Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) Meditation

Relax the body to relax the mind – Beginners Welcome

Where:  On-line Through White Lotus Divine Healing
When:   Wednesdays – July 8, Aug 12, Sept 9
Time:    7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Cost:     $15.00 + GST

Please register by phone – 604-937-5540 (space is limited to 8 – first come first served)
Payment by e-transfer to the store – White Lotus Divine Healing
19+ – Beginners Welcome

 

Meditation has been scientifically and medically linked to…

Easing stress, tension, anxiety, depression and chronic pain
Giving rise to improved relationships and productivity
Enhancing short-term memory and the ability to focus and concentrate.

 

Reducing Tension

PMR meditation differs from a traditional guided meditation as it focuses on relaxing your body to relax your mind.  Traditional guided meditation focuses on relaxing your mind to relax your body.

Throughout the meditation you are asked to tighten and release different muscles starting at the top of your head and ending at the tips of your toes.

 

Beginners often find it easier to stay present during a PMR meditation.

 

Focusing on the muscles provides a purpose and helps to stop the mind from wondering.  Helping you to be present.

 

Staying present calms the autonomic nervous system.

 

Therefore, tightening and releasing your muscles, is an excellent way of easing stress and reducing tension.

Stress is cumulative and chronic stress, regardless of the cause, transitions your body to the fight or flight mode.

In the fight or flight mode your breathing becomes shallow and rapid, your startle response is heightened, you are no longer able to focus or concentrate and your muscles tighten up – become rigid.

 

The tighter and more rigid your body becomes, the harder it is for your energy to flow. Sometimes it can feel like you are wearing clothing at least three (3) sizes too small.  A very uncomfortable feeling indeed.

 

No wonder it can seem hard to breath, hard to function.

 

As the tension increases your ability to centre diminishes.  There is no ease or flow.  No grace.

 

You loose your ability to feel.  To sense what your body is telling you.  You get trapped in your mind.

 

The mind takes off in all directions – churning and whirling – creating an ever increasing spiral of tension, anxiety, fear and self-doubt.

 

PMR meditation is an excellent technique to relax and soften your body allowing you to regain your centring as you reestablish the connect with your body.   Relaxing aka reducing tension allows energy to flow with ease and grace.

When your body softens, centring naturally occurs and the mind, happily follows suite.

Reducing tension in the body helps you to centre and ground.

Although it sounds counterintuitive, PMR meditation is based on the premise that by consciously and physically creating and easing muscle tension, you are helping yourself in a number of ways.

You are acknowledging that you are the one creating the tension in your body.

And, that you are the one capable of removing the tension you created.

You are also showing yourself kindness.  Proving that you do love and honour yourself and in this state of contentment, self-healing can begin.

 

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PMR Meditation

All session provided by Raincoast Elemental Wellness and Consulting Inc. are complementary too, and do not replace, the treatment and/or therapy prescribed by a licensed medical professional.