is an eloquent system, which will help you to responsibly manage the stress in your life. I will be teaching you some simple techniques, which you can apply daily, to mindfully engaging your Relaxation Response. The Relaxation Response is basically the opposite of the Stress Response, and has the opposite effect.
You will “re-learn” how to relax, and be given the keys to regain this state of relaxation on your own. By using the techniques regularly, for 15 to 25 minutes a day, you will feel better in three ways:
1. Your mind will become quite and focused;
2. Your body will be much more relaxed, free from tension;
3. Your emotional state will feel tranquil and peaceful.
The program has four stages or modules, each of which can be taught in one session of about an hour. The modules are generally scheduled over a period of several weeks, to give you time to become proficient in each stage, and experience it’s benefits, before moving on to the next step.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information, or have any questions.
At a more Scientific level
Stress is a biological term which refers to the consequences of the failure of a human or animal to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats to the organism, whether actual or imagined. It includes a state of alarm and adrenaline production, short-term resistance as a coping mechanism, and exhaustion. Common stress symptoms include irritability, muscular tension, inability to concentrate and a variety of physical reactions, such as headaches and elevated heart rate.
Adrenaline is a naturally occurring hormone. During the fight-or-flight response, the adrenal gland releases adrenal into the blood stream, along with other hormones like cortisone, signaling the heart to pump harder, increasing blood pressure, opening airways in the lungs, narrowing blood vessels in the skin and intestine to increase blood flow to major muscle groups, and performing other functions to enable the body to fight or run when encountering a perceived threat.
We also know that the surge in adrenaline caused by severe emotional stress causes the blood to clot more readily, increasing the risk of heart attacks. British investigators have shown that chronic work stress can produce chronic increases in adrenaline levels, and have related those changes to an increased risk of heart disease. A study at Duke University showed that the stress of performing difficult arithmetic problems can constrict the coronary arteries in such a way that blood flow to the heart muscle is reduced.
Science is beginning to support the theory that chronic emotional stress can promote coronary artery disease. Certainly such stress is associated with behaviors that increase coronary artery disease, and there’s at least suggestive evidence that it may even have a direct effect in producing coronary disease.
Cortisone is an important and helpful part of the body’s response to stress. It is important that the body’s relaxation response be activated so the body’s functions can return to normal following a stressful event.
Unfortunately, in our current high-stress culture, the body’s stress response is activated so often that the body doesn’t always have a chance to return to normal, resulting in a state of chronic stress.
Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisone in the bloodstream (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as:
· Impaired cognitive performance
· Suppressed thyroid function
· Blood sugar imbalances such as
· Decreased bone density
· Decrease in muscle tissue
· Higher blood pressure
· Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body,
slowed wound healing, and other health consequences
· Increased abdominal fat, which is associated with a greater amount of health
problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body.
Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat are heart attacks, strokes, the development of higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), which can lead to other health problems! To keep cortisone levels healthy and under control, the body’s relaxation response should be activated after the fight or flight response occurs. The Stress Biofeedback techniques can help you to do this.