Health & Well­be­ing

Spirit and Destiny - - Editor’s Letter -

Our round-up of the lat­est tips and trends to help you feel amaz­ing in­side and out!

NO­VEM­BER 7TH marks In­ter­na­tional Stress Aware­ness Day (isma.org.uk), and with fig­ures show­ing that 85 per cent of us ex­pe­ri­ence stress on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, it’s time to take ac­tion. With the party sea­son just around the cor­ner, mu­sic ther­apy could be the an­swer to cop­ing. Sound ex­erts a sooth­ing ef­fect on our ner­vous sys­tem and re­leases en­dor­phins via our brain which make us feel happy when the go­ing gets tough. Here’s how to har­ness the power of sound to stress less:

LIS­TEN TO SOLFEGGIO TONES

Solfeggio tones are pow­er­ful beats that res­onate with the chakras. These spe­cial sounds emit the cor­rect fre­quency to cor­re­late with each of our seven en­ergy cen­tres, balanc­ing and align­ing the en­ergy in our bod­ies. The tones progress up from the root chakra to the crown, and as you lis­ten to the melodies you may feel a re­lease of trapped emo­tions and a sense of heal­ing as chi flows through your en­ergy sys­tem. Prac­tice med­i­ta­tion while lis­ten­ing to these fre­quen­cies for a heal­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Find them on YouTube.

PLAY CRYS­TAL SINGING BOWLS

Crys­tal bowls made from pure quartz are used to in­crease pos­i­tive en­ergy. The re­ver­ber­at­ing sounds and vi­bra­tions help you achieve in­ner peace by lulling your body into a state of pure re­lax­ation. There are many dif­fer­ent kinds of bowls to choose from – clear, coloured, frosted and alchemy (in­fused with rare or pre­cious gems), and each ex­erts a dif­fer­ent ther­a­peu­tic ef­fect on your psy­che.

The bowls come in dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes, which de­ter­mines the dif­fer­ent sounds that they make.

3 SING POWER MANTRAS

It’s thought the fo­cused rep­e­ti­tion of singing mantras to melodies ig­nites a re­lax­ation re­sponse in your body and prompts you to just ‘be’ in the mo­ment. Start by de­vel­op­ing mantras that res­onate with your in­ner be­ing, such as ‘I feel at peace,’ or ‘I have the power to con­trol how I feel, and I choose to feel calm.’ Put on some mel­low back­ground mu­sic and place your hand over your heart, recit­ing the words out loud when needed.

DANCE TO UP­LIFT­ING TUNES

The ex­pres­sive power of move­ment melts away stress and al­lows us to ap­pre­ci­ate the mo­ment. Fur­ther­more, one study found that peo­ple who lis­ten to mu­sic feel less pain and are less stressed than peo­ple who don’t. Move­ment is thought to help reg­u­late the sym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem, which cre­ates our stress re­sponse, so we feel more mel­low, plus it re­leases the hor­mones dopamine and oxy­tocin, giv­ing us that warm, fuzzy feel­ing.

TRY SOUND VISUALISATION

Com­bin­ing mu­sic with im­agery is a heal­ing ther­apy that’s known as the Bonny Method and is used by ex­perts to help treat emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues. The con­cept is that you lis­ten to a se­quence of clas­si­cal mu­sic while at the same time fo­cus­ing on guided im­agery. The idea is that merg­ing to­gether mu­sic with im­ages con­nects the con­scious and un­con­scious and ac­ti­vates our brain’s abil­ity for heal­ing and trans­for­ma­tion.

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