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The Way to Calm

             We all have very chaotic and stress filled lives. Within all of this unbalanced mayhem we need to find some sense of peace and solace to neutralize the sense of balance within ourselves or else we cannot function to the best of our ability. There are many successful methods of controlling and managing stress to create relaxation in our lives. I have read a very insightful book called The Book of Calm, which discusses and explains many relaxing ways to manage stress. It's important to be aware of the different ways to deep relaxation, as they will benefit your health and emotional well-being.
             It is very important to experience times of deep relaxation during our day. Under stress our hearts beat faster, our blood pressure increases, we breathe more quickly, and adrenaline is released into the bloodstream. This is the "flight or fight" response that our bodies initiate during times of stress. This is appropriate if we are in danger, but if the day is a series of stressful situations then it may be hard for us to return to normal state at the end of the day. That's why it's so essential for us to recognize ways to obtain a state of relaxation so we can obtain a sense of equilibrium within ourselves.
             Acupressure is an ancient healing technique that can be used safely at home to treat symptoms of stress. This method has evolved from the Oriental healing arts, which recognize the concept of "Yin" and "Yang" and "Ch"i". In Chinese philosophy Yin and Yang represent the differences of life. Yin is the passive, feminine, cold aspect, while the Yang is the active, masculine, hot aspect. Ch"i is the vital life-force energy that runs through our bodies in channels. When we are in good health, Ying and Yang are in balance and the Ch"i flows freely through our body. When an imbalance occurs, acupressure techniques can be applied to points along these channels to balance the Ch"i and relieve the symptoms of illness.

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