The concept of the Mind Body connection has been in existence for thousands of years, and stems from the belief that your mental, emotional, and spiritual self are not separate from your physical body. For example, have you ever come down with a cold during a time of stress? It is simple for us to accept the idea of that physical pain can impact our emotions, however it can be more difficult to accept that our emotional pain may impact our physical state. It is imperative that we recognize how anxiety, depression, and stress effect our body.
Biofeedback involves using electronic instrumentation to monitor specific, often unconscious physiological activities and habit patterns of your body and then feed back the information to you. Once you are aware of what your body is doing, you can change those patterns to reduce or eliminate your symptoms.Biofeedback is effective for chronic, benign problems because it reduces long term medication use, the frequency of emergency room visits,physician consultations and it has NO side effects!
Two measurements are taken during biofeedback and include: Skin Conductance Level (SCL) and Heart Rate Variability (HRV). SCL is the amount of perspiration given off by your skin that coincides with your physical state. HRV measures the variable time between heart beats. As this time increases studies have shown that individuals live healthier longer lives.The measurements can give insight to what is going on energetically in your body and then allows you to see the ability to change this. You can make positive changes to your physical state allowing you to decrease your mental, physical, and emotional stress. What is Breathwork work?Using your breath can be a powerful tool to managing stress and anxiety. Just as when you are running a marathon and you’re breathing becomes labored you’re body releases adrenaline to keep you going. However,when you slow you’re breathing you’re body responds by releasing hormones that can alter your brainwaves, lower your blood pressure, and slow you’re heart rate. The result is decreased anxiety and stress! By engaging in just a few minutes of simple mindful breathing you can help to undo some of the negative effects from anxiety and depression.