The majority of Empaths have no idea how much tension they hold within their bodies.
Most unknowingly have their muscles in a constant state of contraction, and, because of this, even in sleep, they don’t fully relax… Which leads to extra Empath stress and overwhelm!
Your muscles are constantly stimulated, through the stresses of modern life and also through vigorous sports and exercise.
Even the TV programs, watched of an evening to relax, have an effect of firing up the mind which stimulates the muscles, further tensing them.
Also, painful emotions, either your own or those you pick up from others, are stored within the muscles, leading to greater muscle fatigue.
Stressed Muscles Leads to a Stressed Empath Mind!
Did you know, even now, whilst reading this, you are holding tension somewhere in your body?
If you take your awareness to your face you may notice that your forehead, jaw or eyes are not relaxed. If you travel further into the body you may find your shoulders hunched or your wrists extended back, your legs, hips or back might be in an awkward or unnatural position, all creating pressure in the muscles and joints. But, until this was pointed out, you were unaware you were holding any tension.
We could go through the entire body, but I think it’s safe to say you will be unwittingly holding tension somewhere.
When your muscles are constantly contracted, they are fuelling the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight). Not only is this depleting the body of vital energy, that most can ill-afford to lose, but it is also prematurely ageing, it raises blood pressure and lowers the immune system and unnecessarily heightens Empath stress.
What To Do About It
By training the muscles to soften and loosen, through relaxation, it switches on the parasympathetic nervous system. This, in turn, slows the breathing, lowers blood pressure, initiates deep relaxation of body and mind, and allows healing to occur.
In yoga, it is known that the relaxation, at the end of a class, is the most beneficial part of the practice. Not only is it time for the body to rest but it’s the time the benefits of practise are fully integrated.
One of the best and easiest ways to get a muscle to relax is to tense it first. If you’ve ever been in a yoga class and the teacher asked you to tense your muscles before relaxation, it was to help you drift into a deep relaxation.
Here is an excellent way to try the technique:
- Lie on the floor or a bed (for anyone suffering back problems: a bolster or cushion under knees is helpful).
- Starting at the feet, tense them for five to ten seconds then release.
- Work up through limbs, torso and face, tensing and relaxing each body part in turn (great if you can’t sleep) and then, when you’ve tensed each body part, allow yourself to let go.
- Go through each body part and allow it to relax and go floppy
- Stay for a while in this deep state of stillness.
If time is short, you could tense the lower part of body first, then the upper half, finishing on the face.
Not only does the above exercise promote relaxation but it also aids in stilling the mind.
Relaxation can be done at any anytime of day but it is great to do at bedtime or after exercise.
If, as an Empath, you suffer any kind of stress conditions or chronic fatigue, doing full-body muscle tensing and relaxation is a great help to your overall well-being. Here are just some of the benefits:
- Reduces fatigue
- Lowers blood pressure
- Boosts immune system
- Induces restful sleep
- Allows for muscle regeneration
- Switches on parasympathetic nervous system
- Promotes mind stillness
- Aides in general well-being.
Also, if you are suffering a lot of emotional stress, you may find this post on Essential Oils for the Empath beneficial. Or visit this post to discover how yoga can help you as an Empath.
If you are looking for a book with the best ways to find balance as an Empath, why not read an excerpt to see if this one is for you?
Hope this helps on your journey…
©Diane Kathrine at Empaths Empowered