True Wisdom – Guided Relaxation Response

There is growing evidence that our physical and emotional well-being is effected by the complex interplay of psychological, social and physiological factors.

For women who are often nourishing others and busily working full time jobs, there can be little or no time for self nourishment. Her chances of relaxing and focusing on her inner needs may be few and far between. The Relaxation Response technique offers you the skills needed to focus and respond to your body’s rhythms.

Physiologically, acupuncture, meditation and/or relaxation exercises, are known to decrease blood pressure, lower heart rate and to decrease the production of stress hormones and improve health. We know hormones released in response to stress can disrupt the Pituitary Gland secretions necessary to produce and release Luteinising Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). These important hormones are the triggers for ovulation and menstruation. This delicate orchestra of messages and responses are what makes the release of eggs an uninterrupted process. Menstruation and fertility can be disrupted where ovulation may fail to occur.

When our bodies function out of fear and our adrenals are pumped ready for flight, our bodies simply know that conceiving is inappropriate. When we are under stress, the blood flow throughout our body changes. Blood is diverted away from the ovaries and uterus. We know it is essential to have a rich and abundant flow of blood to develop healthy eggs and maintain healthy organs.

Stress runs contrary to our natural rhythms.

Psychological distress and infertility: forty years of research

1998 J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol 19;4:218-28 Brkovich, A. M. and Fisher, W. A.

Theoretical mechanisms by how stress can influence fertility : stress affects the limbic system. which links to GnRH pulsatility; stress and depression are associated with lower serotonin levels, which leads to increased prolactin which can negatively impact ovulation; Stress can cause immune function abnormalities, which may influence fertility-related antibody problems.