Stress Management

Here’s a shocking statistic – in the U.S. 40% of deaths and 70% of disease are related to stress. Stress pushes us towards a condition of imbalance, which makes us prone to accidents, disease and premature aging. Deepak Chopra says that normally 90% of cells’ energy goes to building new RNA & DNA but, when the brain perceives a threat, that process is set aside so there is no growth or repair. When I was first in private massage practice, my MD would tell me that most of the people in his waiting room should be in mine. So, manage your stress and give yourself a free, painless face-lift with a massage.

It may be difficult to take care of ourselves when we are over stimulated most of the time. We are encouraged to have unrealistic expectations to take on responsibilities with stressful deadlines. It is easier to ignore taking care of ourselves and we are rewarded for doing so. Unfortunately, many of us do not feel like we have a good support system we can regularly make use of. Our goals and our behaviors are often out of sync. We do not acknowledge or resolve our emotions as they happen. We lack healthy boundaries and may have lowered self-esteem. In fact, many of us do not really know ourselves on a deep level.

See if you can identify yourself in the following ways of “managing”

  • Deny it? (I’m not tense; I’m just terribly, terribly alert).
  • Medicate it? (Wine, Chocolate).
  • Boast or complain about it? (Yikes).
  • Percussive maintenance? (That’s when you whack the heck out of something).
  • Gratitude, forgiveness, letting go (Now we’re getting somewhere).
  • Humor (Did you know that Karaoke is Japanese for tone deaf).
  • Exercise (I saw a friend a few months ago who I used to work with; she was on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon getting ready to hike across to the South Rim by herself; she told me it was trail therapy).
  • Solitude (there are retreats where you can be totally non-verbal, doesn’t that sound refreshing!)

Did anyone say massage?

Along with all the other benefits of massage therapy, consider this. A bio frequency monitor shows the average frequency of the healthy human body is 62 to 72 Hz. When the frequency drops to 58Hz, cold and flu symptoms can manifest. At 55Hz, Candida. At 52Hz, Chronic Fatigue. At 42Hz, Cancer. Essential Oils (often used in massage) have a frequency of up to 320Hz and inherently have the ability to significantly raise the bodys’ frequency.

Let’s remember to slow down, relax, breathe, stop and smell the roses (and get a massage for stress management).

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