In our fast-paced world, we tend to live in the flight or fight response of the sympathetic nervous system. We are constantly connected to our devices. We are constantly living a fast-paced existence. Most of us never take the time to slow down and really see the world around us.
The human body is not designed to run fast forward 24-7. If we live this way for too long the affects begin to take their toll. We feel disconnected, tired, have trouble sleeping, feel anxiety, stiffness in our joints, shoulders, back, etc.
It’s time to shift our focus to the slower and happier parasympathetic nervous system. We need to take time to happily live in our bodies. An old Yogic saying is “If we don’t take care of our bodies, where will we live!”
Here are three ways to start slowing down and get back into your body:
Slowing life down with yoga, meditation, walks in nature, and body work, like massage, are great ways to reconnect with our true selves. This reconnection shows you that your body is your best friend. If you take care of it, it will take care of you.
As spring unfolds, it is wonderful a time to reconnect with nature and ourselves and take the time to take care of ourselves. Start now by meeting a friend for a walk, set a timer to remind yourself to breathe deeply and schedule a massage!
Massage can decrease anxiety, heart rate, cortisol levels, all of which are beneficial to overall health and well-being. “It just feels good.” The feel good, relaxation benefits of massage should not be dismissed as unimportant. When people feel relaxed, their outlook on life tends to improve which can lead to perceptions of happiness and contentment and decrease levels of stress.
Feeling tired or overwhelmed? Here's a quick and easy way to ramp up your energy and connect to your inner self.
In our fast paced world, we tend to run on empty. Empty of the vital life energy that is so important to our well-being. We burn the candle at both ends and then wonder at the end of the day why we are wiped out!
Just recently with Quantum Physics and advanced technology we are beginning to understand what ancient healers for thousands of years have known. We are energy beings. Our molecules are moving constantly and vibrating at a tremendous rate. When they are flowing in harmony all is good. It gives us power to live our lives.
For thousands of years, healers of the East have been aware of energy channels running through our bodies. Through the years they worked with this energy and discovered ways to open and help this energy flow freely.
The main energy vortexes of the body are the seven chakras. They run down the center of our bodies. They are the circular vortexes of energy that are on seven different points on the spinal column. They connect to various organs and glands within our body and are primarily responsible for distributing the life energy of our system.
The signs that your chakras could be blocked include difficulty concentrating, sleep problems, feeling helpless, not being able to express yourself, feeling disconnected, tired, etc. Energy needs to flow freely.
Root Chakra (Muladhara)
Sacral Chakra (Svadhishthana)
Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
Heart Chakra (Anahata)
Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
Third Eye Chakra (Ajan)
Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
Now that we know of the Chakras and what they represent, what can be done?
If you feel that your chakras could be out of alignment, call or text me to schedule your chakra alignment session today. It's amazing how quickly we can bring your energy back into balance so you can have the energy to power your life!
Stressed who me? No, I am a massage therapist. I teach yoga and meditation. I teach people how to relax. RELAX!!! So easy to say and so hard to do. YES. I am stressed. The guy in front of me making me late for work. My kids...another time.
We are all living in a time of fast time. Quick, quick, quick, let us do more, spend more, worry more and fill our day. One more email to check, one more tweet to send. One more person to text.
One day I was teaching a yoga class and someone asked my husband, who was also in the class, if I ever got stressed. He laughed out loud. Then quickly regained his composure and said...oh never. After his nose stopped growing, I continued the class. I teach this and I forget or don't think or don't take time.
We need to STOP. We need to REMEMBER.
We need to breathe....slow down and BREATHE.
Let's all try to slow down and maybe we can slow down the rotation of the world to slow time. We need to take time to enjoy our brief time on this wonderful planet.
When I have asked relatives who were elderly and close to passing what they regretted, many have said they wished they had spent more time having FUN. They wished they had taken more time to walk in the woods, hug their kids and grandkids, taken more time to travel, dance and laugh.
Their time was over. Our time is now. We must all remember to take the time. We need to have NO regrets.
Let's stop and take deep healing belly breaths.
1.As you inhale send the air deep into your lungs and make your belly go out. This is belly breathing. It fills up the lungs.
2.Take three deep breathes and feel the energy surging through your body.
3.Close your eyes and feel this healing energy circling and calming your systems.
We can do this one breath and one walk in the woods at a time.
If you are feeling stressed and need some time to yourself, contact me to schedule a massage and to learn more breathing techniques. I would love to help you destress. If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live? Also, check out the class schedule on my site. I offer meditation, drumming and yoga classes.