Our body and mind are tangled together. When you treat your body with kindness your mind reaps the benefits, and vice versa. Have you ever noticed the way you’re more susceptible to illness when you’re burnt out and stressed? That’s your body telling you to chill out! You don’t just have to take it from us, doctor and physician Robin Berzin cites stress as "the most dangerous toxin in your life" (1).
Stress can cause a wide array of super scary physical and mental problems, from insomnia and anxiety to damage to the hippocampus region of your brain. Eek! What’s an urban stress head to do?
Take a breath.
Or, to be precise, take some 4-7-8 breathes. Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds, hold that breath for 7, and forcefully exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds. Do this 3 times for us right now, and then keep reading. No cheating!
All done? Are you feeling better? We're guessing the answer is yes.
In 2011, the Health Science Journal (2) reported benefits from breathing techniques to include reduced hypertension, decreased fatigue, and, of course, better stress management. You can combine these breathing exercises with infrared sauna therapy for an extra beneficial practice!
Just 45 minutes of ‘me time’ in our infrared saunas helps to balance your cortisol levels, bringing your fight or flight stress hormone back to a healthy level. Whilst relaxing the mind, our saunas also relax the body. Leader in functional medicine and New York Times bestseller, Dr. Amy Myers, outlines that infrared saunas can release muscle tension and increase circulation (3).
Here at Pure Wellness Studio, relaxation and stress management is one of you passions. We think the increasing relaxation and reducing stress is key to finding wellness from within. We even have chromotherapy lights tailored to relaxation.