Reasearch has shown that stress is possibly the underlying cause or exacerbating factor in every human medical condition. In our current times, it is difficult to find someone that isn’t dealing with stress. If stress is overwhelming or debilitating to your life, know that you do not have to live that way. You can reduce the way stress impacts your life and feel an improved quality of life.
According to the American Institute of Stress:
There are numerous emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress including depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections, a host of viral linked disorders ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and certain cancers, as well as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
In addition, stress can have direct effects on the skin (rashes, hives, atopic dermatitis, the gastrointestinal system (GERD, peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis) and can contribute to insomnia and degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease. In fact, it’s hard to think of any disease in which stress cannot play an aggravating role or any part of the body that is not affected (see stress effects on the body stress diagram) or. This list will undoubtedly grow as the extensive ramifications of stress are increasingly being appreciated.
To view a list of 50 common signs and symptoms of stress, check stress.org
Reiki is a wonderful therapy for stress. This gentle balancing and healing of our energy systems works on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels and naturally allows us to experience a state of calm and relaxation and can assist you in redirecting or reducing stress responses. At Into the Spirit, you can trust that you are receiving Reiki from a highly trained and experienced practitioner. Book a one-hour session for yourself or someone who could use the healing power of Reiki or come see what Reiki is like during a group Reiki experience.
Meditation is one of the most acknowledged techniques for reducing stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, “meditation can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. (You are able to) eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process may result in enhanced physical and emotional well-being. Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may help you manage symptoms of certain medical conditions.”
Join us at Into the Spirit for group meditation sessions or book an individual appointment for a guided meditation.
Music-assisted healing Using drumming and singing bowls are some of the ways we use music and sound to help relieve stress at Into the Spirit. These immersive experiences can help reduce anger, irritability, headaches and muscle tension, to name a few. Under the guidance of a skilled practitioner, you will feel, hear, and sense the vibrations of different sound frequencies or rhythms as they meet your body’s own rhythms and vibrations and begin to help it synchronize and shift to a more balanced, less stressful state of being.