The Physical Effects of Meditation

Meditation

Often discussed are the spiritual and emotional benefits of meditation. But what about the actual scientific proof of how it can benefit you in your physical body? While the medical community all agrees that meditation should not be used as a stand-alone therapy or replacement for medical care, even the Mayo Clinic believes that it can be a useful addition to other treatments and may help with: Sleep problems Anxiety disorders Depression Asthma Cancer Heart disease High blood pressure Pain HIV Psoriasis There have been over 3,000 scientific studies on the benefits of … [Read more...]

Aromatherapy… Ahhhhh

aromatherapy

Aromatherapy may be thought of by most as a luxury spa experience when it should be considered a daily practice that can heal, solidify and strengthen your health. Aromatherapy is the art of using of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils to boost health and or mood. They are often used in massage, applied directly or mixed with carrier oils. They may also be dripped into an infuser allowing the molecules to be released into the air so they can be breathed in. Both can have relaxing and purifying effects. Essential oils are more than relaxing, they are “essential” - Dual meaning: They … [Read more...]

The Hypnosis Experience

Hypnosis

When many people think of the word hypnosis, visions of stage performers come to mind. Audience participants doing silly things like clucking like chickens or being made to perform silly dances. Stage performers scope out those they feel are most willing to “play along” – hypnotic suggestions are never against anyone’s will or without their knowledge. This is done in the name of entertainment only and is in no way indicative of therapeutic hypnosis.   Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation in which experienced hypnotherapists are able to help the client access their intuitive and … [Read more...]

Laughter and Why It’s So Important…

Diverse People Circle Huddle Looking Down Concept

So, I couple years ago, I came across a yoga class called “Laughter Yoga”. I knew at some point, I had to check it out. My first thought was “what is THIS?” I mean, with all the different styles of yoga out there today, I have to say it had me curious, to say the least. But like everything else, and for so many, it took me some time to get there. It was offered only once a month, so limited times were available. Of course, something would always come up restricting me from attending the class each month. So I finally decided to make it a priority. I put it on my calendar, told myself I … [Read more...]