Modern society has introduced a number of pitfalls for human health. Thousands of unregulated and untested chemicals are released into the environment every day. The grocery stores are loaded with unhealthy foods, many of which contain largely untested and potentially hazardous GMOs. Doctors are more interested in prescribing medications for symptom relief than getting to know their clients and prescribing lifestyle or nutrition changes.
The good news is that any woman can have a healthier experience in this life with seemingly small changes. One of the easiest and most rewarding tactics is to adopt tactics for managing stress and pain. Some of these are highly recommended for use during pregnancy, such as Lamaze, the Bradley Method and yoga, but they are just as useful during any stage of life. Learn more about alternative stress management techniques, and enjoy this no-cost technique for good health!
Massage is a powerful technique for stabilizing the emotions and preventing emotional disorders. Studies show that regular massage even reduces the experience of depression and anxiety among newly diagnosed cancer patients, which is arguably one of the most stressful experiences a person can have in modern life. Unfortunately, massage is expensive, and the benefits identified so far are short term.
Numerous books and DVDs are now available to aid people in the art of self-massage. This practice isn’t new by any means. The idea and different techniques have been around in Taoist writings for thousands of years. Practitioners of many disciplines have now adopted the idea of self-massage for their students. The Eight Pieces of Brocade technique is a most ancient practice from China. Mantak Chia goes in depth with reflexology and massage of the vital organs and chakra centers that combines modern anatomy and physiology with ancient Taoist practices. A 15-minute a day routine can provide tremendous benefits and is suitable for anyone.
Most women are familiar with Lamaze. This breathing ritual is used during pregnancy and delivery to reduce pain and calm nerves. It is only one style of breath meditation, however, and it is worth looking at others. Conscious breathing stimulates the production of positive brain chemicals, and it tones the diaphragm. Choose a system that trains you to breathe into different parts of the lungs for the best effect. Yoga is one option. Beginning yoga students use breath meditation to increase circulation and awareness of the body.
All types of meditation are proven beneficial for everyone, including those facing a cancer diagnosis. Breath meditation is one style especially suited to the dynamic movements in yoga. Guided imagery is another style of meditation. It is often used by extreme athletes who can’t afford even one mistake. They will envision complex routines in order to build a neuromuscular memory of the activity before a performance. Guided imagery is also useful for reducing the experience of pain.
The stresses of the modern world take a large toll on your health. New moms haven enough to learn about, from swaddling to cord blood banking, to baby food! Learn a stress management technique for disease prevention and a happier pregnancy.
Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26.