MFR to Ease Stress:
Perception and our Emotional Response
May 26, 2016
Just as the flowers are reborn every spring, we all have the promise of renewal each day, each hour, each minute, each breath! Our perceptions can keep us locked into a static way of viewing our lives. Starting today, allow yourself to
be conscious of the filter that colors your perception of an event – then take a deep breath and feel another way to interpret that event. This ability to see and then feel something differently, without judgment, can greatly lessen stress.
Myofascial release has many well-known physical benefits, including reducing acute and chronic pain, headaches and a plethora of symptoms associated with disease, restricted range of motion and fibromyalgia. However, other benefits that are just as significant for many are decreasing inner anxiety and depression, and restoring a general feeling of calmness and joy.
One fifth of Americans report feeling extreme stress, and 35 percent of the adult population says its stress level has risen in the last year. These results are according to a survey from the American Psychological Association (APA). The survey also found Americans aren't getting the stress management we need from our health care system.*
APA CEO, Norman B. Anderson, PhD., believes that "in order for our nation to get healthier, lower the rates of chronic illnesses, and lower health care costs, we need to improve how we view and treat stress and unhealthy behaviors that are contributing to the high incidence of disease in the U.S."*
To define stress, we most often list mentally stressful events that occur in the course of daily living, such as money problems, too much to do, family or work dynamics, etc. It is interesting to notice that these sources of stress originate outside of your being before they trigger you on the inside. Other sources of stress that we pay less attention to and often consider "part of our makeup" are the constant subconscious beliefs, feelings and thoughts that silently act beyond our awareness and affect us down to the cellular level. These subconscious beliefs and feelings, such as "I'm not good enough or smart enough" and "I don't deserve to be happy" filter our experiences and perceptions so that we make judgments of "bad" or "good" about ourselves, others, and situations that just "are."
John Barnes Myofascial Release can help you bring these subconscious beliefs and feelings into your conscious awareness so that you can experience these beliefs and feelings, come to resolution, and replace them with more productive and positive feelings and thoughts. Not only does MFR release the physical restrictions in your tissue down to the cellular level, but MFR also allows the stuck emotions associated with your trauma to come to the surface, be experienced consciously, and then let go. This release creates physical fluidity and space for you to feel more centered, so you can recognize your stress triggers and deal with them differently.
"How we manage daily emotions matters to our overall mental health, " lead researcher Susan Charles, a UC Irvine professor of psychology and social behavior, said. " We are so focused on long term goals, that we don't see the importance of regulating our emotions. Changing how you respond to stress and how you think about stressful situations is as important as maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine."*
According to Charles and her colleagues, the findings show that mental health outcomes aren't affected by just major life events; they also bear the impact of seemingly minor emotional experiences, the press release noted. "The study suggests that the chronic nature of negative emotions in response to daily stressors can take a toll on long-term psychological well-being."*
Receiving John Barnes Myofascial Release and applying MFR principals to your self-care can help you create flow in your body and allow you to shift your perceptions for less stress and a more calm and positive outlook!