Relaxation/Stress Management

Everyday life involves various stresses and our ability to respond to stress is one of the oldest of all physiological survival mechanisms. Generally we all cope very well. However certain situations increase stress to a level where physical and emotional problems can develop.  

Indicators are:

Tiredness                    Muscle pain              Anxiety            Poor concentration 

Sleep disturbance       Restlessness            Irritability         Headache


When stress levels build, stress related illnesses start to appear:

Depression                  Irritable bladder         Peptic Ulcers        Headaches   

Irritable digestion         Drug abuse               Impotence             Mouth Ulcers

Asthma                        Dermatitis                  Heart disease       Anxiety

                                

We all know how hard it is to deal with some problems and at these times, talking with someone may assist you in finding a solution or developing a strategy for coping more effectively. Apart from psychological support, good nutrition is an essential component of an effective stress management program as the adrenal glands utilise vitamin B5 and B6 in the production of stress reducing hormones and minerals such as magnesium are essential for normal nerve function.

Herbal combinations have also proved effective in managing stress-related illness.

Meditation.

There are many forms and schools of meditation? There are mantra meditations, visualization meditations, open-focus meditations, breath-based meditations, and so on. Finding the right one for you can take time, however the effort is worth it as research shows that there are great health and wellbeing benefits. Meditation Research.

What is Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness is a way of paying attention, in the present moment, to yourself, others and the world around you. Derived from the Buddhist meditative traditions it is now finding its way increasingly into secular contexts. It is a skill that anyone can train in and we now know that such training literally re-sculpts your brain. Studies at Harvard and elsewhere, for example, have shown that after just eight weeks of training there is a significant increase in brain grey matter concentration in areas associated with sustained attention, emotional regulation and perspective taking. Such training also increases activity in the left prefrontal cortex – a predictor of happiness and well-being. And it boosts your immune response, helping to defend against illness.

Mindfulness training gives you more insight into your emotions and it increases your level of attention and concentration. It’s been proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours and has a positive effect on physical problems like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain.”(Ref: www.mindfulness-works.com)

People trained in mindfulness have been shown to make more rational decisions as meditators activate a different network of brain areas compared with non-meditators, which enables them to uncouple negative emotional reactions from their behaviour.

Mindfulness training has also been shown to raise emotional intelligence, improve relationships stress management and mental health. ( Ref: Michael Chaskalson. www.mindfulness-works.com)

Guided Meditations.


At Tryfoss we regularly use guided meditations as a way to remove the negative effects of stress and facilitate positive change in the lives of our clients. Unlike general guided meditations we tailor your individual session to your particular needs and use Hypnotherapy techniques to deepen the experience. During my 30+ years of teaching I regularly used guided meditations to successfully relax an entire class group of 30 or more children and in some instances achieved better playground and classroom behaviours. 


The Session: Your session will usually take around an hour and you will take home with you a follow-up CD or downloadable Mp3 version, again personalised to greater enhance your meditation practise.


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