Relaxation is the cure for stress
The Meridian Massage approach to stress is simply to encourage relaxation.
Keep in mind that “simple” is not always easy.
Stress, in the modern world, is understood to be a platform for many chronic and acute disease states. These conditions range from systemic conditions such as high blood pressure, to more specific conditions such as headaches. I’m sure you have seen the current list of stress related conditions. Let’s not create even more stress by focusing on all the troubles that stress can create. Let’s move into the solution – let’s move toward relaxation.
Relaxation – the final frontier!
The Meridian Massage approach to stress relief leans heavily on lifestyle adjustments. Let’s face it, just getting a bunch of great massages is not going to change the circumstances in your life that keep you feeling “stressed out.” Maybe you cannot change the circumstances, but you can change your relationship to the circumstances.
Relaxation in a stressed out world
- Breathe – Does your teacher, boss, co-worker, family member, or daily commute make you stressed? Try putting your attention on your breath rather than that person or event. Feel the air coming into your nose and lungs. Feel the air go back out as you exhale. Practice putting your attention on your breath rather than the external stressor, even if that stressor is a person.
- Move – Walk a little, stretch a little, get up from the desk more often, or go for a swim. Just start with a little – five or ten minutes each day. Keep it short, keep it simple, and make it doable. Moving helps flush stressors out of our system, and it opens the flow of Qi (energy) throughout the meridians.
- Stop – Are you over-committed? Do you run from appointment to appointment or obligation to obligation? Stop! Just stop for two minutes. Then, sit and gaze at the sky, the grass, the sink, a piece of art, a bug, or the wind. Give yourself a few moments of “not doing.”
The little things add up over time:
Little aggravations lead to bigger stress over time.
Little moments of relaxation lead to greater ease over time.
It works both ways. Adding more moments of relaxation will help balance those moments of stress.