Harmonease supports the client to invoke the relaxation response that will counteract the fight/flight or stress response. Research tells us that the average person triggers their stress response up to 50 times in a day. That means that cortisol, adrenaline and other neuro chemicals are running around the body and rarely get a chance to return to a healthy level.
Whilst the cells of the body are in stress response, no healing can begin. The body is in protection mode and we cannot begin to heal or repair. If we can learn to negate the stress response, promote the relaxation response, thus managing our stress, we can begin to heal and work towards becoming a healthier, happier person.
Learning to produce the relaxation response is a direct counteraction to our stress responses and allows the mind, body and soul to reconnect whilst in rest and repair mode. By progressively tensing and relaxing all the muscles in the body we can bring our attention to the difference between a tense muscle and a relaxed muscle and start to notice where we carry tension and what causes our stress? When we are fully relaxed and calm, in our still space, we can begin to hear what our inner voice is trying to tell us. In our busy lives we get so used to carrying on regardless and become accustomed to all our aches and pains and listening to our monkey brain that is usually berating us! Our inner dialogue is chittering away telling us stories about ourselves, our environment and everything within it. As a defence mechanism against recurrent physical and emotional pain and discomfort, we begin to live an out-of-body experience, we dissociate from our mind and body. We don’t hear the whispers the body delivers as warning signs intended to direct us to take remedial action. When we relax and turn off our monkey brain, the chatter quietens and we can begin to listen to what our body wants and needs to restore itself to optimum health. We learn to listen to the wisdom our body is sharing with us, we can find all the answers we need in order to know how to navigate our self-healing journey. We can begin to return to our true selves, release our limiting beliefs and learn to love and accept ourselves. The most important relationship we will ever have, is with ourselves, we must learn to love and respect ourselves and restore harmony to mind, body, heart and soul.
The Relaxation Response is essentially the opposite reaction to the “fight or flight” response. Using the Relaxation Response is beneficial, as it counteracts the physiological effects of stress and the fight or flight response.
The fight-or-flight stress response occurs naturally when we perceive that we are under excessive pressure, and it is designed to protect us from bodily harm. Our sympathetic nervous system becomes immediately engaged in creating a number of physiological changes, including increased metabolism, blood pressure, heart and breathing rate, dilation of pupils, constriction of our blood vessels, all of which work to enable us to fight or flee from a stressful or dangerous situation.
It is common for individuals experiencing the fight-or-flight response to describe uncomfortable physiological changes like muscle tension, headache, upset stomach, racing heartbeat, and shallow breathing. The fight-or-flight response can become harmful when elicited frequently. When high levels of stress hormones are secreted often, they can contribute to a number of stress-related medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, GI diseases, adrenal fatigue, and more.
The Relaxation Response is a helpful way to turn off the fight-or-flight response and bring the body back to pre-stress levels. The Relaxation Response is a physical state of deep relaxation which engages the other part of our nervous system—the parasympathetic nervous system.
Research has shown that regular use of the Relaxation Response can help any health problem that is caused or exacerbated by chronic stress such as fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal ailments, insomnia, hypertension, anxiety disorders, and others.
The first step towards change is recognising the need to change. Holistic counselling supports the client to identify their issues, and work towards change so that the client can reach their full potential and be their best version, striving towards thriving and promoting mental wealth.
Because a happy life is about balance, it is essential that no area of life is neglected.
The ideal outcomes for Holistic Counselling are:
The client feels comfortable, heard, understood and respected.
The client has the opportunity to express their feelings, fears, desires, worries,
thoughts and their history in a non-judgemental, safe environment.
The client is provided with guidance that helps them identify the areas of their lives that they are happy with and also those that need work to bring them satisfaction and contentment.
The client feels self-empowered and is assisted to make achievable plans
for creating a life they truly want for themselves.
The client feels supported and encouraged.
The client develops a realistic action plan.
When the relaxation response is produced, it promotes healing and allows the body to rest and repair. By bringing our focus to the breath we can relax the mind, whilst focusing the mind on relaxation we can work through our body inviting every cell, bone and muscle to release its tension and encourage pain to subside. Pain signalling pathways in the brain become hypersensitised in times of stress.
Once the brain is overly sensitised to painful stimuli, even the slightest twinge may excite nerves in the brain, causing pain and muscle tension.
Personal Growth Coaching is for anyone struggling with an important change, transition or relationship in their life. The man or woman who is just feeling stuck with their current situation and needs motivation and a nudge forward to get back on track, to optimise their health and make healthier life choices. To begin their journey back to their true selves and reconnect, restoring harmony to mind, body, heart and soul.
Meditation is a state of deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent. There are many different styles of meditation so there is something for everyone. Finding the right style to suit the needs of the individual and using it to restore harmony to mind, body and soul and promote mental wealth. True relaxation can be acheived by removing yourself from everyday thoughts through meditation and creating a calm, still space from where intution, creativity and problem solving arise.
Meditation offers great health benefits, it activates the parasympathetic nervous system and decreases stress related cortisol, reduces respiration and heart rate, increases blood flow in the brain, increases activity in the left pre-frontal cortex (which is observed in happier people), strengthens the immune system and leads to a state of relaxation. It also reduces pain, helps to manage chronic pain, work stress, anxiety and depression, promotes cardiovascular health, improves cognitive function, lowers blood pressure, reduces alcohol abuse, improves longevity, promotes healthy weight, reduces tension headaches, relieves asthma, alleviates PMS, improves immune function and raises quality of life. Medical professionals report that is it not just good for your mind, it’s a critical technique for countering the effects of chronic stress in your life and in your body.
Yoga means union in Sanskrit, combining asanas or postures with pranayama or breathwork and meditation in union to restore harmony to mind, body and soul.
Chair yoga has all the benefits of regular yoga, it helps us connect the mind, body and soul and envokes the relaxation response. It is suitable for everybody and it also makes it possible for those who have difficulty getting down on the mat, for whatever reason, able to participate and reap its rewards.