Reiki & Stress Reduction
What does stress do to our bodies? Did you know that your body's stress reaction was meant to protect you ... but when you are dealing with constant "stressors", it takes a toll on your physical and mental health.
Normal short-term bursts of stress can be good for you. It helps us perform at a higher level, improves our memory and our immune system. It also activates brain cells.
However, the more long-term or constant stress on our bodies means the more energy it takes for our bodies to recover. This vicious cycle can lead to a weakened immune system, migraines, frequent headaches, repetitive strain injuries, backaches, ulcers, constipation, diarrhea, high blood pressure, adrenal fatigue and the list goes on. The body is out of balance. It then struggles to re-balance by finding ways to slow us down.
We have all experienced stress in one form or another; it's a common lifestyle occurrence. Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, nervous, or anxious.
According to the author of the Adrenal Advice.com website, the major categories of stress can be found under physical, emotional, environmental or inherited, and any of these factors may lead to adrenal fatigue if left unresolved.
One of the greatest benefits of Reiki is stress reduction and relaxation.
Many people who have experienced a Reiki treatment can attest to this. Often, my clients fall asleep during a session. A treatment can help to bring your body back into a natural state of balance, thus allowing your body to do what it instinctively knows how to do ... heal itself!
Most often, we cannot completely remove all stress from our lives, but we can control how it effects us. Together with relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga and Reiki as well as stress management strategies ...... you can give your body the tools it needs to get back into balance.
Effects of Stress on the Body
The New York Times Health & Science magazine writes "Stress is tied to heart disease and diabetes".
High levels of cortisol — the so-called stress hormone — have been associated with cardiovascular disease in some studies, but not in others. This may be because measuring cortisol in blood or saliva at one point in time may pick up acute stress, but it fails to account for long-term stress.
Dutch researchers have assessed cortisol levels over several months by analyzing scalp hair samples. Their results appeared online in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Dr. Christopher Lepisto explains the autonomic nervous system
and the importance of relaxation.