Mind Body Approach to Healing Chronic Pain w/ Sarah
March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm$40
Those who experience chronic pain can reduce, and better manage, pain by stimulating the relaxation part of the central nervous system. Unlike the fight or flight response, which is a function of the sympathetic nervous system, various exercise and mind-body modalities stimulate the relaxation response, which is a function of the parasympathetic nervous system. Entering a relaxing state allows the muscular system to release hormones that positively affect mood. In terms of pain, relaxation techniques can reduce inflammation and train the brain to react differently when pain flares. The following modalities will be used in class to stimulate the relaxation response: Meditation (visualization, progressive muscles relaxation, guided imagery), Deep breathing, Trigger-point therapy (myofascial release), and pilates.