Something I hear often from clients during or at the end of their sessions is “I didn’t know that muscle was tight, or sore, until you were massaging there” or “I didn’t realize how tense and stressed I was until I was quietly lying on the massage/reiki table”. Most holistic therapies encourage relaxation, and when added to a quiet atmosphere many people begin to breathe more deeply, become more present in the moment and become more aware of where they are holding stress and tension in their body, mind and/or spirit.
April has been named Stress Awareness Month which brought a lot of conversations that I've had with clients to mind. Life becomes so busy that often it is a daily norm to get through the tasks and to lose awareness of how body, mind and spirit are feeling. Checking in with yourself at the end of the day, for a few moments, can be a helpful way to not only raise your personal awareness, but in that recognition, release and let go of stress.
Take a few moments to imagine how you may feel if you took 5 or 10 minutes each day to check in.
Taking it further, imagine how it would feel to release any stress through physical activity, yoga, meditation, journaling, breath work or ____________ (fill in the blank with what ways you might use to release stress)
Increasing your Awareness is a huge part of solving the problems you may be experiencing due to stress. Awareness brings knowledge and with knowledge a change can be made.