By Kerry Hardy, RN, HNB-BC, RMT, CCH
Did you know it takes your immune system 6 HOURS to return to homeostasis after only 2 minutes of stress?
I remember my Anatomy and Physiology professor telling us to go ahead…yell scream, cry and be angry (its not good to hold it in!) but set a timer! At two minutes, Let It Go!
It’s well known that “stress is a killer” and prolonged stressful situations can make you sick. When we allow ourselves to remain in a state of stress, our bodies go into fight-or-flight mode which is very taxing on the immune system, and eventually causes havoc throughout the body. Your heart rate increases, your breathing becomes shallow, your muscles contract, you may break into a sweat. Your adrenal glands activate the adrenaline rush, shooting up your cortisol level, which can eventually lead to belly fat. No one wants that!
There are a variety of natural, alternative and complementary therapies that can be utilized to help you manage your stress and eventually eliminate it.
*A Reiki treatment can cleanse the aura, clear energy blocks in the chakras and meridians and release subconscious fears. Its beautiful universal light reconnects us to all that is within our heart, realigning us with our Higher Self.
*Many essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, yling ylang, or a blend such as doTERRA’s Serenity can work on the pathways of the nervous system to reduce stress and offer a calming effect, sometimes instantly. And, with regular use, your body can reap the benefits long term!
*Before you sleep, find a guided meditation on YouTube that speaks to you with a soothing voice, and listen to it as you drift off to sleep.
*Different types of crystals give off different healing frequencies that can balance your energy. The amethyst is one of my all-time favorites to induce calming moods and restful sleep. Finding a small amethyst to keep with you in your pocket so you can hold it in your left hand during times of stress to absorb its beautiful calming energy. A larger piece can be set on your bedside table, within 4 feet of your aura, or placed under your pillow at night as well!
*Even something as simple as a few minutes of deep breathing techniques can offer tremendous healing to reduce the heart rate and return you to homeostasis.
Whatever methods you find may resonate with you to offer you stress relief, it is truly important to learn to recognize what it is that is causing you the stress to begin with. Energy Imbalances, Emotional Trauma, Poor Diet, Nutritional Deficiencies, Toxins, and Lack of Exercise among other things can all contribute to a buildup of stress and need to be addressed for true healing to occur.
During a health consultation, I can review many of these common stress triggers with you on a personal level to directly address the root of the problem and we can get to work! From a holistic mind-body-spirit perspective, that is much more important that trying to treat the symptom!
By Kerry Hardy, RN, HNB-BC, RMT, CCH
The wonderful healing properties of Reiki know no boundaries. In the world of energy, Quantum Physics principles have proven that there is no such thing as time or space. Therefore, healing Reiki energies can be sent to anyone or anything… anywhere across the world!
A Distant Energy Healing, where the Reiki Master is in one location, and you are in the comfort of your own home (or even in your favorite quiet corner at the park) is just as effective as if the practitioner was physically in the room with you. The connection between healer and the one being healed exists outside of time and space.
Reiki has been around in the spiritual world for quite some time, and is finally proving itself as an effective modality in the medical world. The current research shows Reiki to be effective at reducing symptoms such as pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, high blood pressure, and heart palpitations among many others. Overall stress levels are reduced, inducing relaxation and restoring balance and energy flow so the body can heal.
Many patients are benefiting from the healing effects of Reiki as they seek treatment in hospitals, clinics, and health and wellness centers. But, as a practicing home care and hospice nurse, I see patients on a daily basis that would benefit from Reiki energy healings, but have barriers in transportation, physical limitations, or are just too symptomatic to leave the home comfortably or safely. Once they realize they don’t have to go anywhere to receive a Reiki energy healing, it brings their healing power to a whole different level.
Many people have difficulty understanding the concept of a Distant Reiki Healing and question that it can actually work if the practitioner is not present. I lovingly remind these individuals that they have no trouble trusting that their cell phones work wirelessly or that information can be transmitted through a wifi router from one device to another. Even though you can’t see the information being sent, the phone rings and that email is delivered. You don’t have to see it to believe it! It works.
Because Reiki is a non-invasive technique that causes no side effects or complications, it can be performed on anyone of any age or state of health - even cancer patients. Reiki can help from the moment of their diagnosis, and should continue even when they are cancer free to continue to heal the mind, body and spirit on many levels.
Healing can be limitless and it truly comes from within. You can even learn and receive an attunement to Reiki so you can channel this beautiful source energy to heal yourself. If you can’t get to your Reiki practitioner, that should not be a barrier to keep you from the beautiful healing benefits of a treatment. If you have ANY type of dis-ease, I highly encourage you to establish a relationship with a Reiki practitioner and ask for a Distant Reiki Healing. It is convenient, affordable, non-invasive, and highly effective. Please contact me if you have any questions about the many wonderful benefits of Reiki energy healing.