Blog: The Hidden Power of Relaxation

PLEASE take your vacation time!

June 22, 2022

  Eric, a successful engineer and confessed A-type personality, always told me, “I have to take at least two weeks off when I go on vacation with my family. I take the first three days to chill from work and begin to relax, and then I need three days at the end of my vacation to prepare mentally to resume work. So that leaves me eight days to truly relax and thoroughly enjoy myself!” Can…

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How could you relax when facing open-heart surgery?

April 9, 2022

I consider Luke a massage connoisseur. He has been receiving bodywork for decades and knows what he likes and what benefits him the most. He is a pleasure to work with as he relaxes well during our regular one and half-hour sessions. Luke doesn’t have too much body armoring, whereby the tissues can become rather hard and unyielding, creating a resistant barrier and thus preventing one from deep relaxation.  Instead, his body softens under my…

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A Rescue Remedy

March 15, 2022

I would like to introduce you to the Bach Flower Remedies, of which I am a trainee practitioner. Rescue Remedy is a homeopathic combination of natural flower remedies. It is incredibly helpful for when events shake us, whether externally or internally driven. It is an effective first-aid remedy and can swiftly bring us back to feeling centered and grounded rather than remaining agitated and stressed. There are countless stories worldwide of people using this formula…

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Your Amazing Heart

February 13, 2022

“It is the toughest inhabitant in the body, and the most tremulous, the furnace of animal passion and the seat of the most exquisite sensibilities. It is a dauntless pump that sustains life on a moment-by-moment basis, and a delicately poised seismograph that responds to every fleeting change of mood, every unexpected sound, sight, smell, or touch; quick to take offense or alarm yet capable of profound composure. What we have shaped in our innocence…

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Your Grateful Brain

November 29, 2021

Lucky you if you had plenty to be grateful for over the Thanksgiving weekend. We know, by now, that holidays and time with family and friends don’t always pan out the way we would like or choose! On the morning of Thanksgiving day, I promised myself to maintain a positive attitude and count my blessings – no matter what came up that might persuade me to falter from my worthy intention. I was rather intrigued…

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Do you enjoy being scared?

October 29, 2021

I confess that I am not a big fan of Halloween, yet I am fascinated by its fascination! What is fun and thrilling to one person may be highly stressful for another. However, experiencing fear in the absence of real danger has some clear psychological benefits. It may seem like a paradox, but in making fear “safe,” we make it easier to relax into the experience, and in doing so, reset the bar on our…

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8 Top Foods that Bring Calm, Relax Muscles, and Reduce Stress

September 29, 2021

1) Magnesium-rich foods. Spinach, broccoli, lima beans, acorn squash, artichokes, green peas, swiss chard, kale. A magnesium deficiency can cause undue stress in migraines, high blood pressure, anxiety, constipation, and muscle cramping. Foods rich in magnesium, like leafy greens, can soothe the nerves and de-stress the body so effectively that magnesium is often dubbed the “anti-stress” mineral. It decreases the cortisol (stress) response and has a perfect balance of neurotransmitters (chemical substances that transmit nerve…

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How does a First responder release pressure from her work?

August 27, 2021

Jaime is a team player.  It immediately shows in the way she dresses. I have seen her in her favorite sport team colors and numbers.  I have seen her in her First Responders uniform, a solid navy blue, from its collar to the reinforced shoe. The dark, saturated dye is the complete opposite of her soft red hair and fresh, clear face. She exudes confidence, reliability, and safety. However, Jaime’s life journey hasn’t taken the…

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Relaxing Your Eyes!

August 13, 2021

1)  20-20-20 plus 20 Rule When you’re focused on work, you tend to get closer to the screen, spend more time staring at it, and blink very rarely. That’s a perfect setup for eye strain. The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests you follow the 20-20-20 rule. About every 20 minutes, look at least 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. Then add the “Plus 20.” Take 20 blinks for good measure. It’s a way to…

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I would rather be happy than right.

June 30, 2021

I have No written all over my face, and I’m glaring at my husband with it. “I’m right!” I insist, yet again. “No, you’re not!” he counters. “You know I’m right!” I fling back at him. “You’re doing your British Resistance thing,” he replies knowingly. Damn, that argument always scores points. And so our ridiculous performance begins as we circle one another like hostiles on the battlefield. Lots of aggressive stances taken, but all bark…

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