“It is not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it…”
Hans Selye

Stress is best defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances (Oxford Dictionary). In modern life, stress is certainly all around us, in many forms both good and bad. Good forms of stress (Eustress?) can propel us through our days and weeks, but negative stress can drastically affect our emotions, how well we concentrate and perform, not to mention how we sleep. Both forms of stress need to be managed, but we will focus on managing the negative aspects of stress.

The need to overcome and manage stress in the UK is clear…

According to a 2018 study by Forth, over a third (37%) of British residents feel stressed for at least one full day per week. They concluded that those who don’t feel stressed at all are very much in the minority, with 85% of their study group regularly experiencing a clearly recognisable level of worry. The most common sources of stress involved concerns about money, work and health and 54% of those suffering with stress worried about the impact it was having on their health.

Introducing the EMPpad Stress Reduction Technique

A powerful combination of low level iMRS PEMF therapy with advanced body awareness and relaxation skills…

It is not possible to ‘feel’ the PEMF signal delivered by the iMRS system, as the signal level is below the threshold of sensory detection by the skin. This is an important part of low level PEMF therapy to emphasise; the health benefits (link) of low level PEMF therapy occur because the cells in your body significantly amplify the signal they receive, with research suggesting this is as much as 7 million times! (A point to note the next time you use your mobile phone).

However, with practice it is perfectly possible to feel the effects that low level PEMF therapy is having on your body, such as the warmth felt in tense muscles and the gentle tingling in areas of dysfunction, through to a change in your breathing pattern and reduction in muscular tension, particularly of the neck and shoulders, as your body relaxes. Body awareness is an especially when incorporating PEMF therapy into a stress reduction technique. Relaxation is a skill, it doesn’t just happen, and it requires a shift from thinking to feeling…

The five stage EMPpad stress reduction technique:

1. The best iMRS settings for stress reduction…

An important note here on the iMORE (link to packages…) optional accessory. This optional extra is an EMPpad favourite and can be used to effectively put the iMRS into autopilot mode, setting the PEMF intensity based on your HRV score, the gold standard stress measure for your body. If you have this accessory, we suggest you use it to partner your iMRS sessions. If you would like to add this accessory please contact us (link) and we would be very happy to help.

Session 1: ‘Morning’ frequency, (10 – 25 intensity), 8 minutes.
Session 2: ‘Evening’ frequency, (sensitive – 10) intensity, 24 minutes.
Session 3: ‘Night’ frequency, 10 – 25 intensity, 16 minutes.

The important thing to note here is the inclusion of the evening frequency session, which operates within the theta brainwave range of 3-8Hz. As we have mentioned before, increasing interest is being paid to the theta frequency range due to its ability to help trigger a deep relaxation state within the body, alongside many other benefits, and it should be included in an effective stress management plan using the iMRS system. if you are manually setting the intensity, the “sensitive” intensity setting (90,000-270,000 Picotesla) can be effectively combined with this as research has demonstrated that PEMF therapy using Picotesla magnetic fields can enhance parasympathetic nervous system stimulation and help to promote a rest and repair state, leading to body-wide stress reduction benefits.

2. Body Awareness… ( feet on mat?? option) This simple process can help you to improve body awareness and assist in the process of manage stress. This is a ‘feeling’ not thinking technique. Beginning with the feet, become aware of any sensations you notice, don’t try to make sense of them just observe. Now follow this process slowing up your body…
3. Breathing… Next notice your breathing pattern. Don’t try to change this at first. After a few moments, just to gently prolong each out breath.
4. Muscular relaxation… Now notice your muscles. If you are drawn to areas of tension, start by tensing and holding these muscles and holding for 10 seconds. Now quickly release the tension and notice the difference.
5. Resourcefulness… Lastly, observe an areas of your body that you are drawn to, perhaps because they are easiest to feel, or just because they feel ‘normal’. This is often feet or thighs… Now keep your focus here as you conclude your iMRS session…

Settings for stress management…
The iMORE.
iSLRS…
The plan…

Photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash

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