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We all experience stress on a daily basis. Little moments of stress are healthy and a natural part of life. Continual high levels of stress, on the other hand, can wreak havoc on our physical, mental and emotional health. The sad part is that most people don’t know how bad their stress level is, because it has been high for so long they feel it is normal.
“30 Percent of U.S. adults who say stress strongly impacts their physical health; 33 percent say it strongly impacts their mental health.”
Can Stress Kill You?
“Absolutely…Acute stress is the leading cause of sudden death, especially in young healthy people with no evidence of coronary disease. But it can fell people at any age.
Chronic stress causes heart disease. It is a clandestine cause − not fat or cholesterol − of heart attacks and arterial disease. It contributes to high blood pressure (hypertension), a risk factor for cardiovascular problems such as heart failure and sudden cardiac death and heart enlargement.
Long-term depression significantly increases the risk of heart disease. Among other effects, it actually triples the disease producing effect of smoking.
In cardiology, stress is a grim reaper that abruptly ends life by rupturing unstable plaque in a vital vessel or by triggering a lethal disturbance in heart rhythm.
When you get fired up emotionally, you’re putting a torch to your arteries. Medical research has repeatedly documented the danger of anger, chronic stress, and the negative emotional states. Yet these risk factors are rarely addressed by doctors.”
Unfortunately, no one is immune to stress and continual daily stress can build up to a cycle of stress that can lead to chronic stress.
The Stress Cycle
You wake up in the morning, tired from going to bed too late. You hit the snooze button but then oversleep; now you are late for work.
You rush to get ready.
You are stuck in traffic on the way to work.
You open your computer, a mount of emails. You look at what needs to get done today and realize it won’t happen.
You put out fires throughout the day, taking time away from the things you need to get done, which you know just adds to your workload tomorrow.
The day finishes and you go home but you need to pick up food for your family. You go to the grocery store and remember it’s 6:00pm and everyone else is getting food too.
As you rush home, your spouse calls and tells you they need to work late, leaving you to take care of the kids alone.
You prepare food, help your children with their homework, and get them ready for bed.
Finally, you have a minute to yourself. Time to relax and unwind? Nope, you forgot that you have nothing clean to wear tomorrow and need to do laundry. Oh and what’s that? Someone spilled chocolate milk on the sofa but didn’t tell you…
Finally, exhausted you fall into bed but can’t sleep because you are thinking about the mountain of work confronting you tomorrow.
You wake up and the cycle repeats… Day after day, this causes chronic stress.
How can BainUltra break the cycle of stress?
The life depicted above is unfortunately the normal for many people. They may not consider themselves chronically stressed or even be aware of how stress is playing a role in their life.
So how can BainUltra help break the cycle of stress?
By incorporating daily natural therapies as part of a simple daily self care ritual; a person can lower over all stress levels.
Here are the 10 ways BainUltra can help you reduce stress.
Mornings can be tough; going from the dead of sleep to wide-awake is not easy for everyone. Imagine being able to naturally wake up without taking additional time from your day.
Bright light therapy is a perfect addition to every morning. Exposure to bright light (white light with 5,000 lumens) therapy triggers a response from the body’s pineal glad, an important part of the brain that regulates our circadian rhythm or internal clock.
Exposure to bright light first thing in the morning signals to the pineal glad that it is time to wake up. The pineal glad then begins the wake up process physically by activating different hormones and parts of the body we will need throughout the day. Not the least of which is the production and release of serotonin for the 12 hours following exposure to light therapy.
Serotonin improves mood, energy levels, and happiness, while decreasing anxiety.
Upon entering your bathroom to get ready for the day in the morning, turn on your Vedana’s light therapy option. Get ready as normal and the light therapy works in the background naturally waking you up. It doesn’t require any extra effort, but you reap all the benefit.
Aromatherapy is defined as the practice of using essential oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots and other parts of plants to enhance psychological and physical well-being.
Essential oils are dispersed into the air via a nebulizer and are brought into the lungs; from there the oil is absorbed into the blood and lymphatic fluid, causing a healing response on a cellular level. That response depends on what oil is used.
Simply pour a stress reducing essential oil or blend into the nebulizer and breathe as normal for 10-15 minutes. Again, something you could enjoy as part of your morning ritual, all without taking any time from the day.
Stress Reducing Oils:
The Vedana from BainUltra also offers Thermotherapy. Dry heat therapy from the Vedana can reach and maintain 80°C/176°F. The temperature recommended for authentic dry heat thermotherapy. In addition to your Light and Aromatherapy in the morning why not also enjoy some Thermotherapy while you get ready.
The heat from the Vedana relaxes the body's muscles, improves circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s all-natural "feel good" chemical. The Vedana’s thermotherapy encourage our bodies to go into the parasympathetic state, which allows us to de-stress, digest, rest, and heal.
The Vedana also helps balance hormones. Stress reduction helps to lower stress hormones (cortisol). When cortisol is kept in balance, thyroid, insulin, DHEA, testosterone, and estrogen are also kept in balance. In fact, progesterone levels can increase if we keep our cortisol in healthy range. Thermotherapy help the adrenals secrete aldosterone, which helps keep electrolytes in balance too.
The Vedana from BainUltra also offers Sound Therapy. The Vedana sound system totally envelops you, covering all audible frequencies to provide you with an exceptional care experience.
The effects of sound and music therapy are well documented and proven to reduce stress and anxiety.
Music is processed in the brain’s Limbic system, the part that governs emotional response and also our stress center. If you are stressed and expose yourself to calming/healing sounds and music, that music will actually cause your brain to reduce stress automatically, without you doing anything.
BainUltra’s Vedana allows you to enjoy preprogrammed music therapy compositions designed to reduce stress and anxiety or you can incorporate your own music into the system.
Massage therapy is one of the most effective methods for combating stress, tension and anxiety.
The mind and the body are strongly linked and relaxing the body helps to relax the mind.
Having a massage at home whenever you like is possible through a ThermoMasseur Bathtub with BainUltra’s Hydro-Thermo Massage
BainUltra’s hydro-thermo massage is comparable to a massage given by hand. It combines three types of massage in a single therapy: thermomassage, hydromassage, and acupressure (the combined action of the water’s warmth and its movement against the skin). Hydro thermo massage is a recognized alternative to professional massages.
BainUltra offers a variety of bath ready essential oils (Pure, Calm, Relax) to enjoy and enhance the bathing experience.
In the tub, the essential oils are massaged and absorbed through the skin and cause a healing response on the cellular level, similar to breathing them in.
BainUltra’s exclusive essential care line (Pure, Calm, Relax) offers powerful therapeutic blends designed specifically to help the user reach the desired state.
Chromatherapy is a scientifically proven therapy that can be used to reduce stress, tension and anxiety. It involves bathing the body in different spectrum of light (color).
Exposure to cooler colors like blue and purple can help reduce stress.
Simply set the Vedana or tub’s controls to these colors and begin to enjoy the benefits. After 15-20 minutes of exposure, your body has absorbed a healthy dose of therapeutic light energy.
Colored light is nothing more than energy. When the body absorbs that light energy, different frequencies of light cause a response in the cells of the body, such as relaxation.
Thermotherapy is enhanced in the tub through the incorporation of a heated backrest in ThermoMasseur tubs and the Warm Touch Shell (heated seat, back and neck rest) in ThermaSens tubs.
The additional heat helps support the stress reducing effects of the already warm tub by specifically raising the temperature of parts of the body that carry and hold more tensions and stress.
Having light therapy in the morning has an added benefit. It helps the user sleep at night, by regulating the sleep cycle (circadian rhythm). The 12 hour period of serotonin production following bright light therapy brings about the production of melatonin.
For example, if a person has light therapy at 7:00am, their body says “hey it’s morning time to get up” and the body will produce serotonin until 7:00pm at night, at which point the body knows it is now night time and begins to produce melatonin instead.
Melatonin helps people falls asleep and stay asleep throughout the night, resulting in a deeper, more restful sleep.
Poor sleep quality is linked to increased stress, while increased sleep quality is helpful in reducing stress producing hormones.
By incorporating a daily self care ritual of stress reduction with BainUltra; you can help break the pattern and damage of chronic stress.
Each therapy’s impact is magnified when combine with other therapies. Design your daily ritual to stack therapies and really enjoy their benefits.
It is impossible to eliminate stress, but by remembering to incorporate natural stress reduction therapies into your day, you can bring yourself renewed relaxation, health and well-being.