“It’s bad enough that stress can increase inflammation in the body, wreak havoc with our sleep patterns, and worsen our moods – now we find out that stress can actually contribute to unwanted weight gain! If you need a little more motivation to begin a good program of healthy stress management, watch this video on the effects of emotional stress on body weight – and then commit to a regular practice of stress management.” – Health + Healing Editor
From the Greek Philosopher Plato, to the Sufi Mystic Hazrat Inayat Khan, and now, contemporary athletes; all have found healing power in music.
“Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other in the integration of the human being because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the Soul on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the Soul of him who is rightly educated truly graceful.” – Plato
“A person does not hear sound only through the ears; he hears sound through every pore of his body. It permeates the entire being, and according to its particular influence either slows or quickens the rhythm of the blood circulation; it either wakens or soothes the nervous system. It arouses a person to greater passions or it calms him by bringing him peace. According to the sound and its influence a certain effect is produced. Sound becomes visible in the form of radiance. This shows that the same energy which goes into the form of sound before being visible is absorbed by the physical body. In that way the physical body recuperates and becomes charged with new magnetism.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan, Mysticism of Sound
“Music is a great way to regulate mood both before and during physical activity. A lot of athletes use music as if it’s a legal drug,” sport psychologist Costas Karageorghis of Brunel University in England told LiveScience. “They can use it as a stimulant or as a sedative. Generally speaking, loud upbeat music has a stimulating effect and slow music reduces arousal.”
The link between music and athletic performance is just one example of the inroads scientists and doctors are making into understanding the amazing power that music has over our minds and bodies. Science is backing up our intuition and experience, showing that music really does kill pain, reduce stress, better our brains and basically change how we experience life.
Group sessions of either mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) or cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) provide cost-effective treatment for chronic low-back pain, according to new research supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and published in the journal Spine. In addition, MBSR may offer substantial cost savings compared to usual care. Previous studies suggested that both MBSR and CBT may be effective for treating back pain, but the economic benefits of these interventions have been unclear.
Researchers from the RAND Corporation, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, and the University of Washington, Seattle, randomly assigned 342 adults with chronic low-back pain in an integrated health care system to receive MBSR and usual care, CBT and usual care, or usual care alone. MBSR and CBT were provided in weekly 2-hour group sessions for 8 weeks. Read More
Massages may seem like a modern way to treat yourself and relieve stress, but they’ve been used for centuries. Each country has its version, with other types slipped in between. You can get a massage that is gentle and involves aromatherapy or others that involve elbows or feet digging deep into the muscles.
The type of massage you need will depend on the goals you have at the end. It will depend on the things you want to get out of your massage. Do you want something that is good for deep tissue relaxation or is you after a more sensual with mental benefits?
It’s possible to get massages specifically for pain relief. Others can help you overcome ailments, relieve symptoms, or heal injuries.
Just because your friend believes one type of massage is better, doesn’t mean that it will work for you. Here’s a look at all the types of massages you could try, with their benefits explained.
The Most Common Swedish Massage
There are high chances that you’ve heard of people get a Swedish massage. Phoebe from Friends often performed this type of massage and had plenty of clients visit to receive the benefits.
Swedish massages are therapeutic. They involve long and soft strokes that knead gently into the muscles. Between the strokes, there are tapping, rhythmic ones to help the upper layers of the muscles. Together the strokes will help to improve joint movement, relieve tension, and energize the body. There are also studies that show individuals receive help after suffering an injury. Read More