Strange Ways To Ease Stress!
Strange Ways To Cure Stress
Most people know their stress culprits. Issues involving money, balancing work and family, and life’s breakneck speed are all key factors that keep us on edge.
According to the 2009 Stress in America survey, published by the American Psychological Association, 24 percent of more than 1,500 adults polled said they’d experienced “high stress” levels during the preceding month. Participants rated their stress as an eight, nine or 10, on a 10-point scale.
If tried-and-true anti-stress remedies—more sleep, more exercise and better nutrition—hold no appeal, why not make time to try something different?
Check out some of the more bizarre things people do to calm themselves down.
Strange: Some people like the feel of non-poisonous reptiles slithering across their bodies in spa-like settings, with larger, heavier snakes providing a deeper kneading as they crawl across flesh. But how effective are these creatures at reducing stress? Even snakes’ general pressure on the body can be relaxing, says Kriota Willberg, a licensed massage therapist and an instructor at Swedish Institute, in New York. But what’s missing is a snake’s ability to systematically and selectively apply pressure, and to respond to the body’s feedback.
Strange: Stress usually takes its toll on the emotions. When those feelings are repressed, the body, especially the jaw often clenches. It’s as though you lock down the body part that’s associated with giving voice to your feelings.
Strange: If a mug of beer calms you down, maybe bathing in a tubful of the stuff—one European brewery offers this service in a beerarium, might destress you even more. Fans of suds-immersion cite beer’s healthy ingredients and skin-softening qualities. But even if you could afford the amount of beer it would take to fill a tub, are the benefits worth it?
Beer warmed up to hot-tub temperatures is likely to have calming and muscle-relaxing effects, simply because of the heat of a liquid, which simulates a regular hot-water bath, says Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council, and editor of HerbalGram, a peer-reviewed publication. And, because the heat allows the pores to open, some of the beer’s sedating alcohol content can be absorbed into the blood stream through the skin.
“The beer bath sounds like a waste of beer to us” here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.