The benefits of relaxation
Our state of mind affects our body on both a physical and a psychological level. Relaxation could play a role in healing and preventing illness.
Why is the relaxation effect so powerful?
Under stress the body's energy is channelled towards survival, stress hormones are released , heart rate rises and blood pressure shoots up. Our muscles tighten and non-essential functions such as immunity and digestion go by the wayside.
As soon as you relax, the parasympathetic nervous system switches on and that is linked to better digestion, memory and immunity, amongst other things.
Benefits the relaxation effect is having on the body....
Immunity... Relaxation increases the number of leukocyte cells that defend against disease.
Blood Pressure... Relaxation lowers blood pressure by making the body less responsive to stress hormones.
Heart... Relaxation improves blood flow to the heart, lowers cholesterol levels and lessens the severity of heart attacks.
Blood Sugar Control... Relaxation could suppress appetite by keeping blood sugar stable and improve a body's ability to regulate blood sugar.
Fertility... Relaxation makes the body more receptive to a successful conception and pregnancy.
Inflammation... Relaxation can help heal and prevent conditions by reducing inflammation eg.psoriasis, arthritis and eczema.
Asthma... Relaxation seems to offer relief by diminishing the emotional upsets that can trigger asthma attacks and the constriction of the airways.
Pain... Relaxation induces pain relief from migraine, tension headaches and backache.