This was a question asked at my recent Stress Awareness Workshop. The answer is of course, 'Yes'. After all, what is stress but the adverse reaction to the pressures of life?
Naturally we all experience the fight/flight response and in isolation this is a healthy reaction which aids our survival. However, in today's busy, hectic, world we may not get opportunity to relax between episodes of pressure. The dripping tap of pressure gradually fills our 'bucket' until it flows over. This is when we experience stress. It must be remembered stress itself is not an illness but can lead to illness, showing itself in physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms.
So, in response to the question, yes, stress advisers do experience stress. I can't speak for other advisers but for myself I believe I am more aware of the triggers and more able to contribute physical symptoms and emotional responses to the fact that the pressures of life are beginning to get on top of me. This is turn means I am able to address these symptoms through cushioning techniques, or changing something in my life, perhaps sooner that if I were not otherwise aware.
It doesn't mean they necessarily go away, however!
For example, we've just had my husband's teenage son move in with us. Having lived together on our own for eleven years to suddenly have to share our house with someone else has proved a challenge for both of us. I know I am finding the situation difficult as my psoriasis has flared up. In turn my husband has become very jumpy and irritable, both reactions totally out of character for him. Now, in my workshops I advise candidates to identify the sources of pressure in their lives and divide them into two groups: those they can do something about and those they can't. Candidates are given tools to address the things they can change and techniques to cushion themselves against the things they have no control over. My current situation has made me aware that sometimes things can be changed but there may not be an instant solution. I shall be more aware of this in future when delivering my workshops. Yes, our situation can be changed. My husband's son is of an age where he can rent a studio flat and have a place of his own, but this process will take time, and some encouragement, for a 19 year old who is used to having everything done for him.
In the meantime I will take time to remember to breathe correctly when I am about to get worked up because he's left all the lights on again, the back door unlocked, or his boots in the middle of the floor. I will make time for myself to relax in the bath, shut myself away in the bedroom with a good book or meditate. All of these things will help, but they won't change the situation unless we take control of it.
So, in answer to the question ... yes we do. However, I believe we are probably better equipped to deal with pressures when they occur and to recognise the signs and symptoms sooner and react sooner to them. Perhaps just recognising that the physical symptoms or emotional behaviours we are displaying have a cause means we become less attached to them occurring. They still occur but we worry less about them as we know the reason for them being there. Knowing this means we have one less pressure to react to.
So relax ..... and breathe! xx
The very first Awakening Cycle of Chakradance comes to an end tonight, with the Integration Dance.
It's been a relaxing, comforting, exciting, fiery, loving, calming, empowering few weeks as we danced our way through each of the chakras in turn. We've had tears and laughter. We've had moments when we've sat in silence, not wishing to break the energy which has grown during the evening. People have remembered their dreams more, slept better, felt fitter, and we've produced some exciting mandalas between us.
The next Awakening cycle begins on Friday 28th March. Check out the 'Forthcoming Workshops' page for details. Remember, if you sign up for the full cycle you'll save money on the weekly price.
Tomorrow, Saturday 15th March, will be the first workshop to take place in Avebury. There are still some spaces available so please come and join us as we dance the very first dance of the Awakening Cycle ... the Awakening Dance! This is a dance through each of the seven main chakras.
The Avebury workshops will take place on a roughly monthly basis throughout the year. The following one, if you can't make tomorrow's, is on Saturday 12th April and will be the Base Chakra dance.
With each of my workshops space is limited so booking is essential please x
So come and join us, and find out how Chakradance has helped people as far afield as Australia to find themselves. Don't forget I can come to you if you live further afield that Wiltshire. Just find me a suitable venue, bring along some friends and I'll do the rest!
And .... KEEEEEPPP CHAKRADANCING!
It's been a busy week for Serenity Balance and Chakradance in particular!
On Thursday I ran a day long Stress Awareness workshop where candidates worked through their own personal tool kit during the day. The morning was spent looking at the theory: Just what is 'Stress'? What are the short term and long term signs? What does the 'fight/flight response do to us?
The afternoon session was spent learning techniques to cushion ourselves from the effects of stress: Looking at life style changes we can make, breathing techniques and how to relax. During my Stress Awareness workshops candidates do not need to share their stressors but are guided to acknowledge and recognise it. They are then encouraged to differentiate between situations they have some control over and those which they don't.
Friday we danced the Crown Chakra workshop. The energy was immense as we reached the penultimate dance of our chakra journey. We had plenty of shared experiences between us when we shared our feedback at the end of the session.
Saturday four of us danced the Awakening Dance in a two hour, 'Introduction to Chakradance' workshop. It felt liberating to dance through each of the chakras once again.
So, what's coming up?
On Friday 14th we dance the final dance of our Chakradancing journey; the Integration dance. Here the whole session is one of wholeness and completeness. The final stage before we start the cycle again. This session is closed to those who have completed previous workshops in order to preserve the energy of the group.
On Saturday 15th I will facilitate the Awakening Dance again, this time in Avebury! What a lovely way to start the day in the most sacred of sacred spaces! This session is open to all. This will be your opportunity to dance the first dance of the Awakening cycle of Chakradance.
So, come and join me! Have fun! Waken up your chakras and enjoy the opportunity to dance and move with no one watching!
So here's news of two exciting workshops coming up in the next week:
Chakradance has been described as 'The sister of yoga', however, there are no taught moves as you move to the music as only you know how. We dance with our eyes shut or a lowered gaze to music which resonates to each chakra. This creates a healing practice for mind, body and soul - giving you a fun, whole body workout.
The first workshop is this Saturday, 8th March; 'Chakradance: An Introduction.' Held from 2.30 - 4.30 this is a two hour workshop where you will find out more about Chakradance whilst experiencing a full length workshop for yourself. This is to be held at White Horse Yoga Centre in Devizes.
The second workshop is the following week, Saturday 15th March; 'Chakradance: The Awakening Dance'. This is the first workshop of the nine week cycle of the Awakening Chakradance workshops but will be held (roughly) monthly for those who can't commit to a weekly class. The added benefit is that this workshop will be held in the centre of Avebury, at Avebury Social Club, in the High Street, so you can come, have fun, and then spend time in Avebury itself. This workshop runs from 9.30 - 11.00, so you'll have plenty of time afterwards to explore, having given your chakras a thorough workout.
Details for both these workshops can be found on the 'Forthcoming Workshops' page.
These workshops are suitable whether you're new to Chakradance or a regular Chakradance fan. Each time the dance will feel different for you. I look forward to you joining me!
Each month, throughout 2017, I will be posting in more detail about the topic of the month. Let me know if there's anything specific you'd like me to discuss.