate to drop and the blood pressure to decrease, creating the environment for the brain to quiet.
There are many ways you can experience deep and conscious rest and relaxation: lying in savasana or in a restorative yoga pose; getting a massage; receiving Reiki; meditating to name a few. Basically we want to trigger, what Dr. Herbert Benson calls the “relaxation response”. The relaxation response is a physiologic response where our blood pressure decreases, our heart rate and breathing rates slow down, our brain wave patterns decrease, and digestion/metabolism returns to normal.
As I mentioned above, Reiki alone or with Restorative Yoga, is a practice that can trigger that relaxation response and can be a great tool for managing stress.
Physically Reiki can help:
Mentally/Emotionally Reiki can help:
Energetically Reiki can help:
While Reiki is not a cure or a replacement for professional medical care, it can support your healing process and can be used in conjunction with whatever medical care you are undergoing.
Like with any other practice or healing modality, to experience the many and varied benefits of Reiki, regular sessions are encouraged. While you may
feel its wonderful effects after one session, for true, lasting benefits it’s ideal to make it a regular part of your wellness routine.
If you want to learn more about Reiki and Restorative Yoga you can read more at my website or contact me directly. You can also check out these FREE Reiki and Restorative Yoga practices to help you start managing your stress NOW!
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