Friday, January 22nd, 2010 | Author: admin

Most of us have employed tried and true methods that we use to help us work through the stresses of everyday life.  Health conditions such as chronic pain, weak immune systems and similar kinds of conditions often treated by your Ottawa wellness practitioner, are often helped by these same practices.  But what do we do when we find ourselves in a situation where these normal means fail us and stress stays parked on our doorstep?  Why not try something new and unusual to keep stress at bay.  Consider some of these:

Qigong
If standard methods of meditation have left you unsatisfied, why not give Qigong a try?  Pronounced (chee-gong) it is an ancient type of Chinese meditation that incorporates repetitive, flowing dance moves and relaxed, focused breathing. The goal of Qigong, like any form of meditation is to rid the body of stress by slowing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure and adrenalin levels.  Classes in Qigong are offered through community groups such as the YMCA and others.

Geocaching
If you are looking for a new recreational activity to take your mind off the worries of day to day business, Geocaching may be just what you’re looking for.  Anyone can enjoy the adventure which includes using a GPS to locate a hidden cache where you can sign your name, take a little trinket from the cache and leave a small token of your own in its place.  Geocaching gets you out and about and is a great way to take your mind off your troubles!

Reiki
Reiki is the Japanese word for “universal life energy.”  It involves a type of massage that includes little if any actual touching. Practitioners of Reiki believe they can channel energy through their hands as they move them slightly above the patient’s body to promote balance and healing. There is a national organization which can provide further information and details of the practice of this healing art.

Labyrinth
Although the history of the labyrinth dates back thousands of years, strolling through a labyrinth is a relatively new idea for folks to use as a way to relax and ease stress.  Many hospitals and therapy centers have built labyrinths on their grounds for the use of both patients and their visitors. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth involves no tricky pathways or dead ends.  A labyrinth stroll is designed to be a positive experience where the user strolls one continuous path to the centre of the labyrinth. Once in the centre, walkers take a few moments to pause and meditate before retracing their steps out of the labyrinth.  A search on line should reveal locations where you can go to take a labyrinth stroll.

Hot Springs
If you can get to one, bathing in a hot spring is a fantastic way to reduce stress.  It is believed that the old saying, “soaking away your troubles” can actually happen as the hot mineral water reduces levels of cortisol which in turn reduces inflammation making your joints and muscles feel so much better.

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