Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) Meditation
Relax the body to relax the mind – Beginners Welcome
Where: White Lotus Divine Healing – 2607 Saint John’s St, Port Moody
When: Wednesdays – Jan 8, Feb 12, Mar 11, Next date TBA
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Cost: $19.00 + GST
Please register by phone – 604-937-5540 (space is limited to 8 – first come first served)
19+ – Beginners Welcome
Please bring a yoga mat, pillow, blanket and water bottle. The store has chairs for those who would prefer a chair.
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.
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.
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 centring diminishes. There is no ease or flow. No grace.
It is as if you are being squeezed like a tube of toothpaste. As the toothpaste moves up the tube you loose your grounding, your sense of self and finally you end up completely in the mind. The mind (ego) has now taken over.
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 and to reestablish your connection with yourself which allows your energy, your life giving essence, to flow.
When your body softens and relaxes, centring naturally occurs and the mind (ego), happily follows suit.
Easing stress 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 stress, you are helping yourself in a number of ways.
You are acknowledging that you are the one creating the stress in your body.
And, that you are the one capable of removing the stress 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.