I got to thinking about 'why' I practice 'On The Chair' Healing sessions that are short, ie: only 10-20 minutes in duration.
For me, it had become apparent that whatever I did in that short time-span with the client still made an immediate impact on 'their' emotional state... they were relaxed, calm, and just 'in their own zone'. It is obviously enough time for the conscious & subconscious mind to 'switch off' the fight/flight response and trigger the bodies own innate healing wisdom.
But how do I explain the benefits of a short healing session to you? How do I reprogram your mindset that you think you need an hour or more on the therapy table to be beneficial and unwind?
So here we go....
The term "Relaxation Response" was coined by Dr. Herbert Benson, professor, author, cardiologist, and founder of Harvard’s Mind/Body Medical Institute. The response is defined as your personal ability to encourage your body to release chemicals and brain signals that make your muscles and organs slow down and increase blood flow to the brain.
In his book, The Relaxation Response, Dr. Benson describes the scientific benefits of relaxation, explaining that regular practice of the relaxation response can be an effective treatment for a wide range of stress-related disorders.
It is well documented that stress and anxiety are harmful to health, happiness, creativity and productivity. Hundreds of published research studies on various relaxation techniques verify the effectiveness for reducing stress, enhancing brain function, strengthening immunity and much more, and that only 10-15 minutes per day of meditation or progressive relaxation has positive benefits on one's health, physically, mentally and spiritually.
The fight-or-flight stress response occurs naturally when we perceive that we are under excessive pressure, and it is designed to protect us from bodily harm. Our sympathetic nervous system becomes immediately engaged in creating a number of physiological changes, including increased metabolism, blood pressure, heart and breathing rate, dilation of pupils, constriction of our blood vessels, all of which work to enable us to fight or flee from a stressful or dangerous situation.
A relaxation response is a helpful way to turn off the fight-or-flight response and bring the body back to pre-stress levels. Dr. Benson describes the relaxation response as a physical state of deep relaxation which engages the other part of our nervous system—the parasympathetic nervous system. Research has shown that regular use of the Relaxation Response can help any health problem that is caused or exacerbated by chronic stress such as fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal ailments, insomnia, hypertension, anxiety disorders, and others.
A relaxation technique is any method, process, procedure, or activity that helps a person to relax; to attain a state of increased calmness; or otherwise reduce levels of pain, anxiety, stress or anger.
There are many methods to elicit a relaxation response including visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, energy healing, acupuncture, massage, breathing techniques, prayer, meditation, tai chi, qi gong, and yoga. True relaxation can also be achieved by removing yourself from everyday thought and by choosing a word, sound, phrase, prayer, or by focusing on your breathing.
During an energy healing process, the patient is able to relax, quiet their mind, and experience calming effects while the healer does his or her work. Energy healing patients have experienced profound results, not unlike the results seen in Dr. Benson’s studies.
As a trained and certified Relaxation and Massage Therapist, Quantum-Touch and Reiki Practitioner, I am able to use techniques that allow the person to feel safe, and to induce a state of relaxation quickly to achieve the benefits as listed above. Self relaxation is also simple to do once techniques have been taught, but often in our hectic fast-paced lifestyles it is easier to have someone else 'guide the way'.
So hopefully this little explanation has opened your thoughts on how my short seated sessions can be of great benefit to you!
In any case, you have nothing to lose... and everything to gain!
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