Have you ever found yourself holding your breath when you are feeling overwhelmed or frustrated? When we are stressed, our breathing becomes short and shallow, and we may hold our breath. This reinforces our “fight or flight” stress response. When we come back to our breath and take slow, steady breaths, we trigger our body's … Continue reading Are you holding your breath?
You're constantly stressed. Crunched for time. Your to-do list is never-ending. Always thinking ‘when my kids are older, when this big project at work is over, or when they hire more help at the office, then I can actually take care of myself.’ You know there's got to be more to life than feeling exhausted … Continue reading Always Busy?
You've probably heard a meditation practice can help you manage stress. But it can feel like a Herculean task to sit in silence and focus on your breath. All those thoughts buzzing around! Enter Zentangle. It's basically a method of drawing that can promote a meditative state. I recently took a beginner's class and I'm … Continue reading Zentangle: An Alternative to Meditation? Ask the Expert.
Why get a massage? According to a survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association, 28% of Americans who get a massage do so for relaxation and stress reduction. That’s a lot of people in the US who feel strongly enough about their own experiences with massage for stress reduction to put their money on … Continue reading Stress, Anxiety, and Massage
Everybody has experienced stress and anxiety at some point in their lives, right? Stress is a normal part of life, but for some people it can become excessive. Anxiety disorders affect 18 percent of the US population. They involve excessive worry and irrational fears that can interfere with your ability to live your life. Generalized … Continue reading Massage and Anxiety