Other Alternatives to Reduce Stress & Anxiety

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“A healer’s power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.”

Eric Micha’el Leventhal

There are many things that you can explore to reduce stress and anxiety. I have been discussing how you can practice mindfulness, meditation and yoga and try different natural remedies, vitamins and oils, all to reduce stress and anxiety. You can also get in touch with nature with activities such as hiking, kayaking, running or whatever your preference is, there are many options, it all depends on what works for you. I love to explore different options and experiences and share my opinions with others. Here is what I discovered with acupuncture, hypnotherapy, and reiki.

Acupuncture is an important alternative medical option. It came to us from China and involves the insertion of very tiny needles in different parts of your body, depending on the treatment and issues. This technique is used mostly for pain, but can be used for wellness, stress reduction and anxiety. Acupuncture is a technique that balances the flow of energy stimulating the body’s immune and circulatory systems.  I have used acupuncture for migraines and muscle pain after a serious car accident I had several years ago and also for general stress reduction. When I receive acupuncture, I lay face down on a comfortable table and the acupuncturist insert needles in my ears, head, arms, legs and ankles. You relax for about 45 minutes and can definitely feel the energy begin to freely flow again.

After about 5 minutes after the insertion of the needles, my body feels really heavy and relaxed. The practitioner checks on you periodically and after the time is up, the needles are removed. Then I usually get a short massage with the Chinese oil that I mentioned in a previous post, “Po Sum On”. I always feel great after I leave, the technique is painless, and I find it very helpful.  If you happen to live in Reno and want to try acupuncture, I recommend that you go to “The Path of Wellness”, the owner Dr. Maureen McKenney is very knowledgeable and dedicated to each of her patients.

Hypnotherapy is a great way to reduce anxiety through relaxation and visualization. It allows you to focus on the positive aspects of your life encouraging a shift of perspective. I have a good friend that has been doing hypnotherapy for a while with really positive results.  I was curious and decided to try a few sessions to experience it myself.  First, I have to say that I thought hypnotherapy was going to be like is depicted in movies and television. Someone hypnotizes you and then you are out for a while until they snap their fingers and you come back, reprogrammed to whatever you wanted.  It is nothing like that. In my first session, I discussed with the therapist what I wanted to accomplish and in accordance with that, the therapist prepared an individual plan for me.

My hypnotherapist had a very comfortable chair that was adjustable to your preference, you can lay all the way back or just sit comfortably upright. Before the session starts, you close your eyes, and the therapist starts talking, imagine a guided meditation tailored to your needs specifically. After about an hour, the session ends, and you are prompted to open your eyes. I cannot describe how good I felt after this!

After my first session, I was so relaxed that I had to go to Starbucks to get a coffee to perk me up just so I could drive home! I arrived home around 4:00 p.m. and fell asleep until the next day, I must have been stressed!  I learned that hypnotherapy is very useful to treat stress but also it can be very beneficial to end addictions, reduce fears and phobias, improve sleep and generally to reset your mind. Again, if you are in Reno, I highly recommend Jeanne Robinson at Sierra Springs Hypnotherapy. She is amazing at what she does.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation. It is administered by “laying on hands”. You lay down in a table, face up, listening to soft music. The practitioner holds their hands lightly over different places of the body to transfer energy. In an older post I mentioned Jin Shin Jyutsu, a healing art of harmonizing the body through gentle touch over specific areas of the body to balance and restore energy flow, Reiki is similar to that, it treats the whole body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation, feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. This is another great and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. I tried Reiki in Colombia and Mexico so I do not have any local recommendations but would love to hear about one you may have!

Here are just few of the many options to reduce stress and anxiety.

Have you tried acupuncture, hypnotherapy, or reiki? If so, how what was your experience?

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