by Dr. E. Shaji Raj, BAMS
The intensity that is building up internally when we are caught in a situation where there is no immediate solution to the problem. When we feel overloaded or the pressure that is placed upon us is too much to cope, then that is stress...
by Steven Bloore, Certified Hypnotherapist
When someone is confronted by the specter of a cancer diagnosis, the fear of the unknown begins to take over, both for the patient and the family...Hypnosis is a powerful tool for creating new, more effective coping mechanisms to manage these stresses with a sense of control while in the healing process...
by Dawa Fitzmaurice
How would you like to let go of your stress and feel energized, inspired and focused? I think we can all say yes to this! My easy 3 step method for melting your stress with the tranquility of nature works even if you are in the city and only have 5 minutes to spare.
Editor's Note from Melanie Channell: In this article, the author clearly articulates the powerful stress relieving benefits of being out in nature and using our senses to quiet and calm our minds and bodies.
by Ellen Joseph
Expansive, peaceful views of nature, with calm waters and verdant trees and colorful flowers, are some of the most psychologically beneficial images for patients who are recovering from surgery, according to the findings of Roger S. Ulrich, PhD, Director of The Center for Health Design. Dr. Ulrich's research proved that such positive scenes of nature can substantially improve patient outcomes...
Editor's Note: Using evidence-based design, artist Ellen Joseph combines research and art to produce paintings and murals that reduce the negative emotional and physiological effects of stress.
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by Renee Woodruff
I didn't have a targeted purpose for trying acupuncture, although I'd be lying if I didn't admit I was curious about the possibility of "curing" my never ending tummy troubles. Outside of that, I was looking at it from a more holistic and preventative perspective. I wanted to see if going to acupuncture on a regular basis would help with my stress levels...
Editor's Note: I love this blog post! Truthful, candid, reader-friendly, and informative perspective of why every woman should try acupuncture. Renee's curiosity to try acupuncture proved to be quite the success in improving her overall health and wellbeing.
by Pamela A. Pappas MD, MD(H)
Skin is amazing. It’s flaunted, ogled, and tanned within an inch of its life. It’s our body’s largest (and heaviest!) organ, but gets taken for granted until something goes wrong. Still, it releases toxins, keeps our innards warm, juicy and safe, and continuously renews itself. It even finds time to make Vitamin D!...
Editor´s Note: In our fast paced, stress filled culture, skin ailments like acne and eczema--just to name two--are very common among susceptible people, even adults. In her superb article, Pamela explains the homeopathic interpretation of chronic skin ailments as a reflection of a deeper, systemic imbalance that needs to be treated wholistically. Of particular note is Pamela's discussion of the process of healing as it pertains to skin issues--slow but sure!
by April Norris
One of the most ancient energy healing methods, Sound Healing (or sound energy healing) is a resurging therapeutic option in which the mind, body, and spirit of a person are restored to health, harmony, and balance with the help of sound energies and frequencies...
Editor's Note from Melanie Channell: In this article, April Norris describes how using sound healing, toning, chanting, gongs, tuning forks, crystal bowls, etc., can help the body to relax. Once the body is in a stress-free state, its natural healing ability can assist in restoring it back to health.
Editor's Note from Carolyn White: Does Reiki offer practical, energetic relief from stress? How does a Reiki session work? What are some additional benefits available from the practice of Reiki? In this program, Torrance CitiCable interviews Lucia Galante Johnson, CEO and founder of the Reiki Center in Torrance, CA. Lucia relates how Reiki transformed her life's work from the corporate world to creating a safe space to teach and share this traditional form of Japanese energy work. Lucia, associate practitioners and students share the flow of a session and provide insights into what the Reiki experience "is."
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