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Good for You – Yoga and Meditation and the link to Brain Based Wellness

Bamboo YogaHarvard Medical School Says Yoga and Meditation Are Good For You

A Harvard Medical School psychiatrist, Dr. John Denninger, is conducting a five-year study on the effects of yoga and meditation on health and disease. The research concentrates on genetic and brain activity in chronically stressed people. His early findings suggest that mind-body techniques not only make you feel better and more relaxed, they actually switch on and off some of the genes relating to stress and immune system function. “The study demonstrates that as little as a single session of this type of relaxation practice, even for a complete novice, was enough to make your genes work better, improving the way your body uses energy and the way it fights disease and deals with stress.”

Numerous papers have been written on the positive benefits of yoga and meditation, but they have relied on questionnaires and common physical signs like heart rate and blood pressure. This study differs in that it uses harder science, like neuro-imaging and genomics technology, to measure the changes in physiology more precisely.  The study demonstrates that as little as a single session of this type of relaxation practice, even for a complete novice, was enough to make your genes work better, improving the way your body uses energy and the way it fights disease and deals with stress. That means that even a minor shift in lifestyle can create tremendous positive change in the way your body works.

At the Johnston Health Center we also understand the benefits of relaxation practice and in the body mind connection. That is why we offer Brain Based Wellness!  Brain Based Wellness is a fantastic light and sound technology that easily takes you into that relaxation state quickly and allows the brain and the body to re-align in harmony. If you find meditation difficult, this program is for you.

The Benson-Henry Institute claims that as much as 60-90% of doctor visits in the US come from such stress-related problems like hypertension, infertility, depression and a laundry list of other conditions. These health issues could be positively influenced by incorporating Brain Based Wellness, meditation, yoga and breathing techniques into normal everyday routine.

Some of the benefits of Brain Based Wellness are:

1. Produces the relaxation response – and therefore acts as a natural anti-depressant, pain reliever, eliminates foggy thinking, promotes emotional balance and increases energy levels.
2. A 20-minute session simulates a full sleep cycle – so you can sleep less, feel more rested, and accomplish more.
3. Personal changes such as losing weight, quitting smoking, ending nail biting, and other nervous habits happen easier and faster.

Couple Brain Based Wellness with the positive effects of chiropractic on reducing stress on the brain, spine and nerve system, and you have a winning combination! Be sure to talk to us about trying out Brain Based Wellness with a free demonstration session when in for your next adjustment.

Sign up for your free demonstration session here: [contact-form subject=’Yes%26#x002c; I would like to book a free consultation’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Location’ type=’select’ required=’1′ options=’Barrie Office,North Bay Office’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form] Add in yoga and meditation, and some body basics like proper nutrition and exercise, and you have a recipe for a healthier, happier life, with less stress and fewer serious health conditions. Most areas have yoga schools and meditation centers, but you can start by just sitting quietly and breathing steadily and easily. Now, just reach your arms over your head as you breathe in, and relax them back to your sides as you breathe out. This simple exercise feels great, and once you do it a few times, you’ll be inspired to learn more about these valuable stress-relaxation and personal growth tools.  Now, just reach your arms over your head as you breathe in, and relax them back to your sides as you breathe out. This simple exercise feels great, and once you do it a few times, you’ll be inspired to learn more about these valuable stress-relaxation and personal growth tools.

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