Notes on Stress Management
you want any part
meditation the progressive relaxation technique
Hippocrates established the first maxim of medicine as:
Close your eyes
breath in deeply
breath out deeply
continue breathing slowly and deeply
find the light in front
and above you
that's it and it's a lifetimes work
The classic is:
father used to have a tape he'd play with this, a soothing tape.
Nero Asistant got rid of her stress and that got rid of her AIDS.
Coping with our lives is the best way to reduce stress
a list of the five things you most want to change. (Include both
positive things you want to do more of, like exercise, as well as negative things
you wish to do less of.) Change the item on the list that is easiest to change.
Each week make a new list.
The ANS (Autonomic Nervous System) does the automatic/involuntary regulation of the body and its organs. It speeds the heart up and slows the heart down. It opens and closes blood vessels. Opens and closes the eye's iris/pupil. Regulates all the tissues.
The ANS in fact is two systems. It modulates in two directions. The second of these systems is called the Parasympathetic Nervous System. It has to do with rest and healing. It has a lot of control over our immune response, turning it up.
The Parasympathetic Nevous System promotes rest and healing but/and it is very much concerned with reversing the effects of the first ANS division/direction, a system that is called the Sympathetic Nervous System.
The Sympathetic Nervous System is concerned with putting the body into Fight or Flight overdrive. "Mother lifts car off baby."
we are adrenalated
So the "relaxation principle" is about reducing the "sympathetic tone": reduce the fright fight flight (and/or freeze) overdrive. turning down the emergency response system, turning down adrenalation.
There is a simple breathing exercise that can help with this. I call it metered breathing.
breath in to a count
is another of the great panaceas useful here...
There is a branch of alternative medicine called "Orthomolecular
Therapy". It was made famous by Linus Pauling's advocacy of vitamin C in large
"orthomolecular" doses. It was originate by a Dr. Hoffer who found (or claims)
that he could successfully treat most mental illness, most schizophrenias, with
vitamins and minerals, often in large doses.
Flower Remedies can be very useful in dealing with shock. Particularly
one thinks of the Bach Flower Rescue
Remedy which is used for shock. |
There are also a couple of remedies that are used for fear and anxiety.
Mimulus is for fears arising from a know source. (If you touch the leaves of the Mimosa they close up.)
Aspen is for fear from unknown sources. (Think of aspen leaves flickering silver and green in the wind.)
Remedies. There are some acute remedies - remedies that will reduce anxiety
or relax you for the moment - that we can produce for you in the office. |
The acupuncture point, Governor 20 or Du 20, is a sedation point. Right at the top of your head there is a little indentation. Du 20 is on the forward lip of this indentation.
A substitute for needles would be to place one hand on a persons forehead (brow) and the other at the back at the base of there skull (occiput) and just hold these lightly and relax. Thats awkward to do on oneself, so substitute "palming" for this: place your palms over your eyes and relax. Doing Reiki on yourself is a matter of simply placing your hands anywhere that feels comforting and imagining "universal" healing energy passing through you.
CranioSacral Therapy is the most relaxing therapy I know of, but that's a whole other story. To induce a relaxing "still point" on oneself, tie two tennis balls up together tightly on a sock and lie with them at the base of your skull (occiput). This should be relaxing. (There were several addenda to these notes/this talk, and I'll try to put them up soon.)